'The Winds of Winter' release date: no update from George R.R. Martin, author teases possible 'Game of Thrones' prequel

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Three months left for 2016 and still no concrete update regarding the release of George R.R. Martin’s “The Winds of Winter” novel and fans have already been at the edge of their seats for quite some time.

It did not help that the most recent season of HBO’s “Game of Thrones” broke narrative and creative standards with an impressive run as it only made followers more agitated. But Martin has been taking his time in writing “The Winds of Winter” with his publishers also mum about details of his process. Regardless of the lack of a scheduled release date, a lot of theorists are betting that 2017 will be the year that book will eventually see the light of day. The only significant question left is whether it will roll out before or after its small screen iteration premieres its penultimate season.

It has already been confirmed that season 7 of the fantasy drama will be debuting a bit later than usual, specifically in the summer of next year. This translates to a couple months of delay from its usual premiere sometime in April. It also poses the idea that aside from the supposed reasons cited for the change in timelines, it may have also been made to adjust to Martin’s release of “The Winds of Winter.” Having sequential rollouts will be a good marketing ploy for both the book and TV series as it will keep fans glued to the lore for a longer period of time.

Meanwhile, buzz about a “Game of Thrones” prequel moving forward sparked after Martin spilled that he had “thousands of pages of fake history of everything that led up to ‘Game of Thrones.'” Talking to Deadline, the author insinuated that after his current HBO hit wraps up after season 8, there is still a lot of untapped material from the franchise that could be enough to create another show.

Regardless of whether the supposed project pushes through or not, “Game of Thrones” season 7 is already tipped to be a treat for fans. Maisie Williams who plays Arya Stark has already warned fans to buckle up as things in Westeros will get crazier.