For Game of Thrones fans, while the TV series is very punctual as to when it will release, the books are more in question. Creator George R.R. Martin said he would do his best to finish the name Game of Thrones Book, The Winds of Winter, as soon as he could, so it would hopefully be released before Game of Thrones Season 6 debuts on HBO. However, despite his best efforts, this will not be the case. Martin unfortunately missed another deadline last month that would’ve possibly had the book on the shelves by March.
“I won’t make excuses. There are no excuses,” Martin said in a post on his LiveJournal. “No one else is to blame. Not my editors and publishers, not HBO, not [Game of Thrones showrunners] David [Benioff] & Dan [Weiss]. It’s on me. I tried, and I am still trying.”
Martin went on to note that he refuses to try and set another deadline, as doesn’t he “want to trip over it.” He added, “It will be done when it’s done. And it will be as good as I can possibly make it.”
However, he does note that while the upcoming season of Game of Thrones, which will take place in the book that is not done, it may not spoil as much as people think. But if fans are afraid of what the show will reveal, it’s their choice to not watch it. “Look, I never thought the series could possibly catch up with the books, but it has,” he explained. “Given where we are, inevitably, there will be certain plot twists and reveals in Season 6 of Game of Thrones that have not yet happened in the books. How you want to handle that… hey, that’s up to you.”
Game of Thrones Season 6 is set to debut on HBO later this April.