'Kingkiller Chronicle' Book 3 Author Patrick Rothfuss Not Afraid of Unhappy Ending

The Kingkiller Chronicle author Patrick Rothfuss shared a sentiment Saturday that should have anyone hoping for a happy ending for Kvothe in Book 3—The Doors of Stone—very, very afraid.

Rothfuss shared the most recent comic by Sarah Andersen, creator of Sarah's Scribbles and added a simple caption: "This." In the comic, an author holds up a sign reading "Happy Ending" before an enraptured audience, waving it before them until his readers are in a frenzy. Then, instead of delivering the promised happy ending, he tosses it in a fire.

Sure, it may be reading spoilers into The Kingkiller Chronicle Book 3 on the basis of a single word tweet, but the clear implication wasn't lost on Rothfuss fans, who responded with a flurry of jokingly angry tweets. "Kvothe is dead confirmed," one account said.

Retweeting one of the responses, Rothfuss seemed to imply that the possibility of an unhappy ending for The Kingkiller Chronicle narrator Kvothe shouldn't be all that unexpected. An astute reader pulled up a very telling passage from The Kingkiller Chronicle Book 2, The Wise Man's Fear:

"'It's not over if you're still here,' Chronicler said. 'It's not a tragedy if you're still alive.'

Bast nodded eagerly at this, looking back at Kvothe.

Kvothe looked at both of them for a moment, then smiled and chuckled low in his chest. 'Oh,' he said fondly. 'You're both so young.'"

In the The Kingkiller Chronicle frame story, Kvothe tells the story of his life to a famous Chronicler, with each book in the trilogy serving as one day of Kvothe's recounting. We don't yet know what's in store for Book 3, but we do know the ultimate outcome: Kvothe lives in hiding under the name Kote and the world of Temerant is at war because of something he did. Giant spider-like demons, called scrael, terrorize the countryside.

"All of this is my fault," Kvothe confesses. "The scrael, the war. All my fault."

A sad ending for Kvothe also fits with what Rothfuss has previously said about The Kingkiller Chronicle, which he has described as "a million-word prologue."

It seems possible Kvothe has unleashed something truly terrible, teeing up events for some future conflict, almost as if The Kingkiller Chronicle is setting up its own Sauron-scale threat for an inevitable Lord of the Rings (or, in Rothfuss' case, perhaps the War of the Chandrian).

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The UK covers for the first two books in Patrick Rothfuss' "The Kingkiller Chronicle." Gollancz Books

In The Name of the Wind and The Wise Man's Fear, it already looks a little bleak for Kvothe, particularly after his run-in with the Cthaeh, an omniscient monster whose words poison futures, as it says the exact thing it needs to say to produce the worst outcome decades in advance. Still, we're crossing our fingers that Kvothe defies all the odds stacked against him and comes out on top, despite whatever dark ending Rothfuss may have in store when The Kingkiller Chronicle Book 3 is finished.

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