Game Of Thrones author George RR Martin has suggested that he is “hugely behind” on his long-awaited novel The Winds Of Winter.
The book, which will act as the sixth instalment in the A Song Of Ice And Fire series that the HBO drama is based on, follows 2011’s A Dance With Dragons. The show itself overtook its source material at the end of season five.
Providing an update on his Not A Blog online journal, Martin has now hinted that he has fallen quite behind on the new book.
Speaking about the blog itself, the author wrote: “What I had intended as a occasional pleasure and a way to stay in touch with my readers has become a Blog (ironically, at the same time as everyone else was abandoning their blogs for Facebook and Twitter), complete with a sense of obligation.”
He then hinted at The Winds Of Winter delay by adding: “And when a lot of stuff happens very fast, I fall further and further behind. I am hugely behind right now, and the prospect of trying to catch up is feeling increasingly oppressive.”
However, he also revealed that while he has been vaccinated, he has lost a number of friends in recent months, adding: “Honestly, it is hard to dance in the streets even for the deal of a lifetime when another loved one dies every two/ three weeks.”
Back in February, Martin revealed that he had written “hundreds of pages” of The Winds Of Winter in 2020, though added: “I will make no predictions on when I will finish.
“Every time I do, assholes on the internet take that as a ‘promise’, and then wait eagerly to crucify me when I miss the deadline. All I will say is that I am hopeful.”
Meanwhile, last month it was confirmed that HBO has three Game Of Thrones spin-offs in the works, which come on top of new series House Of The Dragon, set 300 years before the events of the original series.