The Winds of Winter is the forthcoming sixth novel in the epic fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin.
Martin believes the last two volumes of the series will be big books of 1,500+ manuscript pages each. They will take readers farther north than any of the previous books, and the Others will appear in The Winds of Winter.
Martin has refrained from making hard estimates for The Winds of Winter's final release date. In 2014, estimates based on extrapolation of Martin's writing pace predicted the release date sometime between 2015 and 2018. In January 2017, Martin announced that he believed that The Winds of Winter will be released "this year", referring to 2017. However, he also noted that he believed the same thing would occur the previous year.