It’s been years, and bestselling author George R.R. Martin had been very eager to deliver to fans the much awaited sequel to his bestselling “A Song of Ice and Fire” novels, which the hit live-action series “Game of Thrones” were based on. However, with his previous promise that the much awaited new book will be out by or before the release of the show’s upcoming sixth seasonwhich is set to premiere in Aprilthe book was once again delayed, as Martin announced that he “failed” to deliver on his promise.
In the author’s update on his LiveJournal entry, Martin announced that “The Winds of Winter,” the upcoming sixth book in the “A Song of Ice and Fire” series, will not be coming before the sixth season of the HBO live-action series.
“The book is not done, not delivered. No words can change that. I tried, I promise you. I failed,” Martin said. “I blew the Halloween deadline, and I’ve now blown the end of the year deadline. And that almost certainly means that no, ‘The Winds of Winter,’ will not be published before the sixth season of ‘Game of Thrones’ premieres in April (mid-April, we are now told, not early April, but those two weeks will not save me).”
It appears that as his own personal deadline comes nearer and nearer, Martin got pressured in writingand revising material for the novelthat as the days went by, his writing became more stressful, and his pacing became slower. This eventually resulted in the announcement that no “Winds” will be coming to fans sometime in the coming months.
With that, Martin said that while he will continue to work on it, he will not be making any more promises of a release window so as not to stress himself out once more.
“I won’t make excuses. There are no excuses. No one else is to blame,” he added. “But no, I can’t tell you when it will be done, or when it will be published. Best guess, based on our previous conversations, is that Bantam (and presumably my British publisher as well) can have the hardcover out within three months of delivery, if their schedules permit. But when delivery will be, I can’t say. I am not going to set another deadline for myself to trip over. The deadlines just stress me out.”
As was previously rumored, the absence of a sixth novel to base the show on would mean that at some point in the upcoming season, the show would have to expand on the story further to the available source materialand if that will later on coincide with “Winds” once it gets released, no one can say.