'The Winds of Winter' release date in 2017? Possibility of delay until end of TV adaptation

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Winter is coming. However, for the fans of George R.R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire (ASoIaF),” “The Winds of Winter” never arrived.

Readers have been waiting for the sixth book for a while now, but according to Reddit member and noted “ASoIaF” theorist, BryndenBFish, the book should come out early next year.

Meanwhile, while talking about the 20th anniversary illustrated edition of the first book, “A Game of Thrones,” Martin said that he is still working on the book. There are also reports suggesting that Martin may deliberately delay the book until the “Game of Thrones” TV adaptation ends. Many believe that the TV series is making him rewrite and polish the plotlines in the book so it will not become a tangled mess. Martin has admitted before that he did a lot of rewriting.

In a recent blog post, Martin revealed that he would be at Worldcon this month. While he probably won’t announce the book release date, expect Martin to read excerpts or a chapter taken from the upcoming book since he tends to do that whenever he attends an event.

“ASoIaF” started back in 1996 with “A Game of Thrones.” The first three books came out relatively quickly from 1996 to 2000, but progress started to stall while he was working on the fourth book “A Feast for Crows.” The fourth book came out five years after the third, and fans waited longer for the fifth book, “A Dance with Dragons,” which was released six years after that.

Now, it has been five years since the last book, and fans are already anticipating the eventual announcement that “The Winds of Winter” is about to hit the shelves.

Of course, the only announcement readers received over the months were news of delays and how the book won’t be ready this year.