George R.R. Martin recently made an appearance at the Guadalajara International Book Fair where he answered questions about the forthcoming installment in the A Song of Ice & Fire series- The Winds of Winter.
On what to expect from the book:
“There are a lot of dark chapters right now in the book that I’m writing. You know, it is called The Winds of Winter, and I’ve been telling you for 20 years that winter was coming. And winter’s the time when things die, and you know… cold, and ice, and darkness fills the world. So this is not going to be the happy, feel-good book that people may be hoping for. Winter’s the time when things die. That doesn’t bode well, does it? In any story, the classic structure is things get worse before they get better. So things are getting worse for a lot of people.”
About the end of series:
“We’ll see by the end of the book if I’ve left any loose ends. I hope not. That’s not to say that everything is going to be tied up completely neatly in a bow. I think there’s a difference between a loose end and something that’s deliberately left by the author ambiguous, or something for the readers to think about and worry about and debate about. I’m not going to tell you how I’m going to end my book. But I suspect the overall flavour is going to be as much bittersweet as it is happy.”
You can watch the complete Q&A session below: