'Game of Thrones': George R.R. Martin Leaks New 'Winds of Winter' Chapter

The book 6 excerpt was released in honor of the start of season 4.

Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin rewarded fans by posting a new chapter from the long-gestating book six in the popular series. Titled “Mercy” the excerpt from Winds of Winter can be found on his personal blog

Here’s how Martin sets it up:

“The new chapter is actually an old chapter. But no, it’s not one I’ve published or posted before, and I don’t even think I’ve read it at a con (could be wrong there, I’ve done readings at so many cons, it all tends to blur together). So it’s new in that it is material that no one but my editors (well, and Parris, and David and Dan, and a few others) have ever seen before, but it’s old in that it was written a long time ago, predating any of the samples that you have seen. The first draft was, at any rate. I’ve rewritten it a dozen times since then.”

We won’t spoil it anymore than this. Go read it.

Martin also wrote that an earlier chapter -- "Arianne" -- that he posted on the blog a few months ago would be taken down.

Season 4 of HBO's hit adaptation of Game of Thrones debuts April 6.