We know, we know. The last two books in George R.R. Martin’s The Song of Ice and Fire series (aka the The Game of Thrones books), titled The Winds of Winters and A Dream of Spring, are taking their sweet, sweet time. (Are they being handwritten by a maester and delivered to the editor by a raven, for the Seven’s sake?!)
But, there are many reasons to cut Martin some slack. For one, he’s got a whole lotta other projects on his plate. Here, everything else the author is up to.
Writing blog posts. Covering everything from Odell Beckham Jr.’s trade to the Browns and the Captain Marvel movie to Martin’s opinion on United Airlines (and obviously all the Game of Thrones content), the ironically named “Not a Blog” is everything you didn’t know you wanted from your favorite TV show’s creator...and so much more.
Finishing a history of the Targaryens. Martin just released Fire & Blood, an extensive history of Targaryen kings in Westeros that takes place 300 years before Game of Thrones. And he’s said he’s working on another of these textbooks about the Targaryens, so save up for volume two.
Working on the Wild Cards series. A series of 27 science fiction novels written by over 40 different authors and edited by Martin, Wild Cards is set in an alternate post WWII universe where an alien virus rewrites human DNA, giving them repulsive characteristics and super powers.
Helping HBO with the GoT prequel shows. Martin is co-writing two of the four announced scripts for the HBO GoT spin-offs. The first, with screenwriter Jane Goldman, will take place 5,000 years before the current show, and already has a cast (starring Naomi Watts, no less).
Producing the HBO show Who Fears Death. Yep, he’s not leaving HBO anytime soon. Martin is executive producing Who Fears Death, based on the 2010 fantasy novel set in the postapocalyptic future of Sudan.