The Winds Of Winter Release Date: When is George RR Martin’s next ASOIAF book out?

Looking for the latest news on The Winds Of Winter release date? We’ve rounded up all the news and rumours about when the next ‘A Song Of Ice And Fire’ book will be released by Game of Thrones creator and author George R. R. Martin.

Update (September 18, 2017): We’re getting ever-close to a Winds of Winter release date, and author George R. R. Martin has teased new information about what to expect from the book – which will certainly interest Game of Thrones TV show fans. Read on to find out more.

The Winds of Winter is the upcoming sixth entry into Martin’s A Song Of Ice And Fire series of novels, and has been a long time coming.

Martin began writing the books way back in 1991, and released the first entry – A Game Of Thrones – in 1996. Since then, he’s published five full novels from the series and even helped create the hugely popular and award-winning Game of Thrones TV series.

But despite the fifth book – A Dance With Dragons – having launched back as far as July 2011, we’re still hanging around for the sixth of a planned seven-novel series. With Martin’s writing pace often the source of controversy, we’ve decided to compile what we know about The Winds Of Winter release date in hopes of soothing the growing angst amongst book readers.

Warning: There may be plot spoilers below, so read on with caution.

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The Winds Of Winter News: Latest release date rumours

The latest news is that George R. R. Martin has announced he plans to take a “big trip” in August, which has led to some fears that the next ASOIAF novel may be further delayed.

In a post to his live journal, Martin wrote: “I cut way way way back to my travel this year, to give myself more time to work…But come August I’ll be off again, first to NYC for a wedding and the usual round of publisher and agent meetings, then off to Finland for worldcon then on to Russia for a con in St. Petersberg…Two trips for all of 2017 is the least amount of travel I’ve done in twenty years.”

And in September, Martin teased to Metro US that the books and the TV show are still set to diverge significantly in Winds of Winter: “The book series and TV adaptation go their separate ways. On the screen, characters are killed right and left. About 20 of them have died already, which are quite alive to me and will appear in a new book. They’re quite divergent in so many respects for the remainder of the show.”

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The Winds Of Winter Release Date UK: When is the next ‘A Song Of Ice And Fire’ book out?

Our Winds of Winter Release Date Estimate: End of 2017 through to end of 2018

When The Winds Of Winter was first conceived, it was to be the final part of a trilogy. However, Martin eventually decided that the last – and seventh, it transpired – novel would actually be called A Dream Of Spring.

2010: In June 2010, Martin had completed four chapters of the book, and later revealed that an additional chapter from ADWD had been moved to TWOW. As of July that year, 100 manuscript pages had been completed; Martin has previously estimated that the final volume will comprise of over 1,500 pages.

2011: In 2011, Martin released A Dance With Dragons after six years of writing, and pledged to continue writing ASOIAF books in January the next year. Just before the release, Martin said he hoped that “the last two books will go a little quicker than this one” and said it may take “three years to finish the next one at a good pace”.

game of thrones 7As of 2017, the Game of Thrones TV adaptation plot has moved well beyond the finale of the sixth (and most recent) ASOIAF book, A Dance With Dragons

2012: By October 2012, Martin confirmed that 400 pages of TWOW had been written, although he added that only 200 of these were “really finished”, with the remaining half requiring editing.

2013: In April the next year, Martin’s own estimates put him as having written a quarter of the book and, refusing to cow to demand for a release date, told fans that it would “be done when it’s done”.

2014: At the start of 2014, Martin’s UK publisher Jane Johnson confirmed that the book would “certainly” not be published before 2015, and then later noted that it was “not a 2015 release”. Martin himself said that he would like to finish the book before the sixth season of the TV series aired, as it would cover content from the book.

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2015: In April 2015, Martin posted another chapter from the book, this time from the point of view of Sansa Stark. Later that year, both the Spanish editor and Polish translator of the novel said that the book was not expected to be published in 2016.

2016: At the beginning of 2016, Martin revealed that he had missed his end-of-year deadline with his publisher for TWOW’s release before the sixth season of the Game of Thrones TV adaptation. He said there was “a lot still left to write” and that the book was “months away still…if the writing goes well”. By June that year, at least 11 chapters had either been published as a sample or read publicly.

In December 2016, Martin said: “I’ve been telling you for 20 years that winter was coming. Winter is the time when things die, and cold and ice and darkness fill the world, so this is not going to be the happy feel-good that people may be hoping for. Some of the characters [are] in very dark places. Things get worse before they get better, so things are getting worse for a lot of people.”

2017: In January 2017, a comment written by Martin on his blog suggested that the book would be released “this year”, i.e. 2017. The book was still being written as of May 14, 2017.

And in June 2017, Martin hit back to a blog commenter bemoaning the long TWOW wait, and wrote: “Do you really want or need weekly WoW posts all saying, ‘Still working on it, not done yet?’” and added: “A number of sample chapters have been posted on my website, and I’ve read more of them at cons.”

george r r martinGeorge R. R. Martin, the American novelist behind the A Song Of Ice And Fire books, is now 68 years old

The Winds Of Winter Chapters: George R. R. Martin’s sample chapters

The good news is that George R. R. Martin has been steadily trickling out sample chapters in a bid to quell the unrest amongst avid ASOIAF fanatics.

Here are all the sample chapters officially released by Martin:

Here are fan summaries of chapters read at conventions:


The Winds of Winter Characters: Who gets a POV chapter?

These are the following confirmed character point-of-view chapters:

  • Victarion Greyjoy
  • Aeron Greyjoy
  • Tyrion Lannister
  • Barristan Selmy
  • Arianne Martell
  • Theon Greyjoy
  • Mercy (Arya)
  • Alayne (Sansa)
  • Arianne Martell
  • Bran Stark
  • Daenerys Targaryen
  • Davos Seaworth
  • Areo Hotah
  • Cersei Lannister
  • Asha Greyjoy

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