TODAY | June 07, 2013
>>> there is no debating the popularity of "game of thrones." fans are gearing up for this weekend's season finale , still shocked on what happened on last week'spisode. spoiler alert don't watch if you don't know. ryan seacrest sat down with the author of the series.
>> reporter: far from the fierce family drama, dragons, death and destruction of the seven kingdoms i met one george martin , the author behind "game of thrones" at a cast until hollywood, a decidedly more tranquil setting than the warring lands of westeros. it's been about a week since it aired and fans are surprised, shocked, emotionally reacting to this blood bath to the red wedding. were you surprised by the reaction?
>> i can respect where they're coming from. i want to go for a really strong emotion. i want you to be involved. i want characters who are so real to you that when they die it's like your mother died or your dog got run over by a truck, that you really do feel it profoundly.
>> explain creating a character that's beloved and then killing that character off.
>> i want my readers or the viewers in the case of a television show to feel the danger, to feel they don't know what's going to happen next. they don't know who is going to live or who is going to die.
>> do you think that's what sets you apart, the fact that nobody is safe.
>> whether they're good or evil?
>> yes, i think it does.
>> martin had written for television before but found it limiting.
>> i'm going to do something as big as my imagination. i'm going to write the series of books , they're never going to be filmed, i'm never going to have to worry about a budget or a shooting time and of course the irony is --
>> you're back on tv.
>> what is it like for you? you don't write every episode. others write the episodes. you write maybe one per season. what's it like having other people writing the characters you created?
>> it is nervous making when you let someone else adapt your work because you don't know what they're going to do with it, what changes they're going to make and it's a little like, i don't know, sending your child off to a school, how will they treat him in a school.
>> george, the characters there are some over 1,000 characters created. how do you keep them straight and on track in your mind?
>> with increasing difficulty. these characters are so real to me that i, i do know them. i do keep them straight in my head. i sort of forget real people like ten minutes after i meet them.
>> you won't be away forever and winter is coming.
>> winter is coming and so is martin's next book. some of the fans get anxious. sometimes i see them posting, hurry up blogs and wanting to you speed things up. what do you say to them?
>> well, i tell them to be patient. if i knocked it out at the rate of a book a year it would not be this serious. it would be something else that i'm not interested in doing.
>> sunday's episode a brief pause in a story that has no ending, just yet. for "today," ryan seacrest , los angeles .
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