With the hit HBO series Game of Thrones going on its successful and highly acclaimed fifth run of a season, A Song of Ice and Fire author George RR Martin may still be far from releasing the penultimate novel of the series, The Winds of Winter.
Because of this, Game of Thrones which has been closely following the books up until season four, might just start deviating from source material. Current events depicted on the show will catch up to events of the fifth book, A Dance with Dragons, forcing writers and producers to deviate from source material from then on. Forbes said that by the end of the series and the release of Winds, fans would then be dealing with two different versions of the world of A Song of Ice and Fire.
His upcoming and much-awaited novel has been anticipated by fans for years now. With much hype surrounding the upcoming novel, various rumors of an actual release date have repeatedly come out, and GRRM debunked all of them. In his previous blog post late last year, Martin said: “I don’t play games with news about the books. I know how many people are waiting, how long they have been waiting, how anxious they are… When it’s done, I will announce it here [on the blog].” He also encouraged people to stop looking for clues as to a hidden giveaway on the release date: “There won’t be any clues to decipher, any codes or hidden meanings, the announcement will be pretty straightforward and to the point.”
While fans are very understanding to the waiting time they have to endure, this is not the first time that Martin took a long time to finish a book. A Dance with Dragons was originally intended to be released in 2006, but after numerous delays, the book was only released five years later in 2011.
While the author is determined to finish the book by 2016, for now fans can read excerpts from The Winds of Winter from the official site of George R.R. Martin.