'The Winds Of Winter' Release Date: Next Installment of 'A Song Of Ice And Fire' Series Reportedly Completed

Vianne BurogJul 01, 2016 09:34 AM EDT
GEORGE MARTIN/ The Winds of Winter

Following news that author George R. R. Martin has already finished writing the much-touted book "The Winds of Winter," the sixth installment of the "A Song of Ice and Fire" series seems to get plugged everywhere.

Just recently, the widely acclaimed political drama series "Game of Thrones" aired one of its most hyped episodes titled "Battle of the Bastards," which featured the death of one of the most loathed characters of the series. The final episode of season 6 was titled "The Winds of Winter," derived from the title of the next installment in its source material by George R.R. Martin.

The release of the book has been long overdue, with its predecessor titled "A Dance with Dragons" released five years ago and with the novel series running for twenty years already.

Martin did not want to give fans in one instant everything they have been clamoring for, so he simply releases sneak peeks of the novel from time to time through several snippets from its chapters. The chapters he has been able to release have already been enough for fans to come up with an e-book using them, and speculate whether the author is already done with the novel or not.

Last January, 67-year-old Martin admitted that he had missed meeting his October 2015 deadline to complete "The Winds of Winter." According to Bantam Books, they gave Martin two more months to finish the novel but he unfortunately missed it too.

The latest report by Bantam noted that, "There is no current scheduled release date" for the novel. Despite the sad news, however, fans of the book series are still hoping that the book will be released within the next year.

The "Game of Thrones" season finale titled "The Winds of Winter" aired Sunday on HBO.

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