If you're getting antsy wondering how Game of Thrones will end, you're not alone. Not even George R.R. Martin — the man, the myth, the author behind the novels that inspired HBO's hit series — knows how the network decided to wrap it up.
The A Song of Ice and Fire author is still penning the final two books in the series. He's currently working on The Winds of Winter — which is the second-to-last installment — and has been (admittedly) detached from Game of Thrones Season 8. Martin hasn't updated his version of the tale since 2011, so the network has had a lot of creative freedom in recent seasons.
During a recent chat with EW, Martin admitted he hasn't had time to read the finale script considering how preoccupied he is with writing his own version of the ending. He's reportedly been turning down appearances (as well as a GoT cameo) and refusing to dip his finger in the pie so he can focus on finishing his novel.
"I haven’t read the [final-season] scripts and haven’t been able to visit the set because I’ve been working on Winds," he said. "I know some of the things. But there’s a lot of minor-character [arcs] they’ll be coming up with on their own. And, of course, they passed me several years ago. There may be important discrepancies."
Early on, some fans were concerned the show would spoil the final two books, as after Season 5, HBO's adaptation surpassed the written saga. Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss recently revealed they found a compromise to accommodate fans.
"Now that the show is ahead of the books, it seems the show could ruin the books for people," Benioff told EW. "So one thing we’ve talked to George about is that we’re not going to tell people what the differences are, so when those books come out people can experience them fresh."
Martin also shared his thoughts about the pending finale. Like many of us, the author has "mixed feelings" about it finally coming to an end. While he will treasure the experience, there's one thing he regrets — not finishing the books on time.
"It’s been an incredible ride," he said. "And almost all of it has been great. Obviously, I wished I finished these books sooner so the show hadn’t gotten ahead of me. I never anticipated that."
However, Martin did play a major role in shaping the show's conclusion.
"It’s the end for a lot of people,” he said of the finale. "It’s not the end for me. I’m still deeply in it. I better live a long time because I have a lot of work left to do."
If you end up... dissatisfied with the impending Game of Thrones finale, the books might just serve the ending you're hoping for.
In the meantime, we have about a month to speculate. If you're all about fan theories, we have our fair share here.
The eighth and final season of Game of Thrones premieres April 14 on HBO.