George R.R. Martin, the creator of Game of Thrones/A Song of Ice and Fire universe, has thanked the fans for the “astonishing … outpouring of support” on his blog, after the writer revealed that the next book in the series- The Winds of Winter will not be releasing before the premiere of Game of Thrones Season 6.
“The outpouring of support in response to my post on THE WINDS OF WINTER has been astonishing. Thank you all, so very much. There were forty pages of screened comments on the post by the time I logged on this morning. I haven’t even been able to read half of them as yet. So if I haven’t unscreened yours yet, be patient. (My loyal minions often do much of that for me, but they all have off right now for the New Year holiday). I am going to close comments on this post, lest I have even more messages to deal with. But I cannot tell you how much I appreciate all the kind words and good wishes.”
The support was indeed astonishing. One fan commented:
“That couldn’t have been fun to write. But fact is in 50 years readers will judge on the book’s quality and not if they met some arbitrary deadline and beat the TV adaptation. As much as I’d like to see it released soon, I ultimately approve of the priority on quality.”