We always knew the 'Game of Thrones' TV series would deviate significantly from the books on which it's based, but now it looks set to overtake its source material.
That's because author George RR Martin is suffering from writer's block, and his latest epic – titled 'The Winds of Winter' – won't be released before 'Game of Thrones' series six starts airing in April.
Martin blamed his hectic schedule for the delay, but 'fessed up it was also partly his fault – "if truth be told," he writes, "sometimes the writing goes well and sometimes it doesn't".
He goes on: "Look, I have always had problems with deadlines. For whatever reason, I don't respond well to them."
Which leaves a rather big question: Will the TV show spoil the plot for lovers of the books? Martin's answer: "Yes and no".
Some reveals and twists will be the same as in the book, but, Martin insists, that shouldn't mean you can't enjoy both.
"It does not need to be one or the other," he writes. "You might prefer one over the other, but you can still enjoy the hell out of both."