HBO's "Game of Thrones" has yet to air a single episode — the sneak preview doesn't count— but already George R.R. Martin (pictured), the author of the “Fire and Ice” books the series is based on, has promised the story won't conclude by, "pulling a 'Lost.'" Martin, an avid watcher of "Lost," said in an interview with The New Yorker that he felt cheated by the ending of "Lost" and wanted a better payoff.

Well, it didn't take long for "Lost" showrunner Damon Lindelof to respond by firing back on Twitter with quips like, "winter is coming, bitch," and referring to Martin’s lengthy completion time of his latest book, "I’ve just been informed George is working on his feud response. I’ll have it in FIVE YEARS!" Lindelof also gave an interview to EW where he says he's a huge fan of Martin's work — especially his "Wild Cards" series — and this war (of words) is mostly playful.

I've never been shy about my criticisms of the "Lost" final season and finale, even if I thought it was revolutionary television and I very much liked everything else. So, I kind of have to agree with Martin here. And, while I've never read any of Martin’s "Fire and Ice" series, I've seen the first six episodes of “Game of Thrones” and it's pretty awesome so far. Hopefully, Martin actually finishes the books and he doesn't pull a "Lost" with the ending.