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?