Re: A Song of Ice and Fire/Game of Thrones Spoiler-Filled Discussion
Yeah, what happened was that Martin originally planned for there to be a five-year jump between book three and book four, but he found that impractical as he began writing it because it involved too many flashbacks. So he started writing what was essentially a bridging book, which ended up being split into two bridging books because there was so much material (though the span of years ended up not being nearly as long; there's a Littlefinger line in Feast
about how he was planning to have four or five years before Cersei had finished unravelling the realm to lay his plans that seems like metacommentary).
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