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It’s safe to say that fans are interested in Game of Thrones news, whether it be about HBO’s hit series or the Song of Ice and Fire books written by George R. R. Martin. I wish we could finally tell you that the long-awaited Winds of Winter book is being prepped to hit shelves, but that would be a lie. What isn’t a lie is the news that Martin plans to kill off more of our favorite characters in the books moving forward. While that isn’t a shock, it should lead to more blood and gore on our televisions, as well.
Martin recently made the announcement during a speaking engagement with Robin Hobb. During the engagement, George R. R. Martin dropped the bomb that he’s been moving his characters around like intricate chess pieces. First, many of the characters came together, allowing Martin to introduce fans to a lot of characters in a relatively short span of time. Then, as we’ve seen on the TV show, the storyline became stretched and many of the show’s biggest characters went on separate journeys. As reported by Buzzfeed, that will all soon change, and when it does change, the fates of his characters will become much more uncertain. But don’t take it from me, here’s the quote…
“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.”
In the same interview, George R. R. Martin also discusses his fascination for death and torture at an early age. Again, this isn’t surprising, as it would take a mind well-suited to the macabre to be able to concoct the storylines the fantasy author is able to come up with and write about in such intricate detail.
“I had these cheap alien toys and I made up stories for them. They were space pirates. They didn’t have names so I made up names. These were the first stories I wrote. Even as a little kid I was thinking about torture.”
Of course, all of these interesting quotes don’t tell us much about where the characters are going in Winds of Winter. In some ways, it’s nice to think about some of the characters as being less isolated and coming more into contact with one another. However, with contact comes death and I can’t wait to catch all of the grisly details when the book eventually sees the light of day. The one thing that I can tell you for certain is that I will spend the rest of the day fantasizing about who is going to bite the dust and how. It’s times like these that I really wish for a Game of Thrones edition of the board game Clue.
If you are interested in The Winds of Winter, you are in luck. A while back, Martin released a chapter from the novel. If you haven’t caught it, you can check out the sneak peek on his blog.