It now appears as though fans of the hit fantasy drama Game of Thrones will have to wait a bit longer for the premiere of Season 6. According to Cinema Blend, HBO has announced that the premiere date for a new series, titled Vinyl, will delay the new season of Game of Thrones by a few weeks. Aside from scheduling difficulties, is there another reason why the series is being delayed?
It is no secret that fans have been eagerly awaiting the release of the newest book in the Game of Thrones world, The Winds of Winter. In fact, the network might be delaying the new season of Game of Thrones in order to make some room for the release of highly anticipated sixth book in the series.
The last book in the series to be released was A Dance with Dragons, which came out back in 2011. Ever since then, fans have been waiting a long time for George R.R. Martin to finish the next book in the series. Given the fact that there was a good six years between the release of the last two books, is Martin close enough to finishing the newest book for a spring release?
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Martin wanted to release the book before the premiere of season six. Whether or not this means that he has met his goals is still to be seen, but news of a delay could indicate that he has completed the work.
If this is the case and The Winds of Winter is released prior to Season 6, then fans would certainly be in for good surprise. This is especially true given the events that have unfolded in the TV series, and how fans are now left without a guide as to what happens next.
After all, the upcoming season of Game of Thrones is the first to not have a book to follow, and has already been the subject of a lot of speculation. With the series continuing set to enter some unchartered waters, the new book could help address some of those major plot points the TV series has already explored, including the fate of Jon Snow.
Meanwhile, in addition to a possible release of The Winds of Winter, Martin is also set to be included in the upcoming Syfy series, Z Nation. Although it may not seem related to Game of Thrones, Martin’s part in the series is a nod at the epic fantasy, and might hint that his next book is on the way.
In fact, Martin is set to play a version of himself on the zombie show. In a hilarious turn, Martin has been turned into a zombie and is forced to spend the rest of his undead life signing copies of his latest book, titled A Promise of Spring. Although this book does not currently exist in the Game of Thrones series, Martin has stated that the last book in the series would be titled A Dream of Spring.
With that in mind, is the mention of A Promise of Spring an indication that Martin is getting to release his next book in the coming spring? Although there is not concrete evidence to support this idea, it is worth noting and should at the very least serve as a promise that he will finish the series someday.
Whatever the true reasons behind the delay, fans are undoubtedly excited about the prospect of the release of The Winds of Winter. Hopefully, Martin will release the new book and give fans another thing to look forward to as the series suffers its latest delay.
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