"Winter is coming, I told you, long ago. and so it is", he wrote on his personal blog Monday.
Don't ask Kit Harington or Sophie Turner about the disappointing final season of Game of Thrones as the actors, who played Jon Snow and Sansa Stark in the fantasy drama, say it is "disrespectful" to assume that people behind the show did not give their best.
Finding the words to write this post has left me overwhelmed with how much I want to say but how small words feel in comparison to what this show and Dany have meant to me. He says "A Dream of Spring" will follow.
As you've probably gathered if you've gone on the internet in the past 48 hours, people are really not happy about the way Game of Thrones ended. Because they cared about the characters. The series finale, which capped off a story that was nine years in the making, was one of the most anticipated in television history. The interview went viral after the show's penultimate episode, which showed Daenerys and her last-standing dragon, Drogon, burning Kings Landing (and its people) to the ground.
Many people were incredibly excited for the final season of the HBO program - so much so that they signed up to streaming services like Foxtel, Sky Atlantic and HBO just so they could get it when it came out and not download it off a dodgy site. "I expect these last two books of mine will fill 3,000 manuscript pages between them" - or more!
He also promises to follow-up on characters that are still alive in the books (though dead on the show) or that were never introduced during the adaptation's eight-season run... including Catelyn Stark's posthumous, vengeance-fueled alter ego, Lady Stoneheart. And yes, there will be unicorns... of a sort...
To fans wondering whether the "real" ending is in the books or TV show, Martin suggested they decide for themselves.
"Well. yes. And no", Martin writes.