Expected publication: Whenever he can finish!
The Winds of Winter is the forthcoming sixth novel in the epic fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin.
The previous installment, A Dance with Dragons, covered less story than Martin intended, omitting at least one planned large battle sequence and leaving several character threads ending in cliffhangers. Martin intends to resolve these cliffhangers “very early” in The Winds of Winter, saying “I’m going to open with the two big battles that I was building up to, the battle in the ice and the battle at Meereen—the battle of Slaver’s Bay. And then take it from there.” (Goodreads)
Nothing is worse than missing a deadline, missing two is worse, but the fact is The Winds of Winter is not ready. George R. R. Martin recently let everyone know in his blog post that the book still has,
… 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. ~George R.R. Martin
So what does that mean for season 6 of Game of Thrones? It means that for the first time, viewers of the hit HBO show will be ahead of or at least on the same page as the readers. Keep in mind that the books and the show are not exactly the same so I am sure there will still be twists and surprises to be had with both the show and the book. In the end, George R.R. Martin is disappointed that he didn’t meet the deadlines that were set. You can read his full thoughts on his blog.
I’m sorry to the readers out there that have been waiting. I think we all can attest to waiting for the next book in a series and how antagonizing it can be. I haven’t read the books, but I am an avid viewer. I couldn’t be happier knowing season 6 is set to air mid-April 2016!