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In Memoriam

For those of you who were not able to come to San Diego for Comicon... or get into Hall H for the GAME OF THRONES panel... here's the video that kicked off the proceedings, a tribute to all those we have loved (or not) and lost during the first three seasons of the show.

Seen all together like that, it does make me seem rather a bloody bastard, doesn't it?

In my own (feeble) defense, however, let me point out that Irri, Rakharo, the Thirteen of Qarth, Xaro Xhoan Daxos, Mago (not seen in the video), and Pyat Pree are all still alive and well (more or less) in the books as of the end of A DANCE WITH DRAGONS.  Like the guys in Spinal Tap, David and Dan do like to turn things up to 11.

Robb's wife is alive in the novels too, but Jeyne Westerling is an entirely different person than Talisa Maegyr with an entirely different fate.  Ros does not exist in the books, but of the characters she replaced, Kyra is dead, but Chataya and Alayaya are still around.

As to where we go from here... season four is coming, and no one is safe on GAME OF THRONES.

Not even those who you think might be safe for another book or two, from reading my novels.


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Robert Anton
Jul. 25th, 2013 03:56 pm (UTC)
Suspiciously missing
Couldn't help but notice that Syrio Forel wasn't in the video. Just sayin'..
Jul. 26th, 2013 06:12 am (UTC)
Re: Suspiciously missing
Re: Suspiciously missing - candream - Jul. 26th, 2013 08:37 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: Suspiciously missing - Michelle Goodbred McRoberts - Jul. 26th, 2013 06:02 pm (UTC) - Expand
Jul. 25th, 2013 04:05 pm (UTC)
Hello George! greetings from russia

I would like to ask a question. I didn't found an answer so maybe you could - If there was a House of Martin in Westeros what it would be like? What would be pictured on a house banner? And which major house it would serve?
Dante Venturini
Jul. 25th, 2013 04:20 pm (UTC)
Jeyne Westerling
I thought that with the dead of talisa in the series, the character of jayne westerling would not appear any more in the book...but the sentence "entirely different fate" makes me wonder about it.


PD: I don´t think you´re a bloody bastard... but there are so many of them in the books....
Jon DeMuria
Jul. 25th, 2013 04:26 pm (UTC)
The Hardest

After the Red Wedding who was the hardest character to kill off? I'm assuming Ned, but I guess I could be wrong? Keep up the great work!
Jul. 25th, 2013 04:27 pm (UTC)
thank you!)))
Jul. 25th, 2013 04:29 pm (UTC)
Just please don't kill Hodor! :P
Jul. 25th, 2013 04:44 pm (UTC)
Jeyne Westerling's fate is something everyone loves to theorize, especially if she has a baby or not. Speculation which died down after Talisa died in the RW I think now will restart with vigour!

Thank you for posting the video as I am one of the many unfortunate one who could not be at SDCC
Jul. 25th, 2013 04:46 pm (UTC)
Wow, great stuff. Thanks for Westeros Mr. Martin. It truly is an extrordinary world, and I have had an entirely awesome time reveling in it.
Jul. 25th, 2013 04:48 pm (UTC)
Is it my own wishful thinking, or is Syrio not in there?
Jul. 26th, 2013 08:38 am (UTC)
He wasn't ...
Katherine Almonte
Jul. 25th, 2013 04:54 pm (UTC)
The butcher's boy?
What's up with him? no one care about him... =[ even me...

A user from Youtube remind me about this character.
Jul. 25th, 2013 04:55 pm (UTC)
You killed all the good guys
First sorry for my poor engilsh...
Your defense is even feebler becuase you killed some of the most beloved characters, so keeping Irri and the rest alive doesn't make out for it.
But I still think that the fact that your books are so fucking sad works at both sides, because its so terribly sad its also heart-touching and... well wonderful.

I know you don't have the time to read this but I opened this user only to contect you because I just had to share my love to your books... well to write it all will take some hours so I just want to say these are the best books I've ever read in any measure, I just can't explain it in a few words.

Well, thats about it. Didn't really manage to write what I intended to write but thats should do...

P.S - Nothing will make me happier than Jaime Lannister be remembered as Golden Hand the Good (well after you killed Ned and Robb and the rest) :D
Thanks for being awesome!

Edited at 2013-07-25 04:58 pm (UTC)
Chris Huggins
Jul. 25th, 2013 04:59 pm (UTC)
Thats what makes them special
But that is what makes it brilliant. In a world where no-one important dies, there can be no fear, with no fear there is no concern, without concern we cannot appreciate how much we care for a character. I love your books because you kill off favorites, twist people into bad guys and redeem those we hate. It must take alot of bravery to kill off characters people love. Westeros is more realistic than most books I have read, despite the dragons.
David Johnson
Jul. 25th, 2013 05:18 pm (UTC)
Say it ain't so...
Oh great and powerful GRRM- please tell us they spare him. Please tell us his death is not imminent. Our great hero needs to be around for the reckoning of the series. He is the thread that binds the lands of Westeros and Esteros. The lion of King's Landing. The Champion of the Free Peoples.

Please tell us they'll spare Hot Pie?
Jul. 25th, 2013 05:34 pm (UTC)
NFL Camp is opening

I always look forward to your Giants/Jets posts. What are your thoughts as training camp opens?

I know your excited. We need predictions here.
Jul. 25th, 2013 05:35 pm (UTC)
The final memoriam!
Imagine the final memoriam...
That'll be a long and tearful one :(
Jul. 25th, 2013 05:38 pm (UTC)
Did I just saw a spoiler? :D
Jul. 27th, 2013 03:55 am (UTC)
Yeah, that's what I wondered, and who the two are!
Jul. 25th, 2013 05:39 pm (UTC)
I'm such a sap. I watched that video and started tearing when they showed Talisa and balling when they showed Grey Wind.
Then I read your post and it made me feel connected to ASOIAf and in general, you make me smile.
Joseph Maher
Jul. 25th, 2013 05:54 pm (UTC)
Bloody bastard
You certainly are a bloody bastard. and yet we love you still.

What do we say to the God of Death? Stop killing all my friends!
Jon Snow
Jul. 25th, 2013 06:00 pm (UTC)
I know it might not mean much but i watched this a few times and can't find Syrio or Benjen does that mean they are not dead? I know i can't be the only one that is wondering this. Syrio a faceless man. A man wonders
Jul. 27th, 2013 01:44 pm (UTC)
Re: Syrio&Benjen
Unfortunately, I think we both know what this means. "Their fates are unknown" at the moment.
Jul. 25th, 2013 06:03 pm (UTC)
Aargh, what are you planning?

As long a a certain King still dies we will all be happy!
Jul. 26th, 2013 06:21 pm (UTC)
In fact, my theory is, that comet is going to return in the final book and wipe out EVERYONE!!!!
Jul. 25th, 2013 06:19 pm (UTC)
I'm just glad they didn't make us sit through the RW again, that was rough to watch, even knowing it was coming.

But it sure makes one hell of a trailer for Season 4, can't wait!
Jul. 25th, 2013 06:20 pm (UTC)
No Syrio...
Jul. 25th, 2013 06:43 pm (UTC)
Just tell me Sean Bean will be back for the Bran POV scenes and all will be forgiven.
Marty Spinner
Jul. 25th, 2013 06:48 pm (UTC)
Yes you are a bloody bastard...
But we still love you :)
Jul. 25th, 2013 07:55 pm (UTC)
Awesome, can't wait for The Winds of Winter!!!
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