You Can Be Violently Murdered In A Game Of Thrones Book For £20,000

What a bargain.

Game Of Thrones author George R. R. Martin certainly knows how to kill off characters in a spectacular fashion, and now he’s offering a fan the chance to be a victim of a gruesome death in his new book.

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For £20,000, the author will name a character after a male and female fan and kill them in an upcoming A Song of Ice and Fire novel as part of a crowdfunding campaign for two organizations, the Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary and The Food Depo.

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The winner can choose what title they’ll hold in Westeros, including Knight, Lady, and Lord, and Martin promises the character will meet “a grisly death!”

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Donation levels for the crowdfunding campaign range from £10 to £20,000, and other prizes that can be won by fans include a script of the first ever episode signed by the cast and crew, and one of Martin’s iconic hats.

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As of 9 June, at least 4,000 people have entered for the chance to meet their demise as a character in Martin’s novel. One winner will be selected at random.

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30 year-old Facebook employee Dave Goldblatt won the prize. George R. R. Martin will name a future character after Goldblatt and the other winner, who has remained anonymous.

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Rossalyn Warren is a senior reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.
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