George R.R. Martin, author of the A Song of Ice and Fire series, just admitted that some fans have actually figured out the ending to the epic, seven-book saga.
According to the AV Club, Martin commented on the veracity of certain fan theories during a talk at the Edinburgh International Literary Festival.
"While some of those theories were amusing bullshit and creative, some of the theories are right. 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."
Martin won't change the ending just because a few sharp fans sleuthed their way to the truth.
"So what do I do then? Do I change it? I wrestled with that issue and I came to the conclusion that changing it would be a disaster, because the clues were there. You can't do that, so I’m just going to go ahead. Some of my readers who don't read the boards — which thankfully there are hundreds of thousands of them — will still be surprised and other readers will say: 'see, I said that four years ago, I'm smarter than you guys'."
A Song of Ice and Fire weaves a long, twisty, complex narrative. If you're only familiar with the TV series, you're basically just getting a sort of alt-universe highlight reel. A (potentially spoiler-y) trip to any fan forum will reveal just how deep the rabbit hole goes in terms of those theories. They're full of interpretations of the books' prophecies, heresy and speculation.
I'm personally gunning for Danaerys as Azor Ahai reborn, because, I mean, DUH. But this will be the biggest ever fan-gasm for those one or two people who figured it out.
The fifth and most recent book in the series, A Dance with Dragons, was released in 2011. The next title, The Winds of Winter, is forthcoming.