Believe it or not, there are some ‘Game of Thrones’ books coming out soon, though sadly (and not surprisingly) not any written by George R.R. Martin, who is still taking his sweet time with book 6 ‘The Winds of Winter,’ little aware that despite his contribution to the television series, if he keeps this up he will mostly be remembered as the man who could not finish his own series — the only author known who was SURPASSED by an adaptation that some fans claim is even better than his source material. (Not by me though. Despite my frustration with the man, I still do think the books are better).
The new books I am referring to are being published by HBO’s tie-in novel partner, Insight Editions. Raoul Goff, founder and publisher at Insight Edition, recently shared some words about how happy he and the company are to be working with HBO once again on a project like this, stating:
“[We are] thrilled to be able to participate in the grand farewell of one of the greatest TV shows ever made.”
As for the books themselves, the first one (unknown which one it will be) is coming out in the spring around the same time the final season premieres, with the rest coming out as the year progresses. The 4 books are as follows: ‘Game of Thrones: The Storyboards’ by storyboard artist William Simpson, ‘The Photography of Game of Thrones’ by principal unit photographer Helen Sloan, ‘Game of Thrones: The Costumes’ by costume designer Michele Clapton, and ‘The Art of Game of Thrones.’ And while these may not be narrative releases, they will help fans celebrate the end of the series and remember the highlights of the 8 year run, even as we settle in the for the long winter, by which I am actually NOT referring to the HBO sequel series of the same name, but rather the amount of time it will take for George R. R. Martin to actually finish the books of the series. Or at least book 6, because… come on, this is ridiculous.
Are you interesting in buying the tie-in books for the final season of ‘Game of Thrones?’ Or are you content to just watch the final season and once it is over, be done with Westeros once and for all? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below!