The Winds of Winter
|The Winds of Winter|
|Author||George R. R. Martin|
|Series||A Song of Ice and Fire|
|Publisher||Bantam Books (US) & Voyager Books (UK)|
|Media Type||Print (Hardback & Paperback)|
|Preceded by||A Dance with Dragons|
|Followed by||A Dream of Spring|
The Winds of Winter is the forthcoming sixth novel in the award-winning epic fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin. It will take place after the concurrent fourth and fifth books in the series, A Feast for Crows (2005) and A Dance with Dragons (2011).
The previous installment, A Dance with Dragons covers less story than Martin intended, omitting at least one planned large battle sequence and leaving several character threads ending in cliff-hangers. Martin intends to resolve these cliffhangers "very early" in The Winds of Winter, saying, "I'm going to open with the two big battles that I was building up to, the battle in the ice and the battle at Meereen—the battle of Slaver's Bay. And then take it from there."
Martin confirmed in March 2012 that the final two novels will take readers further north than any of the previous books: "What lies really north in my books—we haven't explored that yet, but we will in the last two books." He added, "you're definitely going to see more of the Others". Martin would not comment on Jon Snow's cliffhanger fate after A Dance with Dragons.
On his website, in 2013, Martin published an Arianne chapter wherein she heads for Griffin's Roost to see the young boy who is calling himself Aegon. Victarion's chapter will take off "five minutes" after A Dance with Dragons, taking place on the eve of the Iron Islanders' surprise attack on the cities in Slaver's Bay. Mago, who was killed in the first season of Game of Thrones television series, will be a recurring character in the sixth book. A sample chapter on Martin's website is written from Theon Greyjoy's viewpoint and shows his interactions with Stannis Baratheon as they are camped in the snow on his march to Winterfell. In March 2014, Martin published the chapter Mercy on his website, where Arya Stark continues her training with the Faceless Men.
In an interview from early April 2015 Martin declared his intent to complete The Winds of Winter before the sixth season of the TV series begins in 2016.
George R. R. Martin confirmed the following characters to have POV chapters in The Winds of Winter:
- Aeron Greyjoy, one chapter, was removed from A Dance with Dragons in June 2010.
- Sansa Stark, one chapter, was removed from A Dance with Dragons in June 2010. This chapter was released as a preview chapter on Martin's website in March 2015.
- Arya Stark, one chapter, was removed from A Dance with Dragons in June 2010. This chapter was released as a preview chapter on Martin's website under the title Mercy
- Arianne Martell, two chapters, were removed from A Dance with Dragons in June 2010. One of them was published in Martin's website in January 2013.
- Theon Greyjoy, one chapter, appeared on Martin's website in December 2011
- Victarion Greyjoy, one chapter, portions of one chapter were read at TIFF Bell Lightbox in March 2012.
- Barristan Selmy, two chapters were read at Boskone in February 2013. One of these was published as a sample chapter in the hardcover edition of A Dance with Dragons in 2013.
- Tyrion Lannister, two chapters, one read at Miscon 2012 and one read at Worldcon 2013 and published on A World of Ice and Fire as of March 21st, 2014.
Background and publication
The sixth book is going to be called The Winds of Winter, taking the title of the originally last book of the trilogy and the later planned fifth of six books. By June 2010, Martin had finished four chapters for The Winds of Winter, from the viewpoints of Sansa Stark, Arya Stark, and Arianne Martell. In July 2010, he added that an Aeron Greyjoy chapter had been moved from A Dance with Dragons to The Winds of Winter, accumulating to around 100 completed pages. After the publication of A Dance with Dragons, Martin announced to return to writing in January 2012, spending the meantime on book tours, conventions, and continuing his work on the long-overdue The World of Ice and Fire companion guide that he wanted to have finished by the end of 2011. He also worked on a new Tales of Dunk and Egg novella that was expected to appear in an anthology called Dangerous Women. It announced in early 2013 that Dangerous Women would instead feature a novella about the Dance of the Dragons named "The Princess and the Queen", and that the fourth Dunk and Egg novella was postponed.
In December 2011, Martin posted a chapter from The Winds of Winter from the viewpoint of Theon Greyjoy and added that another sample chapter would be included at the end of the US paperback version of A Dance with Dragons, originally expected to be released in summer 2012 (international A Dance with Dragons paper-pack releases in March 2012 had no sample chapter). Martin also read a portion of a Victarion Greyjoy chapter at Toronto's TIFF Bell Lightbox in March 2012.
With 200 finished pages by March 2012, Martin hopes to finish The Winds of Winter much faster than the fifth book. He has previously gotten in trouble from fans for repeatedly estimating his publication dates too optimistically and thus refrains from making absolute estimates for book six. A realistic estimation for finishing The Winds of Winter might be three years for him at a good pace, but ultimately the book "will be done when it's done". Martin does not intend to separate the characters geographically again but acknowledged that "Three years from  when I'm sitting on 1,800 pages of manuscript with no end in sight, who the hell knows".
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