Winter is coming and it’s gonna be a long one.
“A Song of Ice and Fire” is claimed to be one of the most popular fantasy novel series ever. The first five books in the series written by George RR Martin have sold more than 100 million copies. The books have also given birth to highly popular TV series like “Game of Thrones” and the up-and-coming series “House of the Dragon”.
Martin’s last publication was “A Dance with Dragons” which was released back in 2011 and ever since then, he has been working on the sixth main novel in the series namely “The Winds of Winter”. The novel has been highly anticipated for a long time but a release date is nowhere near sight.
However, some latest information has surfaced about the book. Here is what we know about it:
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The Next Novel Will Be the Longest
“A Dance with Dragons” was released in 2011 which was the same year when the “Game of Thrones” TV series started. At that time Martin confidently claimed that he will be able to finish the work on the next books by the time the show will be finished.
What actually happened is that the show itself ran out of the source material for its story which led to the last three episodes of the series having a plot that was not even mentioned in the books. I wonder if that was the reason for the last season being so bad.
Now, Martin talked about “The Winds of Winter” in his latest blog where he claimed that this book could be very big. So big that it could be even bigger than his “A Storm of Swords” (973 pages) and “A Dance with the Dragons” (1, 040 pages).
George R. R. Martin signing my autograph not knowing it's a contract to sign the rights over to me so I can just finish The Winds of Winter myself pic.twitter.com/2p30Vn3swl
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He said in his blog: “The Winds of Winter is going to be a big book. The way it is going, it could be bigger than A Storm of Swords or A Dance with Dragons, the longest books in the series to date. I do usually cut and trim once I finish, but I need to finish first.”
Expected Release Date
Martin has claimed that his next book could be 1, 500 pages long but also said that his publishers suggested he split the book into two parts while believing that Martin could go beyond the targeted pages.
In his recent blog, he said: “I made a lot of progress on Winds in 2020, and less in 2021… but ‘less’ is not ‘none’.” This has led to many fans believing that even with 11 years of work already done, the book could still be pretty far off from a release.
Some have speculated the release to occur somewhere around November 2023 but no official news has come regarding it so the fans better be prepared for a long wait for “The Winds of Winter”.