George R.R. Martin passed on a ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8 cameo to write ‘The Winds of Winter’

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George R.R. Martin is taking his responsibility to complete The Winds of Winter VERY seriously. The Song of Ice and Fire author told Entertainment Weekly that he turned down a Game of Thrones Season 8 cameo in order to focus on writing his long-awaited novel.  

“David and Dan invited me to a cameo in one of the final episodes, which I was tempted to do,” Martin told EW. “But I didn’t think just for the sake of a cameo I could take the time to return to Belfast.”

Fans have been waiting on The Winds of Winter since A Dance With Dragons‘ 2011 publication. Since then, Thrones hit the airwaves, became a smash hit, won a boat load of Emmys, and released eight seasons (we’re counting the last one too because…yeah it’s not gonna happen). The show even took a year off, which only heightened anticipation for Season 8 instead of yielding any new material from the author. Read more…

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