Have you been eagerly awaiting news from the realm of your favorite fantasy mastermind, George R.R. Martin? Well, strap in, because we've got some fresh-from-the-forge updates for you.
First up, let's tackle the mammoth in the room - the Hollywood strikes. Martin, always the insightful sage, predicts these strikes might be "long and bitter." He's hoping it won't reach the levels of the infamous 1985 strike, but he isn't holding his breath. Now, let's talk about Martin's pact with HBO. It seems the deal was put on ice this past June. But fret not, our beloved bard isn't just sitting around twiddling his thumbs. He's standing up for the underdogs - the entry-level writers, the dreamers, and the actors just starting out. Isn't that just knightly behavior?
As for the much-anticipated House of the Dragon season 2, Martin spilled some royal tea that all scripts were locked and loaded before the strikes kicked off. Filming is still on, mostly in London, thanks to the British actors' union, Equity. They're showing solidarity with their American colleagues but can't join the strike due to local laws. So, rest assured, the dragon will continue to soar! And speaking of dragons, Martin also dropped some hints about a stage play called The Iron Throne. It's shaping up pretty nicely and might even hit the West End soon. But shh, let's not jinx it.
Last but certainly not least, let's talk about Winds of Winter. Martin has been pouring his heart and soul into it "almost every day." He admits the progress is slower than he'd like (and definitely slower than we'd like), but hey, at least he's staying out of trouble, right? So, that's the scoop! Remember, in the world of fantasy, patience is a virtue. Let's keep our spirits high as we wait for more magic from the pen of George R.R. Martin. Stay tuned for more updates!