Winds of Winter release date: Has George RR Martin finished the next Game of Thrones book?

Game of Thrones is over, but George RR Martin still has two books to go in his A Song of Ice and Fire series. The HBO TV show may have skipped ahead of his narrative, but he’s committed to completing The Winds of Winter and A Dream of Spring. Nevertheless, the long wait has produced fan theories claiming he’s secretly finished the books. A recent one by Reddit user [deleted] reads: “I personally think George RR Martin finished the books.”

They continued: “The only reason the books [haven’t] released [is] because HBO is riding the Game of Thrones popularity.

“The[y] asked George not to release any of the books. George and his publisher signed a deal with HBO.

“Remember HBO earns lots of money from Game of Thrones merchandise. Game of Thrones is a huge cash cow, and HBO wants to squeeze every penny from its viewers. 

“If you are still sceptical how come George RR Martin finished Fire & Blood?”

They added: “If a writer is doing other projects that means he is finished with his main projects.

“It is very odd that George had time to write a 736-page book, and [is] currently working on a video game. Something smells fishy?”

Nevertheless, back in May Martin himself shut down similar rumours clarifying he was still writing The Winds of Winter.

He wrote on his blog: “I am back home again now, and back once more in Westeros, working on WINDS.”

Martin added: “Which, let me add once more, has NOT been finished and hidden away for years. (sigh).”

Meanwhile, the author has set himself a personal deadline of next summer.

He wrote on his blog in May: “As for finishing my book… I fear that New Zealand would distract me entirely too much. Best leave me here in Westeros for the nonce.  

“But I tell you this — if I don’t have THE WINDS OF WINTER in hand when I arrive in New Zealand for worldcon, 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.”

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