As Game of Thrones is drawing to a close – the TV show will wrap up with this year’s eighth series – fans needing their Westeros fix will soon be crying to the skies, “Just when is The Winds of Winter coming out?!”
Unfortunately, notorious lazy-bones George RR Martin has still refused to name a date for when the much delayed sixth novel in the A Song of Ice and Fire series (on which the HBO show is based) will be released. This has left millions of fans gnawing at their mouths in exasperation, while attempting to assemble clues from the scraps Martin has tossed their way in the last few years.
Here’s everything we know so far about the mystery book…
When is The Winds of Winter coming out, and why has it taken so long to get here?
George RR Martin has, to be fair, never been the most prolific of authors, with his last novel, 2011’s A Dance of Dragons, taking six years to write. But a big part of the frustration over The Winds of Winter has been the enormous increase in popularity the series has experienced in the recent years, turning Martin’s epic saga from a cult fantasy yarn into internationally beloved blockbuster.