Ugh, you guys, something terrible just happened. George R. R. Martin admitted that some fans have puzzled out how the Song Of Ice And Fire series is going to end.
I know, I know, that sounds like a good thing. You’re probably patting yourselves on the back right now, congratulating yourself on your above-average intelligence and critical Game Of Thrones watching / reading skills. I did that too, for the first few seconds while I absorbed the headline. Because after all, I did just write up the particularly-popular R+L=J theory on this very site, and I was feeling pretty good about myself.
…but no! Stop! We can’t be happy about this, because George has also revealed that he has no plans to change the ending, even though some readers have figured it out. He says he’s only seen a few who have come to the exact right conclusion, but this is coming from a guy who claims to have stopped reading the GoT message boards in the 1990s, so it’s hard to know.
“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.”
So yeah, we have no idea which theories in particular are correct, or who the readers are who’ve come up with them…but regardless, George is going full-steam ahead, refusing to change his trajectory.
“I wrestled with that issue and I came to the conclusion that changing it would be a disaster, because the clues were there.”
I get that, but I’m also super bummed. It’s fun to speculate on where the story will take us next, but the author saying, “Yup, you got it, that’s right” really takes all the fun out of it.
“Some of my readers who don’t read the boards…will still be surprised…and other readers will say, ‘See, I said that four years ago, I’m smarter than you guys.’”
Ugh, George. Why you gotta be like that? Why can’t you just learn to write faster, and then none of us would have this problem? COME ON.