Goerge RR Martin, the writer of the books on which ‘Game of Thrones’ series is based, has debunked news that his last two books are already finished.
The 70-year-old author, who is “currently writing” ‘The Winds of Winter’, the sixth novel of his ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’, denied speculations that he “struck an agreement” with the showrunners “not to publish…until the TV series is completed”.
“All of a sudden this crazy story about my finishing ‘The Winds of Winter’ and ‘A Dream of Spring’ years ago is popping up everywhere,” wrote Martin, in a blog post.
“No, the books are not done. HBO did not ask me to delay them. There is no deal to hold back on the books. I assure you, HBO; David & Dan would both have been delighted if ‘The Winds of Winter’ had been published four or five years ago. No one would have been more delighted than me.”
“Why would I sit for years on completed novels? Why would my publishers ever consent to this? They make millions of dollars every time a new ‘Ice & Fire’ book comes out, as do I. Delaying makes no sense!”
Martin’s reaction is coming after Ian McElhinney, actor and North Irelander, who played Ser Barristan Selmy in GOT until the character was killed in 2015, alleged that Martin was stalling the publication of his books for the end of the TV series.
“George has written Books 6 and 7. But he struck an agreement with David and Dan, the showrunners on the series, that he would not publish the final two books until the series has completed…,” McElhinney had claimed.
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