george r r martin the winds of winter gi 'The Winds of Winter' coming 'reasonably soon,' says George R.R. Martin's editor“Game of Thrones” and “A Song of Ice and Fire” fans rejoice, because there is a pretty decent chance that the TV show won’t pass the book series in Seasons 5 or 6 after all. According to George R.R. Martin’s editor Anne Groell, she expects to get a manuscript from the notoriously slow writer “reasonably soon.”

“For TWOW, when I have a date, you will have a date,” she writes in an online chat on Suvudu Universe. “I’m now on Twitter, Del Rey Spectra has a number of social media platforms, and I promise you we will put the word out as soon as we know. All I can say is that George is hard at work, and we hope to have it reasonably soon.”

She continues, “I currently have 168 pages that he submitted back in Feb 2013 in order to receive a contracted payment, but I know more exists, because he keeps talking about chapter he hasn’t yet sent me. In fact, when we wanted to put an exclusive excerpt on the A WORLD OF ICE AND FIRE app — a magnificent thing which you all should buy and use! — he suggested the second Tyrion chapter, which I then had to remind him was not in the sample I had.”

With “The Winds of Winter,” Groell says she expects the editing process to take her about a week thanks to the A World of Ice and Fire app (hallelujah to that short turnaround). Groell also offers up her own spoiler-free review of what she’s seen of “Winds of Winter,” and echoes many fans’ sentiments about the books-or-show-ending-first dilemma.

“It’s amazing,” she writes of “Winds.” “In fact, when I first read the partial back in 2013, I immediately wrote George an impassioned plea to please not let the show get out ahead of him. I can’t predict what will happen from here, but I definitely want his version to be my first version. And I think a lot of you want that, too. His vision started this; I very much [want] his vision to end it, too.”

Those details might not be much to go on, but it’s better than anything Martin has said in recent years. There are plenty of other interesting tidbits in the interview, such as Groell thinking there might be eight books in the series after all, and the fact she wants to publish Martin’s original outline for the then-trilogy he pitched her.

“He has promised me that, when he finally wraps this great beast us, I can publish the five page letter outlining the bare bones of the ‘trilogy,'” she writes.

Groell also reveals she knows only a few key details of the end of the “A Song of Ice and Fire” series. “I do know the endpoint of Bran’s story line — and Daniel Abraham, who has been adapting the graphic novel of ‘AGOT’ for me, knows where Tyrion ends up. (I am jealous of that!),” Groell says.

“Game of Thrones” airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on HBO. The last “A Song of Ice and Fire” novel, “A Dance With Dragons,” was released on July 12, 2011.
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