George R.R. Martin Really Wants to Have The Winds of Winter Finished in 2016

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If you're one of those viewers worried about the Game of Thrones show overtaking the books, you're in good company — George R.R. Martin is, too. In an interview with EW, the author says that he really wishes he had finished The Winds of Winter by now. Still, he says, he's confident he'll be able to get the book out in time for the sixth season of Thrones, which is expected to be comprised mostly of material from Winds. "Maybe I’m being overly optimistic about how quickly I can finish," Martin says. "But I canceled two convention appearances, I’m turning down a lot more interviews — anything I can do to clear my decks and get this done." Wait a minute ... Didn't he just take a new TV project? EW is additionally reporting that Martin is working with HBO on a sci-fi show set in the 1940s called Captain Cosmos. George!

Martin also told EW that he's thought of a new twist for the conclusion of Song of Ice and Fire, and the show won't be able to use it: "It’s nothing I’ve ever thought of before. And it’s nothing they can do in the show, because the show has already — on this particular character — made a couple decisions that will preclude it." Jeyne Westerling on the Iron Throne — you heard it here first.