“You wanted an update. Here’s the update. You won’t like it.”

So George R.R. Martin started detailing the arduous labor and time spent on writing The Winds of Winter, the sixth book in the Song of Ice and Fire book series which HBO’s Game of Thrones is based on. From early on there’s been concern that the TV series may adapt the books too fast and end up beating the books in telling the stories , and that started coming true this last season with several book characters meeting their end on TV before the books.

The Winds of Winter is not finished. Believe me, it gave me no pleasure to type those words. You’re disappointed, and you’re not alone. But no one could possibly be more disappointed than me. For months now I have wanted nothing so much as to be able to say, ‘I have completed and delivered The Winds of Winter‘ on or before the last day of 2015.

According to Martin, his original deadline was October but due to his constant traveling and numerous obligations tied to both series, he missed it. The publisher’s then gave him until the end of the year to deliver a manuscript in time to release the book before the mid-April premiere of season six and combat any possible spoilers from the TV series, but now he has also missed that deadline.

Martin also relayed feelings of stressful deadlines and the creative process and in the end saying, “I am going back to my stance from last March, before all this. It will be done when it’s done. And it will be as good as I can possibly make it.”

He also noted that there are likely to be many differences between the TV series and the book series saying “How may children did Scarlett O’Hara have?” Which is to point out that in the book Gone with the Wind, Scarlett O’Hara had three children but in the classic movie she had just one.

“Enjoy the show. Enjoy the books,” Martin closed. “Meanwhile, I’ll keep writing. Chapter at a time. Page at a time. Word at a time. That’s all I know how to do.”

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