When asked about the legitimate concern that he may never finish the series, the eloquent Martin had this to say:
He then flipped off everyone who dares question his actions.
Stay classy, George R. R.!
To be fair, his comments were in response to fans who worry he'll drop dead before he gets around to writing the final book in the series. I will admit that these "death watch" fans may be taking things too far and could have worded their concerns more tactfully. On the other hand, they have a point. The one-two combo of his age plus his mass is rather alarming.
Some may say that George R.R. doesn't owe the fans anything. That might well be true if he was writing standalone stories, instructional manuals or shampoo warning labels. But he's writing an epic multi-book series. He entered into a covenant with his readers when he began the story. The minute he published the first book, he tacitly promised readers there would be an ending. Didn't his parents ever teach him to not start something he can't finish?
In a way he's like a contractor who's remodeling our homes, but is taking eighteen to twenty years to do so. You did a great job on the kitchen, George R.R. Now when the hell are you going to finish the bathroom?
Fans have invested a huge amount of their time as well as their hard-earned money in this series. Can you blame them for feeling anxious when he doesn't seem particularly concerned as to whether or not it'll ever be finished? Especially when he's sitting in goddamned Switzerland giving interviews, for Joffrey's sake, instead of writing.
Even if you don't believe Martin owes anything to his fans, there's the matter of a little cable network called HBO, who might argue that he owes them. Big time. He's got a legally binding contract with them and they've already invested millions of dollars in him and his little story, and millions more are dependent on him someday completing the damned thing. I'm sure right about now the head of HBO is impatiently tapping his foot and staring at his watch, while George R.R. gads about the globe handing out interviews like a grandpa hands out quarters.
Martin continued to lash out at the very fans who've made him very rich, saying, "