Posted on May 14, 2019 at 2:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

George R.R. Martin would like his readers to confine their conspiracy theories to his fiction, not his reality.

He took to his website recently to flatly reject a claim that actor Ian McElhinney, who played Ser Barristan Selmy on Game of Thrones, made last month about the final books in the Song of Ice and Fire series.

McElhinney had said at Epic Con in April that Martin has in fact finished not only the sixth book (The Winds of Winter) but also the final one (A Dream of Spring), and agreed to keep them under wraps until HBO’s series finished airing.

Martin titled his response to this “Idiocy on the Internet” and made the following observations about such a pact:

It makes not a whit of sense. Why would I sit for years on completed novels? Why would my publishers — not just here in the US, but all around the world — ever consent to this? They make millions and millions of dollars every time a new Ice & Fire book comes out, as do I. Delaying makes no sense.

Read his full denial on his website and listen to McElhinney spark this drama on iO9.

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