It appears that fans of “A Song of Ice and Fire” (ASoIaF) will have a longer wait ahead of them if the latest rumors surrounding the sixth book are true. Reports say that “The Winds of Winter” (TWoW) may not come out next year because progress has stalled lately due to author George R.R. Martin’s recent projects.
N4BB did not say who or where they got this information from. It may just be hearsay or some speculation on their part, so just take it with a grain of salt until Martin, his publishers, or someone close to them decides to reveal the release date themselves.
Last month, Amazon France made a mistake by posting a listing for TWoW with a March 9, 2017, release date. Sadly, this has already been discredited by Martin’s U.S. publisher, Random House, and his U.K. publisher, HarperCollins. The listing was either a placeholder or just simple mistake, so it’s time to sit back and wait once again.
Anyway, fans of the series should be used to waiting by now since Martin seems to be bidding his time after writing the first three books in the series. “A Feast for Crows” came out five years after “A Storm of Swords,” and the gap between the fourth book and “A Dance with Dragons” was even longer. The TV adaptation of ASoIaF, “Game of Thrones” has already overtaken its source material, so the fans’ impatience with all the delays is understandable.
Martin joined the cast of “Game of Thrones” backstage after the recently concluded Emmy Awards and he talked about the future of the TV adaptation and his work on ASoIaF. “At the moment we still have this show to finish and I still have two books to finish so that’s all speculation,” he said, referring to a possible “Game of Thrones” prequel series.
Winter is almost here. Too bad “The Winds of Winter” won’t be coming with it. In the words of the author himself, “It will be done when it’s done.”