George R. R. Martin was on Conan last night, which means that we have conclusive proof that he spent last night decisively not writing The Winds of Winter. But give the guy a break: The HBO series inspired by his “A Song of Ice and Fire” saga continues to set new records in its fourth season. And between the Purple Wedding and That Scene With Jaime And Cersei, it’s arguably winning the Monday Morning Internet War with Mad Men. (Serious thought question: Is Mad Men the Starks to Game of Thrones‘ Lannisters? In this metaphor, The Good Wife is the Tyrells, Once Upon a Time is the Martells, and Turn is the Greyjoys, GO HOME GREYJOYS NOBODY LIKES YOU.)
Not that Martin pays much attention to the Internet — at least, not when he’s writing. As the author revealed to Conan O’Brien last night, when he’s working on the “Ice and Fire” books, he’s working on a DOS word processor, with zero Internet access, and no pesky spellcheck, because Martin will spell “Daenerys” any god damn way he wants to.
Martin also chattily revealed that he thinks Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are more bloodthirsty than him. He didn’t specifically say they were more boobthirsty than him, but the implication is there.