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George R.R. Martin won't write for Season 6 so he can focus on books

Praise the Old Gods and the New! "A Song of Ice and Fire" writer George R.R. Martin won't be writing for "Game of Thrones" Season 6, instead focusing on "The Winds of Winter."

George R.R. Martin announced Friday that he won't be writing an episode of Season 6 to work on the next book. James Martin/CNET

We already know that HBO's "Game of Thrones" will outpace the in the final two seasons, but that won't stop George R.R. Martin from feverishly working on the books.

In fact, after saying earlier this month that he is going so far as to cancel his planned appearances at the World Fantasy Convention in Saratoga and Comic-Con International in San Diego, and he revealed on Friday that he won't be penning a script for Season 6 of HBO's "Game of Thrones."

Martin had written one episode per season through Season 4, but gave up writing in Season 5 to focus on the next book in the series, "The Winds of Winter." Now, after a month wrestling over whether to once more fire up his DOS word processor to write an episode for the show's sixth season, he decided that his time would be better spent working on the books.

"Writing a script takes me three weeks, minimum, and longer when it is not a straight adaptation from the novels," Martin wrote on his "Not a Blog" blog. "And really, it would cost me more time than that, since I have never been good at changing gears from one medium to another and back again. Writing a season six script would cost me a month's work on WINDS, and maybe as much as six weeks, and I cannot afford that."

So while we won't be treated to another episode penned by Martin in Season 6, we'll at least get to read "The Winds of Winter" a few weeks sooner.