The Winds of Winter release date remains a mystery to date. As the end of Game of Thrones becomes imminent, would a spinoff of the series be more likely than a book launch?

Fans continue to wait for the Winds of Winter release date. It has been five years since George R.R. Martin released material for the series, hence the anticipation of many. Up until now, he has yet to announce a date following his continued assurance about the novel’s completion. News that Game of Thrones would end with Season 8 has now caught up with GRRM. Thus, the question is, which is more likely to happen: the Winds of Winter release date or a GoT spinoff?

Given the circumstances, a spinoff might be forthcoming or at least a topic that executives at HBO are contemplating. According to TV Line, plans for a follow up are not yet final. Casey Bloys, the new programming president of the cable network, revealed he is in favor of the project and that it is under consideration. However, he expressed a particular condition that the spinoff should meet in order to push through.

“It’s something I’m not opposed to, but it has to make sense creatively. I’m open to it. The guys aren’t opposed to it, but there’s no concrete plans,” Bloys stated. As it turns out, George R.R. Martin revealed his openness to talks of a spinoff for Game of Thrones. His revelation also sparked the rumor that it would cause the delay of the Winds of Winter release date.

This might be due to the hands-on approach of GRRM towards the TV adaptation of his literary work. A sentiment that Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman does not seem to share. George R.R. Martin offered the adaptation of his Tales of Dunk & Egg for the spinoff. However, he suggested it might be more appropriate for a stand-alone movie than a weekly series given the lighter tone of its storyline. Stay tuned for more updates on the Winds of Winter release date.

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