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Winter Is Coming

Game of Thrones’ George R.R. Martin Is Planning To Hide After A Specific Episode Next Season

You know when that thing happened to Ned Stark in Season 1 of HBO’s Game of Thrones and everyone who hadn’t read the book (and some who had) completely freaked out? There’s more stuff like that to come and A Song of Ice and Fire author George R.R. Martin is kind of scared about how you’ll react. So scared, in fact, he’s considering leaving the country to hide out for a while. (No spoilers for upcoming plot lines!)

I don’t blame him. I’ve read the books and I’m dreading the scene we’ll just refer to as R.W. As I mentioned, there will be no spoilers here for what’s coming, but I’m sure they’ll wind up in the comments so be forewarned.

As you may or may not be aware, the third season is going to split the third book in Martin’s series, A Storm of Swords, into two. It leads many to theorize the shocking happenings will take place in the finale. Speaking with MTV recently, Martin expressed his concern for the fan reaction.

“Judging by the reaction that Ned’s death got when the television audience saw that, I think I’m going to go to some part of the world where they have no television when a certain episode airs, and I’ll hide out and they won’t find me at all,” he said. “I’ll have to hide from the Internet storm as well.”

Um, yeah. Suffice to say, if you aren’t able to watch Game of Thrones live next season, you may just want to consider hiding out as well. People won’t be able to resist spoiling what happens.

“I think there should be some fallout [from that event this season],” Martin said. “There will be love and there will be death. You can’t want any more than that.”

Perhaps hiding out will do the author some good. He does have a lot on his plate right now.

“I’m writing ‘Winds of Winter,’ the next book, and I’m writing a history book called ‘The World of Ice and Fire,’ which is all the history and legends of Westeros and all the past kings,” he told MTV. “It’s a coffee-table book that will be illustrated, but with a lot of text too. Like anything I write, I’m getting carried away with it and making it much bigger, more detailed than I probably should.”

(via MTV)

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  • Bryant Turnage

    Funny, I thought that would happen in Season 4, given the plans to split the third book into two seasons. Maybe Season 4 will lead from Storm into Feast? Regardless, yes, I suspect on that Sunday night there will be a collective, anguished cry that will be heard from space.

  • Anonymous

    You know, I *just* finished rebuilding’s server infrastructure this summer. I had hoped I might have until season four before the new machine caught fire and melted…

  • Ian Fay

    Yeah, I’m really looking forward to seeing the RW episode.

    This coming season is definitely going to be one to watch live just to watch all the live tweeting/blogging insanity when it inevitably occurs.

  • Vanja

    My jaw was on the floor after reading the RW. I had to put the book away for a day or two. Joss Whedon has got nothing on George R.R. Martin.

  • James Hannan

    Oh boy. I may have not read the books, but even I have heard of the infamous “Red Wedding”. Run to Canada, George, Run to Canadaaaaaaaaaaaa!

  • Alli

    This is happening this season? Best news ever. I was so pissed when this happened in the books, but I can’t wait for it to happen in the show so I can see all the reactions of the non-readers on twitter and elsewhere on the internet. Muahahaha!

  • Dal.

    Lol, poor Martin

  • Anonymous

    nononono – speak not The Name! (I haven’t read the books, but yeah, word of RW kinda gets out there.)

  • Sean Soni

    You say that there are no spoilers in this article, then you go on to quote Martin mentioning Ned’s death a few lines later…

  • Susan Wu

    No…I’m looking forward to seeing the new episode.

  • Mitch

    Being a huge SoIaF fan, of course I’ve been looking forward to the RW since the show was announced. Honestly, though? I really just want to see this guy’s reaction:

  • Erin Carr

    I think she meant spoilers for Season 3

  • Erin Carr

    I’ve already been spoiled thanks to the internet. So I’m trying to plow through Storm of Swords before I get anymore…

  • Daniel Dellinger

    No, she said “no spoilers for upcoming plot lines.”

  • Anonymous

    I haven’t read the books, or had much interest in the tv series, but I gather that the fans will be fine with him fleeing, as long as he takes his laptop with him so that he can write during his self-imposed exile

  • Anonymous

    Honestly, if your expecting a spoiler free zone for the first book, Game of Thrones, you should get off the internet.

  • Anonymous

    I imagine the scene where Hodor sodomizes Joffrey with Jamie’s severed arm will have a few people upset, but it’s HBO for G-d’s sake.

  • Magic Xylophone

    Dude. Spoilers.

  • Anonymous

    I’m guessing Tyrion dies? Honestly, he’s about the only one I would be upset over. Maybe Jon Snow.

  • southpaw

    I will never, ever forget when and where I was when I read the chapter dubbed R.W. I had to re-read the chapter three times to just for the reality of it all to sink in. Unbelievable book, awesome show. Can’t wait to see how HBO portrays the R.W

  • Emawee

    I still think he’s a jerk for writing that scene. I have a love-hate relationship with this series haha..

  • Anonymous

    I do wonder if the producers continue to split up seasons and stretch things out is it going to get very obvious that the younger actors playing Arya, Bran and Sansa are aging faster than the story?

  • Anonymous

    I hope they show it in all its terrible glory, including the desecration of the body afterward.
    Cuz if they don’t, everyone will be waiting for the fake out, like with Bran and Rickon. Of course, then the thing with Beric will happen, and everyone will still be looking for a possible fake out.
    I too had to put the book down several times, just to mull about what I read. I’m unfortunately surrounded by people who are only watching the show, as I was before picking up the books and being unable to PUT THEM DOWN, so I can’t talk about it with anyone.

  • Bryant Turnage

    Holy cow, that guy’ll have an aneurysm watching the RW episode.

  • Bryant Turnage

    Yeah, Season One ended a year and a half ago, and the book was published in 1996. All statutes of limitation are lifted.

  • Anonymous

    Hodor sodomizes Joffrey? Really?

  • Liron

    …and… ….what country does he think he’s going to be able to escape to?
    He’ll need to go hide in another planet where HBO’s signal hasn’t reached yet.

    This year I’ve been to Nicaragua, Paraguay and Burma and everyone is crazy about GoT in all those places.

  • Anonymous

    Yeah, she said no spoilers for upcoming plot lines, not plot lines already passed

  • Anonymous

    God I hope he does go into hiding and get stuck in to Winds of Winter. I can’t wait five years for that!
    I couldn’t believe R.W.- I was in shock and refused to believe that that was it…

  • Anonymous

    It’s a great scene XD

  • Matt Kerr

    If they kill Tyrion I don’t know if I will be interested in watching anymore. Everyone else is too douchey for me. Love that scamp. I haven’t read the books but I was hoping he’d get his revenge.

  • Anonymous

    Even a very small man can cast a very large shadow. . .

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  • Stevie Doors

    Haha I was about ready to give up on the series when that happened. They weren’t my favourite characters, but they were still the main characters in my eyes. I literally just finished reading A Storm of Swords there, the ending was awesome. The epilogue was kinda f’d up though, wasn’t expecting that. No idea where it’ll go from here, looking forward to reading the next book. And watching the show too, which I still haven’t done…

  • sedierta

    Well. He can go as far as he wants. But write like the wind like they’d said in the song. But if anything happens to Tyrion (I mean anything he could not survive) I will not buy any more of his books.

  • Krissy L McAllister

    When reading the chapter on the R.W my heart was flying… I knew something big and terrible was going to happen! It’s devastating… I cried my eyes out! But holy shit…. it was the best chapter by far! At the start of it I was like, awk nothing will happen… but the further on in the chapter I got the more I realised I was wrong and the pain began because I knew something was gonna happen. It was so intense and the fact that I was sweating and my heart was racing while reading it- that says everything about fantastic writing… though… I’m dreading watching it it the series!! :’( People how haven’t read the books will die!! and will probably want to kill George like I did when I finish the R.W chapter!

  • Marco

    worried about RW?… immagine what will happen at the end of the fifth o sixth season (the one of a dance with dragons)…

  • Chad Baczewich

    Just wait till the 3rd last chapter of a dance with dragons mwa ha ha ha.

  • Kevin Wood

    They better show it all. The body, the head, the crown… It took me several days to really comprehend that scene… If HBO doesn’t get it right… It has to, happen, so they better make it as well done as it was in the book.. I really want to find out how the non-readers will react to it. Please have tears and fits that people can post on YouTube for my amusement. Please.

  • lposada

    i was pretty pissed when HBO didnt show the foreshadowing of the RW when dany went to the house of the undying….