‘Winds Of Winter’ Release Date: George R.R. Martin Doesn’t Want To Be Rushed, But Promises Fans A ‘Bittersweet Ending’

Eunice Alcala

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.

Although fans were given access to a free illustration from the coloring book, many made quips that George should work on Winds of Winter instead.

However, many believe that the creative forces behind Game of Thrones delayed the show's premiere to give way for the Winds of Winter release date. Vanity Fair reports that there's a possibility that the book will come out three months before the show's sixth season.

As a way to repay GRRM's astronomical contribution to the series, showrunners D.B. Weiss and David Benioff might reportedly give him one last go to give the show personal touches. This is because there's no way that the final book in the series, A Dream of Spring, will come out before the show's final season.

Another angle is that the showrunners might want to make it up to GRRM. Uproxx previously reported that the writer's in a "passive-aggressive" war with Weiss and Benioff because of veering away from the books' storylines.

Last May, GRRM explained that television shows are typically not faithful to their source materials. Despite this fact, the author is still yearning for the show's ending to reflect his work.

"And over here I am trying to write the best novels that I can. And yes, more and more, they differ. Two roads diverging in the dark of the woods, I suppose... but all of us are still intending that at the end we will arrive at the same place."