The fifth book of A Song of Ice and Fire novel series, A Dance With The Dragons released in 2011. According to the author George R.R. Martin, the series will end with the seventh book A Dream of Spring. Currently, he has been working on the sixth book The Winds of Winter, which has been in progress for more than a decade.
It is obvious that fans, at this point would be anxious to see the next book and see a great series to be completed. That is why a recent update by Martin himself has made the fans hope that they won’t have to wait for very long. Normally he does not like to discuss much the progress, but he opened up this time.
What Did Martin Say About The Book?
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In the first week of February, Martin talked about how things went favorable last year with his writing. He acknowledged 2020 to be the worst year he had to live through. However, he called it the best year he spent with The Winds of Winter. Surprised himself, he could not point out the reason, saying it could be the isolation. But he went on a roll, finishing hundreds of pages.
Martin added that he needed to keep going as there were still hundreds of pages to write so that it concludes nicely. He expressed his hope to finish it in 2021. However, he did not specify a release date or prediction. He had a good reason for it. Martin said that every time he did, people on the internet used to take it as a promise and waited to crucify him if he failed to fulfil. But overall, he was optimistic about finishing the work.
What Can This Mean?
A decade is quite a long time when it comes to waiting. And when the TV adaptation, Game of Thrones ended, it left another void. The series crossed the events of book 5 in its fifth season. It was still going well until the final season. The last season was said to be the worst by both viewers and critics unanimously.
With the series concluded, fans are now curious to know how the ‘creator’ would end the story. Martin’s post does hint a bit that the book is undergoing its final phase. As he assumes himself, if things continue to go well, the book would be complete this year.
How Certain is 2021 The Release Date?
As we said, very likely. Even if it does not happen before mid-2021, it is highly likely the book could be complete in winter 2021. Obviously, there can still be hiccups, but the one we are talking about are the other projects Martin would be working on. He will also be working on the prequel to GOT series, titled House of The Dragon.
Apart from this, there are other rumoured spinoff projects that Martin could get involved in. But that is only when they are greenlit like House of the Dragon. Hence, it is difficult to exactly say when the book will be out, but it is not in development hell for sure this time.
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