'The Winds of Winter' release date rumors: fans threaten to boycott 'Game of Thrones' due to book's delay

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It seems like fans are already running out of patience with regard to the release of the “A Song of Ice and Fire” series’ sixth book, “The Winds of Winter,” as some are rumored to be planning to boycott “Game of Thrones” season 7 should the book still be a no-show before the HBO hit returns on air.

Earlier this year, George R.R. Martin penned a long post on his LiveJournal admitting that, for the second time, he has once again missed the deadline for “The Winds of Winter.” The author was remorseful about the situation saying that he had been dreading that the delay would happen for the second time much like his legion of fans. However, he promised to devote a huge chunk of his time trying to hone a perfect story that will be on par with his previous works even limiting his public appearances since then.

Like a double-edged sword, however, “Game of Thrones” season 6 premiered an impressive offering which was lauded from beginning to its spectacular end. This left fans hyped for more content from the fantasy lore once again urging Martin to complete the book once and for all. Merely four months after the season wrapped up and following vague comments from Martin’s publisher, “The Winds of Winter” is still nowhere in sight.

In actuality, the chances of fans snubbing “Game of Thrones” season 7 is very unlikely. Longtime viewers are too engrossed in the story already and it would be a stretch for them to just drop the franchise altogether. Also, the new installment is not scheduled to debut until summer of next year, a delayed comeback from its usual April air date provides enough time for fans to get their appetite reinvigorated for the series. This may even be ample leeway for Martin to actually finish the book and launch it to keep interest going until “Game of Thrones” season 7 premieres.