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‘Winds Of Winter’ News, Update: 2017 Book Release Canceled; G.R.R. Martin Feeling 'Suicidal' After Trump’s Victory?

By Mandy Adams , Nov 10, 2016 09:32 AM EST
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"The Winds of Winter," the sixth book in "A Song of Ice and Fire," might be one of the collateral damage after Hillary Clinton's loss in the presidential bid. George R.R. Martin, who has been a vocal supporter of the Democratic candidate, is reeling from the results of the 2016 presidential election. As a result of Martin's feelings about America's upcoming president, many fans fear that it could delay the completion of his books further or worse, that the author would drop the project altogether.

America, Winter Is Coming

"The Winds of Winter" is long overdue as it has been six years since the release of "A Dance with Dragons," the fifth book in the "A Song of Ice and Fire" series. Hence, the internet is rife with theories on why it's taking Martin too long to write the novel. Some reports attribute the delay to Martin's writing process and there's the fact that the acclaimed author was busy with "Game of Thrones."

The most recent theory for the delay is that Martin was busy campaigning for Hillary Clinton. The author even went with the Democratic candidate to New Mexico during the campaign period. After Americans voted for Republican candidate Donald Trump, Martin did not hesitate to air his thoughts about the election on his personal blog, where he posted: "Winter is coming. I told you so."

Hope For "The Winds Of Winter"

Martin assured fans that completing the next two installments in the ASOIF series is among his top priorities. However, the turnout of the recent elections might affect the writer's motivation to work on "The Winds of Winter" and fans fear that the release date will be pushed back even further. Martin's publishers deny online rumors on the release date of "The Winds of Winter." Prior to that, Martin also told fans that when the book has been completed, he will post the announcement on his blog.

Martin is known for being a slow writer as evidenced by the fact that it took him about five years to complete the fifth book in ASOIF. However, fans are anxious this time since the author made a post that he "will either be relieved or suicidal" after the election is over. By his most recent reaction to Trump's victory, his distaste and fear for America's future are evident.

Martin is still alive but with this newest development, fans fear that he will delay the "Winds of Winter" release further or he will stop writing the novel. However, it's more likely for Martin to delay the book launch than to cancel it.

Prior rumors pegged the book's release date in 2017 and others suggested that it will be launched in 2018 after the finale of HBO's "Game of Thrones." Yet, Martin's camp has debunked all of these rumors, leaving no specific release date for "The Winds of Winter" yet.

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