There are many of you who have already heard that A Song of Ice and Fire author George R.R. Martin has elected to step aside during the production of the fifth season of the popular HBO Original Series Game of Thrones in order to concentrate his efforts on the sixth book in the series, The Winds of Winter.
While many were sad, and possibly a bit nervous, that the man who spawned the entire kingdom of Westeros from his imagination would be stepping away this season, we all knew that it was for the greater good.
Unfortunately, fans may not be equally as pleased to know what Martin has planned for the new book.
Earlier this week, George R.R. Martin participated in a round table discussion in London alongside author Robin Hobb where he discussed his life, his writing, and the upcoming A Song of Ice and Fire book.
If you think that Martin has a penchant for killing every character you hold near and dear to your heart in soul crushing fashion, we hate to be the ones to inform you that you may not have seen the worst of this just yet.
“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.”
We don’t know about you, but this comment has our minds spinning on just who’s life he may be planning to bring to a premature end in The Winds of Winter.
While we are all assuredly letting out a scream like Luke Skywalker did when he realized that his father was actually Darth Vader (spoiler alert), but Martin does make a fairly good point that we can’t particularly argue with.
“I could have written a story about a well-adjusted family. Ned Stark comes down to King’s Landing and takes over and solves all their problems. Would that have been as exciting?”
Of course, I think Sean Bean may have been on board for this, but at the end of the day, Game of Thrones would be much less exciting this way.
Here comes the part that none of us look forward to; the long and arduous wait. In the meantime, fans have plenty of time to speculate on which characters that Martin will brutally murder in the upcoming sixth book, and just how he can top the bloodshed that he has wrought upon our souls thus far.
Who do you think George R.R. Martin may be planning to kill off in the new book? How do you think those deaths will affect the dynamic in Westeros? Let us know what you think in the comments below.