The results of the United States 2016 Presidential Election are not just shocking in real life, it might have an impact on the story of Westeros and the Game of Thrones as George R.R. Martin may never finish The Winds of Winter and its sequel A Dream of Spring.
It is no secret that the best-selling author of A Song of Ice and Fire saga is a staunch supporter of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton where the famous writer maintains a blog journal about his thoughts on the US election. Martin even shares his political views and was seen with Clinton in New Mexico during the campaign period.
In light of Donald Trump winning the US presidency, the critically acclaimed writer have expressed his disappointment on the news and maybe will be less motivated to finish the sequel of A Dance with Dragons as they arise in part from his most recent blog post on his Live Journal:
“The election still has me in a state of high anxiety. I am not sleeping well, and I think I check FiveThirtyEight about three dozen times a day, hoping for some good news … I think I speak for a lot of Americans when I say that I desperately want this thing to be over. It has been SO ugly. Come Tuesday night, I will either be relieved or suicidal.”
Reports also suggest that the delay may be caused by Martin being busy campaigning for Clinton. Add to that his already full schedule of being involved on the Game of Thrones TV adaptation on HBO and his sci-fi superhero anthology Wild Cards getting TV development deal with Universal Cable Productions, according to Rolling Stone.
The end of A Dance with Dragons left the readers uncertain about Jon Snow’s fate and while viewers of the HBO series know he is not permanently dead, the story’s biggest question is whether his return would be the same as it did on the show or in a different way. The author has already said that Hodor’s fate will be different on the novel, according to Inverse.
Martin’s publisher, Random House, has released a statement per the Entertainment Weekly regarding the status of The Winds of Winter where it says:
“As his publisher, we support George R.R. Martin as he works hard to finish ‘The Winds of Winter.’ Any on-sale dates currently listed online for the novel are incorrect. Once we have a publication date for ‘The Winds of Winter,’ the world will know.”
The fans may be right that it could take the author even longer to motivate himself this time, but the HBO series will provide its own answers in its final two installments. As for the novels, there is always hope for spring to come.
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