Right now Game of Thrones creator George RR Martin is isolating at this remote mountain cabin. There the 71-year-old author has admitted he’s been writing every day and things are looking pretty grim in Westeros. And now his latest blog post may have teased The Winds of Winter will be released later this year.
Martin’s latest post concerned his movie theatre, the Jean Cocteau Cinema in New Mexico, which has been closed since the lockdown began.
He wrote of how he’s kept his staff on, working virtually on the JCC YouTube channel.
And just before signing off, he cryptically teased: “We hope to keep adding content to the JCC… including new book events… once we reopen.”
Now just what new book events followed by a “dot dot dot” could the author be teasing but The Winds of Winter’s release later this year?
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Martin’s fans certainly think this is what he’s getting at.
On the ASOIAF Reddit, BlurstsofTimes2 wrote: “I’m probably reading far too much into it but the … paired with the phrasing of “new book” events seems to imply a new book is on the way, although maybe its the new Wild Cards book. Thoughts?”
While wesleypmiller commented: “I do find the “…” suspicious.
“It’s such a weird choice to say it like that.”
The fan continued: “I think he knows people will take that to mean Winds.
“Also maybe worth noting, the current mood on that post is ‘satisfied’ which is also a strange way to describe his feelings toward a YouTube channel.
While CeWoStJoNo divulged: “I had a similar thought when I saw this.
“My most optimistic guess is that he’s maybe confident enough to see the light at the end of the tunnel (á la his ‘finish TWOW before season six’ prediction), but understandably doesn’t want to directly predict anything.
“I guess only time will tell…”
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Back in April, Martin wrote of his sadness that WorldCon New Zealand was being cancelled and replaced by a virtual experience.
Last year, the author had said how he intended on travelling to the sci-fi convention and made the July 29, 2020 start his personal deadline for having The Winds of Winter in his hands.
Whether he meant actually published or in manuscript form is unknown, but that’s still quite the statement.
Nevertheless, following WorldCon’s physical cancellation, he made an interesting comment.
He wrote: “If there is a silver lining in these clouds, this will give me more time to finish WINDS OF WINTER.
“I continue to write every day, up here in my mountain fastness.”
If anything, it sounds like Martin is on the home stretch.
Even with the pandemic, The Winds of Winter really could release this year.
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