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George R. R. Martin Finally Has Some Good News For ‘Game Of Thrones’ Fans

Game of Thrones the TV show has progressed past the point of the books, but it’s looking like George R.R. Martin might catch up soon. 

The famed author is hopeful that the next book in his Song Of Fire and Ice saga – The Winds of Winter – will be released this year.

Responding to a fan on his blog, he revealed:

“Not done yet, but I’ve made progress. But not as much as I hoped a year ago when I thought to be done by now. I think it will be out this year. (But hey, I thought the same thing last year).”

We’re optimistic, but cautiously so….

The Winds of Winter was initially intended to be released before season six of Game of Thrones, so the events in the TV show wouldn’t overtake the events in the books. Last January, however, Martin revealed that his writing had stalled.

In a humble blog post, he explained:

“Unfortunately, the writing did not go as fast or as well as I would have liked. You can blame my travels or my blog posts or the distractions of other projects and the Cocteau and whatever, but maybe all that had an impact… you can blame my age, and maybe that had an impact too…but if truth be told, sometimes the writing goes well and sometimes it doesn’t, and that was true for me even when I was in my 20s. And as spring turned to summer, I was having more bad days than good ones. Around about August, I had to face facts: I was not going to be done by Halloween.” 


With Game of Thrones’ seventh season not arriving until the summer, there’s now a good chance that The Winds of Winter will be on the shelves beforehand.

Let us know what you think in the comments! 

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Images via Getty, HBO

H/T Entertainment Weekly 

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