George R.R. Martin, author of the "Song of Ice and Fire" fantasy series
George R.R. Martin, author of the "Song of Ice and Fire" fantasy series that is the basis of the television series "Game of Thrones", pauses during his masterclass at the Neuchatel International Fantastic Film Festival (NIFFF) in Neuchatel July 10, 2014. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse Reuters/Denis Balibouse

Celebrity author George R.R. Martin reportedly teased more deaths and Mercy chapters in “Winds of Winter” at a recent convention. The author did not commit to an exact release date of the book yet and did not talk about how much of it still remains to be completed.

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According to a report by Breath Cast, Martin read a few lines from the next book from “A Song of Ice and Fire” book series at the Balticon 50 convention. The author also confirmed that there would be more deaths featured in the book, so fans should brace for the possibility of their favourite character(s) dying.

The author teased that there would be more chapters of Mercy in the next book. Mercy is the alter ego of Arya Stark and Martin had previously shared a sample chapter titled “Mercy” with the fans.

The sample chapter showed Arya to be a part of a theatre group with the assumed name Mercy. She uses her skills to lead a Lannister guard away from his post and then kills him. It is only towards the end of the chapter that the fans come to know that Mercy is in fact Arya.

Martin’s confirmation of more Mercy chapters in “Winds of Winter” suggests that the assumed name was not for one specific target and we will get to see Arya do more killings using that name. The character was last seen in Braavos and there is no indication that she will be travelling to Westeros any time soon.

In the “Game of Thrones” TV series, many of the storylines are beginning to finally converge. The same can be expected from Martin’s next book, as there are just two books left in the series.

The release of “Winds of Winter” is highly anticipated by the fans, because the TV series seems to be resolving many of the cliff hangers from “A Dance with Dragons.” Although there has been a lot of divergence between the TV series and books, certain scenes are events are expected to be the same.