Winds of Winter; World of Ice and Fire Update: George R R Martin says he Wants to Finish Series ‘in Seven’ Books

“Winds of Winter,” the upcoming book in “Game of Thrones” creator George R.R. Martin’s saga, got some clarification from the author.

Martin’s editor, Anne Lesley Groell, said earlier this month that she had only 168 pages of “Winds of Winter” from Martin, which was sent to her last year. She also said that the entire series might be drawn out to eight books rather than seven.

“For TWOW, when I have a date, you will have a date … All I can say is that George is hard at work, and we hope to have it reasonably soon. I currently have 168 pages that he submitted back in Feb 2013 in order to receive a contracted payment, but I know more exists, because he keeps talking about chapter he hasn’t yet sent me,” she said, according to The Guardian.

She added: “Finally, we were on the same page. Seven Books for Seven Kingdoms. Good. Only, as I recently learned while editing THE WORLD OF ICE AND FIRE (another awesome thing you must buy when it comes out!), there are really technically eight kingdoms, all having to do with who has annexed what when Aegon the Conqueror landed in Westeros. So, maybe eight books for Seven Kingdoms would be okay.”

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

“My plan is to finish in seven,” Martin told the website. “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.”

But he stipulated that the HBO series might not be finished in seven seasons.

“I don’t think it will be enough to tell the story we’re telling in the books,” he said.

His companion book, “The World of Ice & Fire: The Untold History of Westeros,” will be published in October.