George RR Martin is, as Neil Gaiman famously once opined, not your bitch.It is eight years to the day since Gaiman wrote this to a fan on his website who had asked whether it was fair to feel that Martin was "letting him down" by taking so long to publish the later volumes in his A Song of Ice and Fire series. That was in 2009, meaning that that fan had another two long years ahead before he'd get his hands on the fifth book, A Dance With Dragons. If that chap was feeling let down then his disappointment must be through the roof now, six years later, still waiting for the next book, The Winds of Winter.Still, writing books isn't digging ditches. The creative spark cannot be harnessed and utilised like electricity, always available at the flick of a switch. George RR Martin is not your bitch.But.While Gaiman's comment still holds, won't somebody think of the fans? The culture of entitlement, where fans expect writers to be chained to their desks is one thing. On the other hand, six years is a hell of a long wait between series books.And fans of the books have four new reasons to gnash their teeth: HBO has announced four Game of Thrones spin-off TV shows, all with Martin's involvement. With the announcement came some quiet rumblings at that last detail. After all, if Martin is focused on developing four new shows, The Winds of Winter could slip back even further.
I've heard the fan theory that Tyrion Lannister may also have Targaryan blood. I've always dismissed it as kind of silly to have so many potential other Targaryen's out there beyond Dany, Viserys, Jon and Griff (if griff is really a Targaryen and not just some kid picked at birth to play one).But I started rereading the first book and when Jon Snow leaves the banquet at the beginning and meets Tyrion in the courtyard Tyrion is described as having hair that more closely matches the hair of Viserys and Dany as opposed to Cersei and Jaime. Cersei and Jaime's hair is described as looking like beaten gold while Viserys and Dany are described as having hair so blonde it was almost white. Tyrion's hair in that scene is also described as being white-blonde.Hair color has been important in other areas of the series like in distinguishing whether a child was really a Baratheon or not. Could it be that it's important here too and that's another reason why Tywin detested Tyrion because he was a reminder of Tywin's wife's infidelity?It could also explain why, in the tv series, Tyrion didn't immediately get eaten by the dragon's when he went to visit them in their prison.