Asked by one user is he was “able to read an advance copy of Book 6 of Game of Thrones to prepare for directing next season’s episodes?” Bender, under the alias MrJackBender, replied: “Yes”.
The response has sent the Game of Thrones rumour mill into overdrive, with many interpreting Bender’s reply as proof that George RR Martin has indeed finally finished his long anticipated sixth book in the A Song of Ice and Fire series.
But, according to fan site Watchers on The Wall, Bender’s comments have been interpreted incorrectly and the director was allegedly referring to the season six outline instead.
A source told the site: “Bender hasn’t seen an advanced copy/draft of The Winds of Winter, and must have confused it with the season 6 outline when answering the question.”
It has been reported that Game of Thrones season six will overtake the books given Martin’s current pace at writing each instalment, but it is thought that Martin has written an overview for the next novel for the benefit of the series’ scriptwriters.
He will be joined by Jeremy Podeswa, Daniel Sackheim, Mark Mylod and Miguel Sapochnik, who will each review two consecutive episodes after season five drew criticism for being too disjointed.