Forget Hell freezing over.
It seems Westeros will freeze over, The White Walkers will sit on the Iron Throne and Tyrion will ride a dragon (the last is our wishful thinking) before loyal fans get a chance to read Book Six in the original series.
Book 5, A Dance With Dragons, was released way back in 2011 but seven long years later and the author has just released an official statement confirming what every fan feared.
Despite earlier hints and teases, Winds of Winter will not, after all, be released this year.
Martin said in an official statement: “No, winter is not coming… not in 2018, at least. You’re going to have to keep waiting for The Winds of Winter.”
There was some good news for devoted readers, though, about another spin-off book, but it will hardly compensate for the huge disappointment
Martin added: “You will, however, be able to return to Westeros this year.”
Martin anounced that he was writing a history of the Targaryens last year, which would be called Fire and Blood. He also promised that one or two new Westeros works would be released in 2017. As was rather pessimistically expected, Fire and blood has beated Winds of Winter to publication.
The authoru added: “I do want to stress… indeed, I want to shout… that Fire and Blood is not a novel. This is not a traditional narrative and was never intended to be… let’s call this one ‘imaginary history’ instead. The essential point being the ‘history’ part. I love reading popular histories myself, and that’s what I was aiming for here…”
He then promised his focus was now back on Book 6.
Martin ended the post: “As for me, I’m returning once again to The Winds of Winter.”
While this is good to hear, fans will be forgive worrying that the author will sonn find another distraction or side project to keep him from wrapping up the hugely anticipated novel.
The question has to be asked, just how much longer will fans keep anticipating anyting at all?
GEORGE RR MARTIN’S NEW BOOK FIRE AND BLOOD WILL BE RELEASED IN NOVEMBER