Fans may be devastated that the Game of Thrones TV show is finishing in 2019, but fear not - George R. R. Martin has confirmed the story still has much more to come.
In a recent blog post Martin thanked his fans for sticking with him, but also went on to promise he would finish the Song of Fire and Ice series in with the Game of Thrones TV show is based on, by finally completing the book Winds of Winter.
He wrote: "I know you want WINDS, and I am going to give it to you... but I am delighted that you stayed with me for this one as well. Your patience and unflagging support means the world to me.
"Enjoy the read. Me, I am back in my fortress of solitude, and back in Westeros. It won't be tomorrow, and it won't be next week, but you will get the end of A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE."
The promise came along with a teasing reminder that though we would be seeing our last dose of Jon Snow in 2019 we would see more GOT in the future with new shows to come.
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"Meanwhile, you have the final season of GAME OF THRONES coming, and the new show that is not yet officially called THE LONG NIGHT being cast, and a couple more shows still being scripted..." he said, "and a few other cool things in the works as well."
He addressed the fact he hadn't finished the book yet during a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly.
He said: "I know there are a lot of people out there who are very angry with me that Winds of Winter isn't finished. And I'm mad about that myself. I wished I finished it four years ago. I wished it was finished now.
"But it's not. And I've had dark nights of the soul where I've pounded my head against the keyboard and said, 'God, will I ever finish this?. The show is going further and further forward and I'm falling further and further behind. What the hell is happening here? I've got to do this'.
"I just got the [Fire and Blood] copy and, holding it in my hand, it's a beautiful book. The illustrations by Doug Wheatley are great."
He explained that the last seven years it's taken to get the book together have been very difficult.
"It's been a long while since I had a new Westeros book and nobody knows that as well as I do. I know that just as much as the angriest of my hardcore fans. And I have continued to publish other things," he said. "It's not like I've been on a seven-year vacation. I have Wild Cards books coming out every six months. But not like this, one that's entirely my writing. So, to finish a book that I'm proud of and excited by was emotionally a big lift for me."
So, even with the emotional upheaval 2019 is guaranteed to be with season 8 of Game of Thrones finishing off the much-loved saga we know there is more from the wonderful world of George R. R. Martin still to come.
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