So it’s official guys; George R.R. Martin’s sixth installment in the A Song Of Ice and Fire saga, The Winds of Winter, will not be released before HBO’s sixth season of Game of Thrones returns in April. Gutted.
The author took to his blog today to break the news that the eagerly anticipated novel “is not finished” also adding “nor is it likely to be finished tomorrow, or next week. Yes, there’s a lot written. Hundreds of pages. Dozens of chapters. But there’s also a lot still left to write. I am months away still… and that’s if the writing goes well.” So when does the author reckon he’ll finish the books? “It will be done when it’s done. And it will be as good as I can possibly make it.”
HBO’s screen adaptation has now overtaken the novel and the sixth series, set to premiere in April, will be uncharted territory as creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have no source material to base their story line on. However Benioff and Weiss haven’t shied away from deviating from the books, particularly in series five, by killing off characters that are still alive in the novels and not even including some characters from the book at all.
Martin tackles the question of whether the show spoil the books in the post,”all I can do is say, “yes and no,” and mumble once again about the butterfly effect. Those pretty little butterflies have grown into mighty dragons. Some of the ‘spoilers’ you may encounter in season six may not be spoilers at all… because the show and the books have diverged, and will continue to do so.”
The author does give us a few tidbits of information though regarding the differences between the novels and adaptation, “Some of them will die in the books as well, yes… but not all of them, and some may die at different times in different ways. Many more have never been part of the show, yet remain characters in the books. Several are viewpoint characters, and even those who are not may have significant roles in the story to come in The Winds of Winter and A Dream of Spring.”
The sixth season of Game of Thrones is set to hit HBO in April this year, meanwhile The Winds of Winter is set to be released…well who knows?!