George R.R. Martin at a 2011 book signing
Game of Thrones
fans are a prolific and determined bunch. How prolific and determined? Well, at the recent Edinburgh International Literary Festival, the author of the epic fantasy saga, George R.R. Martin
, says he's stopped reading online message boards for the show because, to his chagrin, he discovered a few fans have already accurately predicted how the series will end.
Speaking to the crowd
, Martin said that while the fates of various minor characters are still unknown ("I'll make that up as I go along," he added), the major arc of the series and the emotionally devastating deaths of major characters have all been planned.
And it turns out that some fans are way ahead of him.
"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."
But while it threw Martin into a brief author's dilemma, he says he's going to forge on in his intended direction.
"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," he said. "You can't do that, so I'm just going to go ahead."
Martin didn't specify which of the many theories out there are the accurate ones, but he's still writing the final two books in the series, so there is plenty of time to add your fervent speculation to the bonfire.