7 Emotions Every 'Game Of Thrones' Fan Is Feeling After This 'A Song Of Ice And Fire' News
George R. R. Martin has announced on his blog that his next A Song Of Ice And Fire book (aka, the book series that Game of Thrones is based on), The Winds of Winter , is not finished (gasp). This means that Game of Thrones Season 6 will air before its source material is published (double gasp). If you're feeling depressed by this news, don't worry — you are not alone. Though I understand Martin is likely under a lot of pressure to finish the book (especially now that the show will officially be leapfrogging over the books) I can't help but feel saddened at the prospect of not receiving a new ASOIAF book any time soon. I am essentially feeling all of the emotions in response to this Game of Thrones news.
So, why won't the book be out in time for GoT Season 6? Simple: According to Martin's blog post, in order to have the book published before the premiere of the show's sixth season, Martin had to deliver the manuscript for the sixth book by October. When Martin met with HBO writers and producers in May, he thought that deadline was totally doable. Flash forward to Halloween, and there was no book. Then, Martin was given a last possible deadline date of New Year's Eve 2015 — and alas, he still wasn't done. In fact, Winds of Winter isn't even close to being completed.
"Nor is it likely to be finished tomorrow, or next week," Martin wrote on his blog. "Yes, there’s a lot written. Hundreds of pages. Dozens of chapters. But there’s also a lot still left to write. I am months away still … and that’s if the writing goes well." In other words: It probably won't be any time soon.
He then elaborated and continued to dig the proverbial dagger further into my heart. “[There's] chapters still to write, of course … but also rewriting. I always do a lot of rewriting, sometimes just polishing, sometimes pretty major restructures,” he wrote. So wait — is it possible season 6 of Game of Thrones is happening without storylines from the novels being finalized? Will the show include spoilers for the book for once? (For the record, Martin's answer to that question in his blog post was "maybe.")
Truth be told, I am actually feeling the whole spectrum of emotions about this thing. Here is just tiny glimpse inside my mind which has been going to some very dark places:
This Is So Funny
Oh, LOL George. You tell the best jokes and write the best stories. Never change.
Wait, this isn't a joke? This is real?
This Is Fine, I'm Fine
This is fine. This is totally cool. This is not going to cause irreparable harm to my life.
Obviously, I Am Not Fine
OK, obviously I am not fine. Please leave me alone so I can sob in peace.
I Have To Stop Crying
I can pull myself together. I just need to stop crying first. I can do this. I can do anything — I am exactly like Arya Stark. She'd be able to stop crying about this.
I Have So Many Questions
It's just that I have so many questions. What's going to happen in the next book?! OK. Calm down. You'll live... Season 6 isn't that far away...
Maybe I'll Live
I still feel a tiny bit like dying. But just on inside — deep down, it's some totally manageable stuff.
So, that's where I stand. All in all, I think I'm taking it pretty well.
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