George R. R. Martin Provides Update On ‘The Winds of Winter’

For years now, fans have been eagerly awaiting for the sixth entry in George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire saga, which is titled The Winds of Winter. On Saturday, the author took to his personal blog to provide an update on the status of the novel and unfortunately, it sounds like it won’t be published before the premiere of the sixth season of Game of Thrones in April. Apparently, GRRM has written hundreds of pages already, but it looks like there’s still plenty of work left to be done before the novel is ready. Here’s what he had to say:

You wanted an update. Here’s the update. You won’t like it. The Winds of Winter is not finished. Believe me, it gave me no pleasure to type those words. 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.

There’s also a lot still left to write. I am months away still… and that’s if the writing goes well. (Sometimes it does. Sometimes it doesn’t.) Chapters still to write, of course… but also rewriting. I always do a lot of rewriting, sometimes just polishing, sometimes pretty major restructures.

Martin went on to reveal that he missed a couple of deadlines in 2015, one on October and one on December, which is the main reason why the novel won’t be ready before April. To fans that are concerned that the upcoming season will spoil important plot points from The Winds of Winter, the author had to say the following:

Maybe. Yes and no. Look, I never thought the series could possibly catch up with the books, but it has. The show moved faster than I anticipated and I moved more slowly. There were other factors too, but that was the main one. Given where we are, inevitably, there will be certain plot twists and reveals in season six of Game of Thrones that have not yet happened in the books. For years my readers have been ahead of the viewers. This year, for some things, the reverse will be true. How you want to handle that… hey, that’s up to you.

What do you guys think? Are you disappointed that you’ll have to wait a few more months for the novel? Sound-off your thoughts in the comment section. To read the full blog post, click here.

Source: Not A Blog (via THR)



Michael Bezanidis

Michael Bezanidis

Michael is the Managing Editor of Heroic Hollywood. When he's not playing video games, he's usually writing about film and television.