Does George R.R. Martin's ‘Winds of Winter’ have a release date? Amazon leak sparks rumors

Source: AP
Source: AP

As if it wasn't clear that HBO's Game of Thrones has entirely surpassed its source material, the show's season six finale put a nail in any fan's hopes that they would be able to read the finale before watching. The final episode held the same title as George R.R. Martin's perpetually forthcoming book: The Winds of Winter

Since that airdate, fans have continued to clamor for Martin's latest novel, which has seen countless delays going back to his self-imposed 2015 deadline. Now, we have a fresh rumored date to stir the seemingly endless pot: March 2017. 

The latest rumor comes from an apparent leak on Amazon France, which has a listing (still active, as of this writing) for The Winds of Winter book, pinned with a March release date. If true, it would have Martin's penultimate book in the series dropping ahead of Game of Thrones' seventh season, scheduled to come out in summer 2017. 

A screenshot of 'The Winds of Winter' page on Amazon France.
Source: 
Amazon France

Of course, the leak should be taken with the heaviest grain of salt, given the anguish Martin's fans have felt watching past deadlines for the sixth book come and go. After all, it's not the first time Amazon has teased readers with The Winds of Winter: Last year, Amazon Spain reportedly put up a release date for the book, which didn't come to fruition. 

Mic reached out to Martin's publisher U.S. publisher, Penguin Random House, and they confirmed the March 2017 release date is wrong. "As his publisher, we support George RR Martin as he works hard to finish The Winds of Winter," Susan Corcoran, senior vice president and director of publicity at Ballantine Bantam Dell wrote in an email. "Any on-sale dates currently listed online for the novel are incorrect. Once we have a publication date for The Winds of Winter, the world will know."

One of the first places readers will want to look for confirmation should be Martin's blog — ironically called Not A Blog. Martin frequently posts updates about his work along with other musings, including chapters for The Winds of Winter to hold fans over. As he wrote in August while celebrating Game of Thrones' 20th anniversary, it's not ready yet. 

"Here I am, 20 years later ... still working on book six ... (and no, sorry, I have no announcement to make on that front)," Martin wrote.

How likely are you to make Mic your go-to news source?

Miles Surrey

Miles is a staff writer at Mic, covering culture. He is based in New York and can be reached at miles@mic.com.

MORE FROM

'Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later' trailer teases a '90s love fest — without Bradley Cooper

It's 1991, and the Camp Firewood gang is back on Netflix for more absurd antics.

These are the most scathing and hilarious reviews for 'Transformers: The Last Knight'

'Transformers: The Last Knight' might be the worst 'Transformers' movie of them all.

Chance apologies for "disrespecting" Dr. Dre and Aftermath on his Be Encouraged tour

The two artists are not as different as Chance once assumed.

Find out what time 'GLOW' hits Netflix

The wild new Netflix comedy is coming to small screens on Friday.

'Transformers: The Last Knight' Box Office: Looks like US fans are finally over this franchise

The film is set to post the franchise's lowest domestic opening to date.

'Star Trek: Discovery' star claps back at racist trolls: You don't "understand" 'Star Trek'

The franchise's first black female lead has some words for her critics.

'Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later' trailer teases a '90s love fest — without Bradley Cooper

It's 1991, and the Camp Firewood gang is back on Netflix for more absurd antics.

These are the most scathing and hilarious reviews for 'Transformers: The Last Knight'

'Transformers: The Last Knight' might be the worst 'Transformers' movie of them all.

Chance apologies for "disrespecting" Dr. Dre and Aftermath on his Be Encouraged tour

The two artists are not as different as Chance once assumed.

Find out what time 'GLOW' hits Netflix

The wild new Netflix comedy is coming to small screens on Friday.

'Transformers: The Last Knight' Box Office: Looks like US fans are finally over this franchise

The film is set to post the franchise's lowest domestic opening to date.

'Star Trek: Discovery' star claps back at racist trolls: You don't "understand" 'Star Trek'

The franchise's first black female lead has some words for her critics.