Giant Troll, George R. R. Martin Announces Next Book That Isn't Winds Of Winter

More like Game of Trolls.

There is honestly nothing George R. R. Martin loves more than messing with his adoring fans.

The A Song of Ice and Fire series scribe loves killing off everyone's favourite characters and taking his dear, sweet time writing the sixth instalment of the novels HBO's Game of Thrones is based on.

This week Martin took it one step further, announcing a date for his next novel!!!! Which... is not the much-anticipated Winds of Winter.

Martin's Fire & Blood is being described as "not a novel" but rather an "imaginary history" of the region of Westeros.

This obviously means The Winds of Winter won't be released until 2019 AT THE EARLIEST, but could be even later. Which puts at least eight years between the last novel, A Dance with Dragons, which came out in 2011.

Because Martin took his damn time putting pen to paper the show overtook the novels with the sixth season.

Now coming up to the eighth season of the series, which will premiere in mid-2019 -- probably before Winds of Winter at this rate. Despite only being six episodes, the final season of the series will include feature-length episodes. That's a lot of dragons.

Luckily the final eighth season of the series won't give away what Martin is crafting in the novels, considering the series took over the writer a while ago he gave showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss creative license to shape their own direction once they ran out of source material.

Martin also isn't ruling out the option that Fire & Blood could inspire more Westeros-based adventures -- especially considering there's been talk of not just developing one Game of Thrones spin-off but potentially up to five!

That being said, each of the five shows are just in the development stage, and HBO's President of Programming confirmed they're only looking at establishing one spin-off to air after Game of Thrones concludes.

Martin recently teased that the eventual spin-off will focus on the Targaryen kings of Westeros, aka a bulk of the content in Fire & Blood. Writing on his blog Martin said, "As most of you know, HBO is presently developing a number of different prequels to Game of Thrones".

"I know I am going to be asked whether those shows are going to be based on material from Fire and Blood. It's a logical question...

The only answer I can give is… ah, well, no-one is sure yet, and anyway, I am not allowed to say. So let's move that to the side."

Fire & Blood will be released on November 20, Game of Thrones returns sometime in 2019 and The Winds of Winter will probably be released long after all the stars have burned out and the universe has gone cold.

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