George R.R. Martin doesn't understand why we care so much about Game of Thrones spoilers

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Jan 11, 2016, 4:28 PM EST (Updated)

As George R.R. Martin toils along writing the final chapters in his massive Song of Ice and Fire saga, fans are preparing for the fact that the ending will almost certainly be spoiled by HBO’s hit series Game of Thrones, which has essentially caught up with the books this season.

So what does Martin have to say about everyone freaking out over spoilers? Basically, chill out. Martin chatted with The Verge at a recent premiere event for the series, and said he remains baffled at how people are still stressing over the series potentially revealing plot points not yet explored in the novels. According to Martin, readers (and viewers) should be following along for the experience, not just some basic plot point:

“This whole concept of spoilers is one that I've never gotten. Yes, there's a pleasure when you're reading a book, or watching a television show — What will happen next? Who will win? Who will lose? But that is by no means the only reason to watch a movie or a television show. It's not the only reason to read a book.

I read a lot of historical fiction, you know? I know who won the Civil War — it's not a spoiler to me. But I can still enjoy Gettysburg, even though I know how the battle came out. I can still enjoy historical fiction about the Wars of the Roses, even though I know who won the Wars of the Roses. And for that matter, I still enjoy watching Citizen Kane every few years even though I know 'Rosebud' is the sled. So there — I just gave a terrible spoiler to all the people who haven’t seen Citizen Kane. Rosebud is the sled, but nonetheless, you should still watch Citizen Kane, because it's incredible!”

Martin makes some good points, though on the flip side, knowing some critical piece of information can definitely affect your enjoyment of the story. But yeah, life’s a journey, dig it, etc. Definitely a good angle to take. Especially since Game of Thrones will almost certainly resolve the story before Martin gets his final book finished.

What’s your take on spoilers? Will the books be ruined if Game of Thrones reveals the ending first?

(Via The Verge)