George R.R. Martin At The Neuchatel International Fantastic Film Festival (NIFFF) In Neuchatel
George R.R. Martin, author of the "Song of Ice and Fire" fantasy series that is the basis of the television series "Game of Thrones", gestures during his masterclass at the Neuchatel International Fantastic Film Festival (NIFFF) in Neuchatel July 10, 2014. Reuters/Denis Balibouse

Chapters from “Winds of Winter” were reportedly read by George R.R. Martin at the Mysticon event recently. Some of the fans were keen to know the fate on Jon Snow and asked him about it in the Q&A session later on.

The author is said to have read the chapters that have already been released by him. People were apparently asked not to record him while he read the chapters, but a video of from the Q&A session has leaked online.

The video posted on Facebook by Grant Mark Gugliuzza shows a fan repeatedly asking Martin whether Jon Snow is still alive. The author was asked how he comes up with ideas for his books and he replied that he thinks of them. Martin was also asked when the next book in “A Song of Ice and Fire” series will be completed, and the author gave his trademark answer “when it’s done.”

The fan appears to have tried to trick the author in revealing the fate of Jon Snow by asking the questions very quickly, like a Rapid Fire round in a TV show. When asked if the character is dead in “Winds of Winter,” the author held back and didn’t respond.

The author was also asked about the TV series, which he said he liked. When asked if he knew how the show was going to end, the author said “sure.” The last question the fan asked was again about whether Jon Snow is dead, the author responded by joking that the fan would be dead soon.

When asked about which character the author is happy to kill off in the series, Martin said that it is hard to kill any character because he considers them all to be his children. He revealed that his favourite character is Tyrion and the character he is finding most difficult to write for “Winds of Winter” is Bran.