'Game Of Thrones:' Where Does The Finale Of Season 6 Leave George R. R. Martin And 'The Winds Of Winter'?

Anya Wassenberg

Game of Thrones Season 6 just wrapped up, but where does it leave author George R.R. Martin and his A Song of Ice and Fire novels? With the blockbuster season over, fans are now waiting for the new novel, The Winds of Winter, but with no firm release date in sight.

With Jon Snow resurrected and his real parents revealed, the Battle of the Bastards, and that incredible finale, the general consensus is that Season 6 is a huge hit, leaving fans wanting more even as they face delays of nearly a year before they see Season 7. Entertainment Weekly just released the first details available about GoT Season 7, including the names of 4 of the directors that have been lined up for 2017; they include Alan Taylor (The Sopranos), Canadian Jeremy Podeswa (Boardwalk Empire), Brit Mark Mylod (Game of Thrones Season 6, Entourage), and Matt Shakman (It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia).

But what about the novels? Will fans see the next novel before Season 7 gets underway?

Fans reacted poorly to the delays.

The title of a piece in Forbes magazine -- George R.R. Martin Is Watching His Story Slip Away -- doesn't leave much doubt as to the publication's assessment of the situation the uber popular fantasy writer finds himself in now.

As reported in Cnet, Martin published his last official update, including a new chapter of The Winds of Winter, on his blog in May. It is written from the point of view of Arianne, the daughter of Dornish king Doran Martell – a character who has not appeared in Game of Thrones at all.

Bustle notes that a report at GamenGuide gives a release date of January 2017, but there's been no official confirmation. As of today, there is still no firm release date for George R.R. Martin's Winds of Winter.

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