With the season finale of Game of Thrones only a few days away, the author George R.R Martin talks about the ‘Red Wedding’ episode last night on Conan.
Let me just point out that this man is a perfect hybrid of a crazy person and genius. For someone to create a fantasy world like he has, with all the characters that he’s created…and killed…no normal person can put this thing together. He’s a genius…a crazy genius, and we should be lucky that he’s still alive to explain some of his unnatural choices.
Fans of the HBO series are still recovering from last week’s ‘Red Wedding’ episode where Martin created a beautiful wedding…then decided to kill our favourite cast members! Including a direwolf! Conan asks Martin why he would do such a thing?!
Martin, “I always like unexpected things. I always like the suspense to be real,” Martin explained. “I want my readers and I want my viewers to be afraid when my characters are in danger. I want them to be afraid to turn the next page because the character may not survive it.”
Although it seems like Martin wanted us all to suffer minor strokes last Sunday, he still feels bad for the decisions he put down on paper many years ago.
Martin, “It’s one thing to kill these characters when they’re just people on paper, but when you actually meet the actors who portray them and you know you’re making people unemployed, it does bring up a certain amount of guilt feelings,” Martin told O’Brien.
…”At one point I had a drink in my hand and I’m talking to three of the cast members in a corner, and we’re laughing and having a good time,” Martin said. “Then I had this realization that all three of these perfectly nice people were going to be dead before it was over. It’s sort of awkward when you’re dealing with people who in essence you’ve already fired, but I of course fired them 10 years ago, before I knew them,” Martin continued. “So there’s some mitigation there.”