Game of Thrones fans won't be happy about this news

By Lindsay de Freitas
07 January 2016

The Winds of Winter is coming is coming. But not soon enough.

George R.R. Martin, author of A Song of Ice and Fire (on which the hugely popular television series Game of Thrones is based) has admitted that although his hotly anticipated book The Winds of Winter is coming – it won't be out before the latest season airs in April.

 

The author recently released a blog post apologizing for missing his end of 2015 deadline and admitting that the book probably won’t be published for several months to come. This is bad news for fans of the A Song of Ice and Fire heptalogy and means that the sixth season of the hit television show will air before its source material is released. The 67-year-old writer released an apologetic blog post explaining himself to his millions of fans.

'I tried, I promise you'

"I am months away still ... and that's if the writing goes well. (Sometimes it does. Sometimes it doesn't)," he wrote.

“I tried, I promise you. I failed. I blew the Halloween deadline, and I've now blown the end of the year deadline. And that almost certainly means that no, THE WINDS OF WINTER will not be published before the sixth season of GAME OF THRONES premieres in April," explained the hapless author.

 

"The fewer the days, the greater the stress, and the slower the pace of my writing became," wrote George admitting that he hates deadlines.

But the burning question for most Game of Thrones enthusiasts is whether or not the soon to be aired sixth season of the show will ruin things for fans of the books.

"Given where we are, inevitably, there will be certain plot twists and reveals in season six of GAME OF THRONES that have not yet happened in the books," he admits.

Season six of the massively popular show will be based on the as yet unreleased sixth novel, The Winds of Winter, along with leftover material from the fourth and fifth books in the seven-book series.

 

George maintains that although fans may be disappointed by the release order of the book and series they, “can still enjoy the hell out of both."

He has since taken to his blog to thank fans for their “outpouring of support” following his shock announcement.

Sources: cnn.com, grrm.livejournal.com, cnet.com

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