It was in HBO’s Game of Thrones series that would-be king Stannis Baratheon said, “We march to victory, or we march to defeat. But we go forward. Only forward.”
The quote seems to express the sentiment that one must never give up, no matter what obstacles might lie ahead. And it is an idea that fans of A Song of Ice and Fire hope author George R. R. Martin takes note of.
Fans of Martin’s fantasy-book-series-turned-HBO-hit have been waiting for the next installment of the series since 2010. Many have grown impatient during the wait, wondering if the author is making progress at all.
Everyone understands that winter is coming, but what people really want to know is when is the next Game of Thrones book coming out?
The Winds of Winter Background
Back in 2010, George R. R. Martin began drafting The Winds of Winter, which was intended to be the sixth and final book in the A Song of Ice and Fire series. Shortly after beginning his manuscript, the author decided that the book would be succeeded by one final novel, A Dream of Spring.
In 2011, Martin began releasing sample chapters from The Winds of Winter. These would work to tease readers, and increase excitement for the novel even more. Many fans felt the release date was imminent. But year after year, the book never came.
In January, 2016, Martin gave fans an update, but it was not what many were hoping for. He wrote:
“’The Winds of Winter’ is not finished…Believe me, it gave me no pleasure to type those words. You’re disappointed, and you’re not alone. My editors and publishers are disappointed, HBO is disappointed, my agents and foreign publishers and translators are disappointed… but no one could possibly be more disappointed than me. I am not going to set another deadline for myself to trip over. The deadlines just stress me out.”
In spite of the crushing disappointment, many fans rallied behind the author, responding with words of support and encouragement. Besides, back then, they had a new season of the HBO series to satisfy their hunger for all things Westeros.
But fast-forward to today. There is still no book, and TV viewers have to wait until 2019 for the next season of HBO’s Game of Thrones to debut. Fans are definitely hungry for more!
When Is the Next Game of Thrones Book Coming Out?
So, when is the next Game of Thrones book coming out? Well, we know it won’t be in 2018.
In April of this year, George R. R. Martin announced yet again that he wouldn’t be finishing the novel any time soon. Fans were disappointed, but at this point, not entirely surprised.
However, there is a slight silver lining. Martin did announce that a new book about the “imaginary history” of the Targaryen family in Westeros would be released on November 20, 2018. Titled Fire and Blood, the book is set 300 years before the events of A Song of Ice and Fire, and will chronicle “the Targaryen civil war that nearly ended their dynasty forever.” The author has emphasized that the book is NOT a novel.
For now, there remains no definitive release date for The Winds of Winter.
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Mark Heald is an Associate Product Manager and Sporcle Admin. He enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, and bemoaning the fact the Sonics left Seattle.