Super duper, high and mighty mega spoilers are about to be discussed at length, all ye Game of Thrones fans. So, if you’ve a penchant for attempting to avoid such tomfoolery, please do us all a favor and turn away now. We say this out of love, because we like you and want you to be happy. Oh and also we’re scared of you when you’re angry. OK, good? Ready? Let’s go.
So! George R.R. Martin has confirmed that some fans on the Internet (you know, that thing you’re on right now?) have guessed the ending of — or at least part of the conclusion — of his epic fantasy novel series, A Song of Ice and Fire. Martin, while speaking at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, opened up about the world wide web’s impressive ability to piece together clues the author took great care to litter throughout the available texts thus far.
Turns out? Some of you really are as smart as you feel. So here’s to smug satisfaction, eh?
The whole thing has not been an easy pill for the author to swallow, though. In fact it’s given him a lot of pause when it comes to tackling the story moving forward. (Snap, crackle, pop: could this mean that “snobby book readers” — Maisie Williams’ words, not ours — could be part of the reason why the books have taken so long to be completed? The plot thickens, eh?)
“I’ve wrestled with [the issue of fan speculation online], because I do want to surprise my readers,” the author admitted to the Edinburgh audience. I hate predictable fiction as a reader, I don’t want to write predictable fiction. I want to surprise and delight my reader and take them in directions they didn’t see coming.”
Honestly, it was very nearly inevitable that something like this would happen. After all, the man does take years between novels (to his credit, they’re super freakin’ huge, though), and his fans are of an obsessive nature (an understatement), taking pleasure in scrutinizing the details for their own amusement and knowledge base. “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.”
As for what that theory could be? Many fans believe it may be in reference to a big, spoiler-y fan theory — stop reading now if you want to avoid it, we’re serious! — about the parentage of a certain know-nothing bastard.
Though Martin did not specify if that were the spoiler in question, it does feel likely. But who knows, maybe it’s this one instead:
“So what do I do then? Do I change it?” the author pondered. “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. Some of my readers who don’t read the boards, which thankfully there are hundreds of thousands of them, will still be surprised and other readers will say: ‘see, I said that four years ago, I’m smarter than you guys.'”
So what do you think of the revelation? Does that make you more or less excited for the series’ conclusion? Leave your thoughts in the comments!