Fans of the television series Game of Thrones are very, very well aware that it's based on A Song of Ice and Fire, written by George R. R. Martin. Come on, what GoT fan hasn't heard their literary-minded friend scream, "THAT WASN'T IN THE BOOK!!" during at least one point in every single episode? But book fans are admittedly quite nervous about the future of the franchise. The television series is catching up with the books, and with two books left to go, and it seeming like Martin is taking foreeeeeeeeever to finish things up, he may not be able to wrap everything up before, um, you know ...
And maybe it's because he's overthinking things a little bit. No matter how hard he tries, it's going to be hard to surprise some of the fans who are just so damn nerdy, they may have predicted a couple of the big plot twists that Martin has been tirelessly leading up to. And the author has finally admitted that they actually may have gotten some of it right!
Speaking at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, he addressed how fans may have spoiled the ending for themselves by being too damn perceptive. Martin said: "I want to surprise and delight my reader and take them in directions they didn't see coming."
Hello, Red Wedding? We've definitely been surprised. But still, he went on to say: "But I can't change the plans ... So many readers were reading the books with so much attention that they were throwing up some theories and while some of those theories were amusing bulls--- and creative, some of the theories are right."
Wow! Theorists out there who obsess over this series should be patting themselves on the back right now. "At least one or two readers had put together the extremely subtle and obscure clues that I'd planted in the books and came to the right solution."
Apparently he still had a bit more to say on the subject and the personal agony he must have felt knowing some of his readers outsmarted him: "So what do I do then? Do I change it? I wrestled with that issue and I came to the conclusion that changing it would be a disaster, because the clues were there. You can't do that, so I'm just going to go ahead."
The fact he said only "one or two" readers might raise eyebrows. Because thousands of fans are thinking that Martin may be talking about the whole R + L = J theory, explained in this awesome, so helpful video:
Definitely more than one or two fans have picked up on this. So if Martin isn't talking about this popular theory, what else could he be referring to? How can we figure out, out of ALL of the theories that exist on the web, which "one or two" fans got it right??
It may be driving the rest of us mad, but seriously, all we have to say to George is: Please finish those books! When are you going to get on that?
And here's Martin's response to people who are worried about that:
Well played, sir.
How do you think A Song of Ice and Fire will end?
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