'Winds of Winter' release date delayed until 2017? George R.R. Martin helps create new art exhibit


With the highly anticipated season 6 of HBO’s adaptation of “Game of Thrones” set to premiere in the next few weeks, the mystery of the release of the sixth book in the source material “A Song of Ice and Fire,”
titled “Winds of Winter” still remains.

Rumors have it that author of the book series, George R.R. Martin may push the launch of the sixth novel to early 2017. The book is predicted to become available sometime this year but may be delayed further with some speculating that Martin may be experiencing writer’s block. On the other hand, others deemed that he may be busy with other commitments and schedule.

For instance, according to NPR, Martin largely funded a new permanent art exhibit in his adopted hometown in Santa Fe dubbed as House of Eternal Return in which Meow Wolf’s 135 artists have created meticulous installations.

Martin said to the news outlet that he was not originally planning to buy an old bowling alley which will house some of the exhibits. However, when the arts collective showed him their plans for the complex which includes nonprofit education centre for children and a makerspace for artists in training, he just could not resist.

“They explained this vision of a Victorian house, unmoored in time and space with a haunted forest and a magical cave system, and portals to other worlds. And of course, it pushed all my buttons. I love that kind of stuff, he said.

Martin previously addressed the assumptions about the delay on his official site Not a Blog and stated that despite his efforts he was unable to deliver the book ahead of its companion TV show.

He admitted that he only blames himself for the matter, “You can blame my travels or my blog posts or the distractions of other projects and the Cocteau and whatever, but maybe all that had an impact… you can blame my age, and maybe that had an impact too…but if truth be told, sometimes the writing goes well and sometimes it doesn’t, and that was true for me even when I was in my 20s,” he explained.

The 67-year-old writer seems to be hard at work on the book for a long time as he revealed on a correspondence with a fan that he is not writing anything else until he finishes the manuscript, “I am not writing anything until I deliver WINDS OF WINTER. Teleplays, screenplays, short stories, introductions, forewords, nothing. And I’ve dropped all my editing projects but Wild Cards.”

As fans wait, they may first tune in to the upcoming season 6 of “Game of Thrones,” slated to air on April 24.