Now that the show has finally caught up with the books, it has become a waiting game of the highest order as to when Game of Thrones author George RR Martin will deliver on his much anticipated next book, as well as of course the question of whether it will arrive before season six of the show next year.
While we don't know the answer to that quite yet, we do know that Martin has (thankfully) thought ahead to how this whole epic saga will end. Speaking at the Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism the author said; "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."
Adding that he thought Tolkien did this "brilliantly" with The Lord of the Rings series. Seriously? We thought that final Lord of the Rings movie would NEVER END. Sometime we worry we never left that cinema...
Anyways, Martin also addressed the criticism he receives from fans for taking too long with his 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.
"I started writing about these characters and this world in 1991, and we didn't have the first meetings to create the show until 2008, so I got like a 17-year head start."
Yeah yeah George. Less talking, more writing.