Why “Winds of Winter” Probably Won’t be Published This Decade

Matthew Loffhagen
(Photo: HBO)

Winter is not coming. Not yet, anyway.

George RR Martin has been working on “The Winds of Winter” for at least seven years by this point. Pretty much the entirety of the “Game of Thrones” television show has come and gone in the time the author has been writing his next novel in the series.

Fans are beyond antsy at this point. They’re desperate for this next chapter in the saga.

Daenerys Targaryen and Jon Snow
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Martin himself has been doing some damage control. Speaking about the book on his personal blog, he’s assured fans that it’s totally on the way, and that they should stop worrying:

“Before you ask, work on ‘Winds of Winter’ continues, and remains my top priority. It is ridiculous to think otherwise. If I wasn’t busy with ‘Winds’, don’t you think I’d be scripting one or more of these pilots myself? It’s not as if I’ve never written for TV…”


Yeah, there’s no way this book is coming out any time soon.

Expect Further Delays

Everything about Martin’s vocabulary makes me think that “The Winds of Winter” is still a long way from finished. His defensive statement, calling haters “ridiculous”, make him sound like a guy who’s trying too hard to sound reassuring.

Methinks he doth protest too much.

This is completely fair. Writing books takes a lot of time and effort, and Martin’s legion of fans make it clear that his slow pace of writing is worth it for the final result.

If I were him, though, I’d have left off the bit about kinda wanting to write a TV pilot for a “Game of Thrones” spin-off. It makes it sound like he’s really distracted.

White Walker
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Apparently, his novel is his top priority and any suggestions to the contrary are ridiculous. But that said, he’s also really busy thinking about all the other cool stuff he wants to do.

Of course, considering how slow he is as a writer, it’s hard to imagine Martin getting a pilot script done in anything approximating a timely manner. But that’s beside the point.

Here’s hoping we get “The Winds of Winter” before the sun burns out. Chances are, when it finally turns up, it’ll be worth the wait.