George R. R. Martin Says He Now Feels Free to Kill Off Even More of Our Favorites

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George R. R. Martin Says He Now Feels Free to Kill Off Even More of Our Favorites

By Cindy Davis | Trade News | August 21, 2014 | Comments ()


Whenever I think about George R. R. Martin, I picture him like Captain Stillman, playing with little Song of Ice and Fire character figures…

and gleefully imagining killing off as many as he can get away with. Apparently, I’m not too far off. This past Tuesday, Martin (along with Robin Hobb) spoke at the London Freemason’s Hall, and discussed his writing. Of particular interest were his comments about having more freedom to kill off characters, now that he’s reached a certain point in the books. Asked if there is anyone he *wouldn’t* deal a death blow, the author responded thusly:

“I have a large number of important characters who I switch between to tell the entirety of the story, and that limits who I can kill. Sometimes there’s only one character who’s my eye in a particular location, and if I kill that character everything going on in that particular subplot is going to be lost.

The way my books are structured, everyone was together, then they all went their separate ways and the story deltas out like that, and now it’s getting to the point where the story is beginning to delta back in, and the viewpoint characters are occasionally meeting up with each other now and being in the same point at the same time, which gives me a lot more flexibility for killing people.”

Um…whee?! Honestly, even though we make fun of Martin’s homicidal tendencies, isn’t that also part of why we love his stories?

(via Buzzfeed and Metro (a few more quotes at the link).

Cindy Davis, (Twitter) says “Just keep your hands off our Tyrion, George.”

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Comments Are Welcome, Bigots and Trolls Are Not

  • Maddy

    I have to say I really don't think this is news or he's going to deviate from his original plans. He knows that people know about R + L = J but he's not going to change that just for the sake of surprising people.

  • Maddy

    Look I guess we can't do spoilers here but there are quite a few people who I would love for him to kill ...

  • Scorptilicus

    One in particular that's heading for that POV overlap...

  • Maddy

    I really need to know who you mean but ... Sweet summer children who haven't read the books go away!

  • mzblackwidow

    every time I hear or read this man speak, I dislike him more. The fact that he won't finish his series of books started this feeling, but now I don't give a fuck because the show will finish them for us.
    Now, it's just him. Blech.

  • competitivenonfiction

    Is this a surprise? I mean do we expect these books to end with anything other than a bloodbath?

  • mzblackwidow

    do we expect them to end at all?

  • Sara_Tonin00

    I think his logic is kind of's so mechanical, that a character lives or dies based on the construct of the author rather than the way that world is turning. I mean, I know that partially sounds stupid to say, but it makes the plot points feel less than organic or honest.

  • Oh, hi Mr. Martin. Umm, just so you know. If you kill off Tyrion or Arya, I shall ascend Mt. Olympus, take whatever toy Hephaestus has most recently made, and BATHE THE WORLD IN A SEA OF BLOOD! know...fair warning and stuff....

  • What if it's Arya who kills Tyrion? WHAT IF THEY KILL EACH OTHER???

  • I could ALMOST go for that....

  • I prefer to think of Dark Helmet when I think of GRRM...

    ...but I see your point.

  • JoeK

    A+ Stripes reference. Would read again.

  • pomeroy

    Eh, he'd have to actually write something new for this threat to mean anything.

  • LadyUncool

    I'm taking this as further evidence that (you know who) isn't permanently dead in TWOW

  • Maddy

    Oh he definitely isn't.

  • Because "mostly dead" means partly alive....

  • Maddy

    Ok now I take back everything I ever said about wanting the Starks to reunite. NO MORE KILLING STARKS ESPECIALLY ARYA THIS IS NOT ACCEPTABLE

  • He should be getting close to the end. That means, time for some heads to fall!

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