“The Winds of Winter” Publication Date Unknown

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Written by Leah Onderdonk, The Woodgrove Outlander

It has been a long winter for Game of Thrones fans, anticipating season six, which premieres on April 24, 2016.

 

But, fans of the novel series, A Song of Ice and Fire, on which the television series is based, are longing for the publication of the sixth novel, The Winds of Winter.

 

George R.R. Martin has been working on Winds since early 2010, before the publication of A Dance with Dragons, and is still “months” away from it being finished.

 

In 2012, Martin stated he had written 400 pages of the novel, but parts still needed revisions. In 2013, approximately a quarter of the supposed 1500+ page novel had by written, according to Martin. In early 2014, Martin’s publisher Jane Johnson said the novel would “certainly” not be published before 2015. In September 2014, Johnson said the novel would not be released in 2015 at all.  

 

As of April 2015, ten chapters of Winds had either been posted online as a sample chapter, or read aloud in public, but many still wish the book would be finished in a more timely manner.

 

Martin is notorious for taking a long time to publish his books for the series. The latest novel in the series, A Dance with Dragons, took him six years to write.

 

This has generated many annoyed complaints from fans, as well as humorous article such as, “10 Things George R.R. Martin is Doing Instead of Writing the Next ‘Game of Thrones’ Book,” and a skit on Conan O’Brien’s show showing Martin doing many absurd things (such as robbing a liquor store), instead of writing for the series.

 

Martin has been working on various other projects, instead of devoting all of his time to writing for the series. Some of these things he has been doing include working on The Tale of Dunk and Egg Series, guest starring as a zombie on  Z Nation, buying an old movie theater, have an animated biography of himself made, and various other activities. To be fair, George R.R. Martin is a person just like the rest of us, so he has his own life to lead, we just wish he could devote every second to writing The Winds of Winter.

 

Trying not to anger or annoy too many people with false promises, Martin ultimately stated that Winds “will be done when it’s done,” and that he will “keep writing. Chapter at a time. Page at a time. Word at a time.”