Game of Thrones Season 4 premieres tonight (Sunday, April 6) and the night before the big debut, author George R.R. Martin was kinda sorta on Saturday Night Live to discuss his lack of action when it comes to writing the final two books.
Double R was actually played by SNL-er Bobby Moynihan, complete with the author’s trademark suspenders, beard and hat. Weekend Update's Cecily Strong asked George about the rumors that it's taking him a long time to finish the books in the A Song of Ice and Fire series.
"Well, you know one problem is I can't write anything until I choose a title," he said. "So which of these do you prefer, Cecily: 'A Whisper of Yells' or 'A Bunch of Clocks'?" Cecily said she didn’t care for either title. (The real final two books already have titles: The Winds of Winter and A Dream of Spring.)
“George” said he's just burnt out. "The world is just so vast. Do you have any idea how hard it is to name one thousand characters?" He said a lot of the next book just takes place in Denver and the three kings of Denver are named Ross, Rachel and Chandler. Cecily asked how he got so far behind. What does he do with his time? He said he spends about 35 hours a week writing, but it's Game of Thrones fan fiction, which is "slightly less pornographic and I'm the main character."
Cecily asked him to just give one hint on what the next book is about. "I will tell you this," "George" teased. "It is 3,000 pages long. Everyone you've grown to love dies. And something very big is coming. Something very shocking is coming." He laughed. Cecily deadpanned, "Is it winter?" Yeah, he confirmed. It's winter.
The sixth book, The Winds of Winter, is coming ... eventually. We hope!
Watch the SNL sketch belong. It could've been better, but maybe it'll shame the real R.R. into picking up the pace.