'The Winds of Winter' release date rumors: Latest speculations say the book's release will be pushed further

(Reuters/Robert Galbraith)George R. R. Martin, author of the "A Song of Ice and Fire" series

New speculations are surrounding the much-awaited book of George R. R. Martin (GRRM), "The Winds of Winter," the sixth installment to the "A Song of Ice and Fire" ("ASOIAF") book series. One rumor regarding the sequel is that it will be released in 2018. Another speculation from fans is the possibility of a cancellation as GRRM allegedly lost the manuscript.

Other rumors that have come out recently suggested that GRRM burned his manuscript and decided to quit. Much to the relief of "ASOIAF" fans, all these rumors remain unconfirmed. Reports say that the author refuses to let other writers help him out since the world of Westeros is his alone.

Apparently, none of the abovementioned speculations have been confirmed by either the author himself or his publisher. The author disclosed on his online journal earlier this year that he is months away from actually completing the book. He was also transparent enough to reveal that his present age has a lot to do with the delay.

"You can blame my age, and maybe that had an impact too...but if truth be told, sometimes the writing goes well and sometimes it doesn't, and that was true for me even when I was in my 20s," he shared.

Previous reports mentioned that GRRM has been quite busy with other projects, one of them being HBO's "Game of Thrones." On top of the award-winning TV series, the author also explained that he is doing a lot of polishing and rewriting on the book which would take some time. Knowing GRRM's talent for writing great narratives, it only means that he's perfecting story lines and details in the sequel.

While the sequel is believed to be long overdue, it does not necessarily diminish the book's popularity. The year 2018 may be a long way from today, but surely, GRRM will make it worth the wait.