So, what now? Game of Thrones concluded the closing night with a finale that becomes, properly, technically a finale. The tale came to a conclusion. That end became at instances frustratingly mediocre and other times maddeningly stupid. Bran as the winner? No prophecies explained? None of that Night King lore made applicable? But there is a reprieve for disgruntled lovers—a million of whom have signed a petition to get a rewrite of Season Eight that is in reality higher than what we noticed. George R.R. Martin nevertheless has to finish The Winds of Winter, the 6th book in his A Song of Fire and Ice collection, and Game of Thrones’ HBO team just set the bar laughably low.
After eight years of writing, The Winds of Winter is still now not but entire, nor has the 7th (and probably final) ebook in the collection been started out. The maximum recent ebook inside the series, A Dance with Dragons, become published in 2011—the same year the display premiered. As currently as a remaining week, Martin took to his weblog to make clear, “No, THE WINDS OF WINTER and A DREAM OF SPRING aren’t completed. DREAM is not even begun; I am not going to begin writing extent seven until I end quantity six.”
He additionally refuted any rumors that HBO requested he delay publishing them till the series wrapped: “I guarantee you, HBO and David & Dan could each were pleased and extremely joyful if THE WINDS OF WINTER have been added and posted 4 or 5 years in the past… and NO ONE would have been extra thrilled than me,” he wrote.
Yes, we will see why David Benioff and Dan Weiss, HBO’s Game of Thrones showrunners, could be pleased. After Season Five, which concluded with Cersei’s walk of atonement, Sansa and Theon’s break out from Ramsay Bolton, and the homicide of Jon Snow on the Wall, the show had formally outpaced the book collection. A Dance with Dragons concluded in addition, with the stabbing of Jon and Cersei’s atonement stroll. Sansa was nonetheless in the Vale with Littlefinger, at the same time as Arya was turning into a murderer in Braavos, Stannis Baratheon become marching closer to Winterfell, and Bran turned into heading North of the Wall. (Vox has a deeper explanation of where A Dance of Dragons left off if you want a refresher.)
As Season Six commenced, the writers had little supply fabric from Martin to inform them how these kinds of complex, rich storylines tied up. Martin helped guide the remaining three seasons, however, they faltered without the intricacies of his books or its flawlessly plodding timeline—with some exceptions, just like the “Battle of the Bastards” episode.
Some of the show’s key plot factors will surely carry via in Martin’s closing books; he advised 60 Minutes in April, “I do not think Dan and Dave’s finishing is gonna be that different from my finishing.” And Bran is a much extra vital character in the books up to now, which means that if Martin chooses to make him King, it might not sense so completely out of the left field. There are also bankruptcy excerpts from The Winds of Winter floating around the net, in case you’re in the mood for some light man or woman spoilers.
There’s no announcing while Martin will drop any other A Song of Ice and Fire ebook on us. It will be a subsequent month, and it can be some other eight years from now. He’s been working in this series for almost 50 years in total, so what’s some extra? But it’s far secure to assume it will have extra lifestyles to it than the final seasons of Game of Thrones.