We’re big fans of Game of Thrones and A Song Of Ice And Fire over here at the Sassologist. We’ve been dying to know how the story ends. Who will get to sit on the Iron Throne? Who will hold the door next season? While fans of the series alone will only have to suffer a whole year until the next season comes out, book fans have had to be more patient. The sixth instalment in the series, Winds of Winter, has been a figment of the imagination for years. The release date kept being pushed back, much to the frustration of fans who could no longer be smug about knowing who was going to die in the series. While it’s all good that Martin is going to publish a new book, it’s frustrating that it is not the Winds of Winter. Here’s why.
What he had to say about it:
The release date for Winds of Winter is currently set in 2020. Don’t hold your breath though. It’s not the first time we’ve had a publication date which fell through. Back in 2017, Martin wrote this on his blog:
I am still working on it, I am still months away (how many? good question), I still have good days and bad days, and that’s all I care to say. Whether WINDS or the first volume of FIRE AND BLOOD will be the first to hit the bookstores is hard to say at this juncture, but I do think you will have a Westeros book from me in 2018… and who knows, maybe two. A boy can dream…
All of us can dream, it seems. And we are aware that this is a massive project. It is rumoured that there will be at least 20 POVs, which is probably a hell to write. Everybody is in different places, so sure, George, the fact that it takes a long time is no problem. It’s been seven years since the last release of a book in the series. There is just one thing that is very annoying.
Other projects and a new book release.
Yes, writing a masterpiece takes time. Nobody is going to say anything about that because you have to trust the creative process of an author. However, the thing that annoys most fans is that George has been involved with a variety of different projects that have nothing to do with the book. Of course, everybody expected him to help out with the series. But Martin has been involved with the multiple planned spin-offs of the show as well. The thing is, those should not be a priority right now. Finish the original story before trying to create something new to take our money. It’s not cool to alienate loyal fans who have been dying to see how their favourite story continues.
The release of Fire and Blood also feels like salt in a wound. Yes, it’s great that there will be a new book taking place in Westeros. The thing is, exactly no one was waiting for this. Don’t get me wrong, I love the Targaryans. Yet a 640-page novel filled with short stories about the house is not what is needed now. People want to know how the characters they have invested so much time in are doing.
George should be able to write whatever he wants to. But it feels as though he prioritises everything but the series that has given him the amount of success he’s had. I’m certain he is tired of people asking him about the book time and time again, but you can’t blame the fans for this.
I took a look at the GoodReads page for Fire and Blood and while some were excited, most were wondering where the hell the book they were waiting for was.
I guess we’ll have to make do with the situation. Next year, the show will tell us who will end up on the Iron Throne and certainly Martin won’t divert from the show too much. So there will be massive spoilers ahead. In the meantime, just fill your glass with wine and pull a Tyrion. There is not much else we can do.
Will you be reading Fire and Blood? Let us know in the comments!