If you're still mourning some of the deaths from HBO's Game of Thrones (MARGAERY!), take heart. Author George R.R. Martin spoke at the Fox Theatre in Redwood City, California on Tuesday night, and he flat-out said that some of those who died onscreen will "never" die in his books. (Naturally, he didn't say which ones.)
Martin has said before that his book series, A Song of Ice and Fire, will not slavishly follow the HBO show's plotlines. But it was good news to some fans that at least a few of the show deaths will not occur on the page.
According to a Reddit summary of the talk, Martin said that HBO is "killing a lot more people" than he has plans for, and that he does not see the show as a draft for future books. The author also said that HBO made some content decisions that moved the show along quicker than he expected, and he had thought he would have two additional years to publish Winds of Winter before the show passed the books by.
And Picacio wasn't afraid to pose the one question the author can't escape, asking Martin "Where you at with (long-awaited sixth book in the series) Winds of Winter, how's it coming?"
Martin's response was a loud and definite, "Working on it." He went on to add, "Working on it, believe me, you'll know when it's done. It'll be the shout that is heard 'round the world."
Winds of Winter has no announced release date, but Martin's first volume in his history of the Targaryen family,. The HBO show is .
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