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The previous installment, A Dance with Dragons, covered less story than Martin intended, omitting at least one planned large battle sequence and leaving several character threads ending in cliff-hangers. Martin intended to resolve these cliffhangers "very early" in The Winds of Winter, saying "I'm going to open with the two big battles that I was building up to, the battle in the ice and the battle at Meereen—the battle of Slaver's Bay. And then take it from there."
Martin confirmed in March 2012 that the final two novels will take readers farther north than any of the previous books: "What lies really north [The Land of Always Winter], we haven't explored that yet, but we will in the last two books." The sample chapter on Martin's website is written from Theon Greyjoy's viewpoint and shows his interactions with Stannis Baratheon as they are camped in the snow on his march to Winterfell. Martin has also said that "you're definitely going to see more of the Others in The Winds of Winter".
At 2011 WorldCon, Martin read an Arianne chapter, during which she heads for Griffin's Roost to see the young boy who is calling himself Aegon. Victarion's chapter will take off five minutes after A Dance with Dragons, taking place on the eve of the Iron Islanders' surprise attack on the cities in Slaver's Bay.
Background and publication:
The sixth book is going to be called The Winds of Winter, taking the title of the originally last book of the trilogy and the later planned fifth of six books. By June 2010, Martin had finished four chapters for The Winds of Winter, from the viewpoints of Sansa Stark, Arya Stark, and Arianne Martell. In July 2010, he added that an Aeron Greyjoy chapter had been moved from A Dance with Dragons to The Winds of Winter, accumulating to around 100 completed pages. After the publication of A Dance with Dragons, Martin announced his return to writing in January 2012, spending the meantime on book tours, conventions, and continuing his work on the long-overdue The World of Ice and Fire companion guide that he wanted to have finished by the end of 2011. He also worked on a new Tales of Dunk and Egg novella that will appear in an anthology called Dangerous Women.
In December 2011, Martin posted a chapter from The Winds of Winter from the viewpoint of Theon Greyjoy and added that another sample chapter would be included at the end of the paperback version of A Dance with Dragons, expected to be released in summer 2012 (international A Dance with Dragons paper-pack releases in March 2012 had no sample chapter). In the first quarter of 2012, Martin read new chapters of other characters at public events, including the chapters of Victarion Greyjoy and Tyrion Lannister. Martin continued work on other publications such as a map book called The Lands of Ice and Fire.
Martin believes the two last volumes of the series will be big books of 1500 manuscript pages each. With 200 finished pages by March 2012,[ Martin hopes to finish The Winds of Winter much faster than the fifth book. He has previously got in trouble with fans for repeatedly estimating his publication dates too optimistically and thus refrains from making absolute estimates for book six. A realistic estimation for finishing The Winds of Winter might be three years for him at a good pace, but ultimately the book "will be done when it's done". Martin does not intend to separate the characters geographically again but acknowledged that "Three years from  when I'm sitting on 1,800 pages of manuscript with no end in sight, who the hell knows".
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