Author George R.R. Martin
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", pauses during his masterclass at the Neuchatel International Fantastic Film Festival (NIFFF) in Neuchatel July 10, 2014. Reuters/Denis Balibouse

The shadow boxing between Littlefinger and Varys will get more intense in “Winds of Winter” as the story moves towards an epic conclusion. George R. R. Martin recently teased how Lord Baelish has an “upper hand” over his rival.

Martin took part in the Guadalajara Book Festival in Mexico. This is supposed to be his last event in 2016, and the author has also cut down on his engagements in such events even in 2017, in order to focus on completing the next book in “A Song of Ice and Fire.”

As expected, some of the questions from the fans were about his popular book series. The author did not comment on the progress of the book and when it will be released, but did tease one specific detail about the battle between Littlefinger and Varys.

Some of the fans have been speculating that the main story in Martin’s books is actually the hidden struggle between Varys and Littlefinger, something that is expected to intensify in “Winds of Winter.” According to a Reddit post, the author explained the relationship of the two characters at the Guadalajara Book Festival.

Martin said that both Littlefinger and Varys know a lot about each other. This has led to a stalemate. If anyone discloses the secret of the other; his secrets too will be revealed in turn. In such a scenario both will be destroyed.

However, Littlefinger has an edge, Martin revealed. Lord Baelish has a better idea of what Varys wants, while the former’s agenda is a little hard to decipher even for the resourceful eunuch. Lord Baelish is an agent of chaos and likes to be unpredictable.

Will Littlefinger win the fight against Varys in “Winds of Winter”? There are a lot of cliffhangers the upcoming book needs to address. It remains to be seen if Martin will use the same storylines from the sixth season of “Game of Thrones” or change things up to keep the fans entertained.