Everyone knows that George R.R. Martin is a special kind of sadist, one who strings you along, lets you get attached to a character, then gleefully relishes your pain as he brutally murders that character before your very eyes. It’s cruel, unusual, and at times utterly infuriating.
Just don’t expect him to change his style any time soon.
Speaking at a public event in London’s Freemasons’ Hall, Martin discussed many aspects of his writing, including his philosophy behind A Song of Ice and Fire. Fans of these Game of Thrones source books are eagerly awaiting the next edition in the series, but maybe they should just relax. It sounds like a bloodbath.
Here’s Martin’s explanation:
“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”
Great. More massacres.
While everyone has (hopefully) learned from their past mistakes and avoids getting too attached to anyone, this still seems like one of the more ominously prophetic statements Martin has made in a while. At least everyone can now brace themselves for bad things happening, which is sort of nice in a really sad, twisted way.