WASHINGTON — Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin is set to disappoint his readership once again.
According to a post on the author’s blog, Martin says he will not be able to publish the next installment of his popular 20-year-old fantasy series before Season 6 of the HBO Series, Game of Thrones begins in March. He initially promised his fans that The Winds of Winter, the latest book in the Song of Fire and Ice series on which the HBO show is based, would be released at the end of 2015.
Perhaps this won’t come as a surprise to the fandom, which is used to Martin’s writing pace. The first of five published books in the series, Game of Thrones, came out 1996. There was a gap between the last two of six years. Now, the release date of Winds of Winter is up in the air, putting the planned final installment, A Dream of Spring, so much farther ahead in the future.
“Believe me, it gave me no pleasure to type those words. You’re disappointed, and you’re not alone,” Martin posted on his blog Saturday.
“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. For months now I have wanted nothing so much as to be able to say, ‘I have completed and delivered The Winds Of Winter on or before the last day of 2015. But the book’s not done.'”
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