While still reeling from apparent cuts being made to Game of Thrones in Season 5, fans of the A Song of Ice and Fire book series are finally receiving some good news today: George R. R. Martin is actually going to try to finish The Winds of Winter.
George seems to have finally realized that the show is going to catch up to his books by the end of next season, and, perhaps because of that, he will be much less involved with the show’s production in Season 5 and will instead be devoting more time toward his books.
Vulture asked George which new set location from the show he would be visiting this year, and George gave a surprising answer: none. “I might make it over there early next year, but I’ve got to finish the book The Winds of Winter,” George reveals. “So I’m making the trips I’m already obligated to make, but I’m not adding any new trips at this time. So I don’t think I’m going to do a set visit this year, sadly.”
George also revealed that for the first time in the show’s history, he will not be writing an episode for the new season.
“Once again because I have this book to finish,” George said. George also said that he wasn’t really involved in the casting process for Season 5. “This season, most of those cast members are new to me as well because I haven’t been involved in the process,”he explained. “I’ve been doing a lot of other stuff. In the earlier seasons I was much more involved with casting. I would review tapes and comment, but that’s a time-consuming process.”
We’re assuming at least part of that “a lot of other stuff” is working on Winds of Winter, but in any case this is all good news for fans hoping for a new book sometime in the near future.