George RR Martin’s ‘The Winds of Winter’ is delayed again? Author is said to be busy with HBO’s Game of Thrones

George RR Martin’s ‘The Winds of Winter’ is delayed again? Author is said to be busy with HBO’s Game of Thrones

Despite the surging demands for George RR Martin’s The Winds of Winter to hit the bookshelves earlier than expected, it seems the best-selling author is not prioritizing its release just yet.

The much-awaited novel is the upcoming sixth installment of the world-renowned author’s epic fantasy series, A Song of Ice and Fire. The first novel, A Game of Thrones, was made into a TV series by HBO which saw global success.

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Given the colossal followers of Martin’s upcoming book, the author have no choice but to finish it entirely as it has already been delayed twice. However, recent reports suggest otherwise as the author is currently restricted by his work on other projects as well. The writer’s publisher even debunked rumors of a 2017 release date.

According to N4BB, Martin’s recent string of successful projects is what keeping him from working on the highly anticipated sixth novel. Rumors are also rife that the scribe is currently too busy with HBO’s Game of Thrones TV series as the show is preparing to return to the small screens mid 2017.

Martin has also confirmed that the sci-fi superhero comic book series he edits called Wild Cards will also be adapted for television.

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Since 2010, Martin has been working on The Winds of Winter. The upcoming book follows 2011’s A Dance with Dragons, the fifth novel in A Song of Ice and Fire. Since 2010, the author has published more than ten chapters from the upcoming novel.

The author announced in July 2016, via his LiveJournal blog that he failed to meet his deadline for the release of The Winds of Winter before the premiere of HBO’s Game of Thrones season six. Because of the incident, GoT season 6 was the first season of the Emmy-winning fantasy series to overtake the novel series on which it is based.

Since then, Martin preferred not to give another estimated release for the sixth installment, merely saying “It will be done, when it’s done.”

It remains uncertain as to when The Winds of Winter will be released to the public but for the meantime, let us wait for HBO’s Game of Thrones to return to TV land in mid 2017.

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