George R.R. Martin, the renowned author and creator of the epic fantasy series “A Song of Ice and Fire,” which inspired the hit TV show “Game of Thrones,” is feeling grateful to be keeping busy during the ongoing strikes in Hollywood. As both writers and actors unite in their demands for fair treatment and better working conditions, Martin has expressed his support for the strikes and their importance in a recent post on his website.
Having been a member of the Writers Guild of America (WGA) since 1986, Martin is no stranger to the implications and impact of strikes in the industry. While acknowledging that gains have been made in previous strikes, he emphasizes that this particular strike holds special significance. In his own words, “this year’s strike is the most important of my lifetime.”
Despite the challenges brought about by the strikes, Martin is actively engaged in his creative endeavors. He shares updates on two significant projects he’s been involved in. Firstly, “Dark Winds,” an AMC series that he executive produces, has wrapped production on its second season and is set to return to television on July 30. However, the strike means that none of the stars or writers will participate in promoting the show.
Secondly, “House of the Dragon,” the highly anticipated prequel to “Game of Thrones,” continues filming in the United Kingdom. Martin confirms that the second season is already half completed, with all the scripts finished before the strike commenced. Since the strike began, no further writing has been done for the series.
While the strike has temporarily suspended Martin’s deal with HBO, he remains optimistic and focused on other projects. He is currently working on the stage play “The Iron Throne,” which has been in development for several years. Additionally, he continues to write several books, including “The Winds of Winter,” the highly anticipated next installment in the “A Song of Ice and Fire” series.
Amidst his own busy schedule, Martin acknowledges that the strikes are not solely about the well-established writers and producers, but more importantly, they are in support of entry-level writers, story editors, aspiring students, and those who are working hard to break into the industry. He emphasizes that the strikes are for the future generations of talent, including actors with only a few lines and aspiring creators dreaming of their own shows, just as Martin once did in the 80s.
In conclusion, George R.R. Martin, a prominent figure in both the literary and television worlds, stands in solidarity with the writers and actors striking for fair treatment and improved working conditions. While he faces his own challenges due to the strikes, he remains productive and committed to his creative endeavors. The strikes are not just about the current industry professionals but also about securing a better future for the aspiring talents who dream of making their mark in Hollywood.