Back in May of 2019, famed author, disappointment, and noted liar George RR Martin told fans that if the next installment in his popular fantasy series "A Song of Ice and Fire" was not complete by July 29, 2020, they would have permission to imprison him on White Island, which is home to an active volcano.
On his blog, which moved from LiveJournal to his own site, George had this to say:
"As for finishing my book… I fear that New Zealand would distract me entirely too much. Best leave me here in Westeros for the nonce. But I tell you this — if I don’t have THE WINDS OF WINTER in hand when I arrive in New Zealand for worldcon, you have here my formal written permission to imprison me in a small cabin on White Island, overlooking that lake of sulfuric acid, until I’m done. Just so long as the acrid fumes do not screw up my old DOS word processor, I’ll be fine."
Due to COVID-19, WorldCon is being held virtually this year so George RR Martin will not actually arrive in New Zealand for WorldCon in the physical sense -- only virtually.
However, fans are divided as to whether this means he is freed from the vow he made.
On July 23, 2020, George RR Martin posted the following image on his blog:
A desperate plea from a desperate man who does not want to face the repercussions of his actions.
Did George RR Martin create this pandemic solely to have a 'loophole' so as to not be imprisoned?
Will you personally perform a citizen's arrest if you spot George RR Martin?
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