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Has that damned virus inspired George RR Martin to finish A Song of Fire and Ice?

March 18th, 2020 by Marc Comments

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Well, while it’s all about how that damned virus is bad news out in the world, it looks like something positive may come from it…

Game of Thrones writer George RR Martin has hinted that he may be working on his sixth A Song of Ice and Fire novel while in isolation.

While the TV series came and went (with a bit of a let down, truth be told), Martin’s six book in the seventh book saga, The Winds of Winter, has been threatening to see release for a couple of years now.

But Martin, ever the realist, has told his fans that he knows he is at risk given his age and health issues, but he’s being safe and, yes, hanging out in Westeros a lot.

“For those of you who may be concerned for me personally… yes, I am aware that I am very much in the most vulnerable population, given my age and physical condition.  

“But I feel fine at the moment, and we are taking all sensible precautions.  I am off by myself in a remote isolated location, attended by one of my staff, and I’m not going in to town or seeing anyone.  

“Truth be told, I am spending more time in Westeros than in the real world, writing every day.  

“Things are pretty grim in the Seven Kingdoms… but maybe not as grim as they may become here.”

I remember in June 1999 when Stephen King almost died when he run off the road, and I recall his honesty about the whole thing and realising at the time that his biggest regret had he died, was not finishing his The Dark Tower series and how his plan was to get it finished once he was fit.

Is Martin feeling the same here? Worried that – should the worst happen – he will leave his saga unfinished? Perhaps.

But whatever the reason, we all know we’ll be excited to head back to Westeros on the page.

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Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….