George R.R. Martin, who writes the “Game of Thrones” books, warned fans that they may be disappointed in his progress — or lack of it — on the next book in the series.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Martin wrote in a blog post Saturday: “You wanted an update. Here’s the update. You won’t like it.”
The post on his “Not a Blog” blog addressed an ongoing question among “Thrones” fans: Will the upcoming book, “The Winds of Winter,” be finished before the HBO series returns for its sixth season?
“‘The Winds of Winter’ is not finished,” Martin wrote. “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.”
Martin said hundreds of pages have been written, but indicated that the book will not be completed in the immediate future, THR notes.
Martin noted that he originally expected to have a manuscript completed by October, but said he has “always had problems with deadlines.”
“Sometimes the writing goes well and sometimes it doesn’t,” Martin wrote, adding: “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. I cannot tell you how deeply that realization depressed me.”