George R.R. Martin Says Winds of Winter May Be Completed by 2021

Winds of Winter is allegedly coming. George R.R. Martin gave fans a long-awaited update on the release date for his newest novel, the sixth installment in his A Song of Ice and Fire fantasy series.

On Wednesday he tweeted, “I have to confess, after half a year of pandemic, I am showing signs of cabin fever. If nothing else, the enforced isolation has helped me write. I am spending long hours every day on THE WINDS OF WINTER, and making steady progress.” Martin linked to a recent blog entry detailing his writing progress during stay-at-home orders. The major headline to emerge from his post: he “hopes” the book will be completed next year.

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Martin assured his avid readers that he was maintaining his health during the coronavirus pandemic, writing that he hopes “both Covid-19 and THE WINDS OF WINTER will be done” in 2021. He wrote that several chapters of his next novel had been completed, but that there’s still “a long way to go” and it will “be a huge book.” (Go figure.) Martin also shared a word of warning for those that would read too much into his status report. “Please do not give any credence to any of the click-bait websites that like to parse every word of my posts as if they were papal encyclicals to divine hidden meanings,” he noted. Oh, and he also managed to buy “a third of a railroad,” as one does.

Martin also addressed his producing duties on the Game of Thrones prequel, The House of the Dragon. It’s “flying along wonderfully,” he wrote. Other projects in the works include TV adaptations of books Who Fears Death, Wild Cards, and The Lost Lands. Plus, there’s films adaptations of Sandkings and The Ice Dragon in development.

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Editorial Fellow Savannah Walsh is an Editorial Fellow at ELLE.com.

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