The Internet is dark and full of totally correct fan theories!
That is what author George R.R. Martin learned from his time spent on Game of Thrones' fans' message boards. While speaking at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, Martin admitted a very select faction of readers have correctly predicted GoT' ultimate ending.
"So many readers were reading the books with so much attention that they were throwing up some theories and while some of those theories were amusing bulls--t—and creative—some of the theories are right," he said, according to The Telegraph. "At least one or two readers had put together the extremely subtle and obscure clues that I'd planted in the books and came to the right solution."
So does that mean Martin's plans for the Seven Kingdoms has changed?
Martin, who still has two books left in the series to write, admitted he's "wrestled" with the issue, but is sticking with his original plan.
"I've wrestled with this issue, because I do want to surprise my readers. I hate predictable fiction as a reader, I don't want to write predictable I wrestled with that issue and I came to the conclusion that changing it would be a disaster, because the clues were there," he explained. "You can't do that, so I'm just going to go ahead. Some of my readers who don't read the boards, which thankfully there are hundreds of thousands of them, will still be surprised and other readers will say: ‘See, I said that four years ago, I'm smarter than you guys.'"
While not exactly a theory, many GoT fans have been rooting for Jon Snow (Kit Harington) and Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) to ultimately end up together, despite the fact that they've yet to even cross paths in the books or TV series. (There's also that whole theory about Jon Snow's true parentage.) And when we chatted with Harington, he said he found it "wonderful" that the pairing had a following. "I think it's great in the show pick their favorites and want that person to win, and it's wonderful to be involved in that and be one of the people that people think should be on the throne at the end."