George R.R. Martin has provided fans with an update about the next book in the Game of Thrones series.
The author took to his blog to announce the highly anticipated novel, The Winds of Winter, is shaping up to be an epic conclusion.
He wrote: “THE WINDS OF WINTER is going to be a big book. The way it is going, it could be bigger than A STORM OF SWORDS or A DANCE WITH DRAGONS, the longest books in the series to date.
“I do usually cut and trim once I finish, but I need to finish first.”
While Martin didn’t provide much more information, this is the latest update since 2021.
Martin disclosed on his blog that he faced ongoing business obligations that halted his work on the sixth Game of Thrones book, but he had placed himself in ‘solitude', to begin writing again.
He wrote: "I am back in my fortress of solitude again, my isolated mountain cabin. I'd returned to Santa Fe for a short visit, to spend some time with Parris, deal with some local business that had piled up during my months away, and of course fulfill my duties to CoNZealand, the virtual worldcon.
"But all that is behind me now, and I am back on the mountain again… which means I am back in Westeros again, once more moving ahead with Winds of Winter."
Martin also revealed in his most recent update, he’s seen more of the Game of Thrones prequel series House of the Dragon, which is expected to be released later this year on August 21.
The novelist, who serves as an executive producer of the upcoming series, said that he was ‘pleased’ with how the show was coming along as it focuses on ‘human conflicts’ leading up to the Targaryen civil war.
He wrote: “Ryan (J. Condal) and Miguel (Sapochnik) and their cast and crew are doing great work. Those of you who like complex, conflicted, grey characters (as I do) will like this series, I think.
“There will be plenty of dragons and battles, to be sure, but the spine of the story is the human conflicts, the love and the hate, character drama rather than action/adventure.”
Dragons and drama? This sounds very juicy...
The spinoff series is set 200 years before the action in Game of Thrones and tells the story of House Targaryen and the Targaryen civil war that became known as the 'Dance of the Dragons.'
It's based on the 2018 novel Fire and Blood written by George R. R. Martin.Featured Image Credit: Priscilla Grant/Everett Collection/Alamy Live News. Warner Bros. Television Distribution/Alamy.