Game of Thrones: George RR Martin shoots down ‘absurd’ The Winds of Winter rumour

Ian McElhinney said at a panel last month – in footage that generated attention yesterday – that Martin has completed The Winds of Winter and its follow-up, A Dream of Spring.

The novels are the sixth and seventh instalments in A Song of Ice and Fire; the literary saga that inspired the Game of Thrones TV series.

McElhinney played Ser Barristan Selmy until 2015, and was mistaken when he said that Martin had struck an agreement with showrunners David Benioff and D. B. Weiss to withhold publication until after the final season had ended.

Writing on his Not A Blog website, George RR Martin called the press “purveyors of misinformation” for drawing attention to McElhinney’s words, adding: “I will, however, say for the record — no, THE WINDS OF WINTER and A DREAM OF SPRING are not finished.

“DREAM is not even begun; I am not going to start writing volume seven until I finish volume six.

“It seems absurd to me that I need to state this. The world is round, the Earth revolves around the sun, water is wet… do I need to say that too?

“It boggles me that anyone would believe this story, even for an instant. It makes not a whit of sense.

“Why would I sit for years on completed novels? Why would my publishers — not just here in the US, but all around the world — ever consent to this?

“They make millions and millions of dollars every time a new Ice & Fire book comes out, as do I. Delaying makes no sense.

“Why would HBO want the books delayed? The books help create interest in the show, just as the show creates interest in the books.

“So… no, the books are not done. HBO did not ask me to delay them. Nor did David & Dan.

“There is no ‘deal’ to hold back on the books.

“I assure you, HBO and David & Dan would both have been thrilled and delighted if THE WINDS OF WINTER had been delivered and published four or five years ago… and NO ONE would have been more delighted than me.

“I have said it before: don’t believe everything you read on the internet.”

Martin said at the Tolkien premiere last week that he was continuing to make steady progress on The Winds of Winter.

Its predecessor, A Dance with Dragons, came out in 2011.

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