George R.R. Martin Teases More ‘Game of Thrones’ Deaths in New Novels
It’s been three years since the last book in George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series. Since 2011’s A Dance With Dragons, HBO’s Game of Thrones — the TV adaptation of the novels — has become one of the most popular shows in the known universe, drawing an entirely new group of fans to the books themselves. Of course, all the added fans meant a lot of added pressure: on the one hand, to finish the books before the show could catch up; and on the other hand, to maybe not kill so many characters people like.
However, it doesn’t look as though Martin is going to ease up on the bloodbath any time soon.
At a roundtable event in London with author Robin Hobb, Martin revealed that all hell is about to break loose in the World of Ice and Fire.
“The way my books are structured, everyone was together, then they all went their separate ways and the story deltas out like that,” Martin explained. “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.”
Naturally, although fans might balk at the news of more death on the horizon, Martin stressed that the series wouldn’t be the same without all the shocking twists, surprising turns, political backstabbing, and — well, gruesome deaths.
“I could have written a story about a well-adjusted family,” said Martin. “Ned Stark comes down to King’s Landing and takes over and solves all their problems. Would that have been as exciting?”
Well, no. It wouldn’t have. And that’s what we respect about Martin’s storytelling skills, as he chooses to tell a story that doesn’t go down as smoothly. I mean, he’s not wrong about the need for occasional, shocking deaths in a tale that is essentially the world’s deadliest game of chess.
That said, the idea of the new books giving Martin “a lot more flexibility for killing people” has us suddenly worried for all our favorites. Well, more so than we were already. They are characters in a George R.R. Martin novel, after all.