The 'A Song of Ice and Fire' Domain


The Dance in Detail

A Dance with Dragons (US, UK) is now completely done, according to George R.R. Martin, with his . The final manuscript is 1,510 pages, just shy of the A Storm of Swords final manuscript—the “sweat” of the book removed about 61 pages from the final tally. He even provides some details regarding new POVs, saying that his original plans had only included one new POV… but in the end, there are four additional ones, with 16 total POV characters (not counting the prologue and the epilogue characters).

Most interestingly of all, he provides a rather detailed summary of the road towards completion, back from when he was hopeful he could finish the novel in a year.

Below, behind spoiler protection, is our run-down of those POVs, extrapolating from what he’s said and filling in some blanks from remarks he’s made in the past:

Tyrion, Daenerys, Jon, Bran, Arya, Asha, Victarion, “Reek” (aka Theon Greyjoy), Areo Hotah, Quentyn Martell, Cersei, Jaime, Melisandre, Davos, Barristan Selmy, and an additional POV that he has not given any hints about. Plus there is the traditional prologue POV, Varamyr Sixskins, and an epilogue POV.