Among many other things, George revealed a slight trepidation with dealing with the massive crowds expected to greet the author at this year’s ‘Con.
…as the popularity of his books increased, so did his crowds, and now he’s used to getting a couple of hundred fans at events. But thousands? The idea is flattering, but it’s still a bit mind-boggling. “How many people do those ballrooms (at Comic-Con) hold?” he asks.
Quite a large number, if memory serves. Those ballrooms are huge, and they really know how to pack ‘em in. It’s a little like the massive pile of press at the TCA’s, except this time everyone will be screaming. Not only is George going to be onstage for the long-awaited panel (Thursday the 21st, from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. PST), but so will Peter Dinklage, Emilia Clarke, Jason Momoa, Kit Harrington, and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau.
George also addressed the question regarding the number of books still planned for A Song of Ice and Fire—and when he can be expected to start working on the next book, The Winds of Winter:
Seven kingdoms, seven gods, seven books. Seven seems fitting, but until I get out of book six, I’m not sure. I won’t have a chance to start working on book six until next year.
With his schedule I’m not surprised.
Fire And Blood: Can’t wait for Comic-Con; in 12 days the fabulous FaBster will be there with bells on. Likely there will be casting announcements—especially if they’re able to keep a lid on ‘em for another two weeks. I’ll be live-Tweeting the event as well as (attempting) to record it for posterity.
If any other stalwart members of House Gatewatch are attending Comic-Con this year, let me know. We’ll have a Gathering of Chairs!