Looks like George R. R. Martin wasn’t lying when he said he was working on the next book in the Game of Thrones series. It took a very long time, but he finally released an excerpt from The Winds of Winter and it’s going in a totally different direction than the show.

If you follow both you already know the show has started to veer off on it’s own and partially because it had no choice when it caught up with the books. This was front and centre in the season six premiere when Prince Doran was killed by the Sand Snakes which contradicts the new excerpt told in Princess Arienne Martell of Dorne’s perspective.

Nyrn and Tyene may have reached King’s Landing by now, she mused, as she settled down crosslegged by the mouth of the cave to watch the falling rain. If not they ought to be there soon. Three hundred seasoned spears had gone with them, over the Boneway, past the ruins of Summerhall, and up the kingsroad. If the Lannisters had tried to spring their little trap in the kingswood, Lady Nym would have seen that it ended in disaster. Nor would the murderers have found their prey. Prince Trystane had remained safely back at Sunspear, after a tearful parting from Princess Myrcella. That accounts for one brother, thought Arianne, but where is Quentyn, if not with the griffin? Had he wed his dragon queen? King Quentyn. It still sounded silly. This new Daenerys Targaryen was younger than Arianne by half a dozen years. What would a maid that age want with her dull, bookish brother? Young girls dreamed of dashing knights with wicked smiles, not solemn boys who always did their duty. She will want Dorne, though. If she hopes to sit the Iron Throne, she must have Sunspear. If Quentyn was the price for that, this dragon queen would pay it. What if she was at Griffin’s End with Connington, and all this about another Targaryen was just some sort of subtle ruse? Her brother could well be with her. King Quentyn. Will I need to kneel to him?

The heiress isn’t in the show and neither are Myrcella Baratheon and Catelyn Stark who have died on-screen but live in the books. Most puzzling is HBO’s decision to leave out both of the lady-loving scenes from the books. There’s Daenerys and her hand-maiden (long story) and Cersei who seduces Taena Merryweather, the wife of a small council member.

While Martin continues to be involved with HBO, he recently announced on his ‘not a blog’ that he won’t be writing for the show’s current season.

“After wrestling with it for a month or so, I’ve decided not to script an episode for season six of Game of Thrones.  Writing a script takes me three weeks, minimum, and longer when it is not a straight adaptation from the novels. And really, it would cost me more time than that, since I have never been good at changing gears from one medium to another and back again. Writing a season six script would cost me a month’s work on Winds, and maybe as much as six weeks, and I cannot afford that.”

At least he’s working on the book though, right?