Winds of Winter release date: Could THIS be a reason for George RR Martin’s delay?

The Winds of Winter is the latest George RR Martin book to come out and join the others in the A Song of Ice and Fire series. While the Game of Thrones author is not revealing much in the way of release date, some have suggested there may be some clues as to when it will come out.

A Twitter expert BryndenBFish, who has spoken out before about the upcoming book, has revealed a reason why the book may be delayed slightly.

He tweeted: “One of the strangest things about TWOW [The Winds of Winter] is that GRRM wasn’t planning on having the Battle of Ice occur on-page.

“Like he seems to have decided very, very late in writing ADWD [A Dance with Wolves] that he should write it — like we’re talking a few months before he finished ADWD.

“GRRM finished The Wayward Bride for AFFC [A Feast for Crows] circa 2003/2004 before cutting it to ADWD in 2005.

“He didn’t pick up writing more Asha chapters until December 2010.

“Seems like GRRM originally planned for the entirety of Stannis’ story to be off-page until he changed course.”

Clearly, last-minute changes are potential reasons for delays to Winds of Winter, especially given the reaction to the final series of Game of Thrones.

Game of Thrones’ conclusion received a frosty reception with many fans infuriated, though it was supposedly based on the final two books of the series.

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As these two books have not been written yet, this is the chance for Martin to make things right with fans by making the ending something far more palatable.

With this in mind, if there are last-minute changes which have plagued him in the past, it could be he is taking time to rewrite a great deal of the narrative to fit with what fans are hoping for.

Martin has been writing a lot of the book in 2020, especially with lockdowns enforced due to COVID-19.

In April, Martin wrote on his Not A Blog site that he “has good days and bad days” but is writing the book every day.

While he may be able to get it finished by the end of the year from his “mountain fastness,” it may still be a little longer before the book comes out.

The expert has previously suggested the book will likely bot be out this year, due to editing and other publishing requirements after Martin has finished writing,

And if it is the case he is making last-minute changes, he may be delayed even further.

However, fans will still have their fingers crossed in hope he may be finished before the year is out so they can get their hands on the book in time for Christmas.

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