"Winds of Winter" is not expected to be released this year, especially with no concrete updates as the month of December approaches. Instead, a 2017 is more likely.
George R.R. Martin was disappointed for blowing his several deadlines from last year, which he made known in a post he shared back in January.
The bestselling author was clearly frustrated for failing to finish "Winds of Winter" in time for the sixth season of "Game of Thrones."
With that said, Martin is likely doing his best to at least get the sixth volume in the "A Song of Ice and Fire" series published before the seventh season of the Emmy Award-winning series hits the small screens.
The show's seventh and final season was delayed to mid-2017 and assuming that Martin already have majority of the chapters ready, it is possible that "Winds of Winter" will be released before the new season begins.
Martin won't provide details on how far along he already is, which is, of course, completely understandable. But he did say that there is more stuff to write even though he finished a good chunk of the book as well.
"Yes, there's a lot written. Hundreds of pages. Dozens of chapters... But there's also a lot still left to write. I am months away still... and that's if the writing goes well," Martin wrote, adding that "sometimes it does [and] 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," he added.
Martin has also made "Winds of Winter" a priority and has involved himself in fewer trips and conferences to use the time to write it.
At the moment, "Winds of Winter" has no release date yet, but if the rumors are to be believed and based on what Martin had to say, it might be on track for an early 2017 release.