TWOW and Today's Social Climate in The Winds of Winter Posted November 29, 2021 6 hours ago, Nathan Stark said: I also am more worried about fan discourse than the critical reviews. The critics I believe will largely judge Winds on its own merits. It's parts of the fandom who start acting in obnoxious ways on occasion that I am not especially looking forward to. Though as fandoms go, ASOIAF fans are pretty laid back. In my experience, it's critics that are the ones that will trash something based on its ideological/political undertones, not the regular fans.