HOLLYWOOD, CA – The next television season of HBO’s “Game of Thrones” starts in April.
That usually means that George R.R. Martin, the author of the books that the series is based on, normally would have a novel out by then. In this case, the sixth novel, titled “Winds of Winter,” was scheduled to come out in March of 2016. That meant that Martin would have had to have the manuscript to the publisher this past October.
He missed the October deadline, though, so a new one was set for December 31st.
But, in a blog post on January 2nd, he admitted that won’t happen, because “the book’s not done.”
The failure to meet the 31 December deadline will mean the sixth season of HBO’sGame of Thrones series will appear on-screen before its source material.
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And he blames no one but himself: “But I won’t make excuses. There are no excuses. No one else is to blame. Not my editors and publishers, not HBO, not David & Dan. It’s on me. I tried, and I am still trying.”
He does say though, that the books and the tv show haven’t been matching up exactly in recent seasons, and so some of the plot lines in the show may not be spoilers for the novel.