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'Winds Of Winter' Release Date Update: George RR Martin Wants To Focus On Remaining 'ASOIF' Books, Hints On Possible 'Game Of Thrones' Prequel

By Mandy Adams , Sep 21, 2016 10:47 PM EDT

For five years now, fans of George R.R. Martin's "A Song of Ice and Fire" book series have been impatient for the latest installment, "Winds of Winter," which was rumored to be released after the sixth season of "Game of Thrones." At the recent Emmy Awards 2016, Martin confirmed that he will focus on the last two seasons of GoT and in writing the last two books in the series. Although there are no plans for a "Game of Thrones" prequel yet, Martin hinted that he had the material for another TV adaptation.

Possible "Game of Thrones" Prequel

After bagging several awards for various categories at the Emmy's and winning its second award for Best Drama, "Game of Thrones" is poised to be one of HBO's biggest successes. The Telegraph reported that GoT showrunners David Benioff and DB Weiss will end the series by season 8, despite it being one of HBO's best shows.

As for the possibility of a "Game of Thrones" spin-off or a prequel, Benioff passed the ball to Martin's court, saying that he was sure that another Westeros series would be in development although he and Weiss would no longer be in it.

In response, Martin indicated that the most logical step is to follow up the "Game of Thrones" series with material from his "Dunk & Egg" stories, although any plans after the series are still speculations. He also emphasized that his focus after the TV adaptation is the last two books in his epic fantasy series,  "A Song of Ice and Fire." The release date for "Winds of Winter," the sixth book in the series, is still unclear though as Martin is not keen on following any deadline.

"Game of Thrones" Season 7 Updates

As of the moment, filming of "Game of Thrones" Season is in full swing at Belfast. During the Emmy's, Sophie Turner, who plays Sansa Stark in the hit show, dropped a hint that not all of the main characters will make it to the final season. On a quick chat with Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, who portrays Jaime Lannister, Variety said the actor revealed that in the last two seasons, characters will meet someone from Season 1, just like the reunion between Jon Snow and Sansa.

The seventh installment in the "Game of Thrones" series would be shorter than previous seasons with only seven episodes. "Game of Thrones" season 7 does not have an air date yet but it will debut on HBO by summer of 2017.

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