George R.R. Martin dropped an update on "The Winds of Winter," but the author immediately added that it doesn't mean that he's announcing the release date for the latest installment in "A Song of Fire and Ice" series.
In his blog, he announced the chapter for Arianne Martell, which is not actually new since the author has been reading the material in various conferences, to replace the Alayne chapter.
"You want to know what the Sand Snakes, Prince Doran, Areo Hotah, Ellaria Sand, Darkstar, and the rest will be up to in WINDS OF WINTER? Quite a lot, actually. The sample will give you a taste. For the rest, you will need to wait," he wrote.
He added, "And no, just to spike any bullshit rumors, changing the sample chapter does NOT mean I am done. See the icon up above? Monkey is still on my back... but he's growing, he is, and one day..."
One fan asked George R.R. Martin for an update following all the rumors surrounding "The Winds of Winter," particularly about the book already finished and just being edited by the publishing houses.
The fan wrote, "So just to clarify. The rumors of the novel being edited by your publishers and due out by the end of May are complete crap, correct? Love the chapter, George. Take your time with the novel, you are a genius!"
The author's reply was succinct as he wrote, "Complete crap, yes. Who makes up these stories?"
In an interview with Jets player last year, as shared by Winter is Coming, George R.R. Martin conceded that he's feeling the pressure about the release date for "The Winds of Winter" as the events of the "Game of Thrones" are threatening to overtake the storyline in the novels.
"There are a lot of people working on the TV show, a lot of very talented people. But I am the only one that can do the books" he said.