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One Very Important Thing Will Be Missing From The Next Season Of ‘Game Of Thrones’

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Very little is known about Season 6 of “Game of Thrones,” a.k.a. the next-next installment of the series, which will likely air in Spring 2016. But one thing, we can be sure about: George R.R. Martin will remain on hiatus from his occasional moonlight gig as a scriptwriter.

The author, who wrote the bestselling A Song of Ice and Fire series on which “Game of Thrones” is based, revealed on his blog that he won’t be contributing an episode to the show’s sixth season, because he’s too busy personally victimizing his readership with the horrific deaths of beloved characters trying to wrap up the long-delayed “The Winds of Winter.” Martin wrote:

“[After] wrestling with it for a month or so, I’ve decided not to script an episode for season six of GAME OF THRONES. Writing a script takes me three weeks, minimum, and longer when it is not a straight adaptation from the novels… With David Benioff, D.B. Weiss, and Bryan Cogman on board, the scriptwriting chores for season six should be well covered. My energies are best devoted to WINDS.”

Although this is no doubt disappointing for fans who enjoyed Martin’s episodes of “Game of Thrones” — he’d written one per season up until this year — it’s nice to see that the books are still GRRM’s first priority, even as it’s become a foregone conclusion that the show will spoil the series’ ending long before the final tome hits shelves.

If we’re really being optimistic, maybe this means that we’ll get to enjoy the experience of reading along with at least one more season before “Game of Thrones” leaves its literary source material in the dust completely.

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