The Winds of Winter is one of the most highly-anticipated books for the past decade. It is the sixth book in George RR Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series. HBO’s Game of Thrones was based on these series. And we all are aware of how infamously the TV show ended in an unsatisfactory manner. Hence, the expectations from the next instalment of the books are quite high.
Long Drawn Delay For The Release Of The Winds Of Winter
Fans are extremely disappointed with GRRM’s failure to publish the sixth book on time. The fifth instalment, A Dance with Dragons, came out in 2011 which means it has been nine years since he last published a sequel in the novel series.
The drama series, Game of Thrones, ended in May 2019. Martin is not yet done with writing the story of Daenerys Targaryen and the rest of the characters in Westeros and Essos. As a result, without waiting for the book to come out, HBO wrote its own ending for the show. Although the ending was based on GRRM’s rough idea for the climax, it still upset fans for how poorly the idea was executed.
GRRM also admitted later that he was frustrated as well. But then, he can’t do anything about it since he is himself unable to provide an ending yet.
Fans Condemn The Author For Procrastinating
While there are some who understand the author, the others have gotten impatient and started criticizing GRRM. He was called out on various social media platforms and some comments left for him were mean.
Martin previously shared that he also experiences writer’s block at times. And he also confessed that he has too many side works and projects. These responsibility pushed his writing for TWOW to the backseat. He is just as upset as the fans because he could have completed the book many years ago. Well, obviously he didn’t.
But despite this admission, frustrated fans went as far as accusing him of not caring about his readers. They also told him that he should have not started the book if he is not going to finish it. Others even dropped morbid comments such as Martin will die without finishing the book.
Martin Responds To The Criticisms
George RR Martin seemingly gave his response to the backlash and accusations by writing an update on his blog. He said it appears that many fans don’t read his posts. It seems like they are not aware of his progress in writing the book. He then went on to explain the other reasons why the book is delayed. He wrote–
“Let me assure you that, when not sweating out election returns or brooding over other real-world problems, I have continued to work on THE WINDS OF WINTER.”
He added that he is exerting efforts to complete the book sooner. It is delayed because he revises chapters, edits the story sequence and completes each chapter. His progress at this rate is good but the novel is not yet done.
“No, sorry, still not done, but I do inch closer. It is a big, big book. I write a chapter at a time, a page at a time, a sentence at a time, a word at a time since it’s the only way.”
All we can do right now, is keep a little more patience. After all, what’s a few months more in comparison to the decade we’ve already waited.