• George RR Martin: ‘I'm still here, and I'm still busy,' promises final ‘Game of Thrones' novels

    By: Natalie Dreier, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

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    Now that we know HBO, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss ended Westeros, we still need to find out how the source material for “Game of Thrones” planned for the fate of Jon Snow, Daenerys and Cersei.

    George RR Martin, who wrote the original five “Game of Thrones” novels, promised fans that he will finish the last two. 

    Martin wrote on his website, Not a Blog, that “The Winds of Winter” and “A Dream of Spring” will be released eventually.

    First he tackled the elephant, or dragon, in the room. He said that the television version of the story was an ending and a beginning. Benioff and Weiss, along with the other creative talents behind almost a decade of the epic television show have other projects. Westeros’ earlier history will also be televised. But Martin also teased that there could be more from the current timeline.

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    “I suspect that you have not seen the last of Westeros on your television sets either, but I guess that all depends on how some of these successor shows turn out,” Martin wrote.

    He also promises, “I’m still here, and I’m still busy.”

    Martin is producing five shows for HBO, Hulu, and the History Channel based not only on his writings but those of others. He’s also consulting on a video game in Japan.

    But the main takeaway from his message to fans is that he is working on the final books, but it is in a different format than what Benioff and Weiss created in.

    “How will it all end? I hear people asking. The same ending as the show? Different?”

    “Well... yes. And no. And yes. And no. And yes. And no. And yes,” Martin wrote.

    He said Benioff and Weiss had only six hours for the last season to wrap up everyone’s stories. Martin estimates he’ll have about 3,000 manuscript pages total. But if more is needed, he’ll expand it.

    He also reminded fans that there are characters in his novels who didn’t make it on screen. 

    Martin then issued his readers a challenge: “How about this? I’ll write it. You read it. Then everyone can make up their own mind, and argue about it on the internet.”

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