George RR Martin has been writing The Winds of Winter for a long time. However, it is yet to hit shelves. Some fans have theories on why this may be, with one being due to the poor ending of the HBO series Game of Thrones. However, in a recent blog post, Martin revealed where he was at with the book.
Many fans will remember, a little while ago, Martin posted on his blog to say he would be finished in time for the WorldCon event in New Zealand, where he was to act as Master of Ceremonies.
The annual event was taking place in July, and this year an airline even offered Martin free airfare to their country so he can finish The Winds of Winter in peace.
Martin replied to this, saying: “If I don’t have THE WINDS OF WINTER in hand when I arrive in New Zealand for Worldcon 2020, you have here my formal written permission to imprison me in a small cabin on White Island, overlooking that lake of sulfuric acid, until I’m done.
“Just so long as the acrid fumes do not screw up my old DOS word processor, I’ll be fine.”
It has since been announced the convention will be going virtual, meaning Martin will no longer be able to visit New Zealand.
However, he has given hope for those waiting for The Winds of Winter.
In a blog post from April 2020, he spoke with sadness at the number of conventions which were being forced to cancel over the coronavirus.
While speaking of this, he did drop a hint to how well his writing was going while in isolation.
He said: “The biggest news in that regard is that this year’s worldcon, CoNZealand, has also decided to go virtual.
“I know what a difficult decision that was for the Kiwis, who have worked so hard bidding and winning the con, and dreamed so long of bringing fandom to their magical island.
“New Zealand is one of my favourite places in the world, and Parris feels the same way.
“We have been there several times before, and I know we will visit again… just not this year, alas.
“I gather that pushing the con back to late 2020 or early 2021 was not feasible, for various logistical reasons, which meant that going online was the only real alternative to cancellation.
“How that will work, I have no idea. No one does, really. It has never been done before.
“The technical aspects are going to be daunting, no doubt… but I know that everyone concerned is going to do their best. Fingers crossed.”
After speaking of the sadness around the convention, he added: “If there is a silver lining in these clouds, this will give me more time to finish WINDS OF WINTER.
“I continue to write every day, up here in my mountain fastness.”
He then gave people some recommendations of TV series and books to read while they wait for The Winds of Winter, suggesting it will only take as long as binging Better Call Saul for the book to be finished.
Fans will be hopeful this means the book will be coming before Autumn, meaning many may be able to read the book while they wait in isolation.
However, they will have to wait a little while longer before that is confirmed.