Will we get The Winds of Winter before Game of Thrones Season 6? That's been the question on everyone's mind as the premiere date of the HBO series nears. The hit fantasy show has reached an interesting point, as it has caught up with creator George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire novel series upon which the Emmy-winning drama is based. Over the weekend, the author confirmed he has missed his deadline for the sixth chapter in this sprawling saga.

This means that /game-of-thrones-season-6-bran-stark-photo/The Winds of Winter will not be published before the next set of all-new Game of Thrones episodes plays out. George R.R. Martin offered the disappointing news on his personal Blog. He explained the following.

"The Winds of Winter is not finished. Believe me, it gave me no pleasure to type those words. You're disappointed, and you're not alone. 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."

The next question is, when will the book be ready? George R.R. Martin doesn't have an exact date. But it won't be anytime soon. The author goes onto say this about missing his deadline, and what it means for the series and books.

"Nor is it likely to be finished tomorrow, or next week. Yes, there's a lot written. Hundreds of pages. Dozens of chapters. (Those 'no pages done' reports were insane, the usual garbage internet journalism that I have learned to despise). But there's also a lot still left to write. I am months away still...And that's if the writing goes well. (Sometimes it does. Sometimes it doesn't.) Chapters still to write, of course... but also rewriting. I always do a lot of rewriting, sometimes just polishing, sometimes pretty major restructures. I suppose I could just say, "Sorry, boys and girls, still writing," and leave it at that. "It will be done when it's done." Which is what I have been doing, more or less, since... well, forever. But with season 6 of Game of Thrones approaching, and so many requests for information boiling up, I am going to break my own rules and say a little more, since it would appear that hundreds of my readers, maybe thousands or tens of thousands, are very concerned about this question of 'spoilers" and the show catching up, revealing things not yet revealed in the books, etc."

George R.R. Martin gives a pretty hefty explanation for himself, addressing what will happen with spoilers in terms of the upcoming new season and the books. He puts all of the blame on himself. He continues with his desperation, which you can read in full HERE.

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"I won't make excuses. There are no excuses. No one else is to blame. Not my editors and publishers, not HBO ... It's on me. I tried, and I am still trying. I worked on the book a couple of days ago, revising a Theon chapter and adding some new material, and I will be writing on it again tomorrow. But no, I can't tell you when it will be done, or when it will be published. Best guess, based on our previous conversations, is that Bantam (and presumably my British publisher as well) can have the hardcover out within three months of delivery, if their schedules permit. But when delivery will be, I can't say. I am not going to set another deadline for myself to trip over. The deadlines just stress me out. I am going back to my stance from last March, before all this. It will be done when it's done. And it will be as good as I can possibly make it."

The creator of this unique universe also goes onto address whether the show will contain 'spoilers' for the book. His answer to that is Maybe. He explains more.

"Yes and no. Look, I never thought the series could possibly catch up with the books, but it has. The show moved faster than I anticipated and I moved more slowly. There were other factors too, but that was the main one. Given where we are, inevitably, there will be certain plot twists and reveals in season six of Game of Thrones that have not yet happened in the books. For years my readers have been ahead of the viewers. This year, for some things, the reverse will be true. How you want to handle that... hey, that's up to you."

George R.R. Martin ends his depressing tirade with the promises that The Winds of Winter will be as good as he can make it, which will be pretty good. He will keep writing, 'Chapter at a time, page at a time, word at a time'. And until he finishes, he makes a plea to all his fans to enjoy the show and enjoy the books. What do you think? Are you disappointed that the show will move forward before the books?

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