Last year, George R. R. Martin — otherwise known as the prolific high fantasy author behind the Game of Thrones book series that was adapted into the award winning, if disappointing at the end HBO show of the same name, is in hot water. After promising that he’d have the sixth book in the Game of Thrones series, The Winds of Winter, done by the time he arrived to the 78th World Science Fiction Convention in New Zealand on July 29 of this year, he also added that if he didn’t have it done by that point, fans could imprison him in New Zealand.
And, sure enough, although the World Science Fiction Convention has gone virtual, and Martin is not in New Zealand for the event, the book is clearly not finished, despite his promises. We still don’t know what will happen to Jon Snow or Danaerys Targaryen in the books. So, that means that fans are most likely legally allowed to imprison Martin against his will in order to force him to finish a book that many fans have waited years and years and years and years to read.
Okay, just kidding. It probably wouldn’t be legal to imprison him. But all that being said, he did promise he’d have the book done by July 29, and he clearly doesn’t. Still, according to Martin, he’s still made a bunch of progress on the book — maybe because instead of being imprisoned by a certain date, he’s been living in quarantine like the rest of the responsible citizens of the world, therefore limiting his time to be distracted by outside delights and by increasing his time to be sitting in front of a computer and pounding out important words.
Last month, Martin did say that he had made significant progress on the long-awaited book. But it looks like we’ll have to wait a few more years to get our grubby hands on stories of Westeros. He said he plans to have a draft by next year, which means that there will be revisions and more that have to happen before we can even see any of the book at all. So, if anyone wants to go jail him, we’re allowed to. But it might not actually help anything.