George R.R. Martin Hopes for 2017 Release Date With ‘Winds of Winter’, But Don’t Hold Your Breath

by Nicholas Pendergast

George R. R. Martin has been pretty tight lipped lately about the release of his sixth book in the A Song of Ice and Fire series, Winds of Winter. The fifth book in the chronology was released almost six years ago, not long after the HBO season one finale of Game of Thrones, the show that is based off GRRM’s anthology of fantasy novels.

Although the wait has been a marathon for diehard fans of the series, this isn’t exactly a strange or unusual grueling wait. Since the third book, A Storm of Swords, Martin has made a habit of putting five or six years between books; it’s taken 17 years to get from book three to book six. For perspective, there were 16 years between George Lucas’ Return of the Jedi film and his first prequel The Phantom Menace.

Martin said he hoped to be finished a year ago, but winters in Westeros are long and writing them takes longer. A fan following George R. R. Martin’s blog poked in to ask about the status of Winds of Winter, in the middle of Martin’s recent entry about the NFL playoffs, and here is what GRRM had to say.


So what do you think about that? While GRRM certainly has been at the book a long time, the outcome has pretty much always been the same with A Song of Ice and Fire. Every long wait is worth it, and if you want to jump ahead in the plot, you can always check out what HBO are doing with their Game of Thrones adaptation.

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