Speculations on the release date of George R.R. Martin’s upcoming book – “Winds of Winter” – really never ends.

iDigitalTimes reported that the novel is likely to come out in 2016, citing a fan’s claim that some “Game of Thrones” crew members were seen holding a manuscript of GRRM’s latest masterpiece.

The source also claimed that the show directors were already given access to the book for them to have an idea of how to film GoT sixth season.

Fans are hoping that “Winds of Winter” will come out before “Game of Thrones” season six premieres since the book is where the upcoming installment is supposed to be based on.

Inquisitr reported that Martin previously revealed at the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival the reasons for the delay of the fourth installment in the “A Song of Ice and Fire” series.

“Writer’s block isn’t to blame here, it’s distraction. In recent years, all of the work I’ve been doing creates problems because it creates distraction. Because the books and the show are so popular I have interviews to do constantly. I have travel plans constantly. It’s like suddenly I get invited to travel to South Africa or Dubai, and who’s passing up a free trip to Dubai?” GRRM said.

The author also revealed that some of his assistants were already tasked to keep all possible disturbances at bay.

“I don’t write when I travel. I don’t write in hotel rooms. I don’t write on airplanes. I really have to be in my own house undisturbed to write. Through most of my life nobody did bother me, but now everyone bothers me every day. I have assistants and minions whose main job is to make sure people don’t bother me so I can actually get writing done,” he added.

Despite the delay, Martin promised some “shocking twist” that the fans could expect in “Winds of Winter.”

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly in April, GRRM said he just came up with a big, revealing twist on a long-time character that he never previously considered.

“This is going to drive your readers crazy, but I love it. I’m still weighing whether to go that direction or not. It’s a great twist,” he teased.

He also noted that while he still aims to release the book before “Game of Thrones” season 6, it may be a long stretch.

“I wish it was out now. Maybe I’m being overly optimistic about how quickly I can finish. But I canceled two convention appearances, I’m turning down a lot more interviews—anything I can do to clear my decks and get this done.”

GoT season six is set to premiere sometime in April 2016 on HBO.