Winds of Winter – Real reason for Game of Thrones book 6 release delay? | Books | Entertainment
George R R Martin released the most recent edition, A Dance With Dragons, in 2011 – with his followers waiting patiently on The Winds of Winter ever since.
In fact now, not only has the TV series Game of Thrones – based on the books – overtaken the source material’s timeline, it’s also set to end in 2019; probably long before the book series.
So as rumoured release windows come and go, has Reddit user throwawaybreaks got a possible explanation for it?
They wrote: “Showerthought: what if GRRM is letting the show play out to note what didn’t work, because he’s revising his notes on the ending?”
Several fans, however, disagreed with the idea.
“What if GRRM is letting the show play out because he has given up on his story? I’ve finally succumbed to the idea that we are never getting an end,” wrote one.
“He said multiple times the show would not influence his writing in any way whatsoever,” pointed out another.
But someone else, NapOrTap, added: “I’m inclined to believe GRRM is waiting for the show to conclude before releasing anything he’s finished and/or revising what he’s still writing.
“It’s be [sic] a smart marketing strategy to release something when it’s counterpart has been finished ‘completely’ and ride the waves of the hype around it.
“It’ll re-ignite the book fans’ interest and capture the attention of the show-only fans who will be saddened by the finality of the show’s completion.”
It was recently speculated that September could be the release for TWOW, after a date seemed to appear on the website of a popular bookstore.
But as the date was removed, debate raged over whether it was a leak or just a mistake.