Kathryn Lindsay
Updated Aug 25, 2015 @ 1:37 pm
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So, basically everybody has spent all summer wishing for time to speed up so we can get to the next season of Game of Thrones. But before you wish away summer and fall so you can know what happens to Arya and Sansa and Dany and maaaaaybe Jon Snow, know this: We’ve come across some bad news. Apparently, there’s a chance that George R.R. Martin (aka, the author of the original books), isn’t able to keep up with the HBO series.

During a Q&A at the Sasquan science-fiction convention in Spokane last Thursday, fans asked the author when oh when will Winds of Winter be published. His answer? Not exactly what we wanted to hear (like, not at all). Here’s how Martin responded, according to Geek Wire.

He also explained that the sixth season of the show would continue to diverge from the books — and mentioned, according to Uproxx, “the omission of Arianne Martell from the television series.” Martin also stated that the show might opt all together for a “quicker alternative route” to the final resolution. Sounds mysterious, but hey. It’s Game of Thrones we’re talking about.

Some fans might see all of this as a disappointment, but take a look at the bright side: Two different stories means double the Game of Thrones action, which to me, sounds like a win-win.

As for Winds of Winter, the next installment in the books series? Don’t ask. Or, Martin threatens, he’ll “ask [his] minions to lop your head off.”

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