Nevertheless, at some point, a publication date will be announced and perhaps a fan event in Ireland this weekend could be the moment.
On August 17, Martin is hosting a screening of Forbidden Planet in Dublin for the Irish Film Institute.
However, the event’s official website clearly states: “We regret that George RR Martin will NOT sign merchandise on the evening.
“Mor will he be able to take questions about the A Song of Ice and Fire novels or the Game of Thrones television series.”
Nevertheless, his visit also coincides with sci-fi convention World Con, where he’s a confirmed programme participant.
Considering Martin is travelling so far, perhaps there’s a just a chance he will have some news on The Winds of Winter’s progress or even announce the release date.
Meanwhile, the 70-year-old author attended a Q&A for Fire and Blood in London last week.
While there was little news on The Winds of Winter’s progress, Martin did reveal his writing schedule.
Interestingly, he’s planning to write the fourth Dunk and Egg novella before starting A Dream of Spring, the final book in A Song of Ice and Fire. Here’s his full writing schedule.
1. The Winds of Winter
2. Dunk & Egg IV (either The She-Wolves or The Village Hero)
3. A Dream of Spring
4. Dunk & Egg V (either The Village Hero or The She-Wolves)
5. Fire & Blood II