'The Winds of Winter' updates: Novel off track for Q1 2016 release, may come in 2017

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The sixth novel in the “A Song of Fire and Ice” series titled “The Winds of Winter” was initially predicted to be released in the first quarter of 2016, just in time for season 6 of HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” as the popular series bases its story from the book. However, author George R.R. Martin admitted early this month that “The Winds of Winter” is not yet done.

Instead, new speculations point to a 2017 release, while the final installment of the book, “A Dream of Spring,” is expected to be launched in 2023, in time for the author’s 75<sup>th birthday. However, this is purely forecast, as Martin did not commit any timeline for both the remaining novels.

Earlier this year, the author admitted on his live blog page that “The Winds of Winter” is not yet done in a very dismayed tone. He said, “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.”

He revealed how much he wanted to announce that the sixth installment of the book is done, at least before 2015 ended, but he missed his own deadline. Martin also shared how the book was initially due for Halloween in order to beat publish the book before “Game of Thrones” season 6 premieres. After missing this deadline, he was given until the end of 2015.

He did not commit on any new deadline, as he admitted that it gives him more stress. However, the writer committed that “It will be done when it’s done. And it will be as good as I can possibly make it.”

When asked if the upcoming season of “Game of Thrones” slated on April 24 will “spoil” the story of the novel, he said “yes and no” and explained on the same blog that some of the potential spoilers in season 6 may not be spoilers, as the books and movies have diverged.