Winter has come on television, but the book version in A Song of Ice and Fire is another story.
Author George R.R. Martin now says The Winds of Winter is coming soon, according to reports.
The 68 year old writer reveals the sixth book could come out in 2018. According to The Guardian, he calls the various rumours “equally false and moronic.”
With regard to the sixth book, Martin did offer an update on how it is progressing. He’s working away at it- albeit slowly. “Hundreds of pages. Dozens of chapters,” he says. “But there’s also a lot still left to write. I am months away still.”
“I don’t know which story is more absurd,” Martin writes. “The one that says the book is finished and I’ve been sitting on it for some nefarious reason, or the one that says I have no pages”.
Keep in mind, Martin has been saying the release is coming for years now. The last book, A Dance with Dragons, came out in 2011. This would be the same year Game of Thrones’ first season would make its debut on television.
At this rate, the chances are excellent that The Winds of Winter will see publication after Game of Thrones is long over. Ditto A Dream of Spring.
Martin reveals he is not done with A Song of Ice and Fire, because he has Fire and Blood in the works. This will be a two-part volume about Westeros’ early history, the Targaryens, and the rise of Robert Baratheon. Think of J.R.R Tolkien’s The Silmarillion– only much larger in size.
“it’s likely that we will get the first volume of Fire and Blood out in late 2018 or early 2019,” he says. “The second volume, which will carry the history from Aegon III up to Robert’s Rebellion, is largely unwritten.”
Game of Thrones‘ seventh season is airing on HBO.