Fans have faced long months of waiting for the new Game of Thrones episode. Now, it's to go back to that eternal question that needs to be answered by the author: when will the next book of George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series come out?

According to VOX, fans have been waiting for George RR Martin to complete The Winds of Winter for almost five years. George R.R. Martin said that there would only be a date once he is done writing the series. Since his last book came out in July 2011, the progress of releasing the book has been slow. The HBO has already filmed and completed the five full seasons of the Game of Thrones, yet the next book has not yet been published.

However, just recently, there have been reports with regards to the upcoming release of the sixth installment of A Song of Ice and Fire entitled Winds of Winter. According to IBTimes, the book will be published before the premiere of the Game of Thrones Season Seven.

All Men Must Die

There have been reports claiming that Jon Snow will meet his death in the upcoming book of George R.R. Martin. According to the previous interview with the author, he allegedly claims that there will be no survivors in the characters in the Winds of Winter installment. This means that all of the most beloved characters in the book will meet their death before the seventh book chapter; A Dream of Spring will be released.

However, other fans of the series said that there had been no official confirmation with regards to the death of the characters. Martin also claimed that he made several changes in the storyline of Winds of Winter which he had initially planned out.

Hearing this, fans are beginning to hope that there is still a possibility that some of the major characters will be spared. This also explains the delay in releasing the book, with the fans having waited for years for it to be published.

Fans are hoping that the change that Martin was talking about was a chance for Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen to survive in the series.