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

Game of Thrones Winds of Winter George R.R. Martin

Fans hoping for the next book in the Song of Fire and Ice series - which the show is based on - to hold them over were dealt a gut-wrenching blow when the author, again stated that the book will be delayed.

Basically, we now know we're not getting The Winds of Winter until next year at the very earliest.

George R.R. Martin, the author behind the "A Song of Ice and Fire" novels upon which HBO's "Game of Thrones" is based, confirmed that the next and sixth book in the series won't be published this year. The book is the first of two parts that describe the history of the Targaryens - the house of Daenerys Targaryen that was famous for its friendly relationship with dragons. It and its forthcoming companion are not novels, Martin says; the first is scheduled for publication November 20 from Ballantine Bantam Dell.

"No, winter is not coming. not in 2018, at least".

As for the reason why all of this is so frustrating for many people, we imagine that it begins with book purists wanting to see the end of Martin's original vision long before seeing it play out on HBO. "You're going to have to keep waiting for The Winds of Winter", Martin wrote.

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It does come with illustrations, and although the manuscript itself might be shorter than A Game of Thrones per Martin himself, it could be that Fire and Blood may rival it in size just because of all those illustrations.

The book, which is almost 1,000 pages, will feature more than 75 black-and-white illustrations by artist Doug Wheatley. "This is not a traditional narrative and was never meant to be... let's call this one 'imaginary history" instead. I love reading popular histories myself, and that's what I was aiming for here... It sounds as though Martin has been spending a lot of time on that book, so fans can't be too mad.

"The only answer I can give is... ah, well, no one is sure yet, and anyway, I am not allowed to say".

"The Winds of Winter" has been put on the back burner.

Here's to 2019, which is also when Game of Thrones returns.

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