Game of Thrones author George RR Martin has warned fans his next book in the series is going to be dark.
During a Q&A at the Guadalajara International Book Fair, Martin warned fans The Winds of Winter will see some characters going through hell.
“There are a lot of dark chapters right now in the book that I’m writing,” Martin said. “It is called The Winds of Winter, and I’ve been telling you for 20 years that winter was coming. Winter is the time when things die, and cold and ice and darkness fill the world, so this is not going to be the happy feel-good that people may be hoping for. Some of the characters [are] in very dark places.”
He added, “In any story, the classic structure is, ‘Things get worse before they get better,’ so things are getting worse for a lot of people.”
Martin also discussed the eventual conclusion of his saga, which is currently slated for the seventh book, A Dream of Spring.
Explaining that he’s not a fan of pat happy endings, he said, “I’m not going to tell you how I’m going to end my book, but I suspect the overall flavour is going to be as much bittersweet as it is happy.”