'The Winds of Winter' release date: George R.R. Martin under the weather after Balticon, no update yet

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With HBO’s adapted series “Game of Thrones” almost wrapping up its sixth season, fans are said to be wondering about the release date of its book counterpart, “The Winds of Winter.”

The sixth novel in the “A Song of Ice and Fire” series written by George R.R. Martin is apparently still being written but the author has yet to update his followers regarding the novel’s progress.

Last month, Martin updated the book excerpt posted on his official site to feature Arianne Martell and provided more information on the Sand Snakes, however, the entry is already old as he used to read it in conventions.

He also previously apologized for the delay of the highly anticipated book stating, “Having ‘The Winds of Winter’ published before season 6 of ‘Thrones’ airs next spring has been important to me all along. I wish it was out now. Maybe I’m being overly optimistic about how quickly I can finish. But I canceled two convention appearances, I’m turning down a lot more interviews anything I can do to clear my decks and get this done.”

However, it seems like the readers may have to wait a little longer as Martin recently revealed on his personal blog that he is feeling under the weather. Posted on June 8, he said that after being on the road for two weeks traveling to Baltimore and New York City, he came home to Santa Fe feeling sick.

“Great trip… but I seem to have brought the plague home with me. Some kind of con crud was going around at Balticon. … Coughing, fever, headache, congestion, more coughing. I got it too, albeit a milder case. … We’re all still under the weather, though recovering. So I will keep this short. Lots to report on, lots to catch up on, but just now I don’t have the energy. More sleep and more fluids… I should be my old self shortly….,” the author said.

When it comes to the possible plot of the book, some speculations suggest that it may feature a possible deepening relationship between Jon Snow and Arya Stark. The two are believed to be half-siblings but if the “R+L = J” canon is debunked, they could potentially have an affair in the future.

Aside from Jon, Tyrion Lannister will also reportedly be smitten with the youngest Stark. However, it remains to be seen if it comes to fruition.

More details about “The Winds of Winter” are expected to be released in the coming months.