So that speculation was fun while it lasted.
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Previously, it was reported that actor Ian McElhinney, the actor who played Barristan Selmy before the Sons of Harpy got to him, stated that George R.R. Martin “struck an agreement with David [Benioff] and Dan [Weiss]…that he would not publish the final two books until the series completed.”
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Before the actor even said anything, Benioff and Weiss were Google-bombed by angry Redditors who were able to manipulate Google’s algorithms so now their faces appear when you search “bad writers” after the penultimate episode of Game of Thrones Season 8 aired.
Needless to say, these comments couldn’t have come at a worse time.
Naturally, George R.R. Martin was quick to deny that he’s done with Winds of Winter on his website Not a Blog:
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 and 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.
In case you didn’t get the point, this entry on Martin’s blog was titled “Idiocy on the Internet”.
He brings up a good point. Why would delaying the books help the show? Considering that even if Winds of Winter was published after, say Season 7 was aired, fans would binge the season and rip through the book, creating thousands of think-pieces and millions of comments and videos about the differences.
As George says, “books help create interest in the show, just as the show creates interest in the book”. It’s a symbiotic relationship, even if it can sometimes be parasitical.
OR MAYBE Martin had to say this because if he didn’t the conspiracy would be out?
Maybe the only reason the book publishers don’t know Winds of Winter and Dreams of Spring have been written is because of this agreement with Benioff and Weiss?
Maybe the plan is to end of Game of Thrones and continually generate interest by releasing book in between seasons of the Game of Thrones prequel show.
Maybe the plan is for George Martin to expand the series into fifty books so HBO can continually generate money?
Maybe the plan is for George Martin to reanimate the dead so he can continue writing fantasy novels until the end of time?
Who knows at this point?
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