'Game of Thrones' author says 'The Winds of Winter' is still unfinished

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According to George R.R. Martin, he is still months away from finishing "The Winds of Winter."

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Sorry, fans.

"The Winds of Winter" — the sixth novel in the epic fantasy series "A Song of Ice and Fire" — is not yet finished, author George R.R. Martin divulged in his Live Journal on Saturday (January 2).

"You wanted an update. Here's the update. You won't like it. THE WINDS OF WINTER is not finished."

Martin admitted that nobody could possibly be more disappointed with this news than him. Hundreds of pages and dozens of chapters were written, but he said he is still months away from finishing it.

The first deadline of the book was before the end of October, as the publishers wanted it out before season six of the HBO show "Game of Thrones" starts in mid April.

"Unfortunately, the writing did not go as fast or as well as I would have liked."

"You can blame my travels or my blog posts or the distractions of other projects and the Cocteau and whatever, but maybe all that had an impact... you can blame my age, and maybe that had an impact too, " the 67-year-old said.

Martin and his publishers agreed to extend his deadline to the end of 2015, in hopes of getting it out before the end of March this year by speeding up production.

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"The fewer the days, the greater the stress, and the slower the pace of my writing became. I am going back to my stance from last March, before all this. It will be done when it's done. And it will be as good as I can possibly make it," he said.


As the show is set to overtake the book will there be spoilers? Martin answered "yes and no." Expect revelations in season six of the HBO series yet to be unfolded in the books. However, he said there are deviations between the show and the book — what you think might be a spoiler could be otherwise.

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