The author has confirmed everyone's worst fears.

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If you were hopeful that the next book in the Game of Thrones series, The Winds of the Winter, would be out this year, it looks like that isn't going to happen. Author, George R.R. Martin has released a statement saying the book probably isn't coming out this year.

With a new season of the HBO series not due out until 2019, it seems like it's going to be a long 2018.