George R.R. Martin reveals ‘The Winds of Winter’ progress, possible release


Amid the global pandemic brought by COVID-19, there is one good news swirling around. George R.R. Martin has finally made progress in writing the sixth Game of Thrones book, The Winds of Winter.

Due to the COVID-19 lockdown, the author found himself locked in his cabin in the mountains. He then managed to update The Winds of Winter, and fans may get their hands on it next year. 

The sixth book installment’s much-awaited update

The 71-year-old novelist gave an update to the awaiting fans about the much-awaited sixth Game of Thrones book on Twitter.

“I have to confess, after half a year of pandemic, I am showing signs of cabin fever,” he tweeted. “If nothing else, the enforced isolation has helped me write.”

Martin is putting her idle time into good use by continuing to write the novel. “I am spending long hours every day on THE WINDS OF WINTER, and making steady progress,” he said.

According to CNN, the famous short-story writer is self-isolating in an “actual cabin in the mountains.” He is hoping to finish the long-awaited novel by next year.

On his blog, he revealed the number of chapters he already finished.I finished a new chapter yesterday, another one three days ago, another one the previous week,” Martin wrote. 

However, he cleared that it would still take time before it would be finally published.

“But no, this does not mean that the book will be finished tomorrow or published next week,” he continued. “It’s going to be a huge book, and I still have a long way to go.”

When The Winds of Winter finally hits the shelves, it will be the most recent publication from the Game of Throne book series since 2011’s A Dance with Dragons. It will also be the penultimate novel before the last book installment, A Dream of Spring.

What took Martin to finish the book this long?

It has been nine years since Martin dropped a Game of Thrones book. So, what took the famed writer this long?

“I have bad days, which get me down, and good days, which lift me up,” he explained, per Variety. “But all in all I am pleased with the way things are going.”

He also talked about his other projects — the Game of Thrones prequel, The House of Dragon. He said it’s “flying along wonderfully,” while he’s also planning to bring Who Fears Death and Wild Cats to the small screen.

Martin hoped that COVID-19 and The Winds of Winter would be finally over next year.

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