It's frustrating enough waiting for A Song of Ice and Fire writer George R.R. Martin to come out with the sixth book in the series, The Winds of Winter, but every time we hear a suggestion that the seven book series could turn into eight books, we want to scream. At this rate, not only will Game of Thrones catch up with the books, but it could finish long before the book series it's based on.
George's editor recently answered some fan questions in which she said she hopes Winds of Winter is coming "reasonably soon" (how very noncommittal). She also tackled a question about if the series might end up being more than seven books long. Sad to say, but her answer was not entirely reassuring.
I begin to wonder — though 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 when Aegon the Conqueror landed in Westeros. So, maybe eight books for Seven Kingdoms would be okay. Also, he has promised me that, when he finally wraps this great beast us, I can publish the five page letter outlining the bare bones of the "trilogy."
This isn't the first time the concept of the series expanding beyond seven books has been floated. George has always taken the stance that while his plan is to wrap the story up in seven books, what will happen will happen and if it takes more, so be it. So... we'll see.
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