With each successive book of the popular A Song of Ice and Fire series, fans have had to wait longer and longer.
"I know you all want to know about THE WINDS OF WINTER too".
George R.R. Martin confirmed that the next book in the Song of Ice and Fire series, The Winds of Winter, will not be released this year.
Luckily, fans will still be able to venture into Westeros for Fire & Blood, which tells the history of the Targaryen kings of Westeros.
The important thing is: NOVEMBER 20 [when Fire and Blood comes out].
"No, winter is not coming", he wrote, "not in 2018, at least", he wrote. But! In the last season and a half, Game of Thrones has gone past Martin's published books and forged its own way, for better or worse. Also thrown in the mix will be Aenys, Maegor the Cruel, Jaehaerys I, Viserys I, and Aegon II. The good news is that fans will get a little something to tide them over: "Fire and Blood", which Martin described as "imaginary history".
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And for those following the planned Game of Thrones prequels being developed by HBO, the author hinted that there might be some overlap. "This is not a traditional narrative and was never meant to be... let's call this one 'imaginary history" instead.
After making the announcement, Martin promised he was getting back to The Winds of Winter, which at this time still has no official release date, much like the Season 8 premiere of Game of Thrones.
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. Martin says it's a massive work spanning almost 1,000 manuscript pages, which puts it somewhere between 600 and 700 printed pages.
"The only answer I can give is... ah, well, no one is sure yet, and anyway, I am not allowed to say".
Each of the first five books in the series is a massive chapter novel that takes Martin years to write, so it does not come as a shock that this one is taking equally as long.