Die-hard fans of George R.R. Martin have been at the edge of their seats anticipating the next installment in series, “The Winds of Winter” before “A Game of Thrones” Season 6 premieres. However, the critically acclaimed writer shot their hopes down as he has revealed that the next book will be delayed and as such offered his sincerest apologies. Despite the delay, fans still showed their support and appreciation for the author but many are still eager to see if “The Winds of Winter” will be released this year.

“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,” wrote Martin in his blog.

The famed author has been known to be meticulous when it comes to his books, which could be the reason for the delay of his upcoming novel. Speaking at the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival, he revealed that he wasn’t experiencing the dreaded writer’s block, as opposed to what others have been thinking.

Martin says that writer’s block isn’t responsible for the delay, rather, it’s the distraction. The author says that all of the work he’s done creates problems because it creates distraction. Now that the books and the show are getting more and more popular by the day, Martin has to constantly do interviews here and there. Other sources have also quoted him saying that he also gets invited to travel to South Africa or Dubai, and he even asks if there’s anyone who could pass up a free trip to Dubai.

There are now speculations circulating via Wars and Politics of Ice and Fire, and it might at least shed hope for fans that are waiting for “The Winds of Winter.” The book will supposedly be out at least before Season 7 hits. Last year, Martin had canceled a number of appearances in conventions and skipped writing an episode of “A Game of Thrones” to focus on “The Winds of Winter,” so we may get to see it at least this year or early 2017, if that’s any indication.