Fans of Game of Thrones who were hoping that the next novel, The Winds of War would be completed prior to the sixth season of the HBO series being aired are going to be disappointed. George R. R. Martin announced on his blog that the novel is not complete and he has missed the window to have it published prior to the television series return.
THE WINDS OF WINTER is not finished.
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.
The author anticipates the next question that most fans will have:
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.
So when will the new novel be done?
I am going back to my stance from last March, before all this. It will be done when it's done. And it will be as good as I can possibly make it.