“Game of Thrones author George R. R. Martin has made fans very happy. According to a March 27 report on Huffington Post, the author has released a new chapter from his upcoming "A Song of Ice and Fire" novel, “The Winds of Winter.” The chapter, titled “Mercy” is from the sixth book in the popular series.
The announcement comes just days before the season 4 premiere of “Game of Thrones” on HBO. The chapter is not newly written but according to Martin, it has never been published or posted before. Here is the beginning of the chapter:
“She woke with a gasp, not knowing who she was, or where.
The smell of blood was heavy in her nostrils… or was that her nightmare, lingering? She had dreamed of wolves again, of running through some dark pine forest with a great pack at her hells, hard on the scent of prey.”
The entire chapter can be read on Martin’s website. Unfortunately, there is no release date for the book. The publisher cannot speculate on a date until Martin delivers the completed manuscript. A never-before-seen paragraph from the book was published online earlier this year which focused on Tyrion Lannister.
Martin is notoriously slow at penning his novels and fans of the TV show and books worry that the HBO series will catch up to where the published books are and have to come to a standstill. Showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss met with Martin to talk through the end of his vision for the books, character by character, last year. They are comfortable with where the author plans to go with the series.
Season 4 of “Game of Thrones” airs on HBO on April 6.
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