The Word: George R.R. Martin to ‘Game of Thrones’ fans: ‘Be afraid’

Actresses Maisie Williams, Rose Leslie, Natalie Dormer and Sophie Turner attend HBO's "Game Of Thrones" season 3 premiere at Cinerama Theater on March 21, 2013 in Seattle. Credit: Getty Images
“Game of Thrones” actresses Maisie Williams, Rose Leslie, Natalie Dormer and Sophie Turner survived this week’s shocking cull.
Credit: Getty Images

George R.R. Martin, author of the “Game of Thrones” books, knows how freaked out you were by this week’s red wedding massacre. And he loves it.

“I want my readers to be afraid,” he told Conan O’Brien. “I want them to be afraid to turn the next page because the character may not survive it.”

Well. Mission very freaking accomplished, George, you sadistic genius.

Despite chuckling over his fans’ anguish like a demented Santa Claus, Martin admits that it’s harder now to kill off characters since it means rendering an actual live human unemployed. “I was talking to three actors I was just meeting for the first time. I had a moment when I realized they were all dead.”

Wow, “Game of Thrones” office parties sound like the funnest.

David Benioff, one of the “Game of Thrones” showrunners, said that when he first read the red wedding scene in the books, it hit him like a ton of bricks. “In the book, when the band starts playing ‘Rains of Castamere,’ you know something bad is going to happen.

“It’s the strongest physical reaction I’ve ever had to reading anything. I didn’t want to turn the page because you know something horrible is going to happen and you can’t quite believe it and you don’t want it to happen,” he told Entertainment Weekly.


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