Game of Thrones Episode on Ice as Author Tries to Finish Book

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Fans of the television series Games of Thrones are likely disappointed that bestselling author George R.R. Martin put writing for season six of Game of Thrones episode on ice as the author tries to finish his book The Winds of Winter.

The author ditched out of writing for this latest season of the show, although he contributed writing to the first four seasons. Martin had declined to write for the fifth season because he was writing for another science fiction show. He now states he must finish the installment in the Song of Ice and Fire series before Game of Thrones moves into its sixth season. The reason for the timeline is a practical one. The television series is moving ahead of the plot written about in Martin’s current novels.

The show’s fans are anxiously awaiting Sunday night’s episode where it is expected to climax in several clashes and at least one possible alliance.  Cersei finds herself in the dungeons due to her own actions which have entangled her in a web of unsettling circumstances.  The coming winter could set the stage for battle between Lord Commander Jon Snow and the White Walkers as Snow tries to win over the Wildings. The relationship between Ser Jorah Mormont and Daenerys continues to waver as he tries one final attempt to win Daenerys’ love.

Some bloggers of Game of Thrones state one of the most exciting elements of this particular show is seeing Daenerys and Tyrion together. Some are betting the moment will set the pace for Daenerys to give a speech, informally known as her “Break the Wheel” speech, that was heavily promoted in a Season 5 trailer, but has yet to be shown in the show. Fans will be left guessing as to where the winds will carry the show into the sixth season as Martin freezes out writing for Game of Thrones in order to finish his book.

Meanwhile, the Sand Snakes on Game of Thrones, are giving interviews with some small clues about the show. Keisha Castle-Hughes a.k.a. Obara, Jessica Henwick, who plays Nymeria, and Rosabell Laurenti Sellers, portraying Tyene, talked about their nearly five months of training in Belfast to make fight scenes look real.  On the day of the interview, Castle-Hughes mentioned the trio were utilizing their training by filming a substantial fight scene using weapons.

Most fans are expecting a large battle scene in Hardhome, although HBO has given little indication regarding that plot. Even so, the set up of Snow traveling north of the Wall seems to indicate something significant will happen.

Season’s 5 Episode 8, titled Hardhome, will air Sunday, May 31, on HBO at 8 p.m. It is also offered in live streaming on Stream 1 and Stream 2. While Episode 8 is expected to have some solid viewership, the show has dropped in views since the Season 5 premier. It started off the season with eight million viewers, but 1.2 million tuned out for the second episode. The total number of viewers watching Episode 6 was 6.2 million and the show only had 5.4 million viewers for Episode 7. Some attributed the decline in viewership for Episode 7 to the fact the episode aired during a Memorial Day weekend. Other possible explanations are controversial story lines, and a new HBO streaming service, but it is not a leap to wonder if Martin’s lack of involvement in this season’s writing has anything to do with the decline in viewership.

Martin has not given any suggestions as to where the next installment is going. He has cleared his calendar of more things than just writing for the show. He has also cut back on media interviews and canceled two convention appearances. He said he will likely turn down more interviews and appearance offers in order to keep his time clear to finish the book quickly.

There is not a publication date for The Winds of Winter, suggesting Martin does not know exactly when he will finish writing. He told reporters he will announce a publication date when he finishes the book. While television fans may be upset that a sixth season Games of Thrones episode is iced by The Winds of Winter, fans may be happy to know the author will finish the book that will add more adventure to the television saga next year.

By Melody Dareing

Sources:

Business Insider: ‘Game of Thrones’ ratings are falling: Here are two possible reasons why

Entertainment Weekly: George R.R. Martin won’t write Game of Thrones season 6 episode to focus on book

Yahoo News: ‘Pre-Game of Thrones’: The End of Cersei?

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