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George R.R. Martin Says 'Game of Thrones' "Nearly Killed" Him

Martin also reveals why Ned Stark had to die

Game of Thrones has become a cultural phenomenon with fans celebrating its complex plot, developed characters, and extensive historical and cultural contexts. Naturally all of that took a great deal of time and effort to compose on page and it took a toll on the author himself, George R.R. Martin revealed in an interview.

 

When in attendance at a convention held last year in Russia, the author of A Song of Ice and Fire was asked if the series is his "magnum opus" or if he plans on writing something even greater. 

 

"Oh no, this thing nearly killed me and it’s probably the most massive work that I’m capable of doing," Martin said. "I hope to continue writing standalone novels, novellas and short stories, but nothing on this scale."

 

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Martin's response is certainly not surprising, although it may disappoint some fans who hope to come across a series as complex and exciting as A Song of Ice and Fire. Given that the series is comprised of five novels (with a sixth in progress), written over a course of fifteen years (with the last book taking six years to write), it's unsurprising that Martin would shy away from purposefully trying to one-up the series. 

 

Martin's interview also revealed the answer to a significant question fans have had throughout the series' reign. Why kill Ned Stark? The answer? Money.

 

"Sean Bean asked for a raise," George R.R. Martin said.

 

 

Thanks, Sean. Thanks.

 

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