Game of Thrones author says he is finding next book in series a struggle
George RR Martin has admitted he is “struggling” to finish the long-awaited sixth book in his A Song of Ice and Fire series, as the rise in fame and popularity that came with the TV adaptation Game of Thrones has become a “considerable weight to bear”.
In an exclusive interview with the Guardian ahead of the publication of his next book, Fire and Blood, a history of the fantasy universe of his hugely popular series, Martin said he’d been wrestling with The Winds of Winter, which has been eagerly awaited by fans since the previous book in the series, 2011’s A Dance With Dragons.
“I’ve been struggling with it for a few years,” he told the Guardian. “The Winds of Winter is not so much a novel as a dozen novels, each with a different protagonist, each having a different cast of supporting players, antagonists, allies and lovers around them, and all of these weaving together against the march of time in an extremely complex fashion. So it’s very, very challenging. Fire and Blood by contrast was very simple. Not that it’s easy – it still took me years to put together – but it is easier.”
He confirmed that the sixth instalment was his next priority: “The Winds of Winter is next, then I’ll decide what comes after that – whether it’s to go on to A Dream of Spring, the last one, or whether I switch back into Fire and Blood II, do another [prequel] Dunk and Egg story or two.”
While Martin’s books were bestsellers before the start of the HBO adaptation Game of Thrones in 2011, the overwhelming success of the TV show raised his readership by millions.
The TV adaptation, which has won 47 Emmys and a Golden Globe over seven seasons so far, overtook Martin’s progress in the book series in 2016, and is set to conclude next year.
Ben Crompton as Dolorous Edd in Game of Thrones. The TV series has overtaken the books in popularity