George R. R. Martin’s The Winds Of Winter Won’t Be Finished Before Game Of Thrones Season 6

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Fans of George R. R. Martin’s popular A Song of Ice and Fire series, which spawned the equally popular HBO TV series Game of Throneswill no doubt be dismayed to hear that the sixth book in the series, The Winds of Winter, is not finished; nor will it be finished before Game of Thrones season six airs this April.

Posting on his blog shortly after midnight, Martin published the words that fans of the books and show have dreaded hearing for some time now:

THE WINDS OF WINTER is not finished.

As mentioned when Game of Thrones season 5 finished last year, the show is now in uncharted territory as it has caught up to the books Martin has already published in the series, no small feat considering each book is quite lengthy.

Martin goes on to comment:

Believe me, it gave me no pleasure to type those words. You’re disappointed, and you’re not alone. My editors and publishers are disappointed, HBO is disappointed, my agents and foreign publishers and translators are disappointed… but no one could possibly be more disappointed than me. For months now I have wanted nothing so much as to be able to say, “I have completed and delivered THE WINDS OF WINTER” on or before the last day of 2015.

But the book’s not done.

Nor is it likely to be finished tomorrow, or next week. Yes, there’s a lot written. Hundreds of pages. Dozens of chapters. (Those ‘no pages done’ reports were insane, the usual garbage internet journalism that I have learned to despise). But there’s also a lot still left to write. I am months away still… and that’s if the writing goes well. (Sometimes it does. Sometimes it doesn’t.) Chapters still to write, of course… but also rewriting. I always do a lot of rewriting, sometimes just polishing, sometimes pretty major restructures.

According to Martin, in order for The Winds of Winter to make it to publishing before sixth season of Game of Thrones aired, it would have had to have been completed last October, a target he though he could reach when he was told of the deadline last May. That deadline came and went, and the publishers told Martin that if he completed it by the end of the year, they could rush production to get it published by the end of March. But here we sit, and, as Martin puts it so eloquentlyThe Winds of Winter is not finished.

No longer can those who have read the books scoff in jest as those who haven’t are shocked at the events in Game of Thrones as they happen, like the Red Wedding, as fans of the books and the TV series alike are now on equal footing. Having read the books, it’ll be interesting to see what happens next, but the books did explain and expand on other things that HBO simply isn’t able to fit into the book per season format they’re roughly following which I feel gives the series more depth for those who have read the books.

It’s been four and a half years since the last book, A Dance of Dragons, was released, and now The Winds of Winter and A Dream of Spring (supposedly the last book in the series), are fast becoming the vaporware (/sarcasm) of books. Fans of the series are pretty loyal though, having waited for five and six year stretches before between books.

Time will tell how well the books will be received after the TV series is completed and long gone before the conclusion of the book form of A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin; and only then will we see how close the conclusion of Game of Thrones matches Martin’s literary vision — although it should be close considering Martin is a writer for the HBO series as well.

Martin did weigh in on those concerns though as well:

Having said all that, I know what the next question will be, because hundreds of you have already asked it of me. Will the show ‘spoil’ the novels?

Maybe. Yes and no. Look, I never thought the series could possibly catch up with the books, but it has. The show moved faster than I anticipated and I moved more slowly. There were other factors too, but that was the main one. Given where we are, inevitably, there will be certain plot twists and reveals in season six of GAME OF THRONES that have not yet happened in the books. For years my readers have been ahead of the viewers. This year, for some things, the reverse will be true. How you want to handle that… hey, that’s up to you. […] It does not need to be one or the other. You might prefer one over the other, but you can still enjoy the hell out of both.

What do you think by the latest delay in the completion of The Winds of Winter? Let us know in the comments below, or on Google+, Facebook, or Twitter.

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Last Updated on November 27, 2018.


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