'The Winds of Winter' release date, plot rumors: Delayed until 2018?

(Reuters/Denis Balibouse)The famous author of the best-selling saga "A Song of Ice and Fire," George R.R. Martin, in Neuchatel International Fantastic Film Festival (NIFFF) back in July 10, 2014. The book saga is where "Game of Thrones" was based.

Months after its expected release date, "The Winds of Winter" is still nowhere to be seen.

Fans of George R. R. Martin have been waiting for the next installment of his novel series; however, recent reports indicated that the author recently faced some troubles regarding his new novel.

It was stated that Martin reportedly lost the manuscript, which could bring a lot of obstacles for the author. Because of this, many believe that there will be more delays for the upcoming installment. With that, there is a chance that "The Winds of Winter" will not be released until 2018.

In addition, some speculations indicated that Martin has been too busy to finish the book. Because of all the interviews and appearances, it was stated that Martin has been too preoccupied to conclude the next installment of his novel series.

On his own Live Journal, Martin explained that there is still a lot to be done with the new book. He said, "The book's not done. Nor is it likely to be finished tomorrow, or next week. Yes, there's a lot written. Hundreds of pages. ... I am months away still ... and that's if the writing goes well. Chapters still to write, of course ... but also rewriting. I always do a lot of rewriting, sometimes just polishing, sometimes pretty major restructures."

With that, fans can expect a long wait until the release of his new novel. Also, this lack of material could also bring some interesting additions to the upcoming season of "Game of Thrones." Martin expressed his sentiment regarding the show continuing without his own work.

He said, "Then I said, to hell with that. Worrying about it isn't going to change it one way or another. I still sit down at the typewriter, and I have to write the next scene and the next sentence ... I'm just going to tell my story, and they're telling their story and adapting my books, and we shall see."