No, George R.R. Martin Hasn’t Finished The Song Of Ice And Fire Books Yet

Theories abound about George R.R. Martin’s plans for the Song of Ice and Fire series, and therefore the Game of Thrones series, but Martin says that the most ridiculous theory of all is that he’s actually finished with the last two books of the series and is sitting on them to create demand. At the 92nd Street Y event for the release of the World of Ice and Fire companion book to the series, Martin said:

“From my point of view, the craziest one is the people who believe that I’ve actually finished all of the books, and I’m just sitting on them for some reason in order to get more money or increase the value, you know, to release them an appropriate point. That’s a pretty crazy one, but there seem to be people who actually believe that.”

Well, fair enough, GRRM. He’s got the books outlined and partially written, and Martin and HBO’s “Game of Thrones” co-creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss all know what the end of the story is going to be. That’s problematic for those of us who have waded through 5000 pages of Westeros and really, really do not want to find out the end of the story from the show, but it seems like a failsafe in case Martin doesn’t finish the books in time for the end of the show.

So, big sigh. Let’s hope that the show continues the habit of slowing down and focusing on sometimes inconsequential-seeming events in the books so that both stories wrap up at about the same time.

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