If you’re still pissed, sad or confused over last Sunday’s Game of Thrones, George R.R. Martin creator of the books gives a fantastic interview to E.W. In the interview Martin says the “The Red Wedding” was the last chapter he wrote in a Song of Ice and Fire the 3rd novel in the series. Martin also discusses why the Stark’s the underdogs had to lose in such a significant way. Interesting Fact: The wedding though fictional was based on some actual historical events.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: How early in the process of writing the book series did you know you were gonna kill off Robb and Catelyn?
GEORGE R.R. MARTIN: I knew it almost from the beginning. Not the first day, but very soon. I’ve said in many interviews that I like my fiction to be unpredictable. I like there to be considerable suspense. I killed Ned in the first book and it shocked a lot of people. I killed Ned because everybody thinks he’s the hero and that, sure, he’s going to get into trouble, but then he’ll somehow get out of it. The next predictable thing is to think his eldest son is going to rise up and avenge his father. And everybody is going to expect that. So immediately [killing Robb] became the next thing I had to do.
Since Song of Ice and Fire so often subverts reader expectations and avoids traditional fantasy storytelling structures, should fans have any real hope that this tale will have a happy ending? As The Boy recently said on Thrones, “If you think this has a happy ending, you haven’t been paying attention.”
GEORGE R.R. MARTIN: I’ve stated numerous times that I anticipate a bittersweet ending.
What sort of reactions have you received from readers over the years about the scene?
GEORGE R.R. MARTIN: Extreme. Both positive and negative. That was the hardest scene I’ve ever had to write. It’s two-thirds of the way through the book, but I skipped over it when I came to it. So the entire book was done and there was still that one chapter left. Then I wrote it. It was like murdering two of your children. I try to make the readers feel they’ve lived the events of the book. Just as you grieve if a friend is killed, you should grieve if a fictional character is killed. You should care. If somebody dies and you just go get more popcorn, it’s a superficial experience isn’t it?
Check out the full article here at EW. Don’t forget to tune in to Sunday’s Game of Thrones season finale. I smell revenge!