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Shocked and Saddened

I was saddened this morning to hear about the sudden death of James Gandolfini in Italy, of an apparent heart attack. He was only fifty-one.

I don't recall that I ever met Gandolfini, though we may have been present at one or more HBO events over the past couple of years (those are large gatherings), but I was huge admirer of his acting. THE SOPRANOS was "must watch TV" for us every year it was on. A terrific show, with a terrific cast... Gandolfini first and foremost among them. It was the show that redefined drama on television, proving once and for all the audiences would gladly follow a flawed, grey, violent character, provided he was interesting enough. A ground-breaking show, an important show, it helped define HBO's "brand," and set the tone for many of the great HBO dramas to follow, including DEADWOOD, ROME, THE WIRE, BOARDWALK EMPIRE... and GAME OF THRONES.

Gandolfini was a fellow Jersey boy and Jets fan as well.

A huge talent. I never knew him, but I will miss him all the same.

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Ousia Cellier
Jun. 29th, 2013 10:27 am (UTC)
Hello George,

I just wanted to tell you. Do not let yourself make by all these crazy fans that want you to write the next Got book as if you were late to deliver a kitchen with all the equipment required. Of course, Its a torture to wait for you, but your life is entirely yours. Some of your fans just don't want you to mess up the end of an amazing saga just to please some people who have nothing in their lives but complaining.

Ps : If you want to kill Arya, please, give her a noble and epic death, same for Tyrion.

You are an amazing human being. And your books are extremely important to me. Take care of you . :)

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