Will The Winds of Winter blow into town in 2021? George R.R. Martin thinks so.

The Game of Thrones author sent out an update about the much-awaited sixth book on his blog Tuesday. Martin said the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting quarantine gave him the needed time and focus to write.

In fact, Martin has made so much progress he now expects the penultimate A Song of Ice and Fire novel to be completed in 2021.

“If nothing else, the enforced isolation has helped me write,” Martin said. “I am spending long hours every day on The Winds of Winter, and making steady progress. I finished a new chapter yesterday, another one three days ago, another one the previous week.”

Sounds like a pretty impressive pace! Don’t get too excited though – Martin said the book is “huge,” and while he’s pleased with the progress, there’s still a long way to go. (And fans have certainly heard that before.)

Writing the third book in the series, A Storm of Swords, Martin said he averaged 150 pages a month – basically, half a regular-size novel in 30 days.

“I fear I shall never recapture that pace again. Looking back, I am not sure how I did it then,” Martin said.

What Else Is George Up To?

In addition to working on The Winds of Winter, Martin serves as executive producer and co-creator of the upcoming Game of Thrones prequel series House of the Dragon. House of the Dragon will air on HBO in 2022. Long time fans of Martin surely hope the next book will be completed before then.

“It’s going to be a huge book, and I still have a long way to go …  I have bad days, which get me down, and good days, which lift me up, but all in all I am pleased with the way things are doing,” Martin said.

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Source: Entertainment Weekly