George RR Martin Says Some Game of Thrones Fans Have Correctly Guessed How It Ends

Frederick M. Brown, Getty Images
Frederick M. Brown, Getty Images

It has been well over a year since we’ve seen a new episode of Game of Thrones, and fans are getting restless. In the 16 months since the seventh season ended, viewers have been rewatching the old episodes, rereading George RR Martin's books, listening closely for any season eight spoilers from the cast and crew, and concocting all sorts of theories about how it will end—some of them more plausible than others.

With so many fan theories out there, it was only a matter of time before someone correctly guessed the ending. And Martin has confirmed that some fans have done just that—at least when it comes to the books.

Back in 2014, while speaking at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, Martin admitted that several fan theories have been directly in line with his own planned ending for Game of Thrones.

"So many readers were reading the books with so much attention that they were throwing up some theories, and while some of those theories were amusing bulls*** and creative, some of the theories are right," Martin said. "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."

You see? The ending is sitting right there just waiting to be discovered by anyone who can invest the time to rereading the books and analyzing even the tiniest details. Again, Martin was talking about the ending of his A Song of Ice and Fire book series, not the HBO series. And while they could be one and the same, the television show could also deviate from what Martin is planning. (Given the number of Game of Thrones characters who were killed off on TV, but are still alive in the books, it certainly wouldn't be unprecedented.)

Though there has been some speculation that both the book and television series will have the same ending, neither Martin nor showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have confirmed that—though they haven't denied it either. So, as per usual when it comes to all things Westeros, we're all just theorizing here.

As for the television series: We'll know for sure how Game of Thrones ends when it returns for the final time in April 2019. But as far as Martin’s books go, we may be waiting on that ending for a while—so keep the fan theories coming.

George R.R. Martin Doesn't Think Game of Thrones Was 'Very Good' For His Writing Process

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Kevin Winter, Getty Images

No one seems to have escaped the fan fury over the finals season of Game of Thrones. While likely no one got it quite as bad as showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, even author George R.R. Martin—who wrote A Song of Ice and Fire, the book series upon which the show is based, faced backlash surrounding the HBO hit. The volatile reaction from fans has apparently taken a toll on both Martin's writing and personal life.

In an interview with The Guardian, the acclaimed author said he's sticking with his original plan for the last two books, explaining that the show will not impact them. “You can’t please everybody, so you’ve got to please yourself,” he stated.

He went on to explain how even his personal life has taken a negative turn because of the show. “I can’t go into a bookstore any more, and that used to be my favorite thing to do in the world,” Martin said. “To go in and wander from stack to stack, take down some books, read a little, leave with a big stack of things I’d never heard of when I came in. Now when I go to a bookstore, I get recognized within 10 minutes and there’s a crowd around me. So you gain a lot but you also lose things.”

While fans of the book series are fully aware of the author's struggle to finish the final two installments, The Winds of Winter and A Dream of Spring, Martin admitted that part of the delay has been a result of the HBO series, and fans' reaction to it.

“I don’t think [the series] was very good for me,” Martin said. “The very thing that should have speeded me up actually slowed me down. Every day I sat down to write and even if I had a good day … I’d feel terrible because I’d be thinking: ‘My God, I have to finish the book. I’ve only written four pages when I should have written 40.'"

Still, Martin has sworn that the books will get finished ... he just won't promise when.

[h/t The Guardian]

Attention Movie Geeks: Cinephile Is the Card Game You Need Right Now

Cinephile/Amazon
Cinephile/Amazon

If you’ve got decades worth of movie trivia up in your head but nowhere to show it off, Cinephile: A Card Game just may be your perfect outlet. Created by writer, art director, and movie expert Cory Everett, with illustrations by Steve Isaacs, this game aims to test the mettle of any film aficionado with five different play types that are designed for different skill and difficulty levels.

For players looking for a more casual experience, Cinephile offers a game variety called Filmography, where you simply have to name more movies that a given actor has appeared in than your opponent. For those who really want to test their knowledge of the silver screen, there’s the most challenging game type, Six Degrees, which plays like Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon, with the player who finds the fewest number of degrees between two actors getting the win.

When you choose actors for Six Degrees, you’ll do so using the beautifully illustrated cards that come with the game, featuring Hollywood A-listers past and present in some of their most memorable roles. You’ve got no-brainers like Uma Thurman in Kill Bill (2003) and Arnold Schwarzenegger in Total Recall (1990) alongside cult favorites like Bill Murray from 2004's The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou and Jeff Goldblum in The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension (1984). Of course, being a game designed for the true film buff, you’ll also get some deeper cuts like Helen Mirren from 1990’s The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover and Sean Connery in 1974's Zardoz. There are 150 cards in all, with expansion packs on the way.

Cinephile is a labor of love for Everett and Isaacs, who originally got this project off the ground via Kickstarter, where they raised more than $20,000. Now it’s being published on a wider scale by Clarkson Potter, a Penguin Random House group. You can pre-order your copy from Amazon now for $20 before its August 27 release date.

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