George RR Martin has revealed that the new book in the Game of Thrones series will not be released before season six of the TV show hits our screens.
It was originally believed that the latest book – The Winds of Winter – would be out before the latest series of the TV would return, however Martin, writing on his blog, has now revealed the unfortunate news that not only has the writing not met it’s deadline, but it will not be seen before the television adaptation returns to our screens.
“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.”
“Nor is it likely to be finished tomorrow, or next week. Yes, there’s a lot written. Hundreds of pages. Dozens of chapters. But there’s also a lot still left to write. I am months away still… and that’s if the writing goes well. (Sometimes it does. Sometimes it doesn’t.) Chapters still to write, of course… but also rewriting.”
Martin also revealed that the book was originally on course to be completed by Halloween 2015, before delays led to an extension, which he was hoping would give him the required to complete the book.
“My publishers and I have been cognizant of these concerns, of course. We discussed some of them last spring, as the fifth season of the HBO series was winding down, and came up with a plan. We all wanted book six of A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE to come out before season six of the HBO show aired. Assuming the show would return in early April, that meant THE WINDS OF WINTER had to be published before the end of March, at the latest. For that to happen, my publishers told me, they would need the completed manuscript before the end of October. That seemed very do-able to me… in May. So there was the first deadline: Halloween.”
“Unfortunately, the writing did not go as fast or as well as I would have liked….And as spring turned to summer, I was having more bad days than good ones. Around about August, I had to face facts: I was not going to be done by Halloween. I cannot tell you how deeply that realization depressed me. Early August saw me back east…I took advantage of the visit to have another sit down with my editors and publishers and told them that I didn’t think I could deliver by Halloween. I thought they’d be sick about it… but I have to say, my editors and publishers are great, and they took it with surprising equanimity. (Maybe they knew it before I did). They already had contingencies in place. They had made plans to speed up production. If I could deliver WINDS OF WINTER by the end of the year, they told me, they could still get it our before the end of March…Once again I was confident I could do it.”
Martin went on to explain that there is no longer a timeframe on completion of the book, and that events that will take place in the latest written entry may well now air on television before we get the chance to read them.
Season six of Game of Thrones will premiere mid-April.