Exclusive: Must-see photos of 'Thrones' author's cameo proves nothing will stop the final books
Credit: Daniel Sawyer Schaefer/Go2 Z Ice/Syfy

Nothing is going to stop George R.R. Martin from finishing his Game of Thrones novels!

The bestselling author will have a cameo during the second season of Syfy’s post-apocalyptic thriller Z Nation playing himself as a zombie, EW has exclusively learned.

And as you can see from the photo above and the two others below, Martin is quite undead while signing his own books (and even tries to munch on one brainy copy). The title of Zombie Martin’s book is a fun tease — “A Promise of Spring,” which plays off A Dream of Spring — the expected title of his eventual seventh (and presumably conclusive) novel in his epic A Song of Ice and Fire saga. Currently Martin is working on Book 6, The Winds of Winter.

Declared Martin: “I just want to prove to my fans that even in the Zombie Apocalypse, the Song of Ice and Fire books will still come out!”

Martin will appear in the eighth epsiode of this year’s Z Nation, which returns to Syfy on Friday at 10 p.m. In the show, Martin has been imprisoned by a character called the Collector, who captures celebrity zombies and keeps George chained to a desk for his own nefarious purposes.

Martin previously had an appearence in Syfy’s Sharknado 3, plus featured in the 1980s CBS version of Beauty and the Beast, a show where he also worked as a writer. One program where Martin hasn’t yet had a cameo: HBO’s Game of Thrones (in the original unaired version of the pilot, however, Martin was a guest at Dany’s wedding).

Here are two more images of George R.R. Martin as the walking dead:

Credit: Daniel Sawyer Schaefer/Go2 Z Ice/Syfy
Credit: Daniel Sawyer Schaefer/Go2 Z Ice/Syfy

In Z Nation season 2, three years have passed since the zombie virus gutted the country and team of everyday heroes must transport Murphy (Keith Allan) — the only known survivor of the plague — from New York to California, where the last functioning viral lab waits for his blood. Although the antibodies he carries are the world’s last and best hope for a vaccine, he also hides a dark secret that threatens them all.

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Game of Thrones

HBO's epic fantasy drama based on George R.R. Martin's novel series A Song of Ice and Fire.

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