Ever since Game of Thrones ended on HBO, fans have been looking to George R.R. Martin to give them the ‘real’ ending for A Song of Ice and Fire. While we don’t have a release window for the book yet, Martin has updated that he has progressed quite far the past year.
In Martin’s blog, he posted that he’s had ‘the best year I’ve had on [Winds of Winter] since I began it.’ During his recap of 2020, he’s confirmed that he’s had nothing to focus on but work, and he’s completed ‘hundreds and hundreds of pages’ for the book. He does add, “I still have hundreds of more pages to write to bring the novel to a satisfactory conclusion… That’s what 2021 is for, I hope.”
Even before the end of the show, Martin’s pace when it comes to writing Winds of Winter has been a running gag among fans, with some convinced that Martin will die of old age (Martin is already 72-years-old) before he finishes it.
If some fans are hoping for a deadline, Martin says he won’t be putting up any guesses. He writes:
I will make no predictions on when I will finish. Every time I do, assholes on the internet take that as a “promise,” and then wait eagerly to crucify me when I miss the deadline. All I will say is that I am hopeful.
Though we have no release date for Winds of Winter yet, HBO is already hard at work with multiple Game of Thrones spinoffs, the most tangible one being the Targaryen-centric House of the Dragon. Other shows in development include a series focused on Ser Duncan the Tall and Aegon Targaryen (The Tales of Dunk & Egg) as well as an animated show. We don’t have any official announcements for those yet, but hopefully we get them before the end of the year.
Winds of Winter does not have a set release date.