'The Winds of Winter' release date update, spoilers; George R.R. Martin explains the use of death in his books

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With the launch of a new chapter on his official website, author George R.R. Martin also addressed the rumors regarding the possible release date of his highly anticipated book, “The Winds of Winter.”

The writer took it to his blog to announce that he updated the Alayne chapter on his site with an excerpt featuring Arianne Martell, which he previously shared with the audience at several conventions.

Aside from sharing that readers will have more insights on the people of Dorne including the Sand Snakes, Prince Doran, Areo Hotah, Ellaria Sand, and Darkstar, Martin directly stated that the sample does not mean that the sixth installment in the “A Song of Fire and Ice” will become available to the public soon.

“And no, just to spike any b******* rumors, changing the sample chapter does NOT mean I am done. See the icon up above? Monkey is still on my back… but he’s growing, he is, and one day…” he wrote.

While he already squashed the speculations that fans will get their hands on the sequel before the month ends and did not divulge details on when it can be expected, he recently spoke to Galaxy Edge Magazine to talk about how he uses death in his writing.

As quoted by Uproxx, Martin revealed that he uses death for any purpose as his aim is to tell the truth. “I think a writer, even a fantasy writer, has an obligation to tell the truth and the truth is, as we say in ‘Game of Thrones,’ all men must die. Particularly if you’re writing about war, which is certainly a central subject in ‘Game of Thrones’. […] If you want to be honest [death] should affect your main characters. They go into battle and their best friend dies or they get horribly wounded. They lose their leg or death comes at them unexpectedly,” he stated.

He admitted that he also get affected by the demise of the characters in his creations but it is a natural course in life, “Death is so arbitrary. It’s always there. It’s coming for all of us. We’re all going to die. I’m going to die. You’re going to die. […] You don’t get to live forever just because you are a cute kid or the hero’s best friend or the hero. Sometimes the hero dies, at least in my books.”

“I love all my characters so it’s always hard to kill them but I know it has to be done. I tend to think I don’t kill them. The other characters kill ’em. I shift off all blame from myself,” he concluded.