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George Martin explains why he kills off your favorite 'Game of Thrones' characters

George Martin explains why he kills off your favorite 'Game of Thrones' charactersAfter five seasons of heart-wrenching moments such as Ned Starks beheading, the Red Wedding and Prince Oberyns skull-crushing, it would seem like Game of Thrones fans would have learned not to get too attached to any of the shows characters. However, when Jon Snow was stabbed to death by his Nights Watch brothers in the closing moments of the season five finale, many viewers were still left in shock.

As everyone who is caught up on the HBO drama knows, Jon has since been brought back to life by the Lady Melisandre. However, that doesnt mean there wont be more fan-favorite deaths in the future.

In an interview with science fiction magazine Galaxys Edge, George R.R. Martin the author of A Song of Ice and Fire, the book series on which Thrones is based explained why he has chosen to kill off several of his main characters. I think a writer, even a fantasy writer, has an obligation to tell the truth and the truth is, as we say in Game of Thrones, all men must die, he said. You cant write about war and violence without having death. If you want to be honest it should affect your main characters. Weve all read this story a million times when a bunch of heroes set out on adventure and its the hero and his best friend and his girlfriend and they go through amazing hair-raising adventures and none of them die. The only ones who die are extras. Thats such a cheat. It doesnt happen that way. They go into battle and their best friend dies or they get horribly wounded. They lose their leg or death comes at them unexpectedly.

He went on to speak about his philosophy on realistic writing. Once youve accepted that you have to include death then you should be honest about death and indicate it can strike down anybody at any time, Martin said. You dont get to live forever just because you are a cute kid or the heros best friend or the hero. Sometimes the hero dies, at least in my books. I love all my characters so its always hard to kill them but I know it has to be done. I tend to think I dont kill them. The other characters kill em. I shift off all blame from myself.

Source: Time
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