The neverending delay on Winds of Winter worries me because I feel he's lost the creative energy for Song of Ice and Fire. My two biggest concerns are: Seeing the characters he created played by real life actors has skewed his approach because he now sees them not in his mind's eye, but Emilia as Dany, Kit as Jon etc Maybe his writing style or emphasis has changed. I really enjoyed Fire and Blood but it reads more like a history book where he doesn't need to get the characters perfectly done. Some of it is based on rumor, mystery, Mushroom's accounts etc. It also fits more into the screenplay style approach that he's going to be doing with his 5 year contract. After all these years I think he's just not extremely happy with what he's created for Winds, or it would've been done by now. He said the pandemic was great for completing it, but yet here we are a year later and no end date in sight. This quote from his blog in February is telling and I think it shows he's not pleased with the content: "I wrote hundreds and hundreds of pages of THE WINDS OF WINTER in 2020. The best year I’ve had on WOW since I began it. Why? I don’t know. Maybe the isolation. Or maybe I just got on a roll. Sometimes I do get on a roll. I need to keep rolling, though. I still have hundreds of more pages to write to bring the novel to a satisfactory conclusion." Hundreds and hundreds of pages would mean we have thousands after all these years. So he's either writing, scrapping most of it and rewriting again, or it means (from the one optimistic angle) that some of this is "A Dream of Spring" content. I hope it's the latter, but I fear it's not.