New 'Winds of Winter' chapter puts Tyrion in the thick of a battle

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a-world-of-ice-and-fire-app.jpg "Game of Thrones" Season 4 is still a couple weeks away, and life is not easy for Tyrion Lannister in the new season. But at least it's still better than where fans will find him in a new chapter from the upcoming George R.R. Martin novel, "The Winds of Winter."

For obvious reasons, spoilers up through "A Dance With Dragons" lie ahead.

As a paragraph tease from the chapter already revealed, Tyrion Lannister is in the thick of the battle at Meereen that was being set up at the end of "A Dance With Dragons." The full chapter is now available on the "A World of Ice and Fire" Random House app and can be read there in its entirety.

io9 got an early look at the chapter and reveals that it is in fact one GRRM already read at a fan convention. If you don't have time to read the full chapter, head over there for the broad strokes of it. It's a pretty brutal look at how much the character has changed over time, especially when fans of the book see how different he is mentally when "Game of Thrones" returns on April 6.

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There has been much discussion in recent weeks of what will happen if the "Game of Thrones" TV show catches up to where Martin is in the novels. He says he (fortunately) hasn't had a "Meereenese Knot"-type situation like he did in the writing of "A Dance With Dragons," but acknowledges that he might not have a say in the TV show passing where he is.

"It may not matter whether I'm OK with it or not. It may happen," he tells Zap2it at the "Game of Thrones" Season 4 premiere. "They're writing and I'm writing, so we shall see. They know where I'm going."

He continues, "I have advantages they don't, though. I have an unlimited budget, and I have an unlimited number of pages and number of characters. Every time I introduce 12 new characters, they're sort of looking at their budget and saying, 'Twelve new actors. Who's going to pay for these 12 new actors? What 12 old characters can we kill to make room for the 12 new characters?' I don't have to worry about that."
Photo/Video credit: io9, Random House