George R.R. Martin is getting pretty serious about finishing his last two novels in the A Song of Ice and Fire series. /game-of-thrones-george-rr-martin-sdcc-2015/Just a few weeks back, the creator of Game of Thrones revealed the disappointing news that he will not be attending the World Fantasy Convention or Comic-Con 2015 so that he can finish working on his sixth book entitled The Winds of Winter. Now, the author says he isn't going to write an episode for Game of Thrones Season 6, either. He explains:

""[A]fter wrestling with it for a month or so, I've decided not to script an episode for season six of Game of Thrones. Writing a script takes me three weeks, minimum, and longer when it is not a straight adaptation from the novels. And really, it would cost me more time than that, since I have never been good at changing gears from one medium to another and back again. Writing a season six script would cost me a month's work on WINDS, and maybe as much as six weeks, and I cannot afford that. With David Benioff, D.B. Weiss, and Bryan Cogman on board, the scriptwriting chores for season six should be well covered. My energies are best devoted to WINDS."

George R.R. Martin has written one script for each season of Game of Thrones, spanning from Season 1 to Season 4. These episodes were pivotal to each season's arc. Last Season, he was responsible for penning the game changing The Lion and the Rose, otherwise known as The Purple Wedding episode. Alas, he did not return to pen an episode for the upcoming Game of Thrones Season 5, which debuts Sunday, April 12.

It should be noted, because he is taking so long to write the books, the next two upcoming seasons are not direct adaptations of the novel series. So it makes more sense that he would step away from writing an episode himself. It is known that Game of Thrones Season 5 will deviate from the books quite a bit, especially with Game of Thrones Season 4 catching up with quite a few of the characters' story lines in the novel series. George R.R. Martin's role in writing a script was so that he could adapt some of the more difficult and challenging aspects of the book. As you can see, that will no longer be necessary. As of now, The Winds of Winter does not have a publication date.

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