Game of Thrones fans rejoice, George R. R. Martin has confirmed that the next instalment in the series is well on the way. 

Speaking in a live stream with Random House, Martin spoke about the latest series of House of the Dragon and the long-awaited Winds of Winter. 

“It’s a big, big book,” said Martin. “It’s a challenging book. It’s probably going to be a larger book than any of the previous volumes in the series. 

The Dance of Dragons and Storm of Swords were the two largest books in the series. They were both about 1500 manuscript pages. I think this one is gonna be longer than that, by the time I’ve finished it.”

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“I think I’m about 3 quarters of the way done, maybe. But that’s not 100% done. So, I have to continue to work on it. “

“I’ve given up on making predictions [of when it will be finished]. Because people press me and press me, ‘when’s it gonna be done?’”

“I’ve never lied about these predictions… But I guess I overestimate my ability to get stuff done and underestimate the amount of interruptions.”

“One day it will be done. And then, it will come out. And then, the next day, someone will tweet me ‘When will we see A Dream of Spring!?’”

HBO’s Game of Thrones spin-off House of the Dragon just wrapped up its first season and is based on Fire and Blood. The series has been met with raving reviews from critics and fans alike. 

Similar to the books, Martin has reiterated just how much time would be needed to ensure the story is properly told. 

“There are only so many minutes in an episode… And only so many episodes in a season… It is going to take four full seasons of ten episodes each to do justice to the Dance of the Dragons, from start to finish.”

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