“Maybe eight books for Seven Kingdoms would be okay,” Martin's editor says
Good news, “Game of Thrones” fans - the source material for your favorite dragons-and-swords series could be getting an extension.
George R.R. Martin, the author of the “A Song of Ice and Fire” books, might write an eighth installment of the series that “Game of Thrones” is based on.
Martin's editor, Anne Groell, made the reveal during a Q&A session on Suvudu this week.
Though Groell said she and Martin are currently contracted for just seven books, she didn't shoot down the possibility of an eighth novel when asked by a fan.
“I begin to wonder–though 7 [books] is what we currently have under contract. I remember when he called me, years and years back, to confess that his little trilogy was…well…no longer a trilogy. He predicted four books. I said Seven Books for Seven Kingdoms,” Groell revealed. “Only, as I recently learned while editing ‘The World of Ice and Fire’ (another awesome thing you must buy when it comes out!), there are really technically eight kingdoms, all having to do with who has annexed what when Aegon the Conqueror landed in Westeros. So, maybe eight books for Seven Kingdoms would be okay.”
In an interview with Mother Jones earlier this years, series creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss said that the HBO series could stretch into 8 seasons, as long as the network was interested in running it.
“We have the opportunity here to tell a coherent story that lasts for 80 hours,” the pair said. “And while a canvas of that size presents all sorts of storytelling problems, it also allows us to spend more time with these characters we love than we'll ever get again.”