Author George R. R. Martin is clearing his schedule to finish the new Game of Thrones book — ‘The Winds of Winter’ — before season 6.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly he said:
I wish it was out now. 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.
Martin also revealed that he’s considering to inject a shocking twist fans might not see coming on his new novel:
This is going to drive your readers crazy, but I love it. I’m still weighing whether to go that direction or not. It’s a great twist. It’s easy to do things that are shocking or unexpected, but they have to grow out of characters. They have to grow out of situations. Otherwise, it’s just being shocking for being shocking. But this is something that seems very organic and natural, and I could see how it would happen. And with the various three, four characters involved… it all makes sense. But it’s nothing I’ve ever thought of before. And it’s nothing they can do in the show, because the show has already—on this particular character—made a couple decisions that will preclude it, where in my case I have not made those decisions.
Earlier this week, Martin released an excerpt from the upcoming novel titled “Alayne” (aka Sansa). Check out the full chapter here.
Game of Thrones resumes its fifth season on Sunday, April 12 on HBO.