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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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savatage
Jul. 25th, 2013 09:30 pm (UTC)
When reading Dance With Dragons I would imagine that some day Ramsey would meet his fate when the wall would come crashing down on him. Will it happen? No, but a man can dream.
ext_2082271
Jul. 25th, 2013 09:40 pm (UTC)
Maybe not
Maybe the show has more deaths of the characters that still live in the book, but it seems to me that the show dropped a lot more deaths.
For example, when people are killed by Sandor Clegane men on road to Harrenhal or all those men in the battle for Blackwather (all these ships and onion knight sons)
Nevertheless, it appears that you are bloodthirsty bastard :-)
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insurrbution
Jul. 25th, 2013 10:07 pm (UTC)
Sacrifices must be made to advance plot. Some great examples:Obi-Wan in Star Wars, Gandalf (the Grey) in Lord of the Rings, Dumbledore in Harry Potter...there are other examples too of how dire the stakes are when casualties hit close to home.
Asthannoln
Jul. 25th, 2013 10:40 pm (UTC)
The leaving Dead
Does this mean you don't plan to use any of those that died in the TV show and not in the books ?
grrm
Jul. 25th, 2013 11:36 pm (UTC)
Re: The leaving Dead
Not at all. If they are alive in the books, they are alive in the books, and may well turn up again. Irri (and Jhiqui) is still serving as Dany's handmaid, Rakharo remains one of her bloodriders, Mago will definitely show up again. You will learn the fate of Pyat Pree in WINDS. The Thirteen are still one of the factions contending for power in Qarth. You may see more of Alayaya and Chataya as well, and you will definitely hear more of Jeyne Westerling.
Re: The leaving Dead - w2irt - Jul. 25th, 2013 11:59 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: The leaving Dead - insurrbution - Jul. 26th, 2013 01:14 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: The leaving Dead - Katherine Almonte - Jul. 26th, 2013 06:09 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: The leaving Dead - ewwiheartyou - Jul. 27th, 2013 03:05 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: The leaving Dead - bungeebot - Jul. 29th, 2013 12:26 am (UTC) - Expand
tully01
Jul. 25th, 2013 11:33 pm (UTC)
Of course no one is safe!
It's just like real life. No one is safe. Security is an illusion.
candream
Jul. 26th, 2013 08:41 am (UTC)
Please don't kill my favorite character. This would break my heart. </3 [And, NO, I won't tell you who my favorite is. ;D So maybe I'll have luck then that you won't kill that character. ^-^]
catofthecanals3
Jul. 26th, 2013 12:49 pm (UTC)
I actually wept when watching, fortunately my colleagues were at lunch and I had the office for myself. All these deaths, I didn't remember there were so many so far. That leaves a bittersweet taste waiting for the last two books...
ext_1693337
Jul. 26th, 2013 04:17 pm (UTC)
bloody bastard
It's self-evident that you're a bloody bastard. That settled, the question is what New Jersey calls its bastards. I'd be tempted to go with George Turnpike, but I suppose we could use one of New Jersey's more pleasant features -- George Tomato? George Pine Barrens? I'm open to ideas. ;)
Guilherme Bauer
Jul. 26th, 2013 04:25 pm (UTC)
The North Remembers
Catelyn followed by The North Remembers. Hm... Interesting.
smlingdragon
Jul. 26th, 2013 06:04 pm (UTC)
Just finished THE ARMAGEDDON RAG
Thanks for posting the video!
I must sheepishly admit I had to re-read the Red Wedding chapter after watching the show and being disappointed that ten crows didn't gruesomely slash Cat's face open.

Was all this killing because you regret not killing Larry Richmond? I did not fully understand or like the ending of that book. It felt anti-climatic...something I can't say of SOIAF yet (Bar Catelyn's death).

Have you found any good elves to get you past chapter 37 of Winds of Winter while you're touring around? :P

I love you but you do hurt me.
punkyrose7
Jul. 26th, 2013 06:24 pm (UTC)
....
We will not see the gravedigger.
I knew.
Kimmy Benton
Jul. 27th, 2013 02:11 am (UTC)
Happy Endings?
I was starting to wonder if Mr. Martin knew how to write a happy ending for a character? I think I can barley count on one hand how many characters have left ASOIAF without some gruesome ending. Taena Merryweather, Sir Bronn, Hoster Tully...
My only concern is for the good of the people of Westeros!! ;)
rubberducky1467
Jul. 27th, 2013 02:45 am (UTC)
Good of them not to include the death scenes of Robb & Catelyn. Though I haven't watched but one or two episodes of the series, the Red Wedding was a wonder to behold. Reading it was bad. I thought I was prepared to watch it, George. I don't think anything could have prepared me for actually seeing it. Yikes.


And look at all those bastards dying. Since I just finished ADOD, I'm a little (i.e. VERY) concerned about a different bastard...
Linda Dig
Jul. 27th, 2013 12:46 pm (UTC)
justify
Great video :D
But dear Martin don't justify your self, in the books there are many other characters that die but they are not in the series :D and so they are not in that video ihihih
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