‘Winds Of Winter’ Release Date: George R.R. Martin Drops Hint That Book’s Already In The Publishing House?

New reports support earlier ones that the Winds of Winter release date might happen next year. Ever since A Dance with Dragons was released in 2011, fans have continuously asked George R.R. Martin for updates about the latest Game of Thrones book.

The 67-year-old author opted to tease fans by writing on his blog, “And while I will be travelling, my army of minions will be here at the old homestead, toiling in the paper mines.” The statement sent fans speculating that the book might already be in the publishing house.

Parent Herald previously reported that the Winds of Winter release date might take place next year because Polish translator Michael Jakuszewski was asked to free up his schedule to translate the book before this year ends. Alejo Cuervo, the editor of Spanish publication Ediciones Gigamesh, also told a radio station that the Winds of Winter release date will be in 2016.

“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.”

Meanwhile, it was confirmed that winter’s coming late, because HBO would delay the premiere of Game of Thrones Season 6. The network confirmed that new drama Vinyl will premiere in February instead. The musical drama will reportedly run for 10 weeks until April 17. Vinyl might have pushed back the premiere of Game of Thrones Season 6, but fans believe that it’s not be the sole reason. For some, the scheduling was changed because HBO will base some of the sixth season’s episodes on GRRM’s upcoming book.

As per Vanity Fair, the fantasy show might take cues from the storyline of the Winds of Winter. Showrunners D.B. Weiss and David Benioff might allow Martin to have a say in the upcoming season, because the seventh and final Game of Thrones book won’t come out before the show ends.

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Fans do not mind the delay if it means an early Winds of Winter release date.

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Fortunately, GRRM has no qualms if the television adaptation will finish before the final Game of Thrones novel comes out. He previously told Geekwire that the show’s creative team only needs to produce a 60-page script for each episode as opposed to the 1,500-page novel he’s writing.

“Then I said, to hell with that. Worrying about it isn’t going to change it one way or another. I still sit down at the typewriter, and I have to write the next scene and the next sentence … I’m just going to tell my story, and they’re telling their story and adapting my books, and we shall see.”

GRRM also assured fans that he’s doing his best to give Winds of Winter an early release. Aside from being selective with the events he’s attending, he also withdrew from penning scripts for Game of Thrones. For the show’s first four seasons, he wrote scripts for one episode each season.

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Although it’s confirmed that the Game of Thrones Season 6 will premiere much later, the show needs to air new episodes before end of May, 2016, if it wants to defend its Emmy crown. For this year’s Emmys, the show nabbed the Outstanding Drama Series award after beating nine competitors. Game of Thrones managed to rack up 12 awards out of its 24 nominations.

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