There is perhaps no other premium cable television series within the fantasy film genre to generate quite as much acclaim and buzz as the original HBO series Game of Thrones has over the course of six seasons on the air thus far. With seasons 7 and 8 on the way, the increasingly popular drama based on the cycle of A Song of Ice and Fire novels by writer George R.R. Martin is all set to get "very dark before it gets better" in season 7 - before the series concludes with season 8.
With showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss having formally moved beyond the material covered thus far by Martin on the page, fans of Martin's original series of fantasy novels have begun doggedly pressing the acclaimed author for details on the upcoming sixth installment in the seven-volume series, The Winds of Winter. However, and as Martin has made clear in the past, any official announcement of future publications in the A Song of Ice and Fire series will be published first and foremost on his blog. Unsurprisingly, this hasn't stopped rumors about the release date from popping up online nonetheless.
With Amazon France having put up a March 2017 publication date for The Winds of Winter, Martin's publisher Random House has now come forward to deny the validity of the commercial listing. Here is the official statement on the matter from the publishing house, as was issued to EW:
"As his publisher, we support George R. R. Martin as he works hard to finish The Winds of Winter. Any on-sale dates currently listed online for the novel are incorrect. Once we have a publication date for The Winds of Winter, the world will know."
It's certainly not surprising that a release date for The Winds of Winter, even one that has proved as inherently incorrect as this one, would quickly be passed around the Internet to the potential excitement and subsequent disappointment of Game of Thrones fans everywhere. Furthermore, Martin may be growing tired of all the false rumors surrounding his forthcoming volume's final release date, especially considering the fact that he has already pushed the book's publication back once already (before Game of Thrones season 6 premiered this year).
For now, longtime Game of Thrones readers and viewers of the HBO drama alike will just have bide their time and wait patiently for word from Martin regarding the official publication date of The Winds of Winter. After all, A Song of Ice and Fire has long been a fantasy series worth waiting for, and with any luck the sixth volume will be another period of suspended anticipation worth its indeterminate duration.
Game of Thrones returns for season 7 on HBO in the summer of 2017.