George R.R. Martin Denies He Has Finished Game of Thrones Books

We may be close to see the highly-anticipated conclusion of HBO’s epic drama Game of Thrones, but the A Song of Ice and Fire saga is far from being finished. Recently, former GoT star Ian McElhinney seemingly revealed during a convention that George R.R. Martin had actually finished the two final books years ago. According to McElhinney, Martin would not release the books until HBO completed the series, since he struck an agreement with the network to delay them.

Now, Martin has replied to this rumor on his personal website.

I will, however, say for the record,” Martin wrote. “No, THE WINDS OF WINTER and A DREAM OF SPRING are not finished. DREAM is not even begun; I am not going to start writing volume seven until I finish volume six.”

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Then Martin explained that actually it is in his best interests to finish the literary saga as soon as possible.

It seems absurd to me that I need to state this,” he added. “The world is round, the Earth revolves around the sun, water is wet… do I need to say that too? It boggles me that anyone would believe this story, even for an instant. It makes not a whit of sense. Why would I sit for years on completed novels? Why would my publishers — not just here in the US, but all around the world — ever consent to this? They make millions and millions of dollars every time a new Ice & Fire book comes out, as do I. Delaying makes no sense. Why would HBO want the books delayed? The books help create interest in the show, just as the show creates interest in the books.”

Game of Thrones’ final episode airs Sunday, May 19. When do you think we will see the end of the A Song of Ice and Fire saga? Let us know your predictions in the comments section below.