George RR Martin confesses Winds of Winter ‘struggles’ that have fans worried

Winds of Winter: George R.R. Martin discusses novel in 2018

It’s been 12 years since George RR Martin last published a novel in his A Song of Ice and Fire fantasy series.

Since then the Game of Thrones HBO show has been and gone, with showrunners being forced to rely on his outlines for the last two unwritten books to finish the story.

Fans recently uncovered an interview with the author at a Portuguese Fantasy Convention he attended virtually, where he gave an update on his progress with The Winds of Winter.

The 75-year-old said: “I’m 12 years late on this damn novel and I’m struggling with it.

“I have like 1100 pages written, but I still have hundreds more pages to go. It’s a big mother of a book.”

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Martin continued: “For whatever reason, maybe I should have started writing small books when I began this but… it’s tough. But that’s the main thing that dominates most of my working life.”

Fans on the ASOIAF Reddit pointed out a few things about the comments from this video, which was only published on YouTube this month.

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Firstly, Martin said he’d written about 1100-1200 words of The Winds of Winter a year ago. This suggests he’s not made much progress since he said he had 25 per cent of the novel to go, back then.

Additionally, since this Portuguese interview, the author mentioned he didn’t need to be pestered about being 12 years late during an appearance with fellow writer Cassandra Clare. Sounds like he could well be a few years away from publication.

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