Until today, George R.R. Martin has no definite date when the much-awaited “The Winds of Winter” will hit the bookstores. Fans have been waiting for the continuation of “A Song of Ice and Fire” series, which the last installment “A Dance with Dragons” was released in 2011.

The 68-year-old novelist originally eyed to release his sixth novel before the “Game of Thrones” Season 6 aired, but the show is now on its way to its seventh season. With that, fans have been spoiled by the major turns of events of the story. Thus there are surfacing theories that the author might alter the book’s narrative.

Sixth novel’s story might be altered

In a thread made by the hardcore fans of the series on Reddit, one user noted that George R.R. Martin allegedly said that he will add a new twist to his upcoming novel. Although this excites some fans, this could also mean that the short-story writer has to change some stories that have already been written.

It has been known that the series’ story features a wide array of characters and worlds and if one has to be changed, it will affect the next storylines. This way, he could keep his story anew, so fans have something exciting to wait for. Some assume that the twist might involve the characters of Mance saying that he actually is Rhaeger in disguise.

If the assumptions are correct, this might be the real reason why the coming of “The Winds of Winter” has been postponed for so long.

George R.R. Martin has to work on a lot of rewriting. Thus this could lead to another year of two of delay. This could not only affect the tale’s storyline but the ending of the novel as well.

Possible release date of ‘The Winds of Winter’

Meanwhile, aside from the swirling fan-made assumptions, some say that “The Winds of Winter” might be unveiled at the 70th birthday of George R.R.

Martin. His natal celebration might be the perfect time for him to release the much-awaited sixth novel, so a lot believed that this is not impossible.

To add fuel to the fire, this claim is said to be supported by the writer’s tweet, saying “It’s publication day.” Some say that the book is intentionally delayed so it could be released in time for his 70th birthday bash. If this is true, fans still have to wait for September 20, 2018, to come.