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George R.R. Martin's 'Song Of Ice And Fire' Series Might Be Extended To 8 Books

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HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 19: Co-Executive Producer George R.R. Martin participates in the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Presents An Evening With "Game of Thrones" panel at the TCL Chinese Theater on March 19, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Invision for the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences/AP Images) | Vince Bucci/Invision/AP

If you're simultaneously dreading and anticipating the end of George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series, we've got bittersweet news: Martin might extend what was once a seven-book series into an eight-book series. According to Vulture, his editor Anne Groell recently revealed some juicy details about her editing process and Martin's writing process.

According to Groell, she and Martin had gone back and forth on how many books should be in the series, which was originally intended to be a trilogy. They finally settled on seven books, for each of Westeros's seven kingdoms. However, she's recently amended:

"There are really technically eight kingdoms, all having to do with who has annexed what when Aegon the Conqueror landed in Westeros. So, maybe eight books for Seven Kingdoms would be okay."

Meanwhile, the release date for the series' sixth book, The Winds of Winter, remains TBD. Diehard fans will have to subsist on the show and occasional sneak peeks for now.

Commence your celebrating (or groaning).

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