The Winds of Winter is the sixth book in the epic novel series A Song of Ice and Fire written by the famous author George R. R. Martin. It was originally the final book for the series but Martin decided to add another book which is going to be the final novel, A Dream of Spring. Many fans and avid followers of the series cannot wait for this upcoming sixth installment Martin still cannot provide a specific date of its release.
There is still no specific publication date for the Winds of Winter. In his previous books, Martin made repeated estimations on the date of publication, which angered some of his fans. This time, Martin does not want to be too optimistic with his announcements regarding the publication date. On his interviews, Martin would always say that the book would be done when it’s done. In January of 2014, Martin’s publisher announced that the Winds of Winter would certainly not be published before 2015. Others who knew Martin believed that the book would be published between 2015 and 2018 because they are basing it on Martin’s writing pace.
In another interview, Martin announced that he plans to publish the Winds of Winter before the airing of the sixth season of Game of Thrones in 2016. Well that never happened. The publication date is still unconfirmed and as of now, Martin is still writing the novel. Every fan of the series hopes that the sixth book comes out before the airing of the Game of Thrones next year.
It is rumored that Martin will open the Winds of Winter with two major battles, the battle in the ice and the battle of Slaver’s Bay. The ending of the previous book, A Dance with Dragons, ended with cliffhangers that Martin intends to continue on this upcoming novel. Some of the die-hard followers of the series made their own predictions about the plots that the readers may encounter on this upcoming novel.
The war with the Others is inevitable and it will happen. Things will go from bad to worse and the Others would definitely be in the Winds of Winter. There will be a wave of suffering and death that will come from the North that will be more devastating and horrendous than the recently resolved civil war.
Martin has released ten chapters and six preview chapters which tells the future of Theon Greyjoy, Tyrion, Stark girls, Arianne Martell and Barristan Selmy.
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The Released Chapters
- POV of Theon Greyjoy
- POV of Arianne Martell
- POV of Barristan Selmy
- POV of Tyrion Lannister
- POV of Arya Stark
- POV of Sansa Stark
Who Will Be Killed Off
In George R. R. Martin’s novel series, no one is safe, not even his favorite characters. In one interview, Martin said that he loves all his characters but Tyrion Lannister is one of his favorites. However, even Tyrion is not safe from being killed off. Martin is known for his unpredictable but necessary deaths.
In another interview in Germany, Martin discussed a character that would eventually die in his book. Martin said that he knew this character is doomed from the very beginning but he still hasn’t figured out how the character is going to die. Some say that Tyrion was the obvious character that is next on the chopping board; however, fans of the series can never be sure. Just when you think you have it all figured out, Martin will turn everything upside down and create so much chaos that it would just blow your mind and leave you dumbfounded.
What to Expect
Expect more battles, marriages and betrayals on the sixth book Winds of Winter. There are reports that the real antagonists will appear on the next book and it will be the Others or the White Walkers. The Black Wall would be destroyed and the kingdoms would unite to fight this huge threat. Some fans theorize that Daenerys will come to help the Westeros.
The book Winds of Winter will probably start with two large battles, which is probably the encounters between Ramsay Bolton and Stannis Baratheon in the North and the attack on Meereen to overthrow Daenerys.
Martin also said that there will be a lot going on at The Wall and there will be the return of Dothraki. The two character favorites, Daenerys Targaryen and Tyrion Lannister will also meet.
Since the previous book ended with a lot of questions and cliffhangers, the Winds of Winter is expected to answer almost all those questions. However, everyone would still have to wait because Martin still has no announcements on the date of publication for the Winds of Winter.
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