The original Game of Thrones fans are still desperately waiting for Book Six.
With luck Winds of Winter will arrive before HBO screens the final eighth series of the smash hit TV version next year and Westeros (and possibly Hell) freezes over.
Either way, the show will reveal who is the final victor, long before Martin puts the words on the page.
It’s an extraordinary (and, for many of us, rather disappointing) turn of events and the TV show has already started laying the ground for the big revelation now that the true heir has returned.
All fans know that the books and small screen stories have started to diverge, for better and worse, but the showunners know how the books will end.
George RR Martin has told them who will survive and who will finally claim the Iron Throne. It is utterly inconceivable that the HBO blockbuster will change the crucial climax.
It had started to seem like a two horse (or dragon) race between Daenerys Targaryen and Jon Snow. Following their marriage it even seemed that both might rule together, just like in the gold old/bad days.
Nobody who knows how Martin’s mind works could possibly believe such a simple and neat solution is even remotely possible. Luckily, the ‘rightful heir’ has reappeared from the mists.
Fans of course, would love to see Tyrion hop up onto the world’s most uncomfortable seat, while those with a more twisted sense of humour would like to see Cersei triumph.
But everyone is forgetting the actual rightful heir, who has just returned after rowing off into the sunset years ago in Season 3.
Gendry is Robert Baratheon’s heir. He is what kick-started the entire saga when Jon Aryn was murdered trying to find him. It would be a dark and delicious twist if the search for the heir to the Seven Kingdoms actually finally ended with him on the Iron Throne.
Gendry actor Joe Dempsie has spoken this week about his return to the show.
Dempsie told Digital Spy: “For me personally, the only real hope I had for the character was just that he would be there when the reckoning came. You got the sense – even back in Season 3 – that this was a show that was building towards some incredible climax, so you just wanted to be there when it all happened.
“Not even necessarily just from a character point-of-view, [but] from a personal point of view – to be stood there on the set when they’re making that ending… that end game. So yeah, I’m very happy to be involved and be on set for season 8.”
How much sweeter his view would be from that infamous chair…