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6th ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ Book Isn’t Done; ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 6 to Spoil Books


The sixth installment in the “A Song of Ice and Fire” series, “Winds of Winter,” will not be completed by the start of the next season of Game of Thrones — meaning the sixth season of the hit HBO series will spoil the future of the books.

Author George R.R. Martin explained over his “Best of Times, Worst of Times” blog series:

“The book is not done, not delivered. No words can change that. I tried, I promise you. I failed. I blew the Halloween deadline, and I’ve now blown the end of the year deadline. And that almost certainly means that no, THE WINDS OF WINTER will not be published before the sixth season of GAME OF THRONES premieres in April (mid April, we are now told, not early April, but those two weeks will not save me).”

Martin commented on the show’s fifth season, which diverged from the books because it inevitably caught up to the series:

“Look, I never thought the series could possibly catch up with the books, but it has. The show moved faster than I anticipated and I moved more slowly…Given where we are, inevitably, there will be certain plot twists and reveals in season six of GAME OF THRONES that have not yet happened in the books. For years my readers have been ahead of the viewers. This year, for some things, the reverse will be true.”

As for the degree of spoilers we’ll encounter in “Game of Thrones” Season 6, Martin says:

“When you ask me, ‘will the show spoil the books,’ all I can do is say, ‘yes and no,’ and mumble once again about the butterfly effect. Those pretty little butterflies have grown into mighty dragons. Some of the ‘spoilers’ you may encounter in season six may not be spoilers at all… because the show and the books have diverged, and will continue to do so…”

Martin was very apologetic for missing the deadlines — which he fully takes the blame for — but ended the post with a promise that he’ll continue writing, “Page at a time.”

“Games of Thrones” returns to HBO for its sixth season in April.


  • Red_Five_Standing_By

    10 years from now the show will have ended and the books will all be out. No one will remember the fact that the show spoiled the book.

    Better the book be perfect than rushed.

  • Lawlzuy

    You severely underestimate neckbeard fanbois…

  • Red_Five_Standing_By

    If they don’t want to be spoiled, then they shouldn’t watch the show. :)

  • Bl00dwerK

    I don’t care if they do get spoiled. Some of them have done a fine job spoiling elements of the show for those of us who aren’t reading the books. Turn about’s fair play…

  • Hex08

    Books? There are books? Wait, I think I remember my great grandfather telling me he read those when they came out…

  • jdb1972

    Maybe he should have spent less time griping about too many wrongfans voting for the Hugo Awards and more time with butt in seat, hands on… slate and chisel, I guess. The guy does still use Livejournal, after all.

  • jdb1972

    Maybe he should have spent less time griping about too many wrongfans voting for the Hugo Awards and more time with butt in seat, hands on… slate and chisel, I guess. The guy does still use Livejournal, after all.

  • blakenorthcott

    “10 years from now the show will have ended and the books will all be out.”

    You think all the books will be out in 10 years? Wow, you’re a glass-half-full kinda guy.

    I’m still unsure if we’ll even GET a 7th book.

  • Lccf

    And so the big dilemma begins … will I be strong enough to wait for the book ? I wish I could say yes ( I’d like to experience the end of the saga as its creator intends it first ), but probably not …

  • george tourette

    not a long time ago there was this manga fullmetal alchemist that the anime has catched up the manga and where the producers decided to tell their on story and the manga take it’s writer road and that turned out to have 2 TOTALLY differnet stories with the same “origin” and it turned out pretty awesome!
    why everyone is yapping and getting frustrated i have no idea. people chill! both parties i believe have proved to be great artists so let them do their job.
    and seriously aren’t allready big differences between books and the series as many fans are telling around?
    so chill and here is an ice cream!!1

  • Ushio

    Do you realise how rare it is that, that happens? trust me 99.99% of the time the anime (or any media) that changes things (filler) form the original source in an adaption does it badly.

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  • george tourette

    i know it’s rare and instead of fillers on fullmetal they went a total different road and it turned down pretty damn good!
    maybe it’s time pop culture to see and experience something like what is happening with “game of thrones”!
    why not having differnet storylines from the same “universe”?
    i don’t believe actually that this is any problem for anyone, both probably will earn lot of money and tv producers i believe respect the original material to screw that up
    as for martin i believe that he probably tries to figure out how he will kill them all ,that;s why he goes as slow as he can!

  • cylon

    I think you severely overestimate the numbers of “neckbeard fanbois” compared to normal fans.

  • j d

    Well, that is not surprising.

  • Samantha Cruz

    I don’t really get why this is such a big deal; They are both telling a story and they are both telling the story brilliantly. I have little doubt that I will get far more depth and detail from the books and I will read them eagerly as soon as they are available. It is inevitable that one of them will come before the other and I really don’t see why it matters so much whether it was the series that comes first or the books. They will both be awesome.

    I have read LOTR 9 times and enjoyed it very much every time and each time I picked up on details that I had missed on previous readings.

  • Steven Kovick

    The fact the books for the most part are being done in just 10 episodes seems rushed to begin with. Especially with the larger books. Season 6 should really only spoil the first half of the book and the book will come out and spoil season 7.

  • Ryan

    He’s blogged enough about the Giants the past few months to have completed the series.

  • Alfredo Wilson

    Honestly I feel those were more just assholes who figured out you could look up what happened and so just to spoil it. That being said I certainly do know of some elitists who’s response about spoilers was ” well you should have been reading the books”.

  • Alfredo Wilson

    Honestly I feel those were more just assholes who figured out you could look up what happened and so just to spoil it. That being said I certainly do know of some elitists who’s response about spoilers was ” well you should have been reading the books”.

  • Gamewrex

    As one such book reader who ‘spoiled the show’, I honestly won’t care much if it’s done in return either. I don’t expect show watchers NOT to talk about what they just saw. That’s stupid and immature. It’s tiring to hear people whine “OMG NO SPOILERS” in a comment section any time you’re trying to have a discussion because certain people refuse to read up on their material yet think the rest of the world owes them silence on the matter– even though that material has been out for a long time.

    I’m sorry, but after a while, it’s you that needs to either catch up or stop looking at comments if you don’t want to be spoiled. The world will not and should not bend to your will and stay mum because you want it to. Which means, if you do take chances by reading comments, you’ve only yourselves to blame when you get spoiled.

    So, you know what? I’m happy for you show watchers. For once, you’ll be caught up on what’s going on, and we can actually have an adult conversation about the lore without morons whining about spoilers every other post. And I won’t have to preach from my podium how the internet owes you nothing, quite so often. Win win for me.

  • Gamewrex

    ‘Elitist’– lol. For expecting you to read? Oh, my apologies! I’m so sorry that you couldn’t be bothered to catch up on material that has been out for YEARS before the show was produced because it would involve READING!

    You know who I find ‘elitist’? Assholes who think the internet and the world has to be silent for their personal convenience. Not only is that an incredibly arrogant viewpoint, it’s also mindbogglingly stupid. You’re plugged into a network where millions of people go to talk about things every day– and you think you can somehow expect some of those people not to spoil your little series? From a sheer probability standpoint, you’re going against the grain.

    And yet you whiners piss and moan in every comment section where someone’s talking about future events, somehow expecting it not to happen to you for some reason. And then you throw your little tantrums online (classy btw) and expect people to feel shame or regret or to regulate their words later on. Funny how that never happens though does it? Gee I wonder why. Maybe because the minds and dispositions of millions of people online are not beholden to you.

    I’m gonna give you some awesome advice for the future. This is gonna blow your mind, ok? You ready? If you don’t want to be spoiled, here’s a thought– don’t read comment sections talking about the show, the lore, the characters, and books. OMG I just solved your problem! WOW!

    But expecting silence? Expecting people not to talk about spoilers, intentionally or accidentally? It’s like pissing into the wind. And when you people throw your insults and get angry every time you get spoiled, I can’t help but think you’re looking for reasons to be mad.

    Or maybe you’re looking for pity. Welp– sucks to be you, but the internet doesn’t care for your little first world problems. Cry to your mother or someone who gives a damn. And don’t step into a river expecting not to get wet. Because you will and the only person you’ll have to blame is yourself.

  • Alfredo Wilson

    Curious; is this little tantrum you’re throwing right now “classy”?

    Anyone lets gets a few point out the way. I personally have never complained about spoilers and often seek them out. I am of the beliefs that if a story is good, then knowing a few plot points ahead of time shouldn’t ruin anything. So let’s just back up your accusations a bit.

    Secondly I mean elitist as in : not respecting others preferred method of enjoying a story. Going on a message board about the *show* and talking about future events from the *books*is clearly asshole behavior. There are messages boards for the books and these people could have gone there but they wanted to feel superior about their advanced knowledge. There’s literally no other reason for what they were doing. Furthermore, the worst of them weren’t even trying to discuss things rather they would just put major spoilers in the thread title or their user names. Again clearly just people that derived some sort of sick pleasure in ruining other people’s experience. Judging by your super defensive post I’m guessing you were doing at least one of these.

    Another point is that obviously most people weren’t even aware of the series until the show started and yet elitist still think they’re at fault for not being caught up.

    It’s sad that expecting common decency in people is considered arrogant and stupid. I hope when people get robbed or killed on the streets you don’t call them names for their audacity to go outside.