George R. R. Martin: Some Fans Have Figured Out the Ending
There has been some controversy of late over the very likely possibility that the ending of George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire book series will be spoiled by Game of Thronesfinishing first, putting the show in rare territory as an adaptation that finishes before the work it’s based on. But it seems like at least some fans of the books won’t be spoiled no matter what happens with the show, since they already know how it’s going to end.
This is according to George Martin himself. During an appearance at the Edinburgh International Literary Festival, the writer admitted he stopped reading online message boards pertaining to his masterwork years ago after he saw that some fans had figured out the ending to ASOIAF.
“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—t and creative, some of the theories are right. 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,” Martin revealed. “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. 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.’”
George of course wouldn’t disclose which theories were correct, but we’re glad to hear that he’s not letting a few obsessive fans change the course he set decades ago!