George R.R. Martin teased fans with a sample chapter from his highly-anticipated new book.
He's the king of the tease. (Getty)
There's only one fan community more rabid and obsessive than fans of HBO's Game of Thrones: fans of the books it was based on. Even before the TV series was conceived, George R.R. Martin's series of novels, known collectively as A Song of Ice and Fire, had a huge and devoted following.
For Martin, however, that fandom is a double-edged Valyrian steel sword. Many of the fans have taken to hounding and criticizing him for not writing fast enough. The novels are massive, and Martin is not a fast writer, meaning the waiting times have been unpredictably and torturously long between the last few installments. Readers have been expecting the next novel, The Winds of Winter, for years, with only a few snippets to tide them over. But today, there's good news for all those fans: another snippet!
Here's a tiny excerpt of the excerpt:
“He doesn't,” Lord Robert insisted. “He wants my father's castle, that's all, so he pretends.” The boy clutched the blanket to his pimply chest. “I don't want you to marry him, Alayne. I am the Lord of the Eyrie, and I forbid it.”
Martin released a chapter from the upcoming book on his website. The chapter is from the perspective of Sansa Stark, going under her alias of Alayne Stone. Diehard fans might be disappointed, because Sansa is far from the most popular character. But those diehard fans should stop complaining. They're missing the forest for the trees. It's a new chapter! Just read it and be happy. Complaining won't make Winds of Winter come any faster. It just pisses GRRM off, and that makes him kill characters. Good ones.