With the new season of Game of Thrones about to premiere on HBO, George R.R Martin picked the perfect moment to release a new, free chapter from his upcoming novel, "The Winds of Winter." The chapter is titled “Mercy” and can be found at his website.
It’s the second time Martin has released a chapter from the work in progress. The first released chapter, “Arianne,” was taken down when “Mercy” was uploaded.
According to Martin, “The new chapter is actually an old chapter. But no, it's not one I've published or posted before, and I don't even think I've read it at a con (could be wrong there, I've done readings at so many cons, it all tends to blur together). So it's new in that it is material that no one but my editors (well, and Parris, and David and Dan, and a few others) have ever seen before, but it's old in that it was written a long time ago, predating any of the samples that you have seen.”
“The Winds of Winter” is the sixth book in the “A Song of Ice and Fire” series. It has yet to receive an official release date, although the speculation is the fall of 2015. Martin is still writing the tome from his New Mexico lair.
Game of Thrones returns to HBO on April 6 with the latest from the Westeros clan.