George RR Martin has written a huge array of fantasy novels, as well as short stories and even an illustrated YA work. He is best known for his A Song of Fire and Ice series, which inspired HBO series Game of Thrones. While this was the basis for the beloved HBO series, as were subsequent books, fans are wondering where the sixth novel, The Winds of Winter, is.
When is The Winds of Winter coming out?
Sadly, that question is still up in the air.
One thing is for sure, we hope: the book will be ready before the New Zealand festival Worldcon in July, 2020.
George RR Martin has been named the Master of Ceremonies at Worldcon, a science fiction convention which takes place annually.
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This year an airline even offered Martin free air fare to their country so he can finish The Winds of Winter in peace.
However, in a blog post, Martin replied to this, saying: “If I don’t have THE WINDS OF WINTER in hand when I arrive in New Zealand for Worldcon 2020, you have here my formal written permission to imprison me in a small cabin on White Island, overlooking that lake of sulfuric acid, until I’m done.
“Just so long as the acrid fumes do not screw up my old DOS word processor, I’ll be fine.”
The dates of the convention are July 29 to August 2, 2020, meaning Martin has a few months left to finish it before a likely Christmas release.
George RR Martin with the GoT cast
Adding to this, there is another thing which will hopefully push Martin forward in ensure his book is delivered this year.
This is the upcoming series which will act as a prequel to Game of Thrones: The House of the Dragon.
The prequel series will “track the beginning of the end for House Targaryen,” to which Daenerys mother of dragons belongs.
In another blog post, the author promised his fans again there is reason to expect The Winds of Winter soon – so he can get going on working on the new House of the Dragon series.
George RR Martin has spoken out about the book many times
He posted in October 2019: “But… let me make this perfectly clear… I am not taking on any scripts until I have finished and delivered WINDS OF WINTER.
“Winter is still coming, and WINDS remains my priority, as much as I’d love to write an episodes of HOUSE.”
Of course, this was just after the end of Game of Thrones, and the series had finally concluded.
With this being the case, fans will be desperate to hear a snippet the new book, in the hopes it will come sooner rather than later.
The Game of Thrones bookography
One reason for the delay, however, is that the GoT series did not end in a way popular with fans, so many will be expecting Martin to have to seriously revisit his plot for The Winds of Winter before it can be released.
But, if he is not working on House of the Dragon to write The Winds of Winter, this could mean he speeds up his process, even if he has had to revisit the entire plot after the abysmal GoT ending.
Regardless, he has promised to have it prepared before the start of Worldcon, which will give fans something to look towards.
Worldcon takes place from July 29 in New Zealand