Game of thrones George R.R. Martin Winds of Winter
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It has been nearly ten years since George R.R. Martin begun writing Winds of Winter. Following the first season release of Game of Thrones, the fifth novel from the author, A Dance With Dragons was released and ever since, fans have been eagerly waiting for the sixth book. The eighth season of the GoT franchise was criticised for its lack of clarity as writers were forced to go off book. Martin blames writers block and with vague updates on his personal blog, we may finally have a release date.


In March amid lockdowns, Martin revealed he was writing from self-isolation. Now, it appears Winds of Winter will get a 2021 release date. On his blog Not A Blogthe award-winning writer revealed he had just finished a chapter of the book and is making “steady progress”. He also revealed plans to attend CoNZealand in Wellington this year, however said he will revisit “next year”, “when I hope that both Covid-19 and THE WINDS OF WINTER will be done.”

“If nothing else, the enforced isolation has helped me write. I am spending long hours every day on THE WINDS OF WINTER, and making steady progress. I finished a new chapter yesterday, another one three days ago, another one the previous week, George R.R. Martin wrote. “But no, this does not mean that the book will be finished tomorrow or published next week. It’s going to be a huge book, and I still have a long way to go. Please do not give any credence to any of the click-bait websites that like to parse every word of my posts as if they were papal encyclicals to divine hidden meanings.

I was heartbroken when CoNZealand was forced to go virtual due to the pandemic and I had to cancel my plans (exciting plans) for a long trip down to Wellington with Parris and my minions… but there is definitely a silver lining in that cloud. The last thing I need right now is a long interruption that might cost me all the momentum I have built up. I can always visit Wellington next year, when I hope that both Covid-19 and THE WINDS OF WINTER will be done.”


It’s not a lot to go by but considering Martin is optimistic on its finish, it means we’re very close. Unfortunately the American novelist is notorious for being slow. He begun writing Game of Thrones in 1991, and it took six years alone to write A Dance With Dragons. 

Stay tuned for further developments.