'The Winds of Winter' release date: author George R.R. Martin has 'thousands of pages' for 'Game of Thrones' prequel

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George R.R. Martin took a break from writing “The Winds of Winter” to attend the 2016 Emmy Awards last Sunday. The author, who turns 68 today, was at the star-studded event to support “Game of Thrones” as the HBO series got 23 nominations and won Best Writing in a Drama Series, Best Directing in a Drama Series, and Outstanding Drama Series.

Entertainment Weekly reports that after receiving the award, executive producer David Benioff was asked if he and D.B. Weiss would ever consider making a prequel since there are only two seasons left for the series. Benioff addressed the question and said that reporters should ask Martin about that.

“It’s a great world that George created,” said Benioff. “I think it’s a very rich world, and I’m sure there will be other series set in Westeros, but for us, this is it. That’s really a question for George.”

Martin then stepped up and said that there is a possibility for a prequel series, saying, “Well, I do have thousands of pages of fake history everything that led up to ‘Game of Thrones’ so there’s a wealth of material there, and I’m still writing more.”

It is unknown if Martin is currently writing more material for a prequel series along with “The Winds of Winter,” as he has maintained that he is still working on the sixth installment of his “A Song of Ice and Fire” book franchise. However, it appears that fans shouldn’t expect to see a prequel anytime soon as the author said that he still has to work on two more books.

“At the moment, we still have this show to finish, and I still have two books to finish, so that’s all speculation,” said Martin.

It appears that it will be a long time before fans see any of the characters from Martin’s “fake history” of Westeros, as Martin has always said that he is determined to finish “The Winds of Winter.” The author also said that despite release date rumors, he will let his fans know when the book is done and that Martin himself will announce the release date on his website.