Once again, George R.R. Martin will not be contributing a script to the next season of “Game of Thrones.” Instead he will focus on his novel, “The Winds of Winter,” which he hopes to finish before the sixth season of the series debuts on HBO next year. He’s also pulling back on media appearances, and will skip San Diego’s Comic-Con in July.
Though he did pen episodes for the first four seasons, Martin did not provide a script for season five, currently in mid-swing, either. He told Entertainment Weekly: “Maybe I’m being overly optimistic about how quickly I can finish … But I canceled two convention appearances, I’m turning down a lot more interviews—anything I can do to clear my decks and get this done.”
Good or bad news for fans? Fellow scriptwriters David Benioff, DB Weiss and Bryan Cogman will have to carry the torch without him.