George RR Martin confirms latest ‘Game of Thrones’ novel won’t be published before TV series begins

A missed deadline means book six is due to hit TV screens before it's even published

Game Of Thrones author George RR Martin has revealed that he has missed an important deadline which would have allowed the latest novel in the popular fantasy series to be published before the new season airs.

Martin confirmed the news on Saturday morning (January 2), via a statement on his blog. The statement reads: “Believe me, it gave me no pleasure to type those words. 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. For months now I have wanted nothing so much as to be able to say, “I have completed and delivered THE WINDS OF WINTER” on or before the last day of 2015.

“But the book’s not done.”

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It wasn’t the first deadline that Martin missed. In order for the book, called The Winds of Winter, to be published before the new series aired in April, he was initially issued with a deadline for October. However, Martin blamed a busy schedule and travelling for failing to deliver his manuscript on time. The statement continues: “I blew the Halloween deadline, and I’ve now blown the end of the year deadline. And that almost certainly means that no, The Winds of Winter will not be published before the sixth season of Game of Thrones premieres in April.”

This of course raises the question of spoilers in the new TV series, a concern Martin confronts head on in his blog post.

“Will the show ‘spoil’ the novels?

“Maybe. Yes and no. Look, I never thought the series could possibly catch up with the books, but it has. The show moved faster than I anticipated and I moved more slowly. There were other factors too, but that was the main one. Given where we are, inevitably, there will be certain plot twists and reveals in season six of GAME OF THRONES that have not yet happened in the books. For years my readers have been ahead of the viewers. This year, for some things, the reverse will be true. How you want to handle that… hey, that’s up to you.”

The sixth season of Game of Thrones will be aired in April.