George RR Martin Says The Winds of Winter Not Coming in 2018

Game of Thrones author George RR Martin center is seen at the 3rd Annual KINGS OF CON party on Thursday

Game of Thrones author George RR Martin center is seen at the 3rd Annual KINGS OF CON party on Thursday

Although it's not "The Winds of Winter", Martin's new book should help satiate fans who have been jonesing for a return to Westeros.

Of course, the first question many will have about "Fire and Blood" is if it will provide material for any of the proposed spinoffs of "Game of Thrones" that are developed by HBO.

As for the reason why all of this is so frustrating for many people, we imagine that it begins with book purists wanting to see the end of Martin's original vision long before seeing it play out on HBO.

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"No, winter is not coming... not in 2018, at least", he wrote, according to Entertainment Weekly. "You're going to have to keep waiting for THE WINDS OF WINTER".

After dropping the bomb that Winds won't be out this year, Martin tempered the news with the announcement that in November, he'll be releasing Volume One of Fire & Blood, a new book set in Westeros.

He specified that Fire & Blood is not a novel, but rather a book of "imaginary history".

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An important message relayed in Martin's new post was to stress that Fire & Blood is not a novel. "This is not a traditional narrative and was never meant to be ... let's call this one "imaginary history" instead".

If the title isn't enough indication - or if you're a bit out of the loop - this is the first part of Martin's in-universe history of the Targaryen dynasty. Martin wrote on his blog, "This is the book that I used to jokingly refer to as the GRRMarillion", referring to J.R.R. Tolkien's The Silmarillion, which serves as a historical background to his Middle Earth books. Martin has given countless excuses for his procrastination on Winds of Winter over the years, ranging from the distractions from the series, an overwhelming press tour, as well his work on other books and projects. Also thrown in the mix will be Aenys, Maegor the Cruel, Jaehaerys I, Viserys I, and Aegon II. He added that it will contain dozens of black-and-white illustrations by comic book artist Doug Wheatley.

HBO's final season of Game of Thrones is coming sometime in 2019.

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