Here’s why George R.R. Martin isn’t appearing in Game of Thrones


George R.R. Martin could have been in the last season of Game of Thrones, but he declined for a very specific reason that could make fans happy.

Game of Thrones will be premiering its final season this April, and we will have to say good-bye to our favorite friends in Westeros and Essos. In this final farewell, it would make sense to have the author of the A Song of Ice and Fire series, George R.R. Martin, featured in one of the episodes much the same as Stan Lee did in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I don’t know if Stan Lee was the inspiration, but Entertainment Weekly reports that showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss thought it would be right to have Martin featured in one of the episodes of the final season.

The only problem is that Martin declined. Martin claims that he figured it wouldn’t make sense to go from his home in New Mexico to Northern Ireland just for a cameo.

Instead, he could use the time that it would have taken in the journey and subsequent filming, to focus on writing what is now the sixth book of A Song of Ice and Fire series. I’m pretty sure that fans are not going to argue his motivation since Martin is notorious for taking quite a bit of time when it comes to writing his novels.

Martin’s current project is The Winds of Winter, and loyal readers of the series can testify that they’ve been waiting eight whole years for the book. Even after years of begging, we can only speculate that the book will have a 2019 release date. Here’s hoping it comes out sooner rather than later.

It also looks like Martin would probably have been thrilled to oblige us with his presence, had his time-consuming never-ending novels not needed the attention. Martin reportedly was featured in the original Game of Thrones pilot as a guest in Daenerys Targaryen’s wedding. However, another actress was playing Dany at the time and all the footage was discarded once Emilia Clarke took on the role.

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Think of this as good news. The more dedicated Martin is to finishing Winds of Winter, the closer we are to having more to do with Westeros.