The Winds of Winter still doesn't have a release date, and it's clear why George R.R. Martin is struggling.
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Game of Thrones has changed his life, providing more opportunities and distractions...
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...But there's a bigger reason, which is that the story has grown almost beyond control.
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ASOIAF was supposed to be a trilogy; now it's 7 books, so it's more than doubled in size.
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Martin has written a lot of dead-ends, diversions, and distractions, making it hard to bring everything together.
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On top of that, the Others risk making this play to the fantasy tropes he's always subverted.
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With so many tangled characters and plots, it's no surprise TWOW is taking so long to write.
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