According to Deadline, American author George R.R. Martin has signed a new two-year deal with HBO, which will see him continue to serve as co-executive producer on Game of Thrones, as well as developing and producing new series projects for the cable network.
Martin is of course the creator of the fantasy epic A Song of Ice and Fire, on which the acclaimed television series Game of Thrones is based, while his screen credits include several episodes of HBO’s flagship fantasy series, along with episodes of Deadly Nightmares, The Twilight Zone and Beauty and the Beast, along with the 1993 TV movie Doorways. The news that Martin has signed a new TV deal may prove concerning to fans of A Song of Ice and Fire, who now seemingly face an even lengthier wait for the final two instalments in the book series, The Winds of Winter and A Dream of Spring.
Game of Thrones is set to return for its third season on HBO on March 31st, with an enormous ensemble cast that includes Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Charles Dance, Emilia Clarke, Jack Gleeson, Richard Madden, Kit Harington, Maisie Wiliams, Michelle Fairley, Sophie Turner, Stephan Dillane, Rose Leslie, Carice van Houten, Ciaran Hinds, Clive Russell, Thomas Brodie Sangster, Mackenzie Crook and Diana Rigg.