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Has George R. R. Martin already finished The Winds of Winter but isn’t releasing it?



George R. R. Martin

George R.R. Martin’s “The Winds of Winter” has been in the works since at least 2010, and fans have been eagerly anticipating its release ever since. However, there is a theory that Martin may have already finished the book without telling anyone.

According to a Reddit post, all of the “sample chapters” or excerpts of The Winds of Winter that Martin has released were cut from previous books, and he has written very little new material. However, this does not necessarily mean that the book is already finished. Martin stopped releasing chapters in 2018 so as not to reveal too much.

Martin’s possible reasons for keeping The Winds of Winter a secret

George R. R. Martin, The Winds of Winter

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According to a theory proposed by Micheal Walsh of Nerdist back in 2018, the reason for the delay in releasing The Winds of Winter is that it would be more practical for George R.R. Martin to hold off on publishing the penultimate book until he completes the final one, A Dream of Spring. And the time that has passed since then further supports this theory, given that Martin considers himself a slow writer.

With the vast and complex universe of A Song of Ice and Fire, Martin needs to ensure that he avoids any logistical problems or narrative inconsistencies that may arise towards the end of the series. By keeping The Winds of Winter under wraps, Martin can have the flexibility and time to address any potential issues and make necessary narrative tweaks.

This approach allows him to focus on delivering a satisfying and well-crafted conclusion to his career-defining work. Therefore, by withholding The Winds of Winter, Martin can control the narrative flow and ensure that the final books resonate with readers and provide an exceptional ending to the series.

Secondly, the theory says Martin might be keeping The Winds of Winter a secret to avoid fan frenzy and backlash. This way, he can surprise fans with the release of both The Winds of Winter and A Dream of Spring, generating excitement and making up for any frustration caused by the delay.

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While any concrete evidence does not support this theory, it has gained traction among fans due to Martin’s tendency to work on multiple projects simultaneously.

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Aryan, a freelance writer with a profound passion for the English language and literature, also happens to be an ardent fan of "A Song of Ice and Fire" and its television adaptation, "Game of Thrones." Fascinated by the intricate world-building, compelling characters, and rich storytelling of these epic sagas, Aryan finds great joy in delving into the depths of their narratives and analyzing the nuances they offer.



  1. Jake

    July 9, 2023 at 7:28 am

    If he is holding the book back, then he is a real as hole. My best friend waited 12 years for him to release that book and died waiting on it last year due to cirrhosis. Great way to treat your fans George.

    • Robert

      July 10, 2023 at 9:05 am

      I think this is just wishful thinking and a way to get buzz going. Sorry about your friend.

  2. Victoria

    July 10, 2023 at 4:41 am

    GRRM has already said he will not start Dream of Spring until he finishes Winds. As much as I wish it was true, I don’t think he would lie about that.

  3. Jack

    July 10, 2023 at 4:27 pm

    Does anyone still care? No one I know cares anymore. Just like appropriating J.R.R. Tolkiens second ‘R’, he is trying to die with his “masterpiece” unfinished. He doesn’t give a first thought, let alone second thought to his fans. A slow writer? Look how much writing he churns out, I think he’s afraid that once it’s complete he’ll become more irrelevant than he has made himself already.

    • James

      July 10, 2023 at 6:15 pm

      It’s cute that everyone thinks his books are actually going to be finished. No chance. Someone else will finish them one day. Question is will anyone care by then?

  4. Squickly

    July 10, 2023 at 8:57 pm

    “…making up for any frustration caused by the delay.” Nothing he does will make up for frustration and disappointment. Nothing. The whole universe of A Song of Ice and Fire is becoming irrelevant , he’s late already, nobody cares. If you ask me, there’s no need to even release it, he can stick it up his ahole.

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