George R.R. Martin signs deal to develop new HBO series: When will he finish 'A Song of Ice and Fire'?

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It's no secret that George R.R. Martin got his start in television, and then wrote his expansive fantasy series "A Song of Ice and Fire" as a response to the constraints he felt writing for the small screen. That's why it's been somewhat ironic for fans that Martin has returned to TV to act as co-executive producer and write an episode a season for the HBO adaptation of "Game of Thrones."

GRRM and HBO seem to be hitting it off pretty well, because Deadline is reporting that he has signed a two-year overall deal with the network. Under it, he will continue to act as co-executive producer on "Game of Thrones" and also develop and produce new series for HBO.

Yes, that's right, Martin is putting even more projects on his plate. As fans of the "ASoIaF" series often lament, GRRM seems to be trying his best to keep his focus away from finishing his most famous fantasy series. 

There are still two novels left to finish: "The Winds of Winter" and "A Dream of Spring," and they are likely still years away. In fact, Martin has said he could need to stretch the series from seven to eight books in order to give it a satisfying conclusion. It took Martin five years to release "A Feast for Crows" and seven to release "A Dance with Dragons," but many had hoped that the "Game of Thrones" TV series' time frame meant he'd speed up his writing process. Alas, that does not seem like it will be the case.

In addition to his commitments to "A Song of Ice and Fire" and now HBO, Martin is the series editor of "Wild Cards," is due to write a new "Dunk and Egg" novella, has a new story called "The Princess and the Queen" coming out in his "Dangerous Women" anthology and has the long in development "The World of Ice & Fire" book to work on. Hopefully HBO wrote a clause in his two-year contract that says Martin has to finish at least one of these projects before he starts working on something for them.

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