Winds of Winter: ‘George RR Martin likely facing decision to SPLIT his huge ASOIAF book’

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With almost a decade having passed since George RR Martin last published a book in his A Song of Ice and Fire series, the author now looks to be finally coming to the end of The Winds of Winter. The 72-year-old has been focused all year on the huge novel, writing in self-isolation at his secluded mountain cabin. But now a well-respected ASOIAF expert in BryndenBFish has pointed to evidence heavily suggesting that Martin could well be facing a decision to split his new book.

Martin has previously had to break up A Feast for Crows and A Dance with Dragons.

And considering just how big he’s been teasing The Winds of Winter to be, fans shouldn’t be surprised if the new book follows suit.

In his latest blog update on his writing progress, Martin wrote of the length: “No, sorry, still not done, but I do inch closer. It is a big big book.  

“I try not to dwell on that too much. I write a chapter at a time, a page at a time, a sentence at a time, a word at a time. It is the only way. And sometimes I rewrite.”

Unpacking the new blog post, ASOIAF expert BryndenBFish wrote of a possible Winds of Winter split.

He penned on an extremely popular Reddit post: “Since 2011, George has talked about how he plans for TWOW and ADOS to be ‘big books’ but now it’s less a ‘it will be this way’ and more of a ‘it IS this way.’

“Given the word similarities, I’d have to guess that the manuscript is huge. A few days after his ‘inch by inch’ post on his notablog, GRRM wrote that ADWD was thirty pages longer than the manuscript for A Storm of Swords, meaning that he had 1551 manuscript pages complete by then (Storm was 1521 manuscript pages in total). Could George be at that point? It seems possible!”

The expert pointed out how, in 2018, Martin even admitted on his blog that he was under pressure to break up The Winds of Winter.

In 2018, Martin wrote on his blog: “Some of my publishers have suggested breaking up WINDS as we did with FEAST and DANCE. I am resisting that notion.”

BryndenBFish assessed: “If George is at or near the 1500 manuscript page mark for Winds and the book is not complete, he may be facing a decision whether to split the book into multiple volumes (the preferred option), cutting already-completed TWOW chapters to ADOS (which will probably happen anyways as it’s happened for every book except ASOS).

“Or doing something similar to AFFC/ADWD in splitting the POV stories geographically (my not-preferred option).

“If future notablog posts have GRRM talking about making hard choices or decisions, that may further signal that George is considering splitting the book in some fashion. Keep an eye out.”

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Whatever the case, the ASOIAF expert is convinced that Martin could be just a couple of months off from completing The Winds of Winter.

He pointed out that the author was using similar language on his blog just two months before finished A Dance with Dragons.

Quoting from one post in February 2011, Martin wrote: “And on other fronts… it’s still snowing on Skull Island, but one of the krakens is done and t’other is down to the last tentacle.

“Closer and closer… inch by inch, word by word, step by step…”

Martin has stated that his current publication hope is at some point in 2021, so it’s certainly possible he’s near the end especially if he’s in the rewriting/editing phase.

BryndenBFish concluded: “George is reordering the book and moving things around.

“What this indicates is that George has a better sense of the narrative thrust of the book, and that he’s ordering chapters to fall in the best thematic, plot or character order.

“That also again underlines the point that George has enough finalized material that he feels like he can do this now and may also be closer to completion than previously thought.”

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