There has been an ongoing discussion on Reddit (and I assume various message boards all over the internet) on the future of the A Song of Ice and Fire book series, especially in relation to its TV adaptation Game of Thrones, after writer George R. R. Martin posted on his blog two days ago, announcing that The Winds of Winter, the sixth of the seven planned books in the series, would not be published before season 6 of Game of Thrones, which is supposed to be based on it. That is to say, for the first time, the adaptation will arrive before the source material does. Looking at the Reddit comments, most fans had assumed this would happen. This is how they explain the rather "pleasant" reactions of users on Live Journal to his blog post: people have come beyond the point of caring, because of the long waits (they have come not to expect the books to come out before supposed dates), but also because they don't believe George can any longer do what he has wanted to do with his plot. Some people even assume that HBO will do a better job of it (a particularly funny comment on this that I read was "Now all he has to do is watch the show and write down what happens."). So, does it matter that season 6 will come before The Winds of Winter? Should we care? But perhaps more importantly, and regardless of deadlines, how bad has George strayed with his two most recent books in the series? Can he tie the loose ends? Can he write a worthy ending to the series? And the age old question, what if he dies before this can happen? Hopefully there is enough of you here to talk. So, post away. EDIT: Here's also a cool chart a Redditor posted which gives a good perspective on the whole thing.