‘Winds of Winter’ Release Date: George R.R. Martin Takes Break to Sceen ‘Outlander’ for Free

By Cheri Cheng - 17 Aug '15 11:37AM

George R.R. Martin has taken yet another break from writing, leading fans to hope that he does not have much left to do for his highly anticipated book, "Winds of Winter."

Martin, the author behind the "A Song of Ice and Fire" series, which the hit HBO show, "Games of Thrones" is based on, just screened the Starz series, "Outlander," at the Jean Cocteu cinema in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Martin owns the cinema, which is named after a French filmmaker and artist.

On his blog, Not a Blog, Martin advertised the 16-episode marathon session that took place throughout the entire week. The marathon - with free admission - ended this past Sunday.

"Outlander" is based from a popular book series written by Diana Gabaldon, who attended the first two nights. She answered questions and talked about her books as well as the TV show. The show is about a former British army nurse, who served in World War II named Claire Randall (Caitriona Balfe). While on a trip with her husband Frank (Tobias Menzies), she accidentally time travels back to 1743 where she meets and marries a Scottish warrior named Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan).

The event was filled with guests who showed up wearing kilts and carrying bagpipers in celebration of the Scottish culture. The event also featured "a tasting of single-malt Scotch" but "no haggis, though." Martin jokingly wrote that they "have to draw the line somewhere."

The fact that Martin had time to create an event is leading many to speculate that he is either finished or close to finishing "Winds of Winter." Martin had previously stated that he was taking time off from "Games of Thrones" and book signings/events in order to finish the sixth book of his seven-book series.

The rumors are claiming that the book will be released either at the end of the year or at the start of next year before season six of "Games of Thrones" airs.

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