Winds of Winter release date: Will there be more sample chapters from George RR Martin?
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The Winds of Winter is supposed to be George RR Martin’s next book in the A Song of Ice and Fire series. However, fans have been waiting for years for the latest instalment, leading many to believe it may never be published. At one point, however, George shared some of his progress with fans in sample chapters – but will he be doing any more of this?
While many fans are desperate to read the next book from George RR Martin, sadly it seems unlikely there will be any more teaser chapters from the author.
Back in 2015, he started sharing teasers which were often translated by fans, so they were accessible to everyone.
However, on his website Not a Blog, George said he would not be doing this any more.
He wrote on April 2, 2015: “For all of you who have been howling for another taste ofThe Winds of Winter… My faithful minions have just translated the first Alayne chapter from WordStar and uploaded it to my website.
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“Yes, I know, I’d said there would be no more sample chapters, but (1) it had been more than a year since Mercy, (2) lots of you were asking, and (3) Anne Groell and my friends at Bantam twisted my arm.
“I hope you enjoy it. But whether you love it or hate it, please go to Westeros or Tower of the Hand or one of the other bulletin boards to talk about it. Not here.
“(I would have put it up yesterday, but I did not want it mistaken for an April Fool’s joke).”
This was back in 2015, and now we are almost six years from that post.
Since then, George has kept to his word and has not released any more teaser chapters of the book, though he has talked about it far more in the last year than ever before.
It may be, while Game of Thrones was in motion with HBO, George had other things on his mind than writing the new book, even to the point where the writers had to go their own way in the series.
They did name one episode after the upcoming book, The Winds of Winter, which was the final episode of the sixth series of the show.
In the episode, Cersei Lannister plotted to destroy her enemies while Arya Stark finally got revenge.
Jon Snow was declared King in the North by the lords of the Northern houses, and it is finally uncovered that he is the son of Lyanna Stark.
Meanwhile, Daenerys Targaryen, Tyrion Lannister, the Ironborn, Yara Greyjoy and other followers began their journey to Westeros.
However, it is unclear where George’s mind is with the new book, as he has given little away in later website posts.
On June 23, 2020, he posted: “If nothing else, the enforced isolation has helped me write. I am spending long hours every day on The Winds of Winter, and making steady progress.
“ I finished a new chapter yesterday, another one three days ago, another one the previous week.
“But no, this does not mean that the book will be finished tomorrow or published next week. It’s going to be a huge book, and I still have a long way to go.”
While George may surprise fans again with teaser chapters, given there have been none for many years and the book is still being formed, it seems everyone will have to wait until the book is actually released before we can understand what is happening in Westeros.
Express.co.uk will update this if a release date is revealed by the author.
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