Winds of Winter: George R R Martin Gives Middle Finger in Addressing Speculation on his Death

George R. R. Martin, the writer behind “A Song of Ice and Fire” and who is slated to release the forthcoming “Winds of Winter” in the future,” addressed the speculation that he won’t be able to finish the fantasy series before he dies.

Martin is 65 years old, and he’s said to be coming along on “Winds.” He’ll also release “World of Ice & Fire” this fall.

He recently spoke with Swiss paper Tages-Anzeiger, telling people who are speculating about his death: “[Expletive] you to those people,” raising a middle finger in the video.

“I find that question pretty offensive,” he said. “When people start speculating about my death and my health.”

On Monday, he made a new entry on his LiveJournal, saying, “It seems like I just got back from France and Switzerland… maybe because I just did… and now San Diego Comicon is on top of us.”

He added: “Given the sheer numbers of people in San Diego for comicon, I regret to say that I sign autographs ONLY at the designated signings. There are, you will note, five of them, which means I’ll be scrawling my name for five hours at various points through the weekend. That’s about all I can manage. So if you should happen to see me walking the floor, riding a pedicab through the GasLamp, having a drink or eating my dinner, feel free to smile or wave or say hi, but PLEASE do not ask me to sign anything. I can only do so much, and I do need some time just to enjoy the con and chill with friends.”

Martin posted a list of where he’ll be during Comic-Con in San Diego, which starts in a few days.

“Game of Thrones” was recently nominated for 19 Emmys–the most of any show this year.

In the competitive best-drama series category, “Game of Thrones” will compete with “Breaking Bad,” ”Downton Abbey,” ”House of Cards,” ”Mad Men” and “True Detective.”

Whether HBO’s “Game of Thrones” can take home the top trophy is another question: Only one fantasy or sci-fi series, “Lost,” has ever captured it, according to Tom O’Neil, author of “The Emmys” and organizer of the Gold Derby awards site.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.