'The Winds Of Winter' Release Date Rumors: Martin Announces Book On Website; Spills Possible 'Game of Thrones' Prequel

Vianne BurogSep 23, 2016 12:57 PM EDT
GEORGE MARTIN/ The Winds of Winter

George R.R. Martin graced the 2016 Emmy Awards on Sunday and hinted at the possibility of a "Game of Thrones" spinoff series, specifically a prequel. However, the author seemed to confirm that his widely-anticipated novel, "The Winds of Winter," will not be released anytime soon.

The author attended the event to support the HBO series "Game of Thrones," which won the most number of awards, including Best Writing in a Drama Series, Best Directing in a Drama Series, and Outstanding Drama Series.

After the event, Entertainment Weekly had the chance to interview executive producer David Benioff about the "Game of Thrones" prequel. Asked if he and D.B. Weiss would ever consider making a prequel, Benioff said that the answer to the question would hugely depend on Martin.

"It's a great world that George created. I think it's a very rich world, and I'm sure there will be other series set in Westeros, but for us, this is it. That's really a question for George," he said.

According to Martin, there is a possibility for a prequel series.

"Well, I do have thousands of pages of fake history--everything that led up to 'Game of Thrones--so there's a wealth of material there, and I'm still writing more," he said.

The author maintained that he is still working on "The Winds of Winter," the sixth installment of his "A Song of Ice and Fire" novel series. If a prequel is indeed happening, fans should not expect it to come out anytime soon since the author still has to work on two more books.

"At the moment, we still have this show to finish, and I still have two books to finish, so that's all speculation," said Martin.

Despite lack of updates on the book, Martin remains determined to finish "The Winds of Winter." The author said he will make the official release date announcement of the novel on his website as soon as it is done.

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