'The Winds Of Winter' Release Date: George R.R. Martin Hints A Late 2018 Launch, Shares Some Cryptic Clues

Nica Virtudazo

Many fans are still unaware of the latest status of The Winds of Winter novel. George R.R. Martin has announced his plans to start writing the sixth installment of the A Song of Ice and Fire series in 2011, following the release of A Dance With Dragons. However, the 69-year-old writer has been keeping details about the imminent book up until now.

In July 2017, George R.R. Martin bravely addressed two of the major speculations hounding The Winds of Winter. Through his LiveJournal blog, the brain behind the Game of Thrones series made it clear that he has not completed the sixth A Song of Ice and Fire book yet. The New Mexican author clarified that he still needs "months" before he could finally complete the much-awaited novel.

"I am still working on it, I am still months away (how many? good question), I still have good days and bad days, and that's all I care to say."
"And, yes, I know you all want to know about THE WINDS OF WINTER too. I've seen some truly weird reports about WOW on the internet of late, by 'journalists' who make their stories up out of whole cloth. I don't know which story is more absurd, the one that says the book is finished and I've been sitting on it for some nefarious reason, or the one that says I have no pages."
"Whether WINDS or the first volume of FIRE AND BLOOD will be the first to hit the bookstores is hard to say at this juncture, but I do think you will have a Westeros book from me in 2018... and who knows, maybe two. A boy can dream..."

"He spent so many years making us wait and yet it's so short?? No wonder he used a pen name. Clearly ashamed. Digging the new art style though. Very classy."