George RR Martin has finally given Game of Thrones fans an update on when Winds of Winter will be released.
The author, whose A Song of Ice and Fire novels have inspired the wildly successful Game of Thrones television series, has given the closest thing to an update on his latest book's progress – more than a year after he broke the news that he had missed several deadlines.
The book in question is the sixth in the Songs of Ice and Fire series, and called Winds of Winter. It is expected to be the penultimate novel in the planned series, followed by A Dream of Spring.
However, Martin, who admits that he has "always had problems with deadlines", has struggled with its writing, explaining in January 2016: "I grew unhappy with some of the choices I'd made and began to revise... and suddenly it was October, and then November... and as the suspicion grew that I would not make it after all, a gloom set in, and I found myself struggling even more. The fewer the days, the greater the stress, and the slower the pace of my writing became."
However, there does seem to be some hope in sight. While responding to a fan who commented on his blog post, Martin wrote: "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).”
The news comes after an update a few weeks ago, when Martin said that the tone of the sixth book would be darker than its prequels: "In any story, the classic structure is, ‘Things get worse before they get better,’ so things are getting worse for a lot of people."
Even if Winds of Winter is released this year, the events of the TV series have already overtaken the events of the novels, and Martin has been cooperating with Game of Thrones' producers to potentially steer them towards plot points that will happen in his books.
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