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George R. R. Martin. Just look at him up there, plotting new and exciting ways to break your heart then light it on fire in front of you. Always thinking up ways to destroy your favorite characters, never letting anyone in his books catch a moment’s rest. For years fans have known to tread carefully through a GRRM novel, and after last weekend’s Game of Thrones, fans of the television series have learn that same, painful lesson. And the thing is, that’s exactly how GRRM wants you to feel.

Last night Martin appeared on Conan, and explained how those unexpected, tragic turn of events keeps readers, and now viewers, on their toes,

I want my readers, I want my viewers to be afraid when my characters are in danger. I want them to be afraid to turn the next page,” Martin says. Well, guess what? ACHIEVEMENT UNLOCKED, MOTHERFUCKER. We’re afraid for everyone, now! You’d think we’d have all learned our lesson when Joffrey ordered Ned’s head lobbed off, but no, we’re still caught unawares when beloved characters kick the bucket.

Also, I’ve heard the story before, but I love when he recounts talking to actors who are pleading for him not to kill off their characters, and meanwhile, they’re already dead. Wah-wah.

Martin’s stint on Conan gets even better when O’Brien shows him a reel of all those Red Wedding reaction videos that flooded the internet Monday morning,

Yes, the man does live off your tears of anguish. And in the years, episodes, and books to come you’ll only offer more up to the mighty, GRRM. Were you completely caught off guard by The Red Wedding? Either when you read or watched it. Do you feel more prepared for tragedies to come?

Source: Team Coco via Blastr

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