George RR Martin announces a 'Game of Thrones' prequel - actually, two

George RR Martin Announces 'Game of Thrones' Book — But Not 'Winds of Winter'

Fans of A Song of Ice and Fire have been waiting since 2011's A Dance with Dragons for the sixth book of Martin's series, Winds of Winter, which has been teased since the last book's release. "You will, however, be able to return to Westeros this year", he said.

And with those words, posted on George R.R. Martin's blog Wednesday, go the hopes of a few million Martin fans who had expected the next volume in his "A Song of Ice and Fire" - upon which HBO's "Game of Thrones" is based - to appear this year. The book is called "Fire and Blood" and it's the first of two planned works the publisher is calling "the definitive history of the Targaryens in Westeros".

Instead, an "imaginary history" book on the Targaryen family and their political reign titled "Fire and Blood" will hit bookstore shelves on November 20.

"No, winter is not coming... not in 2018, at least", he wrote, according to Entertainment Weekly. Though Martin has had some famously long waits between the releases of his Ice and Fire novels, Winds of Winter will most definitely take the lemon cake.

The book will feature 75 black & white illustrations by artist Doug Wheatley, Martin writes.

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It would be exciting news if not for the one big sticking point: the book series isn't finished and fans have been waiting many long years for "The Winds of Winter". Also thrown in the mix will be Aenys, Maegor the Cruel, Jaehaerys I, Viserys I, and Aegon II.

"As most of you know, HBO is presently developing a number of different prequels to 'GAME OF THRONES.' I know I am going to be asked whether those shows are going to be based on material from 'FIRE & BLOOD.' It's a logical question". Place your bets now on a special limited edition that will mark the end of Game of Thrones as a series, as THR notes that the show will now beat the books in terms of completion. This is not a traditional narrative and was never meant to be... let's call this one 'imaginary history' instead....

"Oh, and there are dragons, too", Martin added.

"The only answer I can give is... ah, well, no one is sure yet, and anyway, I am not allowed to say".

Game of Thrones Season 8 will air in 2019.

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