Not so fast, Ser Selmy. We thought we may be getting the ending that Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin wanted thanks to his finishing the last two books of the series in the near future...but it seems we may still have to wait out the long night.
According to actor Ian McElhinney, who portrayed Barristan Selmy on the HBO show (and is still alive in the books, bee-tee-dubs), Martin had finished books six and seven of A Song of Ice and Fire. However, the GoT author responded to the claim on his blog yesterday, shutting down the rumors that both books are done.
“It boggles me that anyone would believe this story, even for an instant. It makes not a whit of sense. Why would I sit for years on completed novels?” Martin wrote on his blog. “I will, however, say for the record — no, The Winds of Winter and A Dream of Spring are not finished. Dream is not even begun; I am not going to start writing volume seven until I finish volume six. No, the books are not done. HBO did not ask me to delay them. Nor did David [Benioff] & Dan [Weiss]. There is no ‘deal’ to hold back on the books,” Martin wrote.
As posted to Reddit, during a panel for Epic Con in Russia, McElhinney claimed that not only had the author completed the last two books, but that HBO and the showrunners made a deal that he not publish the novels until season eight of the TV adaptation was officially over.