‘Conan’ Reveals Why It’s Taking George R.R. Martin So Damn Long To Finish ‘The Winds Of Winter’

George R.R. Martin has a weird life. He’s beloved for his epic fantasy novels and the Game of Thrones HBO juggernaut they brought into the world, but he’s also a magnet for scorn over the (not exactly lightning quick) pace in which he’s adding new installments to the A Song of Ice and Fire series. It’s essentially: “Thanks for making that thing I love! NOW PICK UP THE PACE, YOU MIDDLE INITIAL HOARDER YOU!” Woo! Show business!

We’re hitting a unique stage in Martin’s output where his next book The Winds of Winter will not arrive until AFTER the sixth season of Game of Thrones premieres in April. It’s obviously not unheard of for a writer to fall behind in crafting their upcoming work, but it is a bit of a bummer for anyone salivating over this latest book and its impact on the series.

Conan O’Brien considers himself among the disappointed, and on last night’s Conan, he got to the bottom of what’s keeping Martin busy. So what’s the hold-up? Crime! Danger! Piñata Carnage!

We have a sneaking suspicion that Conan does not have around-the-clock surveillance of George R.R. Martin, but we’re thrilled to hang out with the dude anyway. Going through the author’s assorted procrastination impulses makes for a hilarious segment and one that we’re happy to see return. Odds are, Martin’s relatively cool with the lighthearted jab from Conan. Anyone that remembers Lil’ Thrones knows the guy can take a joke.

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