Though some fans call him a slowpoke for taking his time with the end of his Song of Ice and Fire series, George R.R. Martin is an extremely prolific author. So even when the series ends, don’t think that’ll mean the end of Westeros.
In a revealing chat with the Brisbane Times, Martin opened up about his post-Game of Thrones plans and whether he’ll return to the world of Westeros once he wraps up the story. Good news: Though the proper series might be ending in the next few years, Martin said that will definitely not be the end of Westeros in his writing.
So does that mean a new series of Westeros-set novels? Probably not, at least not at first. Instead, Martin is already prepping a concordance dubbed A World of Ice and Fire, and hints at additional novellas and short stories set in the fantasy-tinged universe.
Here’s an excerpt from the interview:
"I don't think I will say goodbye to the world, because the world is bigger than the story and this particular set of characters. I have been writing other things about the world, I've been working on this concordance for a couple years, 'A World of Ice and Fire,' that should be out next year that's sort of a history and geography of all the lands. There are many stories contained within that of things that happened 100 or 200 years ago or in some other land across the sea.
I've been writing the novellas about Dunk and Egg ... so I can continue to write more stories within the world, but I will be wrapping up this particular story and this particular set of characters in that world … At the same time it's going to be an immense relief, because the pressure of this. I do feel a story needs a beginning, a middle and an end. To put an end on this will be an immense monkey off my back.”
But don’t take that to mean the Thrones-verse will live on past Martin — because he plans to take the keys to the kingdom with him, saying he has no intention to give his blessing to any future writer or family member to start cranking out new Westeros novels after he’s gone:
“History has shown us is that eventually these literary rights pass to grandchildren or collateral descendants or people who didn't actually know the writer or his wishes and it's just a cash cow to them and then we get abominations to my mind like ‘Scarlett.’ I hope I never see 'Sauron Strikes Back' written by some third-rate writer who leaps in at the opportunity."
Martin is known for being a little outspoken, and it’s nice to see he’s sticking to his guns on this one. Much like J.R.R. Tolkien, Martin has singlehandedly built a universe — and no one else has the right to come in and start messing around in it without his permission.
Are you glad to hear Martin has plans to keep the world of Westeros alive?