'The Winds of Winter' release date: No official date yet, 11 chapters from 6th novel already available


HBO’s “Game of Thrones” recently wrapped up its sixth season with epic twists and turns that will surely be talked about all year long. As fans slowly feel the daunting task of another 10-month wait for season 7, their focus now shifts on the release of highly anticipated book “The Winds of Winter,” which was the basis of the recently concluded season.

According to The Star, the sixth novel in the “A Song of Ice and Fire” series by George R.R. Martin still does not have a specific date for launch. The author had missed his first deadline set by publisher Bantam Books back in October 2015, and subsequently missed his other deadline in March 2016.

Earlier this year, the 67-year-old writer apologized to the fans and said that the novel will not make it on time before its adapted TV series hits the small screen on April. He however shared seven chapters from the upcoming novel and even read another four in separate conventions. It remains to be seen what order they will appear in the book.

Some of the released chapters feature Theon Greyjoy, Arya Stark (“Mercy”), Sansa Stark (“Alayne”), Arianne Martell (first chapter), Arianne Martell (second chapter), an excerpt of Barrister Selmy released in the paperback version of “A Dance with Dragons,” and another about Tyrion Lannister, available in the “World of Ice and Fire” app on iTunes and Google Play.

Meanwhile, chapters he debuted during his guests appearances at conventions but haven’t officially released the full-text versions of are the Tyrion Lannister chapter, another Barristan Selmy chapter, the Victorian Greyjoy chapter and the Aeron “Damphair” Greyjoy chapter titled “The Forsaken.”

Although Martin reportedly confided his saga’s key plot points to “Game of Thrones” producers D.B. Weiss and David Benioff, the intricate details that made the source materials engaging are expected to be different than what had transpired in the companion show.

Some fans note that the biggest differences may have great repercussions in the story as whole. These include the fact that Stannis is not dead, Shireen is alive, and Sansa is not in the North and she did not wed Ramsay Bolton. With her actual location in the Vale, it remains to be seen if season 6’s penultimate episode “Battle of the Bastards” will even happen in the books at all.

“The Winds of Winter” is rumored to be released sometime in early 2017.