Game of Thrones may finish before The Winds of Winter comes out

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George R.R. Martin has announced that The Winds of Winter, his long-awaited sixth book in the A Song of Ice and Fire series (on which the hit HBO show Game of Thrones is based), will not be published this year. Fire & Blood is finished and set to release November 20, 2018. "You're going to have to keep waiting for THE WINDS OF WINTER". But Martin fans have gotten used to waiting.

While the northern hemisphere of the world prepares for the warmth of Summer's imminent arrival, those who have been waiting on the fictional Winter in Westeros will be sorely disappointed to learn they won't be getting it this year. Instead, the author is referring to it as an "imaginary history", after receiving backlash from fans in the past over his term "fake history" when he previously referred to The Princess and The Queen and Sons of the Dragon. His blog post even acts as though Archmaester Gyldayn is a real person, which, hey, Martin's written a lot of books, we probably shouldn't be concerned about this.

If the title isn't enough indication - or if you're a bit out of the loop - this is the first part of Martin's in-universe history of the Targaryen dynasty.

In his blog post, Martin describes the book as "hefty", but it's not quite as long as his other Ice and Fire novels. I love reading popular histories myself, and that's what I was aiming for here ...

For anyone who are like me and wanted to wait to read the rest of A Song of Ice and Fire before watching or catching up on HBO's Game of Thrones, just bite the bullet and watch it.


In addition to the 989 manuscript pages of content, the book will also feature illustrations by Doug Wheatly.

Meanwhile, whenever it does actually arrive, "The Winds of Winter" is a lock to become a vast bestseller as well as cultural phenomenon, if only because its TV sibling - "Game of Thrones" - wraps in 2019.

None of these developments is likely to affect the final season of Game of Thrones, which is now filming and slated to return in 2019.

The first three books, A Game of Thrones, A Clash of Kings, and A Storm of Swords, came out every two years starting in 1996.

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