GRRM would be pretty fucking stupid to follow the show: 1 - The shows sucked ass in the end. Why redo the same arcs that people hated? 2 - Less people will buy his book if they know how it will end, no matter if the middle is different 3 - The show took logical liberties and shortcuts that do not make sense whatsoever. Why go the same route in a to-be-released medium? 4 - The show has been very different from the books for a long time now 5 - I don't believe for a second he intends for Bran to be king. It was a huge letdown, and does not subvert expectations in a GRRM way. There are other more surprising and interesting options if he doesn't want the obvious choices. 6 - Jon Snow and Tyrion are huge fucking characters for GRRM. I don't believe for one second he means to shit on them like dipshit & dumbfuck did.