George Martin's New Dunk & Egg Update Spells Good News for The Winds of Winter

George Martin's New Dunk & Egg Update Spells Good News for The Winds of Winter
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GRRM has been generous with updates in the past few months, and every one gets us closer to A Song of Ice and Fire’s long-anticipated sequel.

As brutal and unhinged as George Martin ’s iconic novels are, the darkest and saddest part about them in the eyes of fans is how long it’s been since the last one. The author’s last main-continuity novel was released before HBO’s Game of Thrones Season 1, and it’s been 13 long years of waiting for The Winds of Winter already.

But there’s hope that we’ll get it rather soon, and GRRM’s latest update suggests so.

George Martin Gives The Hedge Knight Update

The second Game of Thrones prequel show after House of the Dragon, The Hedge Knight will follow the iconic duo of Dunk and Egg — an unlikely knight and his even more unlikely little squire — as they travel Westeros together. Recently, George Martin gave an update on the upcoming series, providing a release window for it.

“Filming started last week in Belfast, Northern Ireland, where much of the original Game of Thrones was shot. Based on my novella The Hedge Knight, the new show will debut early next year, in 2025. Only six episodes for this one. A novella is considerably shorter than a novel (particularly one of my novels), so there’s less source material,” Martin wrote in his Not a Blog.

Now, while it’s great news for The Hedge Knight itself, you may be wondering: what does this have to do with The Winds of Winter? Long story short, everything.

The Hedge Knight Will Be The Winds’ Herald

One month ago, George Martin did the unthinkable — and gave fans a genuine timeframe for The Winds of Winter. It’s closely tied to the Dunk & Egg TV show for now as the author used its seasons to explain when the new A Song of Ice and Fire book will be released. Here’s what he said about it.

“[A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms: The Hedge Knight] will make its debut next year… And if it does well, The Sworn Sword and The Mystery Knight will follow. By which time I hope to have finished some more Dunk & Egg stories (yes, after I finish The Winds of Winter),” Martin promised.

Based on the author’s estimations, we deduced that The Winds of Winter is supposed to premiere between the end of 2025 and 2026. The latest The Hedge Knight update supports our point since the Dunk & Egg spin-off is going in full swing.

Source: George Martin via Not a Blog