A Song of Ice and Fire author George R.R. Martin may be under a lot of pressure to finish The Winds of Winter, but it looks like something is going to be keeping him busy for the next five years.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Martin has just now signed a new deal with HBO to develop more programming for the network and its streaming service HBO Max. Martin’s contract is said to span five years and is worth eight figures.
We don’t have any details yet on what Martin could be developing for HBO, but we do know that he was attached to the Game of Thrones prequel which didn’t get picked up. Even if we won’t get “The Long Night” (tentative title), we’re still getting other shows like House of the Dragon plus an animated series and other spinoffs like The Tales of Dunk and Egg.
While this may be great news for Martin, fans of the Song of Ice and Fire books are just seeing this as another distraction from Martin writing Winds of Winter. At this point, I think it would just be better to forget WoW and just be surprised when it comes out in the next few years.
This dude will write anything as long as it’s not The Winds of Winter… https://t.co/JccwZjEK7S
— Jeffrey Zhang 张佶润 (@strangeharbors) March 27, 2021
Though Game of Thrones may have been the property to propel Martin to celebrity status, he does have other IP that he’s developing like Peacock’s Wild Cards which is based on an anthology of novels written by Martin. At some point, it would be great if we could see what else Martin has in store; but it would also be nice if he could just finish A Song of Ice and Fire already just to give everyone the closure that they’re craving after how Game of Thrones ended.
For now, the first GoT spinoff show, House of the Dragon is set to come out sometime in 2022.