‘The Winds of Winter’ Release Date, News & Update: Book Not Canceled Amidst Rumors? Why George R.R. Martin’s Next Book is Delayed

By Laine Lucas , Updated Oct 19, 2016 06:35 AM EDT

Rumors continue to surround the release date of George R.R. Martin's most anticipated book in the "A Song of Ice and Fire" saga, "The Winds of Winter." Latest reports suggest that the arrival of the sixth book in the series has been postponed from 2017 to 2018.

As previously reported by GamenGuide, there have been speculations about how George R.R. Martin had lost the manuscript for "The Winds of Winter," which led to its postponement or worse - its cancellation. Other reports also suggest that the 68-year-old critically acclaimed author's health has something to do with the delay of the book. Fans are concerned that Martin might pass on even before completing the manuscript.

All these rumors about the release of "The Winds of Winter" are making fans worried that they may not see the story continue ever. However, a recent report by iDigitalTimes confirmed that the book has not been canceled. Despite the silence from George R.R. Martin's camp, the next installment is still bound to happen and fans should look forward to it sooner or later. The publication insisted that it's impossible for Martin to lose the manuscript, even if he'd work on an old computer or laptop model - a form of backup will always be available.

Fans should just take note that George R.R. Martin has been very candid about his slow pace of writing and weakness in meeting deadlines. In addition, the author is not putting his 100 percent focus on the book as he also has other commitments, like participating in conventions and committing to other projects, which would explain why "The Winds of Winter" can't be finished on time as everyone expected.

Since there is no official announcement from George R.R. Martin, himself, or from his representatives, fans should just stay calm and extend their patience longer. If "The Winds of Winter" is ready or is even close to being complete, Martin's team will definitely give a big announcement. As of the moment, what readers can do is to wait and just think about how great a story the sixth book will be, knowing that Martin had devoted years just to complete it.

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