Perhaps the most popular show on television right now is the hit HBO series Game of Thrones and it’s creator, George R.R. Martin, is now an unlikely superstar in the literary and television world.
But while the series is at the height of its popularity at the moment — something evident in the sheer amount of Emmy Awards is snagged this year — there is fear in the Thrones community that winter is going to come early for Martin and he’s going to die before he can finish the books.
Martin recently gave a caddy interview to the Swiss magazine Tagesanzeiger in which he called out so-called fans who think he’s going to die before he can finish the Game of Thrones books.
I find that question pretty offensive, people speculating about my death and health. So f— you to those people.
To be fair, Martin is 65 years old and has written just five of the seven planned books since first publishing the original book back in 1996. Almost 20 years later and the books aren’t finished and the show is starting to catch up — something that is causing show runners to alter the stories and go in different directions.
The show was going to do that anyways, but the common perception is that Martin isn’t writing fast enough. He clearly doesn’t care though and until someone starts writing for him, those fans complaining about Martin not finishing the books can’t really do anything except throw stones.