Game of Thrones has already caught up with the books. Now, we’re just days away from its Season 7 premiere but there are still no signs of its book counterpart arriving soon. In fact, word on the street is that the release of the long-due novel might be pushed back again.
The new episodes of the show are supposed to be based on Winds of Winter, the sixth novel of George R.R. Martin’s fantasy novel A Song of Ice and Fire but the author has yet to complete it. Martin previously admitted his urgent desire of completing the book soon. In a comment he wrote on his blog earlier in January, he suggested the book would be released “this year” (2017).
As of May 14, 2017, Trusted Reviews reports the book was still being written. It’s unclear how far Martin is from its completion, however, his “big trip” next month has some skeptical that it will arrive sooner than later.
In a post to his live journal, he said: “I cut way, way, way back to my travel this year, to give myself more time to work…But come August I’ll be off again, first to NYC for a wedding and the usual round of publisher and agent meetings.” Then he will be heading off to Helsinki, Finland to attend this year’s Worldcon, which is officially referred to as the 75th World Science Fiction Convention or “Worldcon 75″, and Russia for another event in St. Petersberg.
Chapter Samples and POVs
Fans have been waiting for years the Winds of Winter book release but Martin has put it off, missing deadlines for several times after taking on various projects. The good thing is that he has been releasing some tidbits of the chapters to relieve the long wait. We’ve listed them below:
- Theon I
- Arianne I
- Barristan I – Available in ADWD paperback
- Tyrion II – Available in World of Ice and Fire app iOS | Android
- Mercy I
- Sansa I
- Arianne II
Over a dozen characters have been confirmed to have point-of-view chapters so far including Daenerys Targaryen, Tyrion Lannister, Davos Seaworth, Cersei Lannister, Barristan Selmy, Arianne Martell, and Areo Hotah. Stark siblings Arya, Sansa, and Bran are also getting one, as well as the Greyjoys: Victarion, Aeron, Asha, and Theon.
For now, the Winds of Winter book release remain unconfirmed. We can only keep our fingers crossed that it really is coming before the year ends. In the meantime, fans can focus on the series which returns on HBO this July 17.