George R.R. Martin has revealed that the ending to his "A Song of Ice and Fire" series has already been figured out by fans despite being about 3000 pages away.
The author, whose saga inspired HBO's "Game of Thrones," is currently in the midst of penning the sixth book in his series, "The Winds Of Winter," and during a trip to the Edinburgh International Literary Festival over the weekend, he revealed that his secret isn't so secret.
The author told Britain's Telegraph at the event, "I've wrestled with this issue (online fan speculation), because I do want to surprise my readers. I hate predictable fiction as a reader, I don't want to write predictable fiction. I want to surprise and delight my reader and take them in directions they didn't see coming.
"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," Martin added.
But the author has no plans on changing any of his storyline just because a few people figured it out.
"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 says. "You can't do that, so I'm just going to go ahead. Some of my readers who don't read the boards, which thankfully there are hundreds of thousands of them, will still be surprised and other readers will say: 'see, I said that four years ago, I'm smarter than you guys.'"
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