Critically-acclaimed novelist George R.R. Martin has announced that the sixth installment of his popular A Song of Ice and Fire, The Winds of Winter, won't be released this year. The source material for HBO's groundbreaking fantastical show, Game of Thrones, has been stuck for quite some time now after releasing five novels and it seems like the wait is going to be longer.
It's been seven years since the last book, A Dance with Dragons, from the famed fiction series has been released. And until now, no one knows when the much-anticipated chapter of the Westeros narrative will come out (at least in print). Martin, who admittedly said that he's indeed a very slow writer, missed several deadlines to finish the project. And while since the last one, it's uncertain if there was a brand new target date, now fans know that the it won't be coming out in 2018.
In conjunction with the announcement for the release date of Game of Thrones tie-in novel, Fire and Blood, which is a book about Targaryen history, Martin took it to his official blog site to announce that the much anticipated The Winds of Winter book won't be arriving this year.
"No, winter is not coming… not in 2018, at least. You’re going to have to keep waiting for THE WINDS OF WINTER.
You will, however, be able to return to Westeros this year, as I suggested back over on Live Journal.
Archmaester Gyldayn has at last completed and delivered the first half of his monumental history of the Targaryen kings of Westeros, FIRE & BLOOD, and Bantam Spectra and HarperCollins Voyager will be releasing the hardcover on November 20, I am thrilled to say...
Archmaester Gyldayn is hanging up his quill for a while. As for me, I’m returning once again to THE WINDS OF WINTER."
As stated, Martin didn't offer any update on his progress writing the book or a tentative date when it'll possibly be finished. But interestingly, the comments section on the blog post weren't as rowdy as the previous times that the author came out and revealed that he isn't done with The Winds of Winter. Most of the comments are understanding of the situation and instead focused on the tie-in prequel coming in this year. It's curious if fans are just used to the book being delayed over again, coupled with the fact that HBO's Game of Thrones has depended less on its source material and has crafted their own narrative.
Speaking of the TV show, it would be a clever move to release The Winds of Winter sometime before or after Game of Thrones' final season hits next year. Depending on how Martin and HBO want to do it, it would be a great promo crossover opportunity where both projects can benefit from each other's PR campaign. Releasing the book prior to the show debuting its eighth season would be a great way to start the hype early while rolling it out after would undoubtedly boost the novel's sales considering that at that point, everyone would be looking for additional material from the IP.
No release date has been announced for the final season of Game of Thrones.
Source: George R.R. Martin