George R.R. Martin remains hush about the Winds of Winter release date, but Polish translator Michael Jakuszewski appears to have dropped a major hint. As per Polish website Piesn Lodu I Ogia, Michael was asked to allot some time this year to translate the sixth book in the A Song of Ice and Fire series.
Does it mean that the Winds of Winter release date will take place early next year? George once said that he’d announce the date on his website. It can be recalled that Alejo Cuervo, the editor of Spanish publication Ediciones Gigamesh, claimed that there would be a 2016 Winds of Winter release date.
The editor told a radio station that the book’s Spanish edition would immediately follow the market release of the English version.
“It is expected next year. We have been promised the manuscript in advance of the release in English which we will translate, there won’t be a big difference.”
One reason why fans can’t wait to read Winds of Winter is because of Jon Snow’s fate. Although some believe that Jon will also die in the book, George told Entertainment Weekly in April that a twist for one of the major characters would drive readers crazy. He refused to provide details but said that the twist couldn’t be done in the show because the show already made certain decisions.
When #WindsofWinter is released don't worry if you hear a worldwide YES! when we read the part about Jon being alive.— Patrícia (@PICS92) September 21, 2015
Kit Harrington revealing that Jon Snow is not dead must mean Winds of Winter is very close to releasing.— NeoYoda (@kalpokashyap) September 17, 2015
G R R Martin should just release winds of winter and let me know if Jon snow really died.— FEMI (@Drelick8) August 13, 2015
While there is no official word yet on the Winds of Winter release date, GRRM announced the upcoming release of Bantam’s Ice and Fire coloring book. He asked readers to stock up on their colored pencils because the book is “spectacular.” The Ice and Fire coloring book is out on October 27 and there might be coloring contests in the future for creative fans.
The renowned author likewise dismissed rumors about a Game of Thrones movie. George had to write a blog post to clarify what he said at a post-Emmys party. It was reported that as per George, he couldn’t be involved in the film because of his hectic schedule.
“I don’t know where this latest round of ‘there’s going to be a GAME OF THRONES movie’ nonsense is coming from, but suddenly it is everywhere, and all of us connected with the show and HBO are being bombarded. But nothing has changed.”
Nonetheless, he wrote that the “idea is still powerfully attractive” not just to him but also to the show’s producers, writers, directors, and actors. “It would be a great way to end,” he added.
GRRM also reminded fans to be cautious of rumors. He said several shows like Sopranos and Rome were rumored to have movies but didn’t materialize. Earlier this year, George wrote on his blog that he’s not closing his doors for films. He shared that no fantasist would refuse the concept of an “epic $100M feature film.”
For Michael Lombardo, HBO’s president of programming, ending the series with a Game of Thrones movie might not be appropriate. He told Entertainment Weekly why a film would be like “changing the rules.”
“When you start a series with our subscribers, the promise is that for your HBO fee we’re going to take you to the end of this. I feel that on some level [a movie] would be changing the rules: Now you have to pay $16 to see how your show ends.”
[Images via Mark Davis / Getty Images, HBO, and Amazon]