Yesterday, Anne Groell — George R.R. Martin’s book editor — suggested that it’s possible that he may need more than seven books in order to finish A Song of Ice and Fire. His UK publisher also conceded that the only person who really knows how many books it will take to finish the series is George R.R. Martin himself.
And so, EW reached out to Martin to ask him what his plans are.
“My plan is to finish in seven,” Martin says. “But my original plan was to finish in three. I write the stories and they grow. I deal with certain things and sometimes I find myself not at the end of a story. My plan right now is still seven. But first I have to finish Book Six. Get back to me when I’m half-way through Book Seven and then maybe I’ll tell you something more meaningful.”
In other words, get back to him in 2021, and we’ll see where we’re at.
Martin also spoke to HBO’s plan to end the series after seven seasons, suggesting that he thinks the network will actually need more time to finish the story he has remaining and once again offered that feature films might be an ideal solution to the problem, noting however that HBO is not exactly thrilled with such a prospect (and to be honest, neither are the viewers).
Source: EW. H/T to JJ for the GIF.