George R. R. Martin May Be Releasing “The Winds of Winter” in 2017

It’s not news to anyone that George R. R. Martin likes to take his time when it comes to releasing the books from his popular A Song of Ice and Fire (ASOIAF) series. The last installment, A Dance with Dragons, released at 1054 pages long in July 2011, and fans have been waiting so long for the next volume that Game of Thrones, the television series based on these books, has now surpassed where the books have last ended and have dictated their own events.


However, Martin has delivered some very welcome 2017 news – the next installment, The Winds of Wintermay be with us by 2017. Maybe.

Martin shared the hopeful news on his Livejournal page a few days ago, in response to another user requesting an update on the next installment in the series.


The fan, username “J Snow” wrote the comment;

Really George

As i stated in my last attempt, i respect you immensely and do not want you to rush or release anything untill you are completely satisfied with it.

That being said, it has been a whole year since we have received an updated. You have placated our hunger with another superb sample ch. (the Forsaken), and for that, we are grateful. But unless you want to be bombarded with im’s like this, i would suggest another updated.

Even if its as simple as, ‘not done yet, but ive made progress( or not) ‘, or ‘ it’ll be out this year (or not)’. Anything(or not). Either way, have a great new year, and thank you for, imo, the best fantasy series out there.

To which George responded with;

Re: Really George

You really think statements like that would make a difference? Ah, you sweet summer child. I have years of experience with this that tells me otherwise.

But okay, I will try it your way.

Not done yet, but I’ve made progress. But not as much as I hoped a year ago, when I thought to be done by now.

I think it will be out this year. (But hey, I thought the same thing last year).


It’s not a definite release date by any means – the ASOIAF series is known for being incredibly detailed, dense and writhe with description and multiple tales weaving themselves together at once. They take place across an entire medieval fantasy realm, which involves maps, precision, and multiple main characters in various places. It’s a level of attention to detail that plenty of authors struggle with, but Martin always aims to deliver his books to perfection.

So, the fans will have to wait and see – but most won’t be too disappointed with the wait. It took time for winter to come, so eventually, this book will too.


In the meantime, fans can always look forward to the television adaptation, Game of Thrones – six seasons have been released so far, with the two most recent episodes achieving perfect scores across critics boards. Season 7 will be released in mid-2017 (so probably long before The Winds of Winter).

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