During a Q&A hosted by Suvudu, George R. R. Martin’s editor, Anne Groell, hinted that there might just be an eighth book in the A Song of Ice and Fire series. Martin’s series is supposed to wrap up in 7 books, but according to Groell, since there are eight kingdoms, the series should go eight books.
“I remember when he called me, years and years back, to confess that his little trilogy was…well…no longer a trilogy. He predicted four books. I said Seven Books for Seven Kingdoms. Then he s aid five books. I said Seven Books for Seven Kingdoms. Then he went to six. I said… Well, you get it. Finally, we were on the same page. Seven Books for Seven Kingdoms. Good. Only, as I recently learned while editing The World of Ice and Fire (another awesome thing you must buy when it comes out!), there are really technically eight kingdoms, all having to do with who has annexed what when Aegon the Conqueror landed in Westeros. So, maybe eight books for Seven Kingdoms would be okay.”
The Q&A included questions such as, when would Winds of Winter have a release date, to which she replied “When I have a date, you will have a date”.
In an interview with The Guardian, Martin’s UK publisher, Jane Johnson, had this to say about the possibility of an 8th book.
“I know there’s been some speculation that A Song of Ice and Fire may run to more than the seven books we currently have under contract, but in all honesty only George knows how many books there will be in the series and he’s not saying: indeed at this stage of the writing, with the many branching pathways of the characters’ stories still to intersect, he may not know. As an editor I can say that it feels as if there’s a lot to tie up in just two more novels – albeit very long novels – but if George continues to kill off characters in his usual ruthless fashion it could easily be over in the planned seven books!”
The 6th book in the series, Winds of Winter, does not have an official release date, and is the point of much consternation among fans of both the television show and the books. Many fans have taken to leaving nasty comments on Martin’s website, demanding that the writer get back to work.
GRRM is infamously known for taking long periods of time to finish sequels to his ASOIAF books. His last book, A Dance with Dragons, was published in 2011.
As you may have ascertained, from my many Game of Thrones articles, I am a huge ASOIAF fan. George R. R. Martin has created a fantasy world that can be enjoyed by readers of all genres. The HBO series Game of Thrones is a superb adaptation of those books, and have added a new and fresh dimension to the Bearded Bard’s life work.
Do I want an 8th book in the ASOIAF series? Sure, but how about we get through books 6 and 7 first. I am currently on my 5th re-reading of the books series, and each time I read through, I always catch something that somehow eluded me the first 4 times. I do not think that GRRM is our “bitch” by any means, but I do feel that he owes us, the fans, more than just a wink a nod, and a history companion book to the series.
In the end, my only hope is that George doesn’t go the way of Robert Jordan, and keel over before he finishes the 6th and 7th books. Past that, if we somehow are lucky enough to get an 8th, then by the old gods and the new, I will be overjoyed!
Do you think GRRM will extend the series to 8 books? Are you a fan of the books or just the show…or both? Let me know in the comment section below.