Winds of Winter: George RR Martin drops hints of 'more deaths' and 'more weddings'
The Game of Thrones author hasn't revealed when the novel will be released
George RR Martin has set fans abuzz with a teaser for his forthcoming novel, Winds of Winter.
The sixth instalment in the A Song of Ice and Fire series, upon which the hit HBO series Game of Thrones is based, is set to feature “more weddings”, “more betrayals” and, of course, “more deaths”.
Warning: Contains possible spoilers
Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, the 65-year-old author said: “I think we’re gonna start out with a big smash with the two enormous battles.
“We have more deaths, and we have more betrayals. We have more marriages.”
He also added that the Dothraki will return to the narrative “in a big way” and that “ a lot of stuff is happening at The Wall”.
More specifically, Martin spoke about the relationship between Tyrion and Daenerys, played by Peter Dinklage and Emilia Clarke in the show, as they finally meet.
“Tyrion and Dany will intersect, in a way, but for much of the book they’re still apart,” he said.
“They both have quite large roles to play here. Tyrion has decided that he actually would like to live, for one thing, which he wasn’t entirely sure of during the last book, and he’s now working toward that end—if he can survive the battle that’s breaking out all around him.
“And Dany has embraced her heritage as a Targaryen and embraced the Targaryen words. So they’re both coming home.”
However, despite his irresistible hints at future plot lines, Martin has not yet confirmed when the Winds of Winter will be published.
The author is under contract to pen seven novels, but his editor Anne Groell has hinted that an eighth instalment might be on the cards.
“In all honesty only George knows how many books there will be in the series and he’s not saying,” she told the Guardian.
“Indeed at this stage of his writing, with the many branching pathways of the characters’ stories still to intersect, he may not know.”
Michael Lombardo, HBO’s president of programming, was apparently “delighted beyond comprehension” by this news, so fans can look forward to plenty more from Westeros yet.
The hugely successful fourth season of Game of Thrones reached its conclusion earlier this month – but Martin has admitted that he regrets that certain scenes were axed in the transition from page to screen.
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