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George R.R. Martin, author of the acclaimed A Song of Ice and Fire novels and also a friend of Deadspin, recently did an interview with Metro, in which he spoke about the differences between his books and Game of Thrones, as well as whether or not he’s working on writing The Winds of Winter. He claims that up to 20 characters have died on the show who will not die in the books, and, hey, speaking of those books, how are those coming along?

“I did not start to write slower over the years,” the American author explained. “I was working on the first book for six year and four years on the second one. Fantasists who release their novels every year, do not offer books of large volume. These are not 1.5k pages like mine, but, for example, 500. In addition, I have not become younger. Age does not add enthusiasm.”

Martin said that he didn’t even watch Game of Thrones because of a busy schedule of writing and also touring. Some back-of-the-envelope math shows that Martin’s pace actually has slowed down, and even if he released TWOW today, it’d still be the longest gap between books in the series. The man is still insisting he has pages.

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George, please, our greatest wish is that you own us in humiliating public fashion and drop the book. We want nothing more than pages. Fuck us up.