It looks like winter isn’t coming just yet. George R. R. Martin announced Saturday in a post that his sixth book in the Song of Ice and Fire series, The Winds of Winter, will not be released before Game of Thrones returns to HBO in April. Martin is under a contract with a worldwide array of publishers, who had hoped that he would have it written as well.
Martin wrote the following message in a blog post:
“THE WINDS OF WINTER is not finished.
Believe me, it gave me no pleasure to type those words. You’re disappointed, and you’re not alone. My editors and publishers are disappointed, HBO is disappointed, my agents and foreign publishers and translators are disappointed… but no one could possibly be more disappointed than me. For months now I have wanted nothing so much as to be able to say, ‘I have completed and delivered THE WINDS OF WINTER‘ on or before the last day of 2015.
But the book’s not done.
Nor is it likely to be finished tomorrow, or next week. Yes, there’s a lot written. Hundreds of pages. Dozens of chapters. (Those ‘no pages done’ reports were insane, the usual garbage internet journalism that I have learned to despise). But there’s also a lot still left to write. I am months away still… and that’s if the writing goes well. (Sometimes it does. Sometimes it doesn’t.) Chapters still to write, of course… but also rewriting. I always do a lot of rewriting, sometimes just polishing, sometimes pretty major restructures.”
After reading the post, you can’t help but notice how much Martin really cares about his fans. Although he cares, fans are still outraged and haven’t been afraid to show it. I’ll spare you those awful posts and comments.
Nonetheless, Martin promised that the book “will be done when it’s done” and “it will be as good as I can possibly make it.”
This year marks two decades since Martin published A Game of Thrones, the first book in A Song of Fire and Ice. And the second and third books A Clash of Kings and A Storm of Swords were published in 1998 and 2000 respectively.
But after the third release, fans were left in wait. A Feast for Crows didn’t come out until 2005 and A Dance With Dragons didn’t hit stores until 2011. So no, this isn’t the first time fans have been left worried and wondering what’s to come.
Some critics have questioned whether Martin will be able to finish the series, which is expected to run up to eight novels in total, because of his age. He is 67 years old.
And others are worried that what happens in the HBO series will spoil what happens in the books. He said, “Maybe. Yes and No.” He added that the series has already strayed from the events in this series and that it will probably continue to happen.
It’s unclear exactly when Martin will finish the book. But he has ensured fans that he will keep at it. “Meanwhile, I’ll keep writing. Chapter at a time. Page at a time. Word at a time,” he wrote. “That’s all I know how to do.”