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George R.R. Martin Tests Positive for Coronavirus


Thu 28 Jul 2022 | 10:46 AM
Yara Sameh

On Wednesday, American novelist George R.R. Martin missed the Los Angeles premiere of “House of the Dragon” HBO’s new “Game of Thrones” spinoff series.

The author and creator of the fantasy world of Westeros tested positive for coronavirus days after his appearance at the “House of the Dragon” Hall H presentation at San Diego Comic-Con.

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“I was going to start today 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 content officer Casey Bloys said in a statement.

“Unfortunately, George got coronavirus at Comic-Con, so he’s not here. I think he’s feeling fine, so nothing to worry about. I wanted to tell you what a pleasure it is and how lucky we are to have the architect of this world on this journey with us. He has been fantastic,” Bloys added.

During the Comic-Con panel last Saturday, Martin talked about the outbreak and shared that he had been exercising caution and remaining socially distanced throughout the pandemic.

The acclaimed author stated that he had been spending a lot of time at his home in Santa Fe, N.M., electing against visiting the “House of the Dragon” set during production.

Martin also confirmed that he is focusing his attention on completing work on “The Winds of Winter,” the long-awaited, ostensibly penultimate entry in his “Game of Thrones” series of novels.

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