George R.R. Martin, author of the “Song of Ice and Fire” heptalogy that provides the basis for HBO’s “Game of Thrones”, has recently talked candidly about the future of the series. The epic-fantasy-series writer was visiting his alma mater Northwestern University on Wednesday for induction into the Medill School of Journalism’s Hall of Achievement. As part of the event, Martin did a Q&A session with a sold-out crowd, where he talked about his career, Justin Bieber and, of course, Game of Thrones.
Despite starting his A Song of Ice and Fire novel series a full 17 years before the first meetings for the HBO series took place, Martin admits he never expected it to catch up with the books.
“I’ve been hearing them come up behind me for years, and the question is, ‘How can I make myself write faster?’ I think by now the answer is, ‘I can’t’. I write at the pace I write and what the show is doing is not going to change what the books are.”
Martin originally planned to have finished his novels by 1998, but fans have been waiting more than four years for the sixth installment, “The Winds of Winter” to reach shelves. Rumor has it that it could be out in early 2016 to beat the sixth season of the show but as of yet, nothing has been confirmed.
Martin, the 67-years-old author is careful to keep his storyline secrets under wraps, but did drop some hints about what readers can expect from the final scenes of the saga.
“I think you need to have some hope. We all yearn for happy endings in a sense. Myself, I’m attracted to the bittersweet ending. People ask me how Game of Thrones is gonna end and I’m not gonna tell them, but I always say to expect something bittersweet in the end.”
Game of Thrones will return to HBO for season 6 sometime in spring 2016.