Fans have been waiting since 2011 for the next instalment of A Song Of Ice And Fire – which inspired the Game of Thrones TV phenomenon.
All went quiet for quite some time but recently George RR Martin has been speaking about his progress on the novels, indicating he’s been making great strides in recent months.
And in a recent TV skit, he may have hinted once again that the release date is finally on the horizon for Book 6, The Winds of Winter.
With the TV smash coming to an end in a matter of weeks, fans will be looking forward to the stories continuing – albeit in a slightly different way – on the page.
During a sketch on Jimmy Fallon’s US chatshow, Martin said: “The final season premieres April 14. But, have no fear, after the show ends there will still be books.”
When Fallon’s character asked how he could be sure, Martin said knowingly: “Trust me. I know a guy.”
It’s not just The Winds of Winter that Martin has to finish – he had previously promised that ASOIAF would span seven novels overall, meaning there’ll still be another one to go.
But he told ET earlier this month: “I have no date. I’ve given up giving dates because I give one and then I miss it and everyone gets mad.
“It’ll be done when it’s done.
“[Writing on The Winds of Winter] has been going very well lately, so knock wood.”
He then joked to the Hollywood Reporter: “Yeah, I’ve been in isolation.
“My loyal staff — I have a couple of them with me — have chained me to the typewriter.
“They’re making me eat healthy food. It’s horrible!”
Fans recently had another hint that plans for publication were gaining momentum when Martin shared a new official author headshot on social media a few weeks ago.
So although a date remains unannounced, are all signs finally pointing to an imminent landing?
Game of Thrones, meanwhile, continues on Mondays on Sky Atlantic.