If fans were hoping for an eighth Game Of Thrones book, they're going to be disappointed as George R R Martin has declared that he plans to end the storytelling of the hit fantasy novel in seven books.
Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, the author admitted that he actually wanted to stop at three books.
"My plan is to finish in seven. But my original plan was to finish in three," the author revealed. "I write the stories and they grow. I deal with certain things and sometimes I find myself not at the end of a story. My plan right now is still seven."
George R R Martin has said that there won't be an eighth book (WENN)
Despite talking about the future, George was quick to add that he's nowhere near starting the seventh book. The writer added: "But first I have to finish Book Six. Get back to me when I’m half-way through Book Seven and then maybe I’ll tell you something more meaningful.”
Believing that the TV drama and the book are starting to show a difference, Martin continued:
"It's been a great season. Though by and large we are seeing more differences from the books and I’ve been predicting that from the beginning. There’s a certain snowball effect of making changes and I think that will continue.”
Rumours of an eighth book first began when his editor revealed in a Q&A that there would be eight books. Anne Groell revealed during a Q&A on Suvudo Universe:
"Seven is what we currently have under contract. I remember when he called me, years and years back, to confess that his little trilogy was…well…no longer a trilogy. He predicted four books. I said seven books for Seven Kingdoms. Then he said five books. I said seven books for Seven Kingdoms. Then he went to six. I said… Well, you get it.
"Finally, we were on the same page. seven books for Seven Kingdoms. Good. Only, as I recently learned while editing THE WORLD OF ICE AND FIRE (another awesome thing you must buy when it comes out!), there are really technically eight kingdoms, all having to do with who has annexed what and when Aegon the Conqueror landed in Westeros."
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