Now that Games of Thrones has ended, fans are all the more anxious for the release of The Winds of Winter. Thankfully, it looks like the wait is almost over.
In his latest blog entry on his website where was talking about being invited to New Zealand to complete the highly-anticipated book, author George R.R. Martin hinted at his goal to complete it by next year.
He revealed that he is headed to New Zealand summer next year to take part in the World Science Fiction Convention, where he will be participating as a Toastmaster for the Hugo Awards.
"As for finishing my book… I fear that New Zealand would distract me entirely too much. Best leave me here in Westeros for the nonce," he wrote.
"But I tell you this — if I don’t have THE WINDS OF WINTER in hand when I arrive in New Zealand for worldcon, 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," he went on to say.
Fans have been waiting for years to read The Winds of Winter. While he has delayed the book time and again in the last few years, readers hope that the 2020 release date will stick.
The hope was that it would be released before Game of Thrones ended, but that obviously didn't pan out. With a lot of viewers unhappy with the direction that showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss took in Season 8, they are itching to read Martin's take in the hopes that it will be much better.
However, Martin has said that aside from some changes regarding the story of some secondary characters, the ending of the Game of Thrones television series is pretty much the same as his.
Either way, if it all goes according to plan, fans can get their hands on The Winds of Winter by summer of 2020.