‘Winds of Winter’ Release Date Confirmed? George R.R. Martin Drops New Chapter!

George R.R. Martin

The “Game of Thrones” author George R.R. Martin dropped a new chapter of the much-awaited “Winds of Winter”.

While fans are still waiting for an official release date, impatient readers now have something to keep them busy even just for a while.

Martin, however, teased on his official website, “The sample will give you a taste. For the rest, you will need to wait.” It also comes with a disclaimer for fans: “And no, just to spike any … rumours, changing the sample chapter does NOT mean I am done.”

Sydney Morning Herald reported that Martin also explained in metaphor the delay of “Winds of Winter.”  He wrote: “See the icon up above?” referring to a picture of himself with a small monkey on his back. “Monkey is still on my back… but he’s growing, he is, and one day…” GRRM added.

In the released chapter, the story is told from the first person’s view of Arianne Martell as she travels across with a mission for her father. Arianne, the daughter of the Prince of Dorne, is not yet a character on the “Game of Thrones” TV series. In the story, Arianne considers explaining why it is crucial that she meet the rebel leader Jon Connington and his prince.  “I need to speak with Connington,” she said. Arianne then untied the interlocked sun and spear that clasped her cloak and let the rain-soaked garment slip from her shoulders to puddle on the floor.

Part of the chapter reads: “And I want to see this dragon prince of his. If he is truly Elia’s son… Prince Aegon is of your own blood, princess. Son of Prince RhaegarTargaryen and Elia of Dorne, your father’s sister.”

The constant delay of George R.R. Martin’s “Winds of Winter” has created a dilemma for HBO since it could potentially spoil “Game of Thrones” season six. “The Winds of Winter” is the sixth book from the “A Song of Ice and Fire” series. It is also where GoT season six is supposed to be based on. “Game of Thrones” season six premieres on April 24 on HBO.

Rolling Stone noted that each season of GOT has corresponded with an instalment of the “A Song of Ice and Fire.” Now, the show’s producers are forced to create new episodes without a novel to guide their creative choices.

In his blog post earlier this year, George R.R. Martin admitted that “The Winds of Winter” will not be released before the return of HBO’s TV series. He, however, offered some hints at what fans could expect in the upcoming book.

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