In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, George R.R. Martin was just like, “Oh, you want to know what happens in the next book? OK!” I mean ok, he doesn’t give away everything but I was a bit surprised to read just how much he was willing to say. Though he has been releasing excerpts here and there.
Ok spoilers. Did I mention spoilers?
We’ll get the obvious out of the way first. Martin told EW, “We have more deaths, and we have more betrayals. We have more marriages.”
Apparently this had already been floating around (I’d missed it), but the Dothraki will be making a return. “In a big way,” he told them, also saying, “I think we’re gonna start out with a big smash with the two enormous battles,” and “a lot of stuff is happening at The Wall.” You don’t say…
There was also another tidbit he gave EW which I hadn’t heard before but probably could have assumed. “Well, Tyrion and Dany will intersect, in a way, but for much of the book they’re still apart. They both have quite large roles to play here. Tyrion has decided that he actually would like to live, for one thing, which he wasn’t entirely sure of during the last book, and he’s now working toward that end—if he can survive the battle that’s breaking out all around him. And Dany has embraced her heritage as a Targaryen and embraced the Targaryen words. So they’re both coming home.”
No release date on the horizon of course (or at least that they’re willing to share). I’m just crossing my fingers we get our hands on it before HBO’s Game of Thrones has to speed past, which is very close to happening.
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