'The Winds of Winter' update: George R.R. Martin confirms sixth book will not be published before season 6 of 'Game of Thrones'

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Author George R.R. Martin has finally broken his silence regarding the release date of the highly anticipated sequel to his widely popular book saga “A Song of Fire and Ice,” titled “The Winds of Winter.”

Martin took it to his official blog to reveal what could be a sad news for his longtime fans as he shared that the sixth book will not make it in time before the confirmed premiere date for season 6 of HBO’s “Game of Thrones” sometime in April this year.

“‘The Winds of Winter’ is not finished. Believe me, it gave me no pleasure to type those words. You’re disappointed, and you’re not alone. My editors and publishers are disappointed, HBO is disappointed, my agents and foreign publishers and translators are disappointed… but no one could possibly be more disappointed than me. For months now I have wanted nothing so much as to be able to say, ‘I have completed and delivered ‘The Winds of Winter’ on or before the last day of 2015,'” he shared.

He also tried to explain what might have caused the delay saying that there were a lot of engagements he had to do last year and that he is not good at dealing with deadlines. He also said that it all boils down to having been distracted with various things while he is writing.

When it comes to the concern of the book readers if the show adaptation will spoil the plot for them, he stated that he talked about it with his publisher, “Maybe. Yes and no. Look, I never thought the series could possibly catch up with the books, but it has. The show moved faster than I anticipated and I moved more slowly. There were other factors too, but that was the main one. Given where we are, inevitably, there will be certain plot twists and reveals in season six of ‘Game of Thrones’ that have not yet happened in the books,” he said.

“For years my readers have been ahead of the viewers. This year, for some things, the reverse will be true. How you want to handle that… hey, that’s up to you,” he added.

As to when will the book may hit the shelf, Martin said that he will keep on writing, and it will be done when it is done.