George R.R. Martin Now Has ‘A Lot More Flexibility For Killing People’ in ‘Song of Ice and Fire’ Books


George R.R. Martin has been stretching his killing muscles.

The author behind the “Song of Ice and Fire” novels, the basis for hit HBO fantasy series “Game of Thrones,” told an audience in London this week that his epic story has reached a point which gives him “a lot more flexibility for killing people.”

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Let Martin explain:

“I have a large number of important characters who I switch between to tell the entirety of the story, and that limits who I can kill. Sometimes there’s only one character who’s my eye in a particular location, and if I kill that character everything going on in that particular subplot is going to be lost. The way my books are structured, everyone was together, then they all went their separate ways and the story deltas out like that. And now it’s getting to the point where the story is beginning to delta back in. The viewpoint characters are meeting up with each other and being in the same point at the same time, which gives me a lot more flexibility for killing people.”

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