With season four of 'Game of Thrones' rapidly on its way George R. R. Martin is under some considerable pressure to get his next book done before the television series catches up. However there are those who are worried about how it will end.
For fans of 'A Song of Ice and Fire', and indeed lovers of HBO's television series it is a legitimate concern that something could happen to George R. R. Martin and he wouldn't be able to give the story of Westeros an ending, an ending which is over a decade in the making. Should this happen it would change an agonising wait for some into an eternal and painful longing.
George R.R Martin's health aside there are also those that think that his world is too vast, there are too many characters and there is too much going on that he won't be able to tie it all together and give it a satisfying ending that makes sense in just two more books. Surely he'd need at least ten more to get through everything that needs covering?
But the author, who has recently asked fans to stop pressuring him, has taken steps to reassure his avid fan-base. For those of you that are afraid that, heaven forbid, he'll pop off before he finishes writing, or God knows what else, he has already decided how 'Game of Thrones' will end, and has even told television series showrunners David Benioff and D.B Weiss so they can carry on the legacy should he be unable to.
And to those detractors out there thinking to themselves that surely the author will write himself into a corner and be unable to get to that ending Martin has an answer for that too. He explains on Empire Magazines Webcast that he has already written himself a get out of jail card.
"Two BIG books. 1500 manuscript pages each -- that's 3000 pages. I think I have a good shot. And you know, if I really get pressed, I've already established that red comet. I can just have it hit Westeros and wipe out all life." Personally I think this ending would be worse than 'they woke up and it was all a dream', but I can't be sure if he's joking or not. Probably not.
Martin, who was told to get a move-on by HBO is currently writing the sixth book in the series 'Winds of Winter' which is proving a particularly long wait for fans wanting to know what happens in the various cliff-hangers Martin had written into 'A Dance With Dragons'. However rest assured Martin does have a plan
"I hate outlines. I have a broad sense of where the story is going; I know the end, I know the end of the principal characters, and I know the major turning points and events from the books, the climaxes for each book, but I don't necessarily know each twist and turn along the way," he explains. "That's something I discover in the course of writing and that's what makes writing enjoyable. I think if I outlined comprehensively and stuck to the outline the actual writing would be boring."
So there you have it, we certainly don't want the writing to be boring, and otherwise we'll be waiting for such a long, long time. However until then Game of Thrones will be back next year for its fourth season, in what promises to be the best one yet!
Daniel Wood is a graduate from Bristol, who has an unhealthy obsession with crime fiction, a secret passion for superheroes and an avid love for all things fantasy. Consequently he also has a very understanding girlfriend! Follow Daniel on Twitter.
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