'The Winds of Winter' release date: author's health, additional commitments further delay release of new book

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For fans of the George R.R. Martin best-selling book series, “A Song of Ice and Fire,” the very long wait for the sixth novel has been borderline unbearable. To recall, it has been five years since Martin released the current novel, “A Dance with Dragons” and it took the 68-year-old author five years to finish it. Right now, the upcoming “The Winds of Winter” novel has been subjected to numerous delays.

Rumors have it that although the book was to be released earlier this year, it has been moved towards the end of 2016. However, Martin’s publisher, Random House, was quick to relay that there still is no official release date for the upcoming novel.

To be fair to Martin, the constant delay in the novel’s release may be attributed to the fact that his epic fantasy book series is the basis of the award-winning and critically-acclaimed HBO television series, “A Game of Thrones.” This means that he actually might have a little more on his plate right now than he expected when he agreed to adapt the series to the small screen.

In a recent interview with Deadline, Martin admitted that he has been plagued with minor health issues but also reiterated that he hasn’t stopped writing more content for the TV series. Although the book, “The Winds of Winter” is now way behind the TV adaptation, there is a possibility that it will be providing several new storylines and twists once it is released.

And in a bid to show support to Martin, publisher Random House issued a statement via Entertainment Weekly, providing that it is in complete congruence with Martin’s timeline in writing the book.

There also are speculations that Martin’s tight schedule, primarily due to several commitments, is another reason why the “The Winds of Winter” won’t be released this year, although it’s too early to conclude considering there still are three months before 2016 ends.