If you’ve read Game of Thrones, you know the series is actually called A Song of Ice and Fire—Game of Thrones was merely the first novel in the collection. You also know that Sansa never actually marries Ramsey, Barristan Selmy is still alive and Lady Stoneheart is kicking grotesque ass in the Riverlands. Quite different from the HBO show.
But if you haven’t been keeping up with the show and only read the books, you still think Jon Snow is dead.
Spoiler alert: He’s back, baby. And no thanks to George R.R. Martin. Though Martin penned the first five novels between 1996 and 2011, the last two have been forthcoming for what feels like forever now. The internet has been begging Martin to stop procrastinating (this vid from Corey Palmer is so, so funny) and get back to work. They’ve even begun speculating that his upcoming Dublin World Con appearance will include a Winds of Winter announcement (even though he said it won’t).
But here’s why it’s time to cut Martin a break: Why should he finish the novels at this point? He gave David Benioff and D.B. Weiss a glorious running start, and now, they’ve already proven their ability to craft original material with seasons five through seven (yes, I’m fully aware that there were eight seasons…).