The WGA and SAG-AFTRA strike has brought the entirety of the entertainment industry to a halt. Released dates are being pushed away, shows stopped mid-production, promotional events getting canceled, abandoning of red carpets as writers and actors march and protest and form picket lines in front of studios. But the Game of Thrones writer, George R.R. Martin has not let the strikes affect his work. He continues to pen his ideas and shoot his shows despite the unions going on strike. Although, he seems to have an explanation for this.

Game of Thrones Author’s Projects Still In Motion

House of The Dragon Season 2
House of The Dragon Season 2

Game of Thrones concluded after its eighth season to polarizing reviews, the ending surely earned a lot of gasps, if nothing else. Fans eventually got over it as they had some killer spin-offs to look forward to when the news that House of The Dragon season two continues shooting amidst the strikes surfaced. And Martin provided some intel on the matter.

George R.R. Martin
George R.R. Martin

All of the scripts had been finished months before the WGA strike began. No writing has been done since, to the best of my knowledge” the scribe explained. He also clarified that the actors in the show are European, mainly British, and are members of the British Union Equity. Hence, cannot be involved in the strikes. 

Martin informed his readers that his deal with HBO was suspended on June 1.   

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George R.R. Martin is Almost Done with The Winds of Winter 

George R.R. Martin
George R.R. Martin

As the end of the strikes does not seem close, George R.R. Martin continues to write the sixth installment of the Song of Ice and Fire series. The novel series which has sold over 90 million copies and enjoys a massive fan following globally, continues to be Martin’s magnum opus. Reportedly, the Winds of Winter will be the longest of the series, as the current manuscript is around sixteen-hundred pages. He informs fans of the progress and development through his Not a Blog post.

“And, yes, yes, of course, I’ve been working on Winds of Winter.  Almost every day.  Writing, rewriting, editing, and writing some more.   Making steady progress.   Not as fast as I would like.. .certainly not as fast as you would like… but progress nonetheless.”

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Fans have anticipated the release of this book for far too long as it has been almost eleven years since the series’ last installment, Dance of the Dragons hit the shelves. Martin continues to write and calls himself “one of the lucky ones” explaining the objective of strikes.

“I am one of the lucky ones. These strikes are not really about name writers or producers or showrunners, most of whom are fine; we’re striking for the entry-level writers, the story editors, the students hoping to break in, the actor who has four lines, the guy working his first staff job who dreams of creating his own show one day, as I did back in the 80s.”

As George R.R. Martin continues to write as a novelist, the future prospects of the strike and hence, Hollywood stay questioned.

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Source: Not a Blog post

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