If you haven’t watched episode 9 of season 3 of Game of Thrones, I strongly advice you don’t read this.
Millions of Game of Thrones fans are feeling sadness, outrage, and, sure, some perverse excitement after watching Sunday’s episode titled “The Rains of Castamere.” But for Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin, such reactions to “The Red Wedding” are nothing new. Martin has been receiving exclamatory emails about the disastrous Stark-Frey union for more than a decade, ever since he published his Song of Ice and Fire saga’s third novel,
The author has however explained that he loves his fiction to be unpredictable “I killed Ned in the first book and it shocked a lot of people. I killed Ned because everybody thinks he’s the hero and that, sure, he’s going to get into trouble, but then he’ll somehow get out of it. The next predictable thing is to think his eldest son is going to rise up and avenge his father. And everybody is going to expect that. So immediately [killing Robb] became the next thing I had to do.”
He adds that he understands readers reactions to the scene but maintains that that’s what makes the experience so powerful. ”It cost me some readers, but gained me many more. It’s going to be hard for me to watch it [on the show]. It’s going to be a tough night. Because I love these characters too. And in a TV show you get to know the actors. You’re also ending that relationship with an actor that you have affection for. Richard Madden and Michelle Fairley have done an amazing job.”
What do you think? Do we hate George for killing our lovable characters off or accept that life is truly about fear and pain and maybe the best fiction captures life in all its light and darkness?
Culled from http://insidetv.ew.com