The Winds of Winter was almost published around five years ago, but Game of Thrones creator George RR Martin is still plugging away. It’s now been almost a decade since the last A Song of Ice and Fire book, A Dance With Dragons, was published. But what if A Storm of Swords holds the key for why The Winds of Winter is taking so long?
Well, that is the compelling argument of a popular new fan theory.
Reddit user extremeq16 argues: “My belief is that the reason Winds has taken just so long is because it’s likely going to be GRRM’s final masterpiece single novel wise; something that will, as he likely intends at least, [to] top A Storm of Swords.”
The third novel in A Song of Ice and Fire is considered by many fans to be the best in the series so far; a climatic outing that was built up to from A Game of Thrones and A Clash of Kings.
Well, this theorist reckons The Winds of Winter will be Martin’s second masterpiece and act as a similarly climatic book to A Storm of Swords following A Feast for Crows and A Dance with Dragons.
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They argued: “I think by now the overall flow of the series is clear; whereas many authors follow the rising action [to] climax path on a book by book basis (and not to say GRRM doesn’t as well), ASOIAF has also developed a clear trend of building and building the overall tension over multiple books as plot threads develop and interweave.
“And then having them all explode in a single, action-packed book; a book to plant the seeds of what’s to come, a book to water them, and a book to harvest and reap the rewards of what’s been anticipated before you clear the board and begin to set the stage for a new climax.
“This is what ASOS did after two books of building and building and from what bits and pieces we know about TWOW so far, it’s very likely that it will do the same.”
In fact, the theorist reckons this is the main reason that The Winds of Winter has been delayed for so long, as Martin is fine-tuning his next masterpiece.
The theorist continued: “This is why I believe Winds has taken so long.
“GRRM wants to make it just as good as, if not even better than his best novel he’s ever written.
“So much of what he’s been writing for the past few decades of his life is going to culminate in this book.
“And if i were in his shoes, I can’t imagine I’d want to put it out to the world as anything but what I felt was perfect.”
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They added: “This will be the novel that defines his legacy even after his death; will he be a man who kept fans waiting for years upon years and failed to deliver or one who kept fans waiting for years upon years to release a final masterpiece before the series finally wraps up in A Dream of Spring.
“[That] being the book that finally begins to end the plot threads that have been carefully followed for thousands upon thousands of pages, and giving the hundreds of different characters one last hurrah in the battle against the army of the dead before the story of this era of Westeros is finally set down for good.
“Or will he even live to finish Dream? Who the f*** knows, but at this point, I’m nearly certain we’re going to get The Winds of Winter before George dies if not anything else.
“And I imagine there’s nothing in the world he wants more than to finally get to see millions of fans react to one last massive explosion of all the plots and all the tension that’s been slowly building once again since the release of Feast in 2005.”
Certainly, there’s a theory among fans that Martin is determined to finally win the Hugo Award for Best sci-fi/fantasy novel.
The 71-year-old has only had A Song of Ice and Fire books nominated in that category.
And A Storm of Swords famously lost out to JK Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
No doubt Martin will be working hard at his best chances of The Winds of Winter picking up that prized gong.
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