Game of Thrones‘ popularity is soaring exponentially, which makes the 10 month break between each season harder every year for its fans. However, if you also happen to read the books, collectively called A Song of Ice And Fire, it’s even worse. Let’s map it out: the 1st book, A Game of Thrones, was released in 1996. A Clash of Kings came out 1998, followed by A Storm of Swords in 2000. Not too bad so far. However, it was a five year wait for A Feast of Crows, and another six years until A Dance With Dragons was released. Say what you will about George R.R. Martin, but he’s certainly meticulous with his writing.
The Winds of Winter is up next, but Martin has said the earliest we’ll see it is in 2015, which means there will be a minimum of four years between books 5 & 6. This has lead to some fans have wondered whether Martin will possibly die before finishing his masterpiece saga. When Swedish newspaper Tagesanzeiger asked his thoughts on these fan comments, Martin had some choice words for them.
I find that question pretty offensive, people speculating about my death and my health. So fuck you to those people.
And, just to hit the message home, he also flipped them the bird.
The words a perhaps a tad strong, but I can understand why he’s saying this. I’d be pretty pissed off if I kept hearing people talking about my passing so nonchalantly. This isn’t about people actually caring about Martin’s well-being, this is just them wanting him to finish the next book for them. I’d be a hypocrite if I said I didn’t want his next book to come out soon, but good God, I’m not going to keep asking if he’s going to die soon. The man’s only 65! Assuming he doesn’t gorge on fast food these next couple years, he should be fine.
That being said, don’t be surprised if we see the ending of the saga in the show rather than the books. At the rate Game of Thrones is going, the odds are most certainly in their favor…wait, sorry, wrong Games franchise.
SOURCE: Tagesanzeiger (via io9)