George R.R. Martin hopes to finish Winds of Winter in 2021

George R.R. Martin holding an Emmy hostage until someone returns his hat

The author had hoped for the book to be released before the sixth series of Game of Thrones was penned by co-creators David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, but that date passed in 2016, with still no sign of the novel.

"If nothing else, the enforced isolation has helped me to write", he shared. "I am spending long hours every day on 'The Winds of Winter, ' and making steady progress", Martin wrote.

He said that he has been spending days hold up in a cabin and trying to finish on his book by the year 2021. It is a long book and will take a lot of time to complete the book, and he says he has a long way to go in finishing the book.

Martin felt "heartbroken" after he cancelled his trip to Wellington, New Zealand, for the 2020 World Science Fiction Convention, but pointed out the silver lining. However, he also noted that "a long interruption" might have cost him "all the momentum" that he has built up, so he will visit next year when he hopes "both COVID-19 and The Winds of Winter will be done".

I know it doesn't sound like much, but, to be clear this is the most optimistic announcement Martin has made about the book in almost a decade.

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The 71-year-old told fans in a blog post that he hopes The Winds of Winter will be finished "next year".

Martin said he's recently written chapters involving the likes of Cersei and Tyrion Lannister, Asha Greyjoy (known as Yara Greyjoy in Game of Thrones), former Kingsguard Lord Commander Ser Barristan Selmy, and Sunspear guard captain Areo Hotah. I will be dropping back into Braavos next week. Way way back in 1999, when I was deep in the writing of 'A Storm of Swords, ' I was averaging about 150 pages of manuscript a month.

Although the Game of Thrones series concluded over a year ago, fans are still reeling from a controversial finale.

Martin wrote: "I do wish they would go faster, of course". The author explained that GoT prequel "The House of the Dragon is still flying along wonderfully, thanks to Ryan Condal and his writers, and the tireless Ti Mikkel", while he's "still involved in trying to bring Nnedi Okorafor's brilliant Who Fears Death to the small screen, and relaunch the Wild Cards TV project".

Following The Winds Of Winter, the author has announced he will be wrapping up the franchise with a final book, A Dream of Spring, which it's fair to say we can expect to nestle down to read when we're about 80.

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