As we wait six more painful days to find out who will end up on the iron throne when Game Of Thrones reaches its finale next weekend (our money is on Sansa), fans still have no idea how long it will be before the final two books of the series make their debut. Well, it looks like we might have some good news for you. According to GOT actor Actor Ian McElhinney (Barristan Selmy), Martin has already written books 6 and 7, but he’s waiting to release them until the series reaches its conclusion.

“George has already written Books 6 and 7, and as far as he’s concerned there only are seven books. But he struck an agreement with David and Dan, the showrunners on the series, that he would not publish the final two books until the series has completed. So if all goes well, in another month or two we might get Books 6 and 7, and I’m intrigued to know how Barristan, for instance, ends up going through those final two books. George, I talked to him during Season 1 and he did say to me that Barristan had a very interesting journey. But unfortunately I didn’t get to play all of that, so we’ll have to wait and see.”

Watch the interview where McElhinney gives up this tasty tidbit at Epic Con, below.

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