George R.R. Martin Contracts COVID-19 After Comic-Con

George R.R. Martin was a no-display at Wednesday evening’s Los Angeles premiere of “House of the Dragon,” HBO’s new “Game of Thrones” spinoff series. The writer and creator of the fantasy world of Westeros tested beneficial for COVID-19 in the days pursuing his appearance at the “House of the Dragon” Hall H presentation at San Diego Comic-Con.

“I was heading to start out nowadays by introducing George R.R. Martin and tell you how great it is to have George on the journey with us,” HBO and HBO MAX’s chief material officer Casey Bloys reported, addressing the audience at the premiere. “Unfortunately, George received COVID at Comedian-Con, so he’s not in this article. I assume he’s feeling high-quality, so almost nothing to be concerned about.”

“I wanted to notify you what a satisfaction it is and how blessed we are to have the architect of this entire world on this journey with us,” Bloys ongoing. “He has been excellent.”

Final Saturday, Martin specifically addressed the subject of COVID-19 in the course of the show’s Comedian-Con panel, sharing that he experienced been working out warning and remaining socially distanced through the pandemic. Martin stated that he experienced been investing a whole lot of time at his home in Santa Fe, N.M., electing from browsing the “House of the Dragon” set throughout generation.

The writer also confirmed that he is focusing his awareness on finishing get the job done on “The Winds of Winter season,” the extensive-awaited, ostensibly penultimate entry in his “Game of Thrones” collection of novels.

“You may possibly not know but there’s this e book that I’m composing, it’s a very little late,” Martin explained at Comedian-Con. “I never see me going to a established or accomplishing anything at all till I finish and provide that reserve.”

Ryan Condal and Miguel Sapotchnik, who provide as co-government producer and co-showrunners on “House of the Dragon,” then took the phase at the premiere. The duo introduced the evening’s screening of the sequence pilot, which Condal wrote and Soptochnik directed.

“‘House of the Dragon’ could not exist without the attractive work and terms of George R.R. Martin,” Conda saidl. “We are unbelievably grateful that he was bold more than enough to entrust his opus to me as the writer and Miguel as the director.”

“House of the Dragon” will debut on HBO and HBO Max on Aug. 21.