BREAKING NEWS: The Winds of Winter still ain’t here!Release the Hound! RingÂ the Seven Bells! Sound the Horn of Joramun: George R.R. Martin has something to say about the latest installment of your favorite book seriesâ€”but you’re probably not going to like it.Since 2011, fans have waited oh-so-impatiently for the release of the sixth book of George R.R. Martin’s fantasy epic,Â A Song of Ice and Fire (better known to TV lovers as that teeny, tiny little showÂ Game of Thrones). And each and every single year, they are disappointed and let down by the news that no, Virginia, there is no new book coming through. When the HBO iteration premiered in 2011, most people assumed it would leave GeorgieboyÂ plenty of time to get the last two purported booksâ€” The Winds of Winter and A Dream of Springâ€”done ahead of the series. Especially because George himself had admitted as early as 2014 that he was feeling the heat to finish the story.Oh, what sweet summer children we were back then.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=APLoxnEWt0YNow, don’t get it twisted: winter is HERE onÂ Game of Thrones the TV version (ahem cough cough coughÂ siiiigh), but as of yet, there’s naryÂ a dream of an officially confirmed release date forÂ TWOW, even if Amazon France alleged it to beÂ March 9, 2017Â on their site. Which, naturally, got us all PRETTY EXCITED. Because, when you’ve been receiving chapters of the book from the author himself since as early as 2011Â (and you can see more about the chaptersÂ here,Â here, here, and here), well, youÂ can understand why audiences would be a bit, erm, antsy to finish reading the whole dang thing.
A StormÂ of Chapters
Think about itâ€”we’ve seen aÂ lot of this book already! Back in December 2011, a Theon GreyjoyÂ chapter was presented in a special UK iteration ofÂ A Dance with Dragons that will end up inÂ TWOW. ( Read it here.) Another Iron Island-centric bit fronted byÂ Victarion was also read aloud during a conversation at TIFF in 2012 (it starts at 30 minutes in):https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QlJblxV3QHQ&t=30m0sThough it’s not all northerners getting attention: the short-shrifted Dornish got in on the game in January 2012 that was originally intended for book five with not one but two chapters featuring Arianne Martell. You can read an archived version of the first oneÂ here,Â and the other on GRRM’s site.Our men of the dragonâ€”namely Tyrion Lannister and Ser Barristan Selmyâ€”also have chapters available on the World of Ice and Fire app (which you can pick up via iTunesÂ orÂ Google Play)! First read at a convention in October 2013, the Barristan chapter also came outÂ as a preview chapter in the US paperback edition ofÂ ADWD and a fan even narrated it in a video:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dpJ78DJLjwQAs for our Northern womenâ€”Arya and Sansa Starkâ€”their current monikers, Mercy and Alayne, also have chapters you can read online. This Arya chapter was originally intended to be a part of “A Feast for Crows” and has shifted between books before being slotted for “Winds of Winter.” It has been archived online and is also available in the app.
A Feast of Promises
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