'The Winds of Winter' release date update: George R.R. Martin thanks fans for their unwavering support

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Following his admittance that the highly anticipated sixth book in the “A Song of Fire and Ice” saga titled “The Winds of Winter” will be delayed since it is not complete yet, author George R.R. Martin expressed his gratitude and is reportedly astonished with how understanding the fans are.

In a follow up blog post, Martin thanked his supporters saying, “The outpouring of support in response to my post on ‘The Winds of Winter’ has been astonishing. Thank you all, so very much.”

“There were forty pages of screened comments on the post by the time I logged on this morning. I haven’t even been able to read half of them as yet. I am going to close comments on this post, lest I have even more messages to deal with. But I cannot tell you how much I appreciate all the kind words and good wishes,” he added.

During the New Year, he confirmed the speculations that the novel will not be published before season 6 of HBO’s series adaptation “Game of Thrones” hits the small screen.

He stated that even though there are “hundreds of pages, dozens of chapters” already written, he may still be months away from finishing the narrative as there are a lot of chapters to write, including those that have to be rewritten, “The book’s not done. Nor is it likely to be finished tomorrow, or next week,” he added.

He explained that there is no one to blame for the delay, “But I won’t make excuses. There are no excuses. No one else is to blame. Not my editors and publishers, not HBO, not David & Dan. It’s on me. I tried, and I am still trying.”

When it comes to the release, “But no, I can’t tell you when it will be done, or when it will be published,” Martin quipped.