George R.R. Martin addresses the 'eight books' rumor as 'Game of Thrones' fans buzz(Read article summary)
After Martin's editor created waves by suggesting that his 'A Song of Ice and Fire' series could stretch from seven books to eight, Martin himself spoke out.
āA Song of Ice and Fireā author George R.R. Martin spoke out about his book series after his editor said she was ābegin[ning] to wonderā if an eighth book would be necessary to conclude his series. (Martin had previously said he planned on seven.)
Martin told Entertainment Weekly that he was still planning on seven novels but that people should āget back to me when Iām halfway through Book Seven and then maybe Iāll tell you something more meaningful.ā
As he pointed out and as his editor had mentioned, Martin had originally planned to write the āFireā series as a trilogy.
āMy plan is to finish in seven,ā Martin told EW. āBut my original plan was to finish in three. I write the stories and they grow. I deal with certain things and sometimes I find myself not at the end of a story. My plan right now is still seven. But first I have to finish Book Six.ā
A release date has not yet been announced for Martinās sixth book, though Martinās editor Anne Groell told fans, āWhen I have a date, you will have a date.ā
The wildly popular HBO series āGame of Thrones,ā which is based on Martinās series, is currently airing its fourth season, which is based on the second half of the third book in the āFireā series.