Well folks, I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but we will not be able to read The Winds of Winter before the season six premiere of Game of Thrones.
“The Winds of Winter is not finished,” a noticeably depressed and apologetic George R.R. Martin revealed earlier today on his LiveJournal blog.
“I failed. I blew the Halloween deadline, and I’ve now blown the end of the year deadline,” Martin explained, “and that almost certainly means that no, The Winds of Winter will not be published before the sixth season of Game of Thrones premieres in April.”
The Game of Thrones franchise now finds itself in a very unique situation, as the show will be featuring canon material from The Winds of Winter (as confirmed by Martin), but without the original source material available to viewers. This means that, for the first time ever, diehard readers of the book series will have to turn to the HBO adaptation to learn more about the murderous, treacherous, and downright mysterious world that is Westeros.
This is definitely extremely disappointing news for fans of the book series. Not only do we all have to wait longer to get our hands on the book, but the axis of power has shifted. Readers can no longer revel in the amount of information they hold compared to non-readers, which some of the more zealous fans may consider to be the worst news of all.
But fans aren’t the only ones who are disappointed by this news.
“You’re disappointed, and you’re not alone,” Martin sadly admitted. “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.”
Martin’s disappointment is understandable, but, truthfully, it’s kind of unwarranted.
We as fans can’t even begin to fathom the immense pressure that Martin is under right now, both as a writer and as a human being.
Here’s a man who puts so much extreme detail and care into everything he writes, carefully weaving in clues and information that will be useful for future plot points. There are no accidents in his writing – everything has a perfect place.
George R.R. Martin is one hell of an author, and that’s a feat he accomplished through time, patience, and care.
But many fans don’t have that same level of patience, nor do they understand how grueling the writing process can be. Demand from us prompts Martin’s publishers to demand action from him, which certainly would create stress for Martin, distracting him from his work.
If anyone should be disappointed in themselves, it’s the fools who keep rushing Martin to complete his art on their time table.
So, on behalf of GeekGirl World, I have this message to send to Martin: take your sweet time, my liege. This is your story, your world, your life, and we’re all merely just strangers enjoying the fruits of your labor. Do you, boo. When The Winds of Winter is finally ready for the world to see, I promise we’ll all still be here waiting with excitement.
When exactly that will be, we just don’t know… and neither does Martin.
“It will be done when it’s done,” Martin explained. “And it will be as good as I can possibly make it.”
As far as this fan is concerned, that’s a perfectly fine answer.