Game of Thrones books: George RR Martin gives fans TERRIBLE release date news

Winter Is Coming. It will probably get here long before the author ever finishes his grand and glorious cycle of A Song of Ice and Fire. A recent comment by a popular Game of Thrones actor sent fans and then the author into a frenzy. Ian McElhinney – who played Barristan Selmy – claimed Martin had finished Winds AND A Dream of Spring as well. The implication was that the author and HBO were holding the books back until the show had finished. Martin smacked down the rumours but then unleashed devastating news of his own.

Martin posted on his own official blog: “All of a sudden this crazy story about my finishing THE WINDS OF WINTER and A DREAM OF SPRING years ago is popping up everywhere. No, I am not going to provide links. I don’t want to reward purveyors of misinformation with hits.”

His frustration is understandable, but numerous sources have directly quoted Ian McElhinney at a Russian fan convention saying that deal had been struck and now that the show is ending: “all goes well, in another month or two, we might get books six and seven.”

Unfortunately, the wording Martin uses to disprove this claim is loaded with doom for expectant readers.

Martin added: “I will, however, say for the record — no, THE WINDS OF WINTER and A DREAM OF SPRING are not finished. DREAM is not even begun…

“I am not going to start writing volume seven until I finish volume six.”

This is catastrophic news for readers. There had been some hope that perhaps Martin was somehow building the final book alongside Winds of Winter over the last EIGHT (yes, eight) years since A Dance With Dragons was released.

During this time he managed to release the 736-page Targaryen history Fire and Blood.

Instead, there is still no date for Winds of Winter, which Martin now says is not finished. It can be many months after an author submits a book before it is completely edits, sub-edited and then formatted for print. Let alone the time taken for the numerous foreign translations.

And then Martin is going to start all over again with the final book?

It’s enough to send a wintery chill up the spine since each book in the series has taken longer to hit print that the previous one. Fans will be desperately hoping A Dream of Spring does not take nine years or more to arrive…

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