Author George R.R. Martin thinks it’s “absurd” that he has to address the latest “Game of Thrones” speculation, but the man whose books are responsible for the hit HBO show took to his blog to shoot down a rumor that he’s withholding the next two novels in the “A Song of Ice and Fire” series until “GOT” ends.

Martin wrote in a blog entry headlined, “Idiocy on the Internet” — “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.”

The speculation all began following reports former “Game of Thrones” actor Ian McElhinney claimed during a panel in April at Epic Con in St. Petersburg, Russia that Martin had finished the books, but had made a deal with the folks behind the hit HBO’s show not to release them until the series concluded.

Martin said of the claim, “It seems absurd to me that I need to state this. It boggles me that anyone would believe this story, even for an instant. It makes not a whit of sense.”

Martin also said that delaying his books would not be in the best interest of HBO. “Why would HBO want the books delayed?” Martin wrote. “The books help create interest in the show, just as the show creates interest in the books.”

The “Game of Thrones” series finale airs this Sunday on HBO.

George R.R. Martin shuts down ‘absurd’ rumor that he finished last ‘Game of Thrones’ books


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