— Bowing to the TV Gods

George R. R. Martin has amazing news for "Game of Thrones" book fans — but can we believe it?!

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Though the wait for Game of Thrones Season 7 is undoubtedly agonizing, some good news has finally added a silver lining to these dark, storm(born)-y clouds: George R. R. Martin says The Winds of Winter might be coming in 2017.

I think it will be out this year,” he wrote in response to a fan question on his blog, in a post titled “Doom, Despair, Defeat.” “(But hey, I thought the same thing last year).”

The fan in question stated that they didn’t want Martin, who infamously writes very slowly, “to rush or [sic] release anything untill [sic] you are completely satisfied with it,” but would love an update about the highly-anticipated sixth chapter in Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series, as he hadn’t said a word in about a year.

In response, Martin wrote that the book is “not done yet, but I’ve made progress. But not as much as I hoped a year ago, when I thought to be done by now.”

Last year, on January 2nd, Martin wrote a lengthy update apologizing for his speed in publishing Winter, as the last book in the series, A Dance with Dragons, came out way, way back in July of 2011, and this meant that Game of Thrones Season 6 would actually move past Martin’s source material.

“You’re disappointed, and you’re not alone,” he wrote. “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.”

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