It’s been more than three years since the Game of Thrones TV series concluded on HBOMax, and the fans are still waiting for the next book in the epic fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire. The latest book, A Dance with Dragons, was published in July 2011, and there are two forthcoming books that are set to conclude the series. Considering that the TV series ended, some fans thought that the ending of the book series is now spoiled, but Martin now says that will not be the case.
“Another question that I get a lot, especially since the end of GAME OF THRONES on HBO, is whether A SONG OF ICE & FIRE, will end the same way. An architect would be able to give a short, concise, simple answer to that, but I am much more of a gardener. My stories grow and evolve and change as I write them. I generally know where I am going, sure… the final destinations, the big set pieces, they have been [in] my head for years… for decades, in the case of A SONG OF ICE & FIRE. […] The novels are much bigger and much much more complex than the series. Certain things that happened on HBO will not happen in the books. And vice versa.” — George R. R. Martin
The two forthcoming books The Winds of Winter and A Dream of Spring are widely anticipated, especially because the ending of the TV series left fans disappointed. Many fans agreed that the ending felt rushed, so much has happened in so little time, without the proper character development. There were even petitions to reboot the whole final season, although the stars defended the series and writers David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, the duo that fans blamed for destroying the final season of one of the best series ever made.
Apart from two final books, Game of Thrones fans are also looking forward to the prequel series House of the Dragon, which is set to premiere on HBO next month. Jon Snow spin-off series is also in development with Kit Harington set to reprise the role.