George R.R. Martin Replied To A 13-Year-Old Boy Who Wanted To Die A Gruesome Death In “Game Of Thrones”

“There’s a limit to how many people even I can kill.”

1. Recently, George R.R. Martin helped a wolf sanctuary crowdfunding campaign via Prizeo, offering prizes including the chance to be killed off in Game of Thrones.

3. A 13-year-old boy wrote a letter to the author, expressing his desire to become a wolf conservationist. But also to be killed off in a brutal and unpleasant way.

The letter was obtained by Mashable.

4. George R.R. Martin, naturally, responded with a pretty great letter, agreeing to also donate to the UK trust the boy was passionate about.

Dear Jack,

Thank you so much for your heartfelt, touching note.

I’ve heard that you donated all your £153 pocket money savings to my Prizeo fundraiser on behalf of the Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary. I cannot tell you how much that moved me. It pleases me no end to know that my novels, and the TV series based on them, have inspired readers as young as yourself to rally to the support of these majestic and too often stigmatized animals

Alas, I cannot promise you a grisly death in THE WIND OF WINTER. Those spots have already been filled by some very generous donors, and there’s a limit to how many people even I can kill.

However, inspired by your example, my friends at Prizeo and I would love to follow your lead with a $10,000 in your name to the UK Wolf Conservation Trust. That’s a wonderful organization that I’ve heard much about, and they are lucky to count people like you as supporters.

I wish you the best of luck in your future career as a wolf conservationist, and hope that you inspire many others to follow your lead.


5. Which is great, though the idea that there’s a limit to the number of characters that George R.R. Martin can kill seems unlikely.


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Luke Bailey is a senior editor for BuzzFeed UK and is based in London.
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