George R.R. Martin Has Some Bad News About His Next ‘Game Of Thrones’ Book, ‘The Winds Of Winter’

By 01.02.16
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Besides killing your favorite characters, George R.R. Martin kills your hopes of a new book before Game of Thrones returns. “The Winds of Winter is not finished,” Martin said on his LiveJournal blog (People still use LiveJournal? People other than emo 13-year-old girls still use LiveJournal?). It is official, Martin’s next book will not be published before Season 6 of Game of Thrones returns to HBO in April.

The Game of Thrones author voiced his frustration:

“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. For months now I have wanted nothing so much as to be able to say, ‘I have completed and delivered THE WINDS OF WINTER’ on or before the last day of 2015.”

Martin provides a myriad of excuses as to why he didn’t finish the sixth book in his A Song of Ice and Fire saga done by his first deadline at the end of October:

Unfortunately, the writing did not go as fast or as well as I would have liked. You can blame my travels or my blog posts or the distractions of other projects and the Cocteau and whatever, but maybe all that had an impact… you can blame my age, and maybe that had an impact too…but if truth be told, sometimes the writing goes well and sometimes it doesn’t, and that was true for me even when I was in my 20s. And as spring turned to summer, I was having more bad days than good ones. Around about August, I had to face facts: I was not going to be done by Halloween. I cannot tell you how deeply that realization depressed me.

Martin gives an update on the status of The Winds of Winter:

Nor is it likely to be finished tomorrow, or next week. Yes, there’s a lot written. Hundreds of pages. Dozens of chapters. (Those ‘no pages done’ reports were insane, the usual garbage internet journalism that I have learned to despise). But 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.


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