Rumor: GRRM will release Winds of Winter on November 13, 2023
Excited on the arrival of The Winds of Winter by George R. R. Martin? Read on to learn more about the upcoming novel!!
His last GoT book (A Dance with Dragons
) was published in 2011!
so 13yrs to write book 6.
He's currently 73.
At this rate, he'll be 111 before the last book is released
Just a quick history of rumors of Winds of Winter (WoW)...
GRRM originally said that WoW would be published in 2013, but as that deadline neared he told fans he was overly optimistic in his timeframe for writing it and it would probably be 2015 before it was published. That obviously didn't happen.
Then he felt confident it would be out before the final Season of the HBO series in 2016...but when that didn't happen he told us he had just missed the publication deadline for 2016 and that it had slipped to 2017.
When that deadline went whooshing past he promised fans that he was going to work on nothing else, no short stories, no teleplays, not even editing other works (except finishing the re-release of Wild Cards) until Winds of Winter was published and that it was only a few months away and would be published in early 2018.
Then most of 2018 passed with no WoW, and despite his promise to work on nothing else he published Fire & Blood in November. When fans complained he told us it was just a technicality that the publisher had just put Fire & Blood in front of WoW in the publishing queue and it was still going to be published in 2018...
Then in April of 2019 he told fans that he would have the finished book in hand at the 2020 WorldCon in July of 2020...Of course COVID happened, and WorldCon did not.
Then in September of 2019 is was announced that GRRM was going to be the executive producer of House of Dragons, HBO's new Game of Thrones Spin-off. GRRM promised that he would not be writing anything for the show before WoW was complete.
Of course in January 2020 HBO said that GRRM was currently writing the scripts for the show, and that it was his main focus.
That same month GRRM agreed that House of Dragons was his main focus, but that he was also working on a new HBO series Who Fears Death.
In January of 2021 GRRM said that he had written hundreds of pages for WoW, and that it was his best year of writing on the book so far, but that he was hesitant to say it would be published that year.
The last thing I have heard was in November GRRM said he is still writing on WoW and that it is not complete yet, but he expects to end it 'Soon." which is the same thing he said in 2015.
So, excuse me if I take this news with a grain of sand. Until I see a publication date by Batam Spectra I won't believe it.
Oh, it is also worth noting that GRRM has already said that WoW is not the last book. There is at least
one more, but that it might end up with 2 or even 3 more (although if it is 3 it will be because WoW is split into two books).