Now that the sixth season of “Game of Thrones” has already premiered, fans of the hit TV show divert their attention to George R.R. Martin’s sixth novel’s, “Winds of Winter” release date.  The upcoming novel in the epic fantasy series “A Song of Ice and Fire,” has been a huge topic online with many fans expressing their anticipation for the new book.

As new reports claimed, Martin has kept mum about the exact launch of “Winds of Winter,” leaving waiting fans in the dark.  However, more details will most likely be disclosed as Martin is said to the guest of honour at this year’s Balticon in Baltimore, Maryland. The author has also confirmed the will have his next reading at the event, Christian Daily noted.

Balticon is a four-day science fiction and fantasy convention that celebrates arts and literature.  The event has been running for 50 years already.

Martin has previously hinted that the current run of “Game of Thrones” might have contained spoilers for the new novel.  In an interview with IGN, the author dished on a big twist planned for his new book.

The author claimed that the mind-blowing twist “involves a dead character, one of whom is dead on the show but not dead in the books. So the show can’t do this, unfortunately, because they have killed a character that I have not killed.”

Meanwhile, talks have been rife online that English novelist Neil Gaiman has already offered to help Martin write the sixth novel.  While the rumours have been proven to be unfounded, Gaiman did admit that he himself can’t wait for the “Winds of Winter” release date.

“It’s frustrating because I promised myself I wouldn’t watch the show until the last book came out,” he told Time Out London. “It was such an easy promise to make six years ago. You can’t shield yourself [from ‘Game of Thrones’ spoilers]. It’s like shielding yourself from political events or from what the Kardashians are doing.”