Fans have grown restless waiting for The Winds of Winter release date! We are already over halfway through 2021, and are still awaiting the book's release! Will Winds of Winter be releasing soon, and what can we expect from George R.R. Martin?
In a recent update on his not-blog on July 16 2021, Martin informed his fans about a trip he took Midwest. By June he was back home but delayed the post as there was a lot of admin to work on. Paraphrasing a well known poem by Robert Frost, the author concluded:
"The woods were lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep and books to write before I sleep."
Could this be an allusion to his promise to deliver The Winds of Winter to his fans? It's too much to hope, after all this year, but maybe one day.
In April of 2021, George R.R. Martin gave an update on Winds of Winter. The sixth novel of A Song of Ice and Fire book series has been delayed quite a bit, and George gave us more bad news. In his latest post on George R.R. Martin's blog Not A Blog website, Martin confirmed he won't be finished with the book anytime soon.
"I am hugely behind right now, and the prospect of trying to catch up is increasingly opressive", Martin wrote.
Yikes! It sounds like the expectation of a satisfying conclusion to the series in addition to the toll of Covid-19 has created an environment not well suited to completing the book.
As of June 2021, the 71-year-old author has admitted that he wishes the books had stayed ahead of the Game of Thrones series.
Martin went on to update fans that he is excited about a five-year Game of Thrones contract with HBO and HBO Max for new original content.
In a 2019 post, A Song of Ice and Fire Author George R. R. Martin gave his fans explicit permission to lock him up in a cabin in White Island if he had not finished The Winds of Winter by July 2020, when WordCon was supposed to take place. With the in-person event in New Zealand canceled due to the ongoing pandemic, Martin, who had given little indication of being closer to completing the sixth A Song of Ice and Fire book, seemingly escaped that fate.
Little did we know that the imprisonment he jokingly suggested would become more than a joke. In another blog post, published on June 23, 2020, Martin admitted he is no stranger to the cabin fever that has plagued many of us since March. However, in his case, the first part of the phrase is quite literal.
Could a cabin be what it takes for The Winds of Winter to come to our shelves?
Over the years, many fans have yearned for Wind of Winter updates, wondering why Martin is taking so long to finish writing it. In a turn of events, fans would never have been able to foretell a few months earlier, George R. R. Martin informed them that he was spending quarantine in an actual cabin… and it looks like something good might have come out of it. While reasonably tired of living in isolation, the 71-year-old author mentioned that he is keeping a regular, if a bit dull routine and tries to stay healthy. It looks like this might finally be paying off.
With most distractions removed, and journeys abroad replaced by Zoom calls, Martin had plenty of time to spend with his characters. The ones he was focusing on, as of June 2020, were enemy siblings Cersei and Tyrion Lannister, Ser Barristan Selmy, Asha Greyjoy (known as Yara in the HBO TV series), and Areo Hotah, the captain of the Martell guard. Arya Stark was also mentioned, and, as always, she intends to kill someone.
Over the years, Martin has released several Winds of Winter chapters from multiple points of view.
Martin teases the release of Winds of Winter in 2021
While Martin has yet to find the impressive writing pace he had maintained in the late 1990s, when he worked on the series' third installment A Storm of Swords, producing about 150 pages a month, there is still reason for fans to rejoice. The author revealed he is sad about his canceled trip to Wellington. Still, expressed his intention to visit it in 2021, when he hopes "that both Covid-19 and The Winds of Winter will be done."
For fans of the books, many of whom were greatly disappointed with the TV series conclusion, this might be the best news they have had for some time.
Since this announcement, Martin has written two additional posts with updates about his writing, both titled "Back to Westeros." In the first one, published in August 2020, the author described a steady routine, which, thankfully, involves a lot of writing. As of November 2020, Martin mentioned that he was still spending a lot of time writing about the Lannister siblings and Dorne, the Martells' seat of power.
While Martin, who rarely encourages his fans to keep their hopes up about his eagerly anticipated book, has been known to work on many side projects such as the Game of Thrones prequel series, House of the Dragon, his return to a steady, undisturbed writing routine can only be a good sign.