George RR Martin confirms release schedule of latest ASOIAF installment

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After that, he intends to return to the sixth Game of Thrones Book and once that's done, pivot back to Volume Two of F&B. 'The second is hardly begun. According to series creator George R.R. Martin, the sixth novel will be delayed even further as he is now working on his spinoff books about the history of the Targaryen family, Fire and Blood.

Seeing as the first volume of the exhaustive Targaryen history is about to be completed, it is a safe bet that "Winds of Winter" will be following soon after. The author also clarifies that Fire & Blood mostly "consists of the "sidebars" I originally wrote for The World of Ice & Fire" - yet another companion novel, released in 2014. "Abridged versions of some of those pieces appeared as 'The Princess and the Queen, ' 'The Rogue Prince, ' and 'The Sons of the Dragon, ' but these are the full versions, together with some chapters that have never appeared anywhere".

Considering Martin apparently isn't one to rush his work, this likely means that even if we get the first volume of Fire and Blood in 2018, The Winds of Winter could potentially still be years away.

This isn't the first time that Martin has acknowledged the lengthy wait for fans.

The last Game of Thrones book, A Dance With Dragons, was released way back in 2011. I think it will be out this year.

"Not done yet, but I've made progress", Martin wrote.

Martin plans to end A Song of Fire and Ice after seven books. Martin didn't hint as to when the book is to be expected, but information should become available in the coming months.