Posted July 6, 2014 by Mico Orda in Books

George R.R. Martin Reveal More Updates For THE WINDS OF WINTER!

Despite of the long wait for The Winds of Winter, we received some excerpts of the forthcoming novel and some information on the past months. And this time around, the author of the series, George R.R. Martin spills more juicy stuff which we should anticipate on the next installment of the epic series.

(Spoiler warning to those who haven’t read A Feast for Crows and A Dance with Dragons)

 “I think we’re gonna start out with a big smash with the two enormous battles,” Martin says. Presumably one of those battles refers to the clash between Ramsay’s army and Stannis’s forces in the North (the outcome of which was described in Ramsay’s letter in ADWD—perhaps falsely?—but not actively shown), while the other takes place across the narrow sea when Yunkai attacks Meereen in an attempt to overthrow Daenerys.”

 He also mentioned before the Dothraki are coming back into the story (“in a big way”), and he says “a lot of stuff is happening at The Wall.”

 The author added:  “We have more deaths, and we have more betrayals. We have more marriages.”    

“Well, Tyrion and Dany will intersect, in a way, but for much of the book they’re still apart,” he says. “They both have quite large roles to play here. Tyrion has decided that he actually would like to live, for one thing, which he wasn’t entirely sure of during the last book, and he’s now working toward that end—if he can survive the battle that’s breaking out all around him. And Dany has embraced her heritage as a Targaryen and embraced the Targaryen words. So they’re both coming home.”

 In A Dance with Dragons, the readers witnessed Dany struggling to rule in Meereen: Threats from neighboring cities, her dragons in feral state, disappearances and deaths of her comrades, as well as other repercussions of slave-abolishment acts stand in her way of becoming a true queen. On embracing her Targaryen heritage, this could be her turning point, in a sense that she’s gone through with her mistakes and found her real focus; either way, there are other metaphors that can reflect on her arc.  After a series of setbacks and life threatening moments that Tyrion has faced, things didn’t seem to go well with him in the East. After all, he’s gone through many dangerous situations in every way. On the other hand, it’s great to see these characters meet at each other, going home, having fully realized their own potential and existence.

Battles, weddings, betrayals and marriages as the author describes ‘Winds’– I think the 1500-page novel promises a bigger, yet chaotic affair on the narrative, which sounds like A Storm of Swords 2.0. But one thing’s for sure that the novel will conjure a grand scope, a worthy addition In A Song of Ice and Fire series, in its own right.

While the book has no “definite” release date and still a big question on the picture, only time can tell on what comes after, but certainly we’ll get some answers. But for the meantime, his books on the ASOIAF franchise: The World of Ice and Fire: The Untold History of Westeros and the World of Game of Thrones will be released this year in October.

Mico Orda

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