George R.R. Martin has announced that the new novel in the Song of Ice and Fire series is going to be released sometime before the spring of 2016. The television series Game of Thrones is named after the first novel in the Song of Ice and Fire books according to Handy. The other novels in the series have been adapted into the five seasons we have seen so far.

The newest novel, Winds of Winter, has been delayed for quite some time. Martin had hoped to finish the novel several months ago, but things obviously did not work out that way. Martin is now canceling his live appearances and promotional tours to complete work on the book and get it out before the sixth season of Game of Thrones airs. Martin really must want to get the novel finished because he really does love to appear at conventions.

Something else may be motivating Martin. The HBO series is going to be run seven seasons, long before the seventh novel in the series is published. (There may even be eight books in the series) Likely, Martin wants to have his original vision from the sixth book adapted and not see original material produced. Since the seventh book won’t be out for five years or so, the final season of Game of Thrones has to be crafted of totally original material.

Interestingly, the ending of the television series and the ending of the book series are going to be totally different.