George R.R. Martin Is Trolling Us With ‘The Winds Of Winter’ Updates

Because he obviously has nothing else better to do with his time, George R.R. Martin spoke to EW about the sixth book in the A Song of Ice and Fire series, which should come out around the time HBO decides the world needs an Arli$$ reboot. Here’s the point where I usually say, “The post is dark, and full of SPOILERS,” but I’ll redact certain words so that people who haven’t made it through A Feast for Crows or A Dance with Dragons can keep reading (go to the source for unedited text).

“I think we’re gonna start out with a big smash with the two enormous battles,” Martin says. Presumably one of those battles refers to the clash between [REDACT] army and [REDACT] forces in the [REDACT]…while the other takes place across the [REDACT] when [REDACT] attacks [REDACT] in an attempt to overthrow [REDACT].

In addition, Martin says, “We have more deaths, and we have more betrayals. We have more marriages.” Let the speculation begin.

The Macaroni and Cheese Wedding?!?

I also asked Martin about one extremely eagerly anticipated character pairing: [REDACT] and [REDACT]. What will their interaction be like?

“Well, [REDACT] and [REDACT] will intersect, in a way, but for much of the book they’re still apart. They both have quite large roles to play here. [REDACT] has decided that he actually would like to live, for one thing, which he wasn’t entirely sure of during the last book, and he’s now working toward that end — if he can survive the battle that’s breaking out around him. And [REDACT] has embraced her [REDACT] and embraced the [REDACT] words. So they’re both coming home.”

That “coming home” should get fans excited — unless Martin was merely speaking metaphorically.

Theory: the book’s finished, but Martin’s milking the attention for all its worth. The quicker he’s done, the quicker the TV’s show over, the less time he gets to spend time posing for photos like this one.

I’m onto you, Martin, and I support what you’re doing.

Via EW