May the old gods and the new bless George R.R. Martin, a man who scratched his A Song of Ice and Fire itch through HBO’s Game of Thrones series and now would rather work on anything else. In a new post on his blog, the author admitted that he hasn’t made much progress on the long-gestating sixth book in the series, The Winds of Winter, but he did gush about all the projects he finds more exciting, especially the more than five new HBO shows in development.
“I know, I know, for many of you out there, only one of those projects matters, Martin wrote. “I am sorry for you. They ALL matter to me.” He added, “Yes, of course I am still working on The Winds of Winter,” the follow-up to A Dance with Dragons which has been in progress since at least 2011. “I have stated that a hundred times in a hundred venues, having to restate it endlessly is just wearisome.”
That doesn’t mean it’s close to finished. While insisting that he made “a lot of progress on Winds in 2020,” he unfortunately wrote “less in 2021… but ‘less’ is not ‘none.'” And with that out of the way, Martin moved on to his shiny new toys.
Up first is House of the Dragon, the prequel series expected later this year. HBO has already shared a teaser trailer, and Martin previously confirmed that Season 1 had wrapped filming. “What I have seen, I have loved,” he wrote in his new blog. “I am eager to see more.”
Martin also gave updates on the many, many projects still in development. Last year, HBO announced three such series: 9 Voyages, 10,000 Ships, and a story set in Flea Bottom. It’s unclear if the last one is ongoing, but the other two are making progress.” Bruno Heller, the creator and showrunner of Rome, is writing his pilot script for the Corlys Velaryon series,” Martin said. “That one started out as Nine Voyages, but now we’re calling it The Sea Snake, since we wanted to avoid having two shows with numbers in the title.” He also mentioned “Ten Thousand Ships the Nymeria series. Amanda Segel, our showrunner, has delivered a couple drafts of that one, and we are forging ahead.”
Martin then gave an update about an adaptation of Tales of Dunk and Egg, which was announced in January 2021. “The third of the live action shows is the Dunk & Egg series, helmed by Steve Conrad… He’s determined to do a faithful adaptation of the stories, which is exactly what I want; these characters and stories are very precious to me. The first season will be an adaptation of the first novella, “The Hedge Knight.” Contrary to what you may have read on line, the show will not be called Dunk & Egg, which could be mistaken for a sitcom by viewers unfamiliar with the stories. We’re leaning toward A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms for the series title, though The Hedge Knight has its partisans as well.”
Finally, Martin told his fans about the animated plans for Westeros. Early last year HBO announced an animated series, but it sounds like there are a couple more coming down the pipeline. “I am not allowed to talk about most of what’s happening, except to say that things are moving very fast, and I love love love some of the concept art I am seeing,” he wrote. “And… wait, come to think of it, the news leaked several months ago that one of the animated shows would be set in Yi Ti. That’s true. Our working title is The Golden Empire, and we have a great young writer on that one too, and I think the art and animation is just going to be beautiful.”
He continued, “I would tell you more if I could. I don’t think I can say a word about the other animated shows. Not yet.”
As if that weren’t enough, Martin just struck a deal with Marvel Comics to carry his Wild Cards anthology series. With a workload like this, Martin has plenty to occupy himself until the Sun swallows the Earth, and we’ll still be waiting on The Winds of Winter.