What is the premise of "The Winds of Winter"?


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As of July 2015, "The Winds of Winter" is the to-be-released sixth novel in the "A Song of Ice and Fire" series, picking up where "A Dance with Dragons" left off. George R. R. Martin's notoriously unpredictable writing schedule and tendency to subvert reader expectations make the premise a mystery.

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"A Dance with Dragons" has a multitude of plotlines that will carry into "The Winds of Winter," but four notable ones are Stannis Baratheon's conflict with the Boltons, the fate of Jon Snow, the interaction of Daenerys Targaryen with the Dothraki and the fate of her dragon, and finally, the goings-on in King's Landing, with an upcoming trial by combat for former Queen Regent Cersei Lannister.

The most anticipated storyline is that of Jon Snow. In "Dance," he seemingly met his end at the hands of the Night's Watch, but the fire priestess Melisandre is in the area and may be able to resurrect him. It is highly unlikely that Jon Snow will remain dead, as much as the plotline has built around him.

The biggest storyline, though, is likely to be that of the Others. The whole series has had the Others and the Long Night in the background, with the Starks' motto "Winter is coming"as a tagline. At the end of "Dance," the long winter has arrived.

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