Winds of Winter spoilers: How many chapters will Winds of Winter have?

George RR Martin likes to keep fans up to date with his progress on The Winds of Winter. The Not a Blog section of his website helps fans to know where he is up to, and how much longer they may have to wait. However, he has given some clues on a recent post about what fans can expect.

In a recent update from July 2020, Martin told fans: “This writing stuff is hard.

“Even so, it has been going well of late. Three more chapters completed this past week.”

He went on to say: “And good progress on several more.

“Still a long long way to go, though. Do not get too excited.”

Evidently, Martin is writing at a faster pace than ever before, having written three chapters in such a short space of time.

However, he did give a clue as to how long the book is expected to be. After this comment he told fans there is a “long long way to go”, implying there will be a number of chapters to be expected.

A few weeks previously, Martin made further suggestions about the length of this book, saying: “On his Not A Blog website, Martin wrote: “If nothing else, the enforced isolation has helped me write.

“I am spending long hours every day on The Winds of Winter, and making steady progress.


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“I finished a new chapter yesterday, another one three days ago, another one the previous week.

“But no, this does not mean that the book will be finished tomorrow or published next week.

“It’s going to be a huge book, and I still have a long way to go.”

This was a few weeks beforehand, so if a month’s progress is anything to go by, he is completing a possible 12 chapters a month if he continues at this rate.


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Given he has spent a great deal of lockdown writing the book, that could suggest he has written nearly 50 chapters already, showing this truly is going to be a hefty tome.

Sadly, fans are nowhere closer to working out exactly how many chapters there are in The Winds of Winter, though 50 is a fair estimate of Martin’s progress over the past few months of lockdown and isolation due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

However, evidently there is some way to go, meaning this book could still have at least another 50 chapters to go.

Including prologues and appendices, the predecessor to The Winds of Winter, A Dance with Dragons, had 73 chapters, which was the same as his first A Song of Ice and Fire book A Game of Thrones.

The longest of the series is A Storm of Swords, with 82 chapters, while A Feast for Crows is by far the shortest at 46, which is almost half the number of chapters.

A Clash of Kings had 70 chapters, meaning with a possible 50 already completed in The Winds of Winter, this is shaping up to be the longest book in the series by a long way.

Of course, Martin is also helping with production of some of the new Game of Thrones spin-offs, such a House of the Dragon.

As well as this, he is editing further Wild Cards books and helping with other movies of his works, meaning he has plenty to distract him to The Winds of Winter.

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