If there is one skill that being a fan of A Song of Ice and Fire has taught us it is patience. Well, fans, your patience is about to be tested again. It’s time for another round of good news and bad news as George R. R. Martin made an announcement about his upcoming releases. And while it is probably what you would expect, it is definitely not what you want to hear.
The upcoming installment of A Song of Ice and Fire, Winds of Winter, is not going to be released this year. “No, winter is not coming,” Martin says in his blog. “You’re going to have to keep waiting…”
— George RR Martin (@GRRMspeaking) April 25, 2018
Does anyone else feel like fans of the series have done more waiting than reading? A Game of Thrones, the first book, was published in 1996 and A Dance with Dragons, number five, was published in 2011. While Martin did not say when Winds of Winter would be released, he did announce that a book about Westeros will be published this year.
Fire and Blood, which George R. R. Martin stressed is NOT a novel, will be released November 20, 2018. It takes place three hundred years before the events in A Song of Ice and Fire and focuses on the history of the Targaryens in Westeros. Martin also said about the upcoming release:
“I do want to stress… indeed, I want to shout… that FIRE & BLOOD is not a novel. This is not a traditional narrative and was never intended to be… let’s call this one ‘imaginary history’ instead. The essential point being the ‘history’ part. I love reading popular histories myself, and that’s what I was aiming for here… As for me, I’m returning once again to THE WINDS OF WINTER.”
In the meantime, we can re-read the books or we can re-watch the seasons of Game of Thrones (although we have to wait until next year for the final season).
What do you think, fans? Are you surprised? Disappointed? Tell us in the comments!