While reports that the Winds of Winter release date is in early 2016, author George R.R. Martin still chooses to be cagey about his highly-anticipated Game of Thrones book. The 67-year-old writer recently had a discussion at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism, his alma mater. GRRM said that there's no way he could write faster.
"I've been hearing them come up behind me for years, and the question is, How can I make myself write faster? I think, by now, the answer is, I can't. I write at the pace I write, and what the show is doing is not going to change what the books are."
Nonetheless, even if there's no confirmed Winds of Winter release date yet, fans can still hope for a crowd-pleasing ending that will bring honor to the fallen heroes of Westeros. According to Vulture, GRRM promised during the discussion that the books would have a bittersweet ending.
"People ask me how Game of Thrones is gonna end, and I'm not gonna tell them. But I always say to expect something bittersweet in the end. I think you need to have some hope. We all yearn for happy endings in a sense. Myself, I'm attracted to the bittersweet ending."
Meanwhile, GRRM recently announced the release of the official Game of Thrones coloring book.