It has been two years after the series finale, HBO’s “Game of Thrones” and we are still waiting
The Winds of Winter release date. For me the TV series was almost as perfect until HBO catch up the story which Martin wasn't wrote yet. Missing those last two books really took hit for the TV show... story was still great but last two seasons was lacking those little details and was only a focused on major events which went too fast forward for my taste. Hopefully we're still going to get those two last books and enjoy maybe a little bit different story than HBO present to us. Martin has confirmed that the 'The Winds of Winter' will conclude in a "somewhat different direction" than the HBO show.
George R. R. Martin:
Looking back, I wish I’d stayed ahead of the books. My biggest issue there was when they began the [TV] series, I had four books already in print, and the fifth one came out just as the series was starting in 2011. I had a five-book head-start, and these are gigantic books, as you know; I never thought they would catch up with me, but they did. They caught up with me and passed me.
That made it a little strange because now the show was ahead of me and the show was going in somewhat different directions. So, I’m still working on the book, but you’ll see my ending when that comes out.
Martin hasn’t revealed a release date yet for TWoW. “I am spending long hours every day on ‘The Winds of Winter,’ and making steady progress,” Martin wrote back in June. “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. I have bad days, which get me down, and good days, which lift me up, but all in all I am pleased with the way things are doing.”
While still waiting updates for the next book we at least know when the next TV show in the “Game of Thrones” world is coming. The prequel series “House of the Dragon,” with 10 episodes set to air in 2022. Martin serves as a co-creator on the show.