As much as we all love Game of Thrones, the Song of Ice and Fire novel series, and George R.R. Martin himself, the next book in the series, The Winds of Winter, has become something of a punchline. It’s been years since A Dance With Dragons was published, and once The Winds of Winter comes out, it will have been the longest gap between any of the books in the series. Every year, fans hope to hear news of the book’s progress, and every year, Martin heads to his blog to deliver the bad news.
George R.R. Martin has taken to his website (and former LiveJournal) “Not A Blog” to assure his readers that he will not be writing the Game of Thrones prequel series the network plans to produce, only consulting, which means the show will not delay his progress writing The Winds of Winter.
Before you ask, work on Winds of Winter continues, and remains my top priority. It is ridiculous to think otherwise. If I wasn’t busy with Winds, don’t you think I’d be scripting one or more of these pilots myself? It’s not as if I’ve never written for TV…
Once The Winds of Winter is finally out in the open, there will still be more to come, with A Dream of Spring slated to be the seventh and final novel in the series. Fans have been speculating about the delay for years. The literary series, on which HBO’s Game of Thrones is based, has not seen a new book since A Dance With Dragons was published in 2011.
Source: George R. R. Martin