And you thought “The Mountain and the Viper” had enough Game of Thrones feels for this week. We know you’re still recovering from that episode, but brace yourselves for more news from Westeros—George R.R. Martin’s editor has announced the possibility of an eighth book.
In a live Q&A on the Suvudu Universe website, Anne Groell chatted with fans about the writing process, the elimination of certain scenes from the books and all other things A Song of Ice and Fire.
But then one fan asked this fateful question: “Do you think it will take GRRM more than seven books to finish ASOIAF?”
Groell replied, “I begin to wonder—though 7 is what we currently have under contract. I remember when he called me, years and years back, to confess that his little trilogy was…well…no longer a trilogy. He predicted four books. I said Seven Books for Seven Kingdoms. Then he said five books. I said Seven Books for Seven Kingdoms. Then he went to six. I said… Well, you get it. Finally, we were on the same page. Seven Books for Seven Kingdoms. Good. Only, as I recently learned while editing The World of Ice and Fire (another awesome thing you must buy when it comes out!), there are really technically eight kingdoms, all having to do with who has annexed what when Aegon the Conqueror landed in Westeros. So, maybe eight books for Seven Kingdoms would be okay.”
In the meantime, ASOIAF fans are still awaiting the sixth installment of the series. The Winds of Winter has no definite release date yet, but Groell promised that Martin is “hard at work” and the next chapter of the Westeros saga is well on its way. The World of Ice and Fire, which is set to be released on October 28, is a companion book to the series outlining the geography and history of Westeros.
Jane Johnson, Martin’s publisher in the U.K., told The Guardian, “Only George knows how many books there will be in the series and he’s not saying…It feels as if there’s a lot to tie up in just two more novels—albeit very long novels—but if George continues to kill off characters in his usual ruthless fashion it could easily be over in the planned seven books!”