Are Game of Thrones fans a little too bloodthirsty? Writer George R. R. Martin thinks so, especially when it comes to predictions that he will die before finishing the series. In a new interview he lashed out at readers who said he will not live to finish the rest of the installments of the saga.
The notoriously pokey author, George R.R. Martin thinks that predictions that he will pass away before completing his saga A Song of Ice and Fire (on which Game of Thrones is based) is a really sick fantasy. He has some choice words and a gesture with a certain finger for those who think that at 65 years old he will not be able to finish his epic before he joins the unlucky attendees of the Red Wedding.
George R.R. Martin Angry At Death Predictions
“I find that question pretty offensive, frankly, when people start speculating about my death and my health. So f**k you to those people.” he told Swiss daily newspaper Tages-Anzeiger while flipping the bird.
GGRM admits that he isn’t exactly cranking out the books – he started writing in 1991 and the first one didn’t get published until 1996 – at the rate the fans of the Emmy-nominated Game of Thrones would like. He still has two more books to go and frankly all the talk about his demise isn’t making him go any faster.
Game of Thrones Writing Isn’t A Fantasy Job
“I don’t know what I can do about it—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,” the New Jersey native who currently lives in New Mexico told Tages-Anzeiger of his creative process. “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.”
But don’t get him wrong, the author still loves his fans and knows that they are behind him even if it means years of work ahead for him. “It’s a terrific feeling, knowing you have not only a lot of readers or viewers, but that they’re so intense, and bringing so much thought and interest to bear,” he recently told Rolling Stone. “But maybe that’s part of what’s slowed me down – the knowledge that so many people are looking at every line, and waiting on every turn and scene.”
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— Carolyn E. Davis