So you've watched the series. Twice.
You've read the books. Even the chapters with that character you reeeeally can't stand.
You've scoured the web. You've checked the references. You've even snuck into George R.R. Martin's house and taken a look at his dream journal.
And now, finally, you've got it. You're sure. Downright positive, even.
You know how Game of Thrones will end.
And you know what? It turns out - according to George R.R. Martin at least - you might well actually be right.
The author, speaking at the Edinburgh Book Festival, revealed that not only have some fans worked out the ending already - but that he won't be changing the ending accordingly:
"So many readers were reading my books with so much attention that they were throwing up some theories and while some of those theories were amusing bull--- and creative, some of the theories are right. At least one or two readers had put together the extremely subtle and obscure clues that I planted in the books and came to the right conclusion...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 came to the conclusion that changing it would be a disaster, because the clues were there. 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."
Now, of course, with the series already showing a willingness to veer away from the established plot of the books, it's distinctly possible that we could end up reading and seeing two very different endings - especially if the release date of the last novel comes more than a few months before the final series.
The only question, then? How does it end?
[Game of Thrones](movie:817617) will be back in 2015. The speculation about the ending will probably never end.