Posted on July 19, 2019 at 10:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

George R.R. Martin admits it: He’s been slightly tempted to alter the final two Song of Ice and Fire books, based on fans’ reaction to the TV show Game of Thrones.

But he has resisted, telling Entertainment Weekly that “you’ve been planning for a certain ending and if you suddenly change direction just because somebody figured it out, or because they don’t like it, then it screws up the whole structure.”

The flip side of the show outpacing the books? Martin says the pressure to crank out the final books has somewhat abated — emphasis on somewhat.

Current predictions have The Winds of Winter coming out by the summer of 2020, after which point Martin has (facetiously?) given fans the right to lock him in a cabin until the book is finished.

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