Game of Thrones author George RR Martin is sick of people saying he might die before finishing the Song of Ice and Fire series. And he’s given them a rather strongly-worded warning.
Asked whether he’ll ever finish the novels the hit HBO series is based on, Martin said, “I find that question pretty offensive, frankly, when people start speculating about my death and my health. So, f*** you to those people.”
He even added a fitting gesture to camera to back up his point. Which has already been turned into a gif. Naturally.
65-year-old Martin published A Game of Thrones, the first book in the series, almost 20 years ago and since the most recent novel A Dance With Dragons (the fifth in the seven-book run) took six years to write, some fans are concerned that he won’t be able to keep up with the TV series – or finish the last two remaining books at all.
The author himself isn’t concerned though. Speaking to Swiss newspaper Tages-Anzeiger, he said: “I can’t write many more than one word at a time. I’m 65 years old now; I’ve been writing professionally since 1971. I know my working methods.
“I don’t work when I travel, I don’t work in hotels, I don’t work on airplanes, I don’t work on trains. I work at home, when I have a nice, big uninterrupted block of time in which I can really lose myself in my work. And it’s worked for me for my entire adult life. I’m not going to change it now because some people are too impatient to wait for the next book.”
Well, that shuts us up…
Game of Thrones will return for a fifth series next year.
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