Game of Thrones writer George R.R. Martin had made an (empty) promise to fans last year that he would be done with the book by July 29, 2020, but the date has come and gone, and we haven’t gotten a single peep from Martin—until now.
Martin had recently revealed on his blog that he is ‘back in Westeros’ and has isolated himself to focus more on his writing. He writes:
I am back in my fortress of solitude again, my isolated mountain cabin. I’d returned to Santa Fe for a short visit, to spend some time with Parris, deal with some local business that had piled up during my months away, and of course fulfill my duties to CoNZealand, the virtual worldcon. But all that is behind me now, and I am back on the mountain again… which means I am back in Westeros again, once more moving ahead with WINDS OF WINTER.
While this may seem like good news, I think fans have had too many of these ‘promises’ from Martin. At this point, I think it’s best not to hold your breath for the release of Winds of Winter and just go one following something else; by the time the book does come out, then we’ll all be delightfully surprised.
If anything, a lot of people are convinced that Martin kind of wrote himself into a corner. Though a lot of people hated how the show ended, I have no doubt that it’s what Martin was planning for the characters all along. If you ask me, the ending could make sense, as long as Martin is able to write a proper build-up to it. At least now Martin has hindsight on his side, following the negative reaction to the show ending.
We don’t have a release for Winds of Winter yet, and at this point, I have a feeling we’re going to have to wait for another year.