The fandom of HBO's hit show 'Game of Thrones' are well versed in the pain of seeing their beloved characters die gruesome and horrible deaths. Adapted from the best-selling series of novels, 'A Song Of Ice And Fire', George RR Martin has weaved an incredible universe filled with treachery, compelling characters and plots, as well as death... lots and lots of death.
From the death of noble Ned Stark, to the poisoning of the villainous bastard King Joffrey, Game of Thrones keeps viewers and readers on the edge of their seats. You never know when your favourite character may meet their grizzly end, be it by a molten crown or beheaded on false charges. If you think your character is safe, then you haven't been paying attention.
Readers have been anxiously awaiting the publication of the next installment of the series, 'The Winds of Winter', and in the spirit of Game of Thrones, George RR Martin has teased of more heartbreak to come. Readers may not be happy to discover that he plans to kill off a bunch of characters in the forthcoming novels, however he also plans to unite characters through their story-lines, giving them the same viewpoint.
Speaking at a roundtable event in London with fellow fantasy author Robin Hobb this week Martin had this to say;
"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."
As if he needed to give himself more 'flexibility for killing people', Martin did defend his bloodthirsty style of writing, explaining that the series wouldn't be half as good without the gut-wrenching twists.
"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?"
The Winds of Winter is the forthcoming sixth novel in the epic fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin and is yet to receive a publication date.