Right on the heels of the Season 5 casting news, renowned author of A Song of Ice and Fire, George R. R. Martin, has announced that he will not be writing an episode for Game of Thrones Season 5. George has previously written one episode for each of the four past seasons. Depending on your perspective, this could be either good or bad news, as his reasoning is that he wants to focus on completing The Winds of Winter.
The full scoop is over on Vulture, but here are the relevant parts of the transcript:
Which shooting location are you going to choose to visit this season? Seems like a tough one since you’ve added another warm, exotic locale to the list, with Spain subbing in for Dorne.
I don’t know. I might make it over there early next year, but I’ve got to finish the book The Winds of Winter. So I’m making the trips I’m already obligated to make, but I’m not adding any new trips at this time. So I don’t think I’m going to do a set visit this year, sadly.
Are you still going to write an episode?
Not this year, no — once again because I have this book to finish.
There are also a few more tidbits on this (including a short video interview) over at Entertainment Weekly.
Game of Thrones returns in Spring 2015. We’ll provide an exact air date when we have it.