George RR Martin announces a 'Game of Thrones' prequel - actually, two

Game of Thrones Winds of Winter George R.R. Martin

Not only will fans not get any Game of Thrones in 2018 now it seems no Winds of Winter will be happening as confirmed by author George R.R. Martin

For everyone out there complaining about the premiere date for Game of Thrones season 8 not being in 2018, you really don't have anything on book fans who have been complaining for years about The Winds of Winter. The show has now surpassed the events of Martin's books. Martin wrote on his blog, "This is the book that I used to jokingly refer to as the GRRMarillion", referring to J.R.R. Tolkien's The Silmarillion, which serves as a historical background to his Middle Earth books. Though Martin has had some famously long waits between the releases of his Ice and Fire novels, Winds of Winter will most definitely take the lemon cake.

Random House announced Wednesday that a prequel to the "Ice and Fire" series is coming out November 20. I love reading popular histories myself, and that's what I was aiming for here...

It does come with illustrations, and although the manuscript itself might be shorter than A Game of Thrones per Martin himself, it could be that Fire and Blood may rival it in size just because of all those illustrations. "This is not a traditional narrative and was never meant to be ... let's call this one "imaginary history" instead".

Meanwhile, about that OTHER book, Martin says don't expect anything in 2018.

The book, which is almost 1,000 pages, will feature more than 75 black-and-white illustrations by artist Doug Wheatley. Oh, and there are dragons too. Place your bets now on a special limited edition that will mark the end of Game of Thrones as a series, as THR notes that the show will now beat the books in terms of completion. As for me, I'm returning once again to THE WINDS OF WINTER. The first of two books, it delves into the reign of seven Targaryen kings and queens, including Aegon the Conquerer, the first Targaryen to sit on the Iron Throne and the ancestor of Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke).

"HBO is presently developing a number of different prequels to Game of Thrones", Martin writes.

HBO's final season of Game of Thrones is coming sometime in 2019.

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