Game of Thrones fans have had to endure four long years of waiting for George RR Martin to write the next book in the ‘Song of Ice and Fire’ series.
However, it looks like the waiting may almost be over and something resembling a publication date has been released.
An editor for Spanish publisher Ediciones Gigamesh, which owns the rights to the books, has revealed that it’s planned for 2016.
Fan site Watchers on the Wall reports that Alejo Cuervo, who knows the author personally, revealed this in an interview with radio station El món a RAC1 (translated from Spanish):
Radio host: “And the sixth book will come out...?”
Mr Cuervo: “It’s planned for next year.”
Radio host: “In English, you mean, but, in Spanish, when would that be?”
Mr Cuervo: “They have promised us that they will give us the manuscript before the release date in English, but it won’t be a big difference [between the two dates].”
Radio host: “But it will also be during the next year for sure, won’t it?”
Mr Cuervo: “Yes. Well, for sure... unless a meteorite falls.”
George RR Martin has pushed back publishing time on a number of occasions but the newly announced date fits in with his desire to have the book out before the premiere of Game of Thrones season 6.
The author is not known for a fast turnaround. He once promised to have the series completed almost 20 years ago.
“If I stay on schedule, I ought to finish A Song of Ice and Fire by the end of 1998,” he said in 1996, “but don’t hold your breath.”
Winds of Winter will be the sixth book in ‘A Song Of Ice and Fire’ after 2011’s A Dance with Dragons.
Series 6 of Game of Thrones has already started shooting and is expected to air next spring. Rumours are rife about the fates of a number of characters, including fan favourites Jon Snow and Sandor ‘The Hound’ Clegane.
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