There’s some real good stuff for A Song of Ice and Fire fans in this new George R.R. Martin interview, in which the author previews the rest of the saga!

A great, very lengthy interview with Martin has been released on Adria’s News, and it is so full of juicy tidbits about the next book in the ASOIAF saga, The Winds of Winter, as well as how he writes characters, works to subvert reader expectations and more. The entire interview is worth checking out, but we’ll include some of the best bits for you here.

Martin speaks very openly about how far he has come writing Winds, and he tentatively gives 2014 as a release date – though, as he cautions, this is not a promise that we won’t have to wait even longer, as he is aware of the fact that after the saga is done, he will be judged at the quality, not the speed of his writing.

He also talks about the seventh and final book in the saga, which he has chosen to name A Dream of Spring (after previously considering Time of Wolves). While he knows how he plans to finish the series, “I discover all that details while I am writing the book and that’s the reason why I go so slowly: because sometimes I have to go back to change certain things.”

That said, however, “I will write the two last books as good as I am capable of and I think the great majority of my readers would be happy with it,” Martin says.

On his decision to kill off important characters at various points in the saga, he says, “I want to state that everybody can die. Mine is not a predictable book like so many others, where you know the hero is safe. No matter how much trouble the hero gets in, what odds he seems to be facing; he’s gonna come through, cause he… he is John Carter, he is the hero. That’s not the way in real life and I want to be realistic in my books, so no one is safe in the books.”

Martin also reflects on why his series is called A Song of Ice and Fire, saying, “People say I was influenced by Robert Ford’s poem, and of course I was, I mean… Fire is love, fire is passion, fire is sexual ardor and all of these things. Ice is betrayal, ice is revenge, ice is… you know, that kind of cold inhumanity and all that stuff is being played out in the books.”

There’s a lot more just like this, well worth a read for ASOIAF fans, over at Adria’s News!

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