George R. R. Martin Has “Narrative Breakthrough” after Binge Watching LOST

ETA: April Fools!

Recently, the creators of HBO’s Game of Thrones officially confirmed that the TV show will be spoiling events in the as yet unwritten final two A Song of Ice and Fire novels. However, fans of the books just got a new shot of hope that book six, The Winds of Winter, will be released soon! Yesterday, author George R. R. Martin took to his Livejournal to announce he had a “narrative breakthrough” that will help him finish the beloved fantasy series this year:

It all fell together when I was binge watching LOST. That show is brilliant from start to finish, obvi, but I think we can all agree the most exciting part is the time traveling in season 4. Once I saw that it all clicked into place! See, fans have been asking me why I keep writing Dunk and Egg tales instead of finishing ASOIAF. But after watching LOST I thought: why not combine the two!

Martin refused to say which characters will be time traveling to the era of Dunk and Egg, but gave a few hints:

All I’ll say is that Bran can already time travel through Weirwood trees, Melisandre is working some series mojo up north, and Jon Snow — spoiler alert — warged into someone you’d never guess.

Martin then went on to discuss the appeal of Dunk and Egg, calling it “the story I truly wanted to tell”:

Dunk (aka Duncan the Tall) is fastidious and uptight while Egg (aka Aegon) is easygoing and slovenly. They are the original Odd Couple! I think I’m pioneering a new fictional form here: the circumstance comedy novel or CirCom novel.

Responding to a comment from Livejournal username CerseiQueenBitch2, who asked “NOOOO!! Does this mean everything is some fucking dumb heaven shit?” Martin said:

I won’t spoil the ending, but let’s just say things aren’t quite what they seem in the “island” of Westeros. ?

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