Winter may be coming in the form of Game of Thrones‘ 7th season, premiering on HBO July 16th, though fans of Martin’s hit fantasy book series are still holding onto hope in trying to find out when the final two novels in the series, entitled The Winds of Winter and The Dream of Spring, will be released.
Way back in February of this year, Thrones star Liam Cunningham teased that “something special” would possibly coincide with the premiere of the seventh season.
Martin himself also added a little fuel to the hopeful fire when he blogged on Saturday that he’s been exceptionally busy and “…working so much of late that I have fallen way behind in my reading (sob) and my filmgoing.” Hmm, perhaps he’s been spending a great amount of time writing?
The 68 year old author is notorious for not being a huge fan of deadlines and has stated in numerous interviews that a majority of his best writing is done when he is simply able to write on his own accord, without time limitations.
One of the questions still floating in the air, though, is: Even if Martin manages to finish the novels relatively soon, would fans still be as stoked to read them? The HBO show’s storyline has already surpassed what has occurred in the original books, so the events in The Winds of Winter and A Dream of Spring will most certainly be different.
My personal opinion and what I believe the obvious answer to this questions is: duh! Game of Thrones has become one of the most successful fantasy/drama franchises in literary history and, based on the revenue of each episode (each episode costs between 6 to 10 million to make, with an average viewership of 23 million per episode), in addition to the following stats, it has earned its spot as a fantasy powerhouse.
- Back in February of 2015, the season 4 boxed set of GOT became the fastest selling box set within the last ten years
- Between 2013 and 2015, Martin has earned an estimated 12 million from book sales, viewer membership via HBO, in addition to other sales merchandise.
- The show brings in about 1 billion annually (yep, it’s long crossed over into the billion category).
Truth is, we may never know, down to the specific date and time, when the final two books in the series will be published and released. Martin could already have one finished, while currently working on the other, or he could be working on them both simultaneously. Fans have been waiting a good while for the novels, though I believe it’ll be worth it to just let Martin work at his own pace and give Game of Thrones fanatics two wonderful books….eventually.
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