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'Game of Thrones' author hints about 'Winds of Winter' book

Send a raven, Westeros fans, we have news, though it's not concrete enough to get a countdown started. Yet.

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Cersei (Lena Headey) will have plenty of time to drink a few gallons of Arbor Gold while she waits for George R.R. Martin to continue the "Song of Ice and Fire" book series.


Remember waaaaay back in 2011, when we saw publication of the last book in the "Song of Ice and Fire" series -- the books that inspired HBO's "Game of Thrones"? Barack Obama was president. "Somebody That I Used to Know" by Gotye was a big hit. "Captain America: The First Avenger" was a new movie. "Breaking Bad" still had two seasons to run. You probably should've bought a lot of Bitcoin.

Hang on to those 2011 memories, because you've still got time to wait for "The Winds of Winter," George R.R. Martin's long-awaited next book in the series.

Martin said this week on his personal site, Not a Blog, that "Winds" won't come out until after the first volume of his House Targaryen history, "Fire & Blood," is published.

And when will "Fire & Blood" arrive? Martin said only, "The first volume should be completed soon. The second is hardly begun."

But one fan ventured to ask what this means for "Winds of Winter" timing, and Martin actually answered, saying "F&B will be in two volumes. Vol 1 before ('Winds of Winter'), Vol 2 after." He didn't go into more detail.

When that first volume does come out, dedicated Westerosi wannabes will recognize some of the content. "Most of 'Fire & Blood' consists of the 'sidebars' I originally wrote for 'The World of Ice & Fire,'" Martin wrote. ("World of Ice & Fire" is Martin's 2014 Westeros history.) 

He also noted that "Fire & Blood" will include longer versions of that already published content, plus new material.

Martin has been tight-lipped about progress on "Winds of Winter," which is set to be the sixth novel in the series, and will be followed by "A Dream of Spring." But he did shoot down rumors that "Spring" would be followed by an additional eighth book. When a fan asked if there was a "secret eighth book," Martin replied, "If so, that's news to me."

HBO's version of "Game of Thrones" has already veered from the printed material, and will return in 2019.