George R. R. Martin signs 2-year deal: More Thrones + new series!

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Feb 5, 2013, 8:20 PM EST

In what could potentially be seen as a good news/bad news kinda thing (but mostly good), George R. R. Martin has just signed a two-year overall deal with HBO.

Deadline reports that the author of the A Song of Ice and Fire series, on which HBO's Game of Thrones is based, has signed on the dotted line, keeping him on as a co-executive producer on the hit fantasy series that will have its eagerly awaited Season 3 premiere on March 31.

Not only that, but Martin will also develop and produce a new series project for the network. And this is where it could potentially mean bad news for fans of the books who are eagerly waiting for Martin to finally finish the opus that was begun in 1996 with the first book, A Game of Thrones. There are two more books left to be written and published in order to finish the saga. They are The Winds of Winter and A Dream of Spring.

Still, we think that its very, very good news that Martin is staying put as co-executive producer on the series, which also probably means that Martin will still write one new episode per season for the next two years, just as he’s done for the past three seasons.

Are you happy that Martin will stay on the show for the next two years? And how do you believe his deal to develop and produce a new series for the network will affect the writing of his last two A Song of Ice and Fire books?

(via Deadline)