“Game of Thrones” has a reputation for killing characters whether the fans love them or not. But to A Song of Ice Fire author George R.R. Martin is not satisfied calling the series dishonest for not showing how war kills heroes as easily as minor characters.
According to the Guardian, the bestselling author wants more blood. Martin, who is already known for killing off major characters in his novels, is accusing the TV adaptation of his works to be “such a cheat.”
Sure the deaths of Joffrey, Tywin, and Stannis have changed the whole political landscape of Westeros, but they weren’t exactly the heroes of the story. After Tyrion Lannister’s miraculous escape from execution and Jon Snow’s resurrection, it seems that “Game of Thrones” is taking a turn for the cliché.
In an interview with Galaxy’s Edge, George R.R. Martin stated that we have all seen this story a million times. A hero his girlfriend and his best friend go on an exciting and dangerous adventure and as if by magic all of them manage to survive, with only the extra characters dying.
The author said that it doesn’t work that way, in reality, they have to write about death especially if the story is about war and conflict. Once they have accepted the fact that you have to include death then there must be honesty and there is a possibility that anyone can die at any time.
A character cannot live forever just because he is the hero or the hero’s best friend. Sometimes the hero dies and his best friend is wounded, it is hard to kill off characters but according to Martin, it has to be done.
According to George R.R. Martin, writer, even a fantasy writer has an obligation to at least tell the truth. And the cold hard truth in ‘Game of Thrones’ seems to be Valar Morghulis – All Men Must Die.