i for one actually think he will live to the end of the series
That would be the ultimate troll attempt by Martin that he'll live to finish the end of the series
HBO will definitely pass him up. I'm optimistic that TWoW will be out no later than 2015, and seeing that season 6 will be in 2016....But yeah, if they're going to divide books 6 and 7 into 3 seasons (seasons 6, 7, and 8), and not start ADoS material until season 7 (2017)....no fricking way in hell that Martin has ADoS out by 2017. Unless he starts popping out books every 2 years like he was able to do for books 1-3. But he watches so much football and travels all the time going to nerd conventions that I doubt he'll have it done. He can whine and bitch at HBO all he wants, because he brought it upon himself/he's at his own fault for it.