George R.R. Martin reveals Winds of Winter details to House of the Dragon boss


While speaking virtually at the Game of Thrones Official Fan Convention in Los Angeles this past weekend, House of the Dragon showrunner Ryan Condal revealed that author George R.R. Martin had told him some details about the highly anticipated sixth book in his Song of Ice and Fire series, The Winds of Winter.

“He’s told me things that have, not a direct connection [to House of the Dragon], but when he’s explaining mythologies and things like that, he’ll just casually mention things,” Condal said. “It’s so cool but it’s like, ‘Ah! I  just want to read the book.’ So I’m very much looking forward to that as a fan, and I’m a fan of his too. I’m really rooting for him and I want him to get, as he calls it, the monkey off his back.”

The fifth book in Martin’s saga, A Dance with Dragons, was released way back in 2011, the same year that HBO began adapting the series as Game of Thrones. At the time, Martin expected to finish work on Winds before the show ended, but deadlines came and went, and the work continues. Martin recently said that he has over a thousand pages of Winds completed, but still has hundreds to go.

House of the Dragon showrunner wants to read The Winds of Winter like any fan

House of the Dragon is based on Martin’s book Fire & Blood and is set over 100 years before A Song of Ice and Fire or Game of Thrones. Part of the reason Condal was selected to create House of the Dragon was because of his passion for Martin’s work. It’s reassuring to know that Martin trusts Condal enough to share details about The Winds of Winter with him.

“It’s cool because I still get to be a fan… I’m as excited for the Winds of Winter as everybody in that room,” Condal told convention goers. “I know some things because George just mentions things at times.”

Condal kept his cards close to his chest when it came to discussing the second season of House of the Dragon, but he said the production is in full swing. Condal will serve as the lone showrunner this time around, as co-showrunner Miguel Sapochnik decided not to be as heavily involved in season 2, although he remains executive producer. Expect new episodes sometime in 2024.

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