We have an update.
On his blog, George R.R. Martin updated us on how he’s doing during his quarantine. You can read that on your own time. On to the important part: he said he hopes to have the “Winds of Winter” done in 2021.
“I was heartbroken when CoNZealand was forced to go virtual due to the pandemic and I had to cancel my plans (exciting plans) for a long trip down to Wellington with Parris and my minions… but there is definitely a silver lining in that cloud. The last thing I need right now is a long interruption that might cost me all the momentum I have built up. I can always visit Wellington next year, when I hope that both Covid-19 and THE WINDS OF WINTER will be done. “
Not that I don’t care that Martin is showing signs of cabin fever, I do. But that has to wait.
Martin gave up estimates for the planned sixth novel in the epic fantasy series “A Song of Ice and Fire” years ago. Which makes you wonder: is this time real?
I doubt it.
As badly as I want this book to come out, as much as the world needs this after the travesty that was the final season of Game of Thrones, I just don’t see it.
It’s been nine years since “A Dance with Dragons.” I told myself five ago I was done expecting this book to come out. This story grew so large, so deep, so mysterious, so famous that nobody can figure out how to wrap it up. Including its own creator.
Honestly, part of me doesn’t want it to come out. Because I know it will be great. It will fill in some of the holes Thrones didn’t. I will immerse myself back into Westeros. And then, I’ll have to wait for the next book that we will probably never get. Martin fell so far behind that the “Winds of Winter” is only the lead up to the planned final installment, “A Dream of Spring.” ASOIAF fans have expressed doubts that Martin, 71, will ever complete the series. As much as that burns now, it’ll burn much worse if we are one step away.
A lot of mixed feelings in this blog.