As all George R.R. Martin followers know by now, the “Winds of Winter” will not be released before “Game of Thrones” season 6 airs in April. Now rumor has it that renowned author Neil Gaiman may actually help Martin finish the much-awaited novel.
A CBC interview revealed that Gaiman visited Santa Fe, New Mexico, the same place where “Winds of Winter” author, George R.R. Martin, is situated and working on his delayed project. Santa Fe New Mexican ran wild with speculation that Gaiman was in town to help Martin’s ongoing work.
Gaiman’s interests in visiting Santa Fe is not confirmed as linked to R.R. Martin’s presence in town. Nor did it give assurance that he was there to help Martin on his writing process. But the whole is a sweet thought.
Last January, Martin declared, “The Winds of Winter is not finished,” a disappointing fact for Game of Thrones fans since season six is to air this April. He went on and posted, “Believe me, it gave me no pleasure to type those words. You’re disappointed, and you’re not alone. My editors and publishers are disappointed, HBO is disappointed, my agents and foreign publishers and translators are disappointed … 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.’ But the book’s not done,” he wrote as quoted by Deadline.
He added, “Unfortunately, the writing did not go as fast or as well as I would have liked. Sometimes the writing goes well and sometimes it doesn’t … as spring turned to summer, I was having more bad days than good ones. Around about August, I had to face facts: I was not going to be done by Halloween.”
The rumor that Gaiman may help him with “Winds of Winter” started proliferating when fans unearthed a thread in his blog back in 2009. In the thread, Gaiman defended Martin when the latter was referred to as someone who “let down” fans of the series due to his writing delays.
“George R.R. Martin is not your bitch… Writers and artists aren’t machines. You’re complaining about George doing other things than writing the books you want to read as if [you’re] buying the first book in the series was a contract with him: that you would pay over your ten dollars, and George for his part would spend every waking hour until the series was done, writing the rest of the books for you. George R. R. Martin is not working for you,” Gaiman said as written on Neil Geiman’s journal.
“Game of Thrones” season 6 airs this April 24, 2016 on HBO ahead of the official release of “Winds of Winter.”