'The Winds Of Winter' Release Date: Did George R.R. Martin Just Reveal That 'TWOW' Is Coming Soon?

George R.R. Martin
George R. R. Martin speaking at the 2013 San Diego Comic Con International, for "Game of Thrones", at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, California.

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The anticipation for The Winds of Winter remains high despite the fact that fans have been waiting for eight long years already. George R.R. Martin first announced that he is working on the sixth installment of the A Song of Ice and Fire series in 2011. Now, speculations have it that the release of the much-awaited book could happen soon with the upcoming conclusion of the Game of Thrones series.

Some fans claimed that George R.R. Martin might not finish The Winds of Winter at all, given his age and hectic schedule. As a matter of fact, the veteran novelist, previously revealed to The Guardian that he is having a hard time completing the sixth book of the A Song of Ice and Fire series. This, according to GRRM, is one of the primary reasons why the tome has been delayed for so long.

"The Winds of Winter is not so much a novel as a dozen novels, each with a different protagonist, each having a different cast of supporting players, antagonists, allies and lovers around them, and all of these weaving together against the march of time in an extremely complex fashion," George R.R. Martin stated when asked about the status of The Winds of Winter. "So it's very, very challenging," he went on.

However, last week, avid followers of the A Song of Ice and Fire series were sent into a digital meltdown when George R.R. Martin shared a new official headshot on Twitter. This, then, sparked speculations that the photo could possibly for The Winds of Winter. "This is gonna look great on the book sleeve of Winds of Winter," one fan commented.

Though these theories could possibly be true, it is important to note that George R.R. Martin has not yet confirmed anything as of yet. Hence, avid followers of the A Song of Ice and Fire series should take these unverified reports about The Winds of Winter lightly until everything is proven true and correct.

Meanwhile, George R.R. Martin, recently, said that Game of Thrones Season 8 should not be the series' last installment. During the red carpet premiere of the series' final season in New York City, the 70-year-old author said that this is not the end fort him since he will be working for the upcoming five prequels. GRRM, previously, divulged that he was writing the script of the imminent sequels, which is also one of the reasons why he stopped working on The Winds of Winter for a while. Stay tuned for the more TWOW  spoilers, predictions, theories, and updates.

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