George R.R. Martin reveals fans have already guessed Thrones' secret ending

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Aug 13, 2014, 1:50 PM EDT (Updated)

Apparently, some Game of Thrones fans have already guessed the ending to George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire saga. 

They just don’t know it, yet.

Martin clearly knows which major characters will live or die in the next two books, although the fates of minor characters is something still up in the air. "I don't necessarily know their future and whether they will live or die. I'll make that up as I go along."

But as for the super-duper secret ending?

George R.R. Martin says that a few fans have indeed managed to piece together “subtle and obscure” clues he’d sprinkled here and there in the books, to actually come up with the secret ending. Which could have been a problem.

“I’ve wrestled with [the issue of fan speculation online], because I do want to surprise my readers. I hate predictable fiction as a reader, I don’t want to write predictable fiction. I want to surprise and delight my reader and take them in directions they didn’t see coming … At least one or two readers had put together the extremely subtle and obscure clues that I’d planted in the books and came to the right solution. So what do I do then? Do I change it? I wrestled with that issue, and I came to the conclusion that changing it would be a disaster, because the clues were there. You can’t do that, so I’m just going to go ahead. Some of my readers who don’t read the boards, which thankfully there are hundreds of thousands of them, will still be surprised and other readers will say: ‘see, I said that four years ago, I’m smarter than you guys.'”

What do you guys think? Do you believe you’re one of those "one or two readers" who've managed to find out how A Song of Ice and Fire will end? What are your theories?

(The Telegraph via EW)