George R.R. Martin has a book to write, people (two, actually). So please stop emailing him asking who it is squirming underneath that white cloth in Qyburn’s chambers. The pressure to keep the TV version of Game Of Thrones from lapping his A Song Of Ice And Fire saga has grown so great that Martin, usually quite fond of attending promotional events, has been forced to skip some upcoming promotional appearances. He even recused himself (or was excused) from contributing a script to the current fifth season of the show, which wraps up this Sunday. Ostensibly, this allows him to focus on writing The Winds Of Winter, editing anthologies, producing Game Of Thrones supplemental materials, and occasionally weighing in on those “holy shit” moments that seem to happen at least once per episode.
While Martin has graciously spoken to the media and posted on his blog about his thoughts on the show and the confidence he has in showrunners D.B. Weiss and David Benioff, there is a limit to the man’s patience (and bandwidth). After all, those Sansa chapters aren’t going to write themselves. And so, like King Joffrey recoiling at the filthy crowds at Flea Bottom reaching out to touch his gilded robes, Martin is kindly asking you to step off, and stop emailing and posting to his blog about stuff that is happening on the show.
“It is not my intention to get involved in those, nor to allow them to take over my blog and website,” states Martin. “Please stop emailing me about them, or posting off-topic comments here on my Not A Blog.” He does recommend some other places where those discussions can continue. “Wage those battles on Westeros, or Tower of the Hand, or Boiled Leather, or Winter Is Coming, or Watchers on the Walls. Any place that isn’t here, actually.” So you heard it from the Bard of Westeros himself: if you want to wage a Game Of Thrones battle royale in the parking lot behind Denny’s, it’s fine by Martin. Just leave him out of it.
Of course, one might imagine that Martin might be better served by having an assistant curate his emails or by turning off the comments on his blog. But one must remember that this is a man who still uses LiveJournal, the official blogging platform of Old Valyria, and composes his novels on a computer running MS-DOS the way the First Men and Andals did, so he has a respect for the old ways, and change likely does not come easy. Instead, respect the fact that if anybody knows that winter is coming, it’s Martin. So stop bugging him about it already.