'The Winds of Winter' release date updates: New excerpt highlights differences between 'A Song of Ice and Fire' and 'Game of Thrones'

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Author George R.R. Martin has released on his blogsite a chapter from the yet unpublished book titled “The Winds of Winter,” which is the sixth installment in the “A Song of Ice and Fire” series, the basis of the hit HBO TV show “Game of Thrones.” The newly released chapter titled “Arianne” from Martin’s masterpiece reveals more elements that set the books apart from their TV counterpart than fans previously noticed.

Martin also explains through a blog entry that he has changed the sample from the book on his site the “Alayne” chapter which has been around for the past year has been replaced with one that features Arianne Martell but clarifies that he is not done writing. “And no, just to spike any [expletive] rumors, changing the sample chapter does NOT mean I am done,” writes Martin, confirming the yet lack of release date.

The differences between the book and the TV series include Arianne’s not being part of the TV version’s plot at all; neither is the pretender Aegon Targaryen, who is not seen anywhere on the show. There is also no such character on screen as Jon Connington, whose tale is extensively narrated in the recent snippet.

There are also chapters revolving around Stannis Baratheon and Barristan Selmy, both already written off the show. Victarion Greyjoy never existed on screen either. It can also be recalled how the book’s Prince Doran and that of the show were the exact opposites the former being full of cunning; the latter, of incompetence that eventually led to his murder. HBO’s “Game of Thrones” is, apparently, headed toward a significantly different direction with its storyline.

There were earlier reports that the sixth novel in the “A Song of Ice and Fire” series would be published before “Game of Thrones” season 6 started airing. However, to date, the book has yet to be released, thus the TV show has already overtaken it, leaving fans worried that “Games of Thrones” will spoil how Martin will end the “The Winds of Winter” despite several evident major diversions of the TV adaptation from the books from characters who will never come to life to events that will never transpire on screen.