Game of Thrones fans know winter is coming.
But there's a chance it may actually arrive this year.
Author George R. R. Martin has given a bit of a wishy washy sounding update to when he will release the long awaited sixth book in his fantasy series, Song of Ice and Fire, which inspired the HBO series Game of Thrones.
And a wishy washy update is more than fans usually get, because getting Martin to answer a question about the book The Winds of Winter is like getting Tyrion Lannister to go an episode without a drink.
It just doesn't happen.
A fan coaxed Martin in a comment on his LiveJournal blog.
Yes, he has a LiveJournal.
The fan wrote that he doesn't want to rush the author but it's been a year since fans have been updated on his progress and he should give the world another update or else continued to be pestered by fans.
Like a Targarian on a dragon in swoops Martin with an unexpected reply, Martin said not done yet but I've made progress.
But not as much as I'd hoped a year ago, when I thought to be done by now.
I think it'll be out this year, but hey, I thought the same thing last year.
So fans will just have to hold onto hope.
We're used to doing plenty of that already.
Readers of the series have been in limbo waiting for more than five years for "The Winds of Winter" to publish.
The first book of the series came out in 1996.
And the past three books each took about five years for Martin to write.
And there's still another book to go after The Winds of Winter, it's got die-hard fans swearing by the old gods and the new.
Martin has taken so long that HBO has had to move on in the show and continue the plot without depending on the book.
A girl has no patience and plans to watch season seven on HBO this summer.
I'm Bridgette Cary.
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