This time last year, George R.R. Martin posted a New Year’s update to his blog, in which he announced that The Winds of Winter would not be published before season 6 of HBO’s Game of Thrones. While Martin has not yet provided a similarly formal update for 2017, he did recently respond to a fan’s question by saying that he thinks the sixth installment of A Song of Ice and Fire could be published this year.
Yesterday, a reader commented on one of Martin’s LiveJournal posts, asking for just a simple yes/no update on the book’s progress:
As i stated in my last attempt, i respect you immensely and do not want you to rush or release anything untill you are completely satisfied with it.
That being said, it has been a whole year since we have received an updated. You have placated our hunger with another superb sample ch. (the Forsaken), and for that, we are grateful. But unless you want to be bombarded with im’s like this, i would suggest another updated.
Even if its as simple as, ‘not done yet, but ive made progress( or not) ‘, or ‘ it’ll be out this year (or not)’. Anything(or not). Either way, have a great new year, and thank you for, imo, the best fantasy series out there.
Martin responded with just that:
You really think statements like that would make a difference? Ah, you sweet summer child. I have years of experience with this that tells me otherwise.
But okay, I will try it your way.
Not done yet, but I’ve made progress. But not as much as I hoped a year ago, when I thought to be done by now.
I think it will be out this year. (But hey, I thought the same thing last year).
If Martin were to deliver the completed manuscript in the next several months, how could it make it onto bookshelves before year’s-end? Chris Lough’s in-depth guide explains how The Winds of Winter could be published in only three months.
In the meantime, you can check out all of the excerpts that have been released so far while pondering Martin’s latest update about the book’s plot: “Winter is the time when things die, and cold and ice and darkness fills the world, so this is not gonna be the happy feel-good that people may be hoping for… In any story, the classic structure is, ‘Things get worse before they get better,’ so things are getting worse for a lot of people.”