Winds of Winter: George R R Martin Says ‘Game of Thrones’ Needs More Time and More Episodes

George R. R. Martin, the “Game of Thrones” creator who is currently working on “Winds of Winter”– the latest installment in the “A Song of Ice and Fire”–said the whole series is catching up quickly with the books.

Martin has yet to give a release date for “Winds of Winter,” and his editor a few weeks ago said he only gave her 168 pages of the book in February 2013.

“I wish we had more episodes,” Martin told The New York Times. “I’d love to have 13 episodes. With 13 episodes, we could include smaller scenes that we had to cut, scenes that make the story deeper and richer.”

Martin notes that if there were 12 to 13 episodes for each “Game of Thrones” season, it would be ideal.

However, HBO has not been able to make more episodes due to its budget.

Martin, in the Times interview, did not say when “Winds of Winter” would come out.

“It’s going along,” he stated. His last book in the series is “A Dance With Dragons,” which came out in 2011.

Martin also talked about the sexual violence depicted in the books and show.

“Rape and sexual violence have been a part of every war ever fought, from the ancient Sumerians to our present day,” he told The New York Times weeks ago. “To omit them from a narrative centered on war and power would have been fundamentally false and dishonest.”

The finale for “Game of Thrones” Season 4 will show on Sunday, June 15 at 9 p.m. on HBO.

A few days ago, Martin insisted that he wants to finish the series in seven books–not eight, which is what his editor suggested.

Martin talked with about the books, saying that he wants to finish the series in seven.

“My plan is to finish in seven,” Martin told EW. “But my original plan was to finish in three. I write the stories and they grow. I deal with certain things and sometimes I find myself not at the end of a story. My plan right now is still seven. But first I have to finish Book Six. Get back to me when I’m half-way through Book Seven and then maybe I’ll tell you something more meaningful.”

He said “Game of Thrones” might not be finished in seven seasons, however.