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Game Of Thrones Writer To Keep Fans Waiting
Game Of Thrones fans are going to have to carry on predicting storylines after writer George RR Martin told Sky News he had still not finished the latest book.
Speaking to Sky's Niall Paterson during the Edinburgh International Book Festival, the author revealed that some readers have correctly guessed how his A Song Of Ice And Fire series will end.
Martin said he has read forums and websites where theories are discussed.
"Many of the theories were completely off base and wrong but some people got them right," he said.
He added that he had considered changing the narrative but decided "that way lay disaster".
"I had laid in clues and things that pointed to a particular thing and if I now changed it because one person in one thousand had figured it out, the new solution would not be satisfactory."
But the American novelist said fans will only be able to read the next book "when it's done".
Martin, 65, said the scale of the series' popularity was "astonishing".
The show, set in the fictional land of Westeros, has been criticised for its violent content.
But Martin dismissed this, saying fantasy had originally been considered a genre for children and that people were still getting used to the adult content.
Series four of Game Of Thrones finished on Sky Atlantic in June and filming has begun on the fifth series.
On Monday, it was announced that actor JJ Murphy, 86, had died just days after starting the role of Ser Denys Mallister.