Originally Posted by InspiredLebowski
So there's 4 books, with a 5th this summer? Will that be it or more to come?
7 total I believe. Originally there were only supposed to be three though but he spends most of book 4 just going on and on about characters that weren't even in the first book really so it's a lot of inflation. The author says he's already planned out a book release schedule that takes into account the show and he can do it in time.
The wife takes the imp because no one's supposed to know that she's not in her home castle. You see that the imp is surprised to see her and is already trying to figure out wtf she's doing there. Assuming he is the one who tried to have her son killed, then it's only a matter of time before he figures it out and something bad happens to her. It doesn't make as much sense from our perspective because Tyrion is shown and a pretty cool guy up to this point.