Game of Thrones author George RR Martin teases ‘pretty grim’ events in Westeros as he writes through self-isolation – The Sun


GEORGE RR Martin has been putting pen to paper to pass the time as he self-isolated amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The acclaimed author, who wrote the Song of Ice & Fire novels upon which Game of Thrones is based, has quarantined himself and used the downtime to dive into the world of Westeros in full force.

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Taking to his blog, Martin updated fans on his health and progress with upcoming book The Winds of Winter, the penultimate instalment in the series.

He insisted he was taking all the possible precautions and reassured them that there was nothing to worry about.

"For those of you who may be concerned for me personally… yes, I am aware that I am very much in the most vulnerable population, given my age and physical condition," he began.

"But I feel fine at the moment, and we are taking all sensible precautions. I am off by myself in a remote isolated location, attended by one of my staff, and I’m not going in to town or seeing anyone."

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Martin has been pouring himself into the events of WesterosCredit: HBO

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He teased dark events unfolding in Westeros, but joked that given the gravity of current events, he felt like he was living in a dystopia of sorts.

"Truth be told, I am spending more time in Westeros than in the real world, writing every day," he went on.

"Things are pretty grim in the Seven Kingdoms … but maybe not as grim as they may become here. I cannot help feeling as if we are all now living in a science fiction novel.

“But not, alas, the sort of science fiction novel that I dreamed of living in when I was a kid, the one with the cities on the Moon, colonies on Mars, household robots programmed with the Three Laws, and flying cars.

“I never liked the pandemic stories half so well… As ancient as I am, I cannot recall ever having lived through anything like the past few weeks."

 

He also encouraged his fans to dive into books to keep their minds and imaginations active in what can be a tedious and lonely time of isolation.

"With quarantines, lockdowns, and social isolation on the menu everywhere, and all the usual entertainment venues closing their doors, reading is the best way to pass the empty hours," he concluded.

The comments come after Game of Thrones star Kristofer Hivju was diagnosed with coronavirus and updated fans as he self-isolated at home in Norway.

Meanwhile Emilia Clarke branded Jon Snow’s fate in the show’s finale “annoying,” raging that he “got away with murder.”

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