Is George R.R. Martin going through an intense writer’s block? Will he be asking Neil Gaiman to finish writing “Winds of Winter” in his stead?

According to Inquisitr, Martin is having a difficult time finishing the sixth book of “A Song of Ice and Fire.”  He was scheduled to release it before “Game of Thrones” season 6 premieres. However,  he previously announced that he might not be able to finish the novel on time.

The “Game of Thrones” author is reportedly “disappointed.” Will he be asking the help of his friend Gaiman to finish the book by next year?

According to the news site, the “Sandman” writer has been “sighted in the same area where Martin lives.” Inquisitr suggests that maybe he has been invited to “co-author” the sixth installment with Martin. “With the help of Gaiman, it should be possible for George to publish ‘The Winds of Winter’ in 2017,” Inquisitr posits.

However, this might just be an unfounded rumour.

According to Bustle, Martin might be having a hard time meeting his deadline for the book. However, he will not be asking Neil Gaiman for help with writing it. The rumour, the news site suggests, might have come from a blog post that was intended to be a “joke.” Gaiman even took to Twitter to clear things up.

Fans have previously speculated that Martin’s sixth book in the series might be released before the end of this year. However,  according to Inquisitr, the release date might be pushed back once again. No official word as of yet exactly when “Winter” is coming.

“Winds of Winter” is the planned follow-up to “A Dance With Dragons.” The fifth book was released in 2011.

Meanwhile HBO’s hit adaptation, “Game of Thrones,” has already caught up with the events in Martin’s first five books in the series.