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Sorry guys, George RR Martin says next Game of Thrones book likely set for 2021

June 24th, 2020 by Marc Comments

Bad news if you’re holding out waiting for George RR Martin’s next A Song of Ice and Fire novel.

The writer has taken to his blog to let everyone know that, sadly, next year is looking more likely for the publication of The Winds of Winter.

“I am spending long hours every day on ‘The Winds of Winter,’ and making steady progress,” Martin wrote.

“I finished a new chapter yesterday, another one three days ago, another one the previous week. But no, this does not mean that the book will be finished tomorrow or published next week. It’s going to be a huge book, and I still have a long way to go.”

The writer reassures his fans that he is spending time with the character but alas, he just can’t write as fast as he once did – he’s 71 – but he’s still doing the work: “Of late I have been visiting with Cersei, Asha, Tyrion, Ser Barristan, and Areo Hotah.

He goes on: “I will be dropping back into Braavos next week. I have bad days, which get me down, and good days, which lift me up, but all in all I am pleased with the way things are doing. I do wish they would go faster, of course. 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. I fear I shall never recapture that pace again. Looking back, I am not sure how I did it then.”

The first Game of Thrones book, A Song of Ice and Fire, was published in 1996… that’s 24 years maths fans, and fair play to everyone still holding out for the end of the saga.

Are you anxiously awaiting the next book? Let me know, gang…

Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….