I don't know if he'll write the last two books or not. I know having the story finished on the TV show has to be very demotivating, even if some of the smaller details you had in mind don't make it. The writing in the first five books is so good. I don't now if he could manage that level under those circumstances.
Yep, those are my thoughts exactly. He's been saying he's working on Book 6 for the past several years -- and I believe him -- but the TV show broadcasting the ending before he writes it has to have an effect on his enthusiasm. Add to that: he's already wealthy, he's busy, and he's annoyed at fans for pestering him and unfortunately some have been rude about it.
He's annoyed at the folks that made him successful? Heaven forfend the fans are bugged he hasn't completed the book that was supposed to be out 4 years ago. I'm in agreement that he most likely won't finish, as he seems to have moved on to other projects. That's too bad as I really enjoyed the series so far. The show is good as well, but I like the books better.
In a 2014 interview for Swedish TV, he said that fans worrying that he would die before finishing was “pretty offensive” and gave them the finger. I can see his point. In an article in The Guardian last year he made these comments: “I’ve been struggling with it for a few years,” he told the Guardian. “The Winds of Winter is not so much a novel as a dozen novels, each with a different protagonist, each having a different cast of supporting players, antagonists, allies and lovers around them, and all of these weaving together against the march of time in an extremely complex fashion. So it’s very, very challenging. Fire and Blood by contrast was very simple. Not that it’s easy – it still took me years to put together – but it is easier... The show has achieved such popularity around the world, the books have been so popular and so well reviewed, that every time I sit down I’m very conscious I have to do something great, and trying to do something great is a considerable weight to bear,” Martin said. “On the other hand, once I really get rolling, I get into the world. The rest of the world vanishes, and I don’t care what I’m having for dinner, what movies are on, what my email says or who’s mad at me this week because The Winds of Winter isn’t out – all that is gone and I’m just living in the world I’m writing about. But it’s sometimes hard to get to that almost trance state.”
The Night King’s Death may be the worst since Boba Fett, so un-epic. The kill sequence was very cheesy action movie, and Arya delivering the kill made no sense. Theon had a great, heroic moment, and then a throwaway death. And what was up with Bran’s raven break?
I loved the episode. Sure there were a few questions (no oil and pitch on the walls to light on fire after dumping, the stupid frontal charge from the Dothraki, no trebuchets inside the walls), but all in all the action was intense. I'm ok with the Arya kill. She's a badass.