WE'RE still trying to process the fact we have another year before Game of Thrones returns to our screens for the eighth and final season - and now, the author has delivered some more bad news.

George R.R. Martin's A Song Of Ice And Fire novels, on which the show is based, have also hit a delay. He announced this week that he won't finish The Winds Of Winter this year, and it won't be done until at least 2019.

Actual footage of all of us waiting to see what happens next in the story. Picture: HBO
Actual footage of all of us waiting to see what happens next in the story. Picture: HBO

For those unfamiliar, Martin has been delayed for roughly seven years getting the sixth in his projected seven-book series completed. With other projects on his plate, many assumed that the book would not come this year, but the star took to his blog to confirm the theory.

"No, winter is not coming … not in 2018 at least. You're going to have to keep waiting for THE WINDS OF WINTER," he wrote.

Surprisingly enough, the author announced that the sixth book would not come in 2018 while announcing the release date of a prequel book set in the world of Game of Thrones that will hit shelves this year.

Fire And Blood was previously teased by the author on his blog, and he proved that he's capable of completing a Game of Thrones book, even if it's not the sixth in the series. Fans can check out the history of the Targaryen kings of Westeros on November 20, 2018.

As fans of both the books and the TV show know, HBO's popular drama began to outpace the novels after season six.

Now, with the show about to enter its eighth and final season, fans are curious as to what new information they'll glean from Martin's written word. As previously reported, the books haven't necessarily been a priority for the 69-year-old fantasy author. However, he still has every intention to finish them.

Martin concluded his Fire And Blood announcement with a note of optimism about book six, confirming that he's returning to work on the novel without further distractions.

This story originally appeared in Fox News and is republished here with permission.