Revisiting the pilot episode of
"Game of Thrones"
has become increasingly heartbreaking as the HBO series progresses, because it's become clearer over the years that the show's premiere is the only time fans will ever see the entire Stark family together and happy. As the seasons continue on, the many characters on "Game of Thrones" move farther and farther apart from one another with seemingly no hope of ever re-intersecting.
Not for long, though, according to author George R.R. Martin. He is currently writing "The Winds of Winter," book six of the planned seven-book "A Song of Ice and Fire" series, and he says characters are beginning to come together again.
"The way my books are structured, everyone was together, then they all went their separate ways and the story deltas out like that," Martin says at an event at London's Freemasons' Hall, via
. "Now it's getting to the point where the story is beginning to delta back in, and the viewpoint characters are occasionally meeting up with each other now and being in the same point at the same time."
Unfortunately, those reunions will likely be fraught with disaster and heartbreak. "I have a large number of important characters who I switch between to tell the entirety of the story, and that limits who I can kill," he
. "Sometimes there's only one character who's my eye in a particular location, and if I kill that character everything going on in that particular subplot is going to be lost."
Having multiple characters in the same place "gives me a lot more flexibility for killing people," Martin admits.
Don't be too distraught for Daenerys Targaryen and Tyrion Lannister and Arya Stark, though. As Martin notes, it's those heartbreaking deaths and the sense that none of his characters are safe that makes "A Song of Ice and Fire" and "Game of Thrones" so captivating.
"I could have written a story about a well-adjusted family. Ned Stark comes down to King's Landing and takes over and solves all their problems. Would that have been as exciting?" he jokes.