Game of Thrones fans will all be in the same boat for the first time when season six debuts on April 24. That's right, for the first time ever, the people who have read the books will not be ahead of everyone else since George R. R. Martin announced this weekend that his newest entry in the saga, The Winds of Winter, will not be ready to be printed and released ahead of that start date.
According to The Hollywood Reporter (link below), Martin officially announced the news on his blog, taking all of the responsibility for the decision on himself.
"You wanted an update. Here's the update. You won't like it," Martin penned on his blog, "Not a Blog," Saturday. "The Winds of Winter is not finished. Believe me, it gave me no pleasure to type those words. You're disappointed, and you're not alone. My editors and publishers are disappointed, HBO is disappointed, my agents and foreign publishers and translators are disappointed... but no one could possibly be more disappointed than me."
The author said that while hundreds of pages are written, it is not likely to be finished in the immediate future. He explained: "There's also a lot still left to write. I am months away still... and that's if the writing goes well. (Sometimes it does. Sometimes it doesn't.) Chapters still to write, of course... but also rewriting. I always do a lot of rewriting, sometimes just polishing, sometimes pretty major restructures."
Of course, all of this fails to mention that the manuscript would have had to be turned in by the end of October to meet the April start date, but that's beside the point I suppose. By the way, has anyone ever seen George R. R. Martin and Guillermo Del Toro in the same room together? Someone get on that.