George R.R. Martin may be the only person who truly knows how the A Song of Ice and Fire series will end, but the author has recently admitted that some fan theories have correctly predicted his endgame.
Speaking recently at the Edinburgh International Literary Festival, Martin confessed that he ceased reading online fan theories when he realized some fans had accurately guessed where the series is heading.
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 bullshitt 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.
More, after the jump.
This shouldn’t come as much of a surprise to Martin or to fans. The already popular books have only become more so since the debut Game of Thrones on HBO. With a fan base this rabid and one in which thousands of theories are exchanged daily on the web, someone was bound to follow enough of Martin’s breadcrumbs to a correct guess.
The good news is that Martin doesn’t plan to change course simply to keep fans off the trail.
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.
Here at WIC, we’re glad George is sticking to his guns. Both sullied and unsullied fans deserve to see things play out as Martin always intended. Besides, while the ending will certainly be thrilling, the journey is so much fun, we’re in no hurry to turn the final page.