We asked AI if George R.R. Martin will ever finish The Winds of Winter (and AI has doubts)

Fans have been waiting years for George R.R. Martin to finish The Winds of Winter, but will the book ever be completed? We asked AI and it cast doubt over Martin's ability to finish the book.
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To say the wait for The Winds of Winter has been long would be an understatement. The penultimate book in George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire book series has been in development for over a decade, yet somehow remains unfinished with no release date in sight.

Let me help put that into context for you with some help from Reddit.

It has now taken Martin longer to write The Winds of Winter than it took HBO to develop and air all eight seasons of Game of Thrones. Just let that sink in for a minute. HBO landed the rights to Game of Thrones, developed the series, then shot and released eight seasons of the series all in the same amount of time it has taken for George R.R. Martin to write three-forths of the penultimate novel in his Game of Thrones book series.

Needless to say, fans are starting to lose hope that Martin will ever complete the book, and even Artificial Intelligence models are beginning to doubt Martin's capabilities to finish The Winds of Winter.

AI doesn't think George R. R. Martin will finish The Winds of Winter

As fans, we're all starting to grow worried that The Winds of Winter may never be completed, which is understandable given nearly 13 years have passed since A Dance with Dragons, the last book in the series, was released on July 12, 2011. There is a real fear that we'll never get to see the book completed and it's a fear that AI apparently shares.

When we asked ChatGPT's AI to channel a Game of Thrones fan and tell us whether it believes George R.R. Martin will ever finish The Winds of Winter, the AI shared fans' concerns over Martin's ability to complete the novel, telling us:

"George R.R. Martin has been teasing us with snippets and updates for years now, but where's the book? Honestly, I'm starting to lose hope. I mean, sure, I love his writing, and A Song of Ice and Fire is one of my all-time favorite series, but come on! How long does it take to finish a book? At this rate, I'm starting to think it'll never see the light of day. And don't even get me started on A Dream of Spring! It's like waiting for winter to finally come to Westeros – it might never happen. So, yeah, I have my doubts about whether George will ever finish The Winds of Winter. But hey, I'll keep my fingers crossed and hope for the best."

Honestly, we can't say we're surprised by the AI's response, as ChatGPT notes its AI has been trained on a vast amount of text data from various sources on the internet including books, articles, websites, and many other text documents. Given how many articles are out there casting doubt about Martin's ability to complete the book, it makes sense that AI would also cast doubts over The Winds of Winter actually being completed.

Our last The Winds of Winter progress update came in November 2023

Of course, as ChatGPT's AI reminds us, it can only make an educated guess, and while we all have our doubts about The Winds of Winter's release, Martin has been forthcoming in sharing updates on the project over the years. These updates just haven't all been promising.

In late 2022, Martin revealed via a live stream that he was three-quarters of the way done with The Winds of Winter. This update left fans hopeful that perhaps the book was finally nearing its completion, but those hopes went out the window when in November 2023 Martin revealed he was still working on the novel, with 1,100 pages complete and hundreds more pages still to go.

“I’m 12 years late on this damn novel and I’m struggling with it. I have about 1,100 pages written but still have hundreds more pages to go," Martin revealed in an interview with Bangcast. "It's a big mother of a book for whatever reason. Maybe I should've started writing smaller books when I began this but it's tough. That's the main thing that dominates most of my working life.”

Unfortunately, that update suggested Martin hadn't really made a lot of progress on The Winds of Winter over the course of 2023, as he previously told James Patterson during a segment on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert in December 2022 that he had written "1,100 - 1,200 pages" and had “another 400, 500 pages” to go.

Given Martin gave this same update during his November 2023 interview with Bangcast, it seems there wasn't much progress made on The Winds of Winter last year, which isn't exactly promising and suggests most of 2023 was spent on re-writes.

It'll be interesting to see when our next update on The Winds of Winter comes through and whether Martin has made any additional progress on the book. For now, we'll just have to keep waiting and hope that we'll get to see the book finished one day.

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