The Game of Thrones book series may become eight instead of the currently planned seven. It all depends on the writing, and whether the certain people will get their way. So far, it is all ifs, buts and maybes though, considering the last two planned books are not yet finished.
George R.R. Martin originally planned for the series to be a trilogy, but the stories just became longer and longer. There was much discussion between Martin and his editor Anne Groell, and the eventually agreed on a seven-series set. The idea was that there were the same number of books as Westeros kingdoms; quite fitting for the series.
Groell recently admitted that there is an eighth series. Aegon the Conqueror annexed the eighth kingdom, and it is rarely covered when talking about Westeros as a whole. However, it does open the possibilities of creating another book to tag onto the end of the series. Fans will likely be delighted to hear that there is no set ending just set for the Game of Thrones book series, which is actually named Songs of Ice and Fire. The title of the HBO show is the title of just the first book in the series.
This is not the first time that a writer had changed his mind part way through writing. His inspiration J.R.R. Tolkien originally wanted Lord of the Rings to be one big book. He was later informed that it was too long, and needed to be split down.
However, this is one of the first times that the series has adapted during the writing process. The book series around Game of Thrones may become eight books, but fans should not get their hopes up yet.
The writing of the sixth installment, The Winds of Winter, is still in progress. There is currently no release date, and Martin has not shared how he is doing with the novel creation. He has been involved in writing prequels to his hit series, and he has also been involved with the adaptation on the screen.
There are questions over whether the book series will even be finished in time for the show runners. Season four of Game of Thrones is set during the second half of the third book. There are two more books available to adapt at the moment, which could take up to another four seasons. Martin has hinted that the show runners could split the two remaining books each in half for 10-episode seasons, although fans seem to be getting bored of the most recent season. It has led to the need to fill out some of the story lines, but has lead to the creation of scenes that are unique to the show.
It really is time for Martin to buckle down and get the sixth book out on the shelves. That will take some pressure off him to stay ahead of the TV series, and will keep fans happy who have been waiting for this newest installment for some time. He can then look into the idea of making the Game of Thrones book series an eight-book series instead of seven.
Opinion by Alexandria Ingham