George R. R. Martin wants his fans to know that he hasn't forgotten about them, and that The Winds of Winter is still coming -- just slowly.
The snippet comes in at just over 6,700 words, making it but a small taste of the epic novel that is on its way. However it may be enough to satisfy hungry GoT fans, for a while.
Martin released the sneak peek days before Game of Thrones' season five premiere, which airs April 12.
The excerpted chapter follows (SPOILERS) Sansa Stark who is in disguise as Alayne Stone, the illegitimate daughter of Littlefinger. In this brief peek at her life, she's masterfully playing her clandestine role and enjoying life in the Vale of Arryn after escaping the horrors of life at the mercy of the Lannisters. And if none of that made sense to you, you probably need to catch up before checking it out.
Fans of the book series and television show have been anxiously awaiting the release of The Winds of Winter since the previous installment, A Dance with Dragons, hit shelves in 2011. Martin published the first book in the series in 1996, and has notoriously made fans wait years for new releases in the series.
Recently, GoT executive producer David Benioff revealed that the TV series will likely have to move ahead of Martin, and finish the story before the author is able to publish the last two books in the series.
"I wish there were some things we didn't have to spoil," Benioff admitted in March during a panel discussion at Oxford University. "We are kind of stuck between a rock and a hard place… We were hoping the books would come out ahead of the show, but at the same time, George has his process, and if it takes him 20 years to finish the series, that's what it should take him."