'Winds of Winter' release: Mixed reports of winter 2015, spring 2016, or early 2017 for next installment

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Information regarding the highly anticipated next book in George R.R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” saga titled “Winds of Winter” is hard to come by despite having its television counterpart currently under pre-production. Conflicting rumors have it that the book may hit the shelves sometime during the winter of this year or spring of 2016.

Martin has yet to break his silence but his recent appearance in Syfy Channel’s “Z Nation” for its Halloween special episode seemed to point out that he may be almost finished with the novel. In the show, he made a cameo as a zombie described by a collector as someone who was unaware that he was famous. The person who captured him stated that he is the man behind “A Song of Ice and Fire.” Moreover, there was even a scene where he was humorously signing copies of a book titled “A Promise of Spring.”

Meanwhile, recent confirmation by HBO that the sixth season of the widely popular series “Game of Thrones” will premiere in April 2016 gave fans some hope that they will be able to get their hands on the original source material of the narrative soon. A poster showing Jon Snow with a bloody face but seems to be alive was unveiled by the home network on Twitter. This apparently lead to more predictions that the sixth book may be ready for publishing.

However, some supporters took the news of the series as somewhat bittersweet. According to Five Thirty Eight, based on the previous writing pace of Martin, the book is more likely to come out even later in 2016 or early 2017 after the airing of the sixth season, which means the viewers and readers will know the story from the television series first and not through the book.

Since neither HBO nor Martin has released any official statement regarding the matter, all speculations should be taken with a grain of salt.