After the end of Game of Thrones last year, all eyes are now set on author George R.R. Martin to finish The Winds of Winter in his Song of Ice and Fire series. While he is disappointingly not done yet, he does give us a significant update on what he called ‘a big big book.’
Posting on his blog, Martin writes:
No, sorry, still not done, but I do inch closer. It is a big big book. I try not to dwell on that too much. I write a chapter at a time, a page at a time, a sentence at a time, a word at a time. It is the only way. And sometimes I rewrite.
Though Martin isn’t done with the book yet, he does tease some things that we should expect when it comes to the story. Besides revisiting old characters, he says he has revised some chapters that he had read at cons before. He continues:
Of late I have been spending a lot of time with the Lannisters. Cersei and Tyrion in particular. I’ve also paid a visit to Dorne, and dropped in to Oldtown a time or three. In addition to turning out new chapters, I’ve been revising some old ones (some very old)… including, yes, some stuff I read at cons ages ago, or even posted online as samples. I tweak stuff constantly, and sometimes go beyond tweaking, moving things around, combining chapters, breaking chapters in two, reordering stuff.
Though some may see this as problematic, Martin assures fans that it’s all part of the process, and he did the same thing with the first five books.
Martin doesn’t give an update on when the book can be expected to come out, but at this point, I think fans are resigned to holding their breath for a release date. At best, we should just expect the book to come out whenever it does. In the meantime, Martin tells fans to “Hang in there, friends.”
No release date has been set for The Winds of Winter.