Not so fast, Ser Selmy. We thought we may be getting the ending that Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin wanted thanks to his finishing the last two books of the series in the near future...but it seems we may still have to wait out the long night.
According to actor Ian McElhinney, who portrayed Barristan Selmy on the HBO show (and is still alive in the books, bee-tee-dubs), Martin had finished books six and seven of A Song of Ice and Fire. However, the GoT author responded to the claim on his blog yesterday, shutting down the rumors that both books are done.
“It boggles me that anyone would believe this story, even for an instant. It makes not a whit of sense. Why would I sit for years on completed novels?” Martin wrote on his blog. “I will, however, say for the record — no, The Winds of Winter and A Dream of Spring are not finished. Dream is not even begun; I am not going to start writing volume seven until I finish volume six. No, the books are not done. HBO did not ask me to delay them. Nor did David [Benioff] & Dan [Weiss]. There is no ‘deal’ to hold back on the books,” Martin wrote.
As posted to Reddit, during a panel for Epic Con in Russia, McElhinney claimed that not only had the author completed the last two books, but that HBO and the showrunners made a deal that he not publish the novels until season eight of the TV adaptation was officially over.
"I don't know if you know more than me about this, but what I've been told is that George has already written books six and seven," McElhinney said. "And as far as he's concerned, there only are seven books. But he struck an agreement with David [Benioff] and Dan [Weiss], the showrunners of the series, that he would not publish the final two books until the series has completed. So all goes well, in another month or two, we might get books six and seven, and I'm intrigued to know how Barristan, for instance, ends up going through those final two books."
This would have been huge news for fans, since Martin has delayed the last two books for nearly eight years now. The author penned the first five novels between 1996 and 2011, but the last two have been forthcoming for what feels like forever. The internet has been begging Martin to stop procrastinating and get back to work, and he has been working on a million other things...just not on the novels—or so we thought.
The dude just finished a 700-page history on House Targaryen, is working on the Thrones HBO sequels, writing comic books, working on another HBO fantasy series, writing blog posts, and talking about being sad that the last two books aren't done yet.
Whatever the status of the books, we just need some hope about this final season...because we're in a dark, dark place, George.