Conan O’Brien also showed George a video from YouTube of “real fans” freaking out while watching the end of the Red Wedding on HBO. If anything, George was pleased. As he admitted in another clip, he likes to keep his readers afraid:
GEORGE R. R. MARTIN: I always like the suspense to be real. We have all seen the movies where the hero is in trouble. He is surrounded by 20 people, but you know he is going to get away because he is the hero. You don’t really feel any fear for him. I want my readers and my viewers to be afraid when my characters are in danger.
GEORGE R. R. MARTIN: [For] the third season…we had a wonderful party, big premiere at Grauman’s Chinese theater. At one point I found myself talking with three actors, some of whom I was meeting for the first time. It was a delightful conversation. I had a moment when I realized they were all dead.
CONAN: They don’t know it.
GEORGE R. R. MARTIN: One of them knew it. The other two didn’t know it yet. They would know it if they read the books.
But even if you’ve read the books you can’t count on knowing everything that will happen in future seasons of the HBO adaptation:
GEORGE R. R. MARTIN: There is no guarantee that the show will end the same way. I mean, David and Dan who script the show have been known to make changes including in the red wedding. I already had a scene that many people considered extremely brutal and as bad as anything and they turned it up to 11 by including even more deaths than I had in the books. There are at least four characters who are dead in the TV show who are alive in the books still. Hopefully it will end the same way in the TV show as it does in the books.