Alas, alack. For those of you hoping that 2015 might see the release of The Winds of Winter, the sixth book in George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series, I’m afraid you should stop holding your breath. Not only are we not seeing a new book this year – or possibly even next year – we’re not even getting a release date.
The word comes from HarperCollins, Martin’s UK publisher. Speaking to The Guardian, Jane Johnson of HarperCollins reports that she has no information on likely delivery, adding that, “These are increasingly complex books and require immense amounts of concentration to write. Fans really ought to appreciate that the length of these monsters is equivalent to two or three novels by other writers.”
However, HarperCollins will be publishing a “new illustrated compilation of three official prequel novellas to the series, The Hedge Knight, The Sworn Sword and The Mystery Knight.”
Now that the Game of Thrones TV adaptation is about to kick off its fifth season – the trailer for which has just been released – it’ll likely end up covering most of A Dance with Dragons, the most recently published installment of Martin’s bestselling series. According to Entertainment Weekly, showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss have reported that they plan to do just two more seasons of the show, which will likely result in a major deviation from the books and a conclusion that will take place well before whatever Martin has in store for the books’ conclusion.
What do you guys think? Are you happy to essentially see two versions of the same story reach their conclusion in different ways, or are you impatient to see The Winds of Winter released as soon as possible so the TV show can continue to take its storyline from the books? Sound off in the comments below with your thoughts!