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Author George R.R. Martin still has two books to write in his "A Song of Ice and Fire" series -- the novels on which hit HBO show "Game of Thrones" is based -- but according to the writer, some eagle-eyed fans of the existing books have already pieced together how the whole series will end.

During a recent appearance at the the Edinburgh International Book Festival, Martin discussed how he had mapped out his master plan for the popular series, but added that while perusing fan message boards, he came across several readers who had already figured out his ending. The prevalence of such wild -- and ultimately correct -- fan theorizing initially gave the author pause, he said.

I've wrestled with this issue, because I do want to surprise my readers. 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. But I can't change the plans. That's one of the reasons I used to read the early fan boards back in the '90s but stopped. One, I didn't have the time, but two is this very issue. 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.


As of now, Martin maintains he has no intention of diverging from his original plan, mostly because he wants to reward those who were clever enough to pick up on his hints. But there was initially an internal struggle over whether or not to deviate, he admitted.

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.'


Vanity Fair has an idea of the most likely theory to which Martin is referring, though of course, spoilers abound, and fans should click on at their own risk. In the meantime, readers still have two more books to devour, and viewers of the HBO show have until next year when "Game of Thrones" returns for its fifth season.

[via: The Telegraph, h/t Vanity Fair]

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