13-Year-Old Boy Writes to George R.R. Martin: I Want to Die a Gruesome Death in “Game of Thrones”

George R.R. Martin is currently holding a crowdfunding campaign to help a wolf sanctuary and he’s offering awesome prizes, including the chance to be killed in GOT. Unfortunately, this specific “reward” is already gone, but there are plenty of other ones still available (Just 1 day left!)

After hearing about this, a 13-year-old boy wrote a letter to the author telling him he donated all his pocket money savings to the campaign, explaining that one of his dreams was to become a wolf conservationist. He also asked if he could be part of the next novel: “A gruesome grizzly death is all I ask for.” Here’s the letter:


To which George R.R. Martin replied:

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. <<< (Editor’s note: That’s highly doubtful)

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.


[Letter Source: Mashable | Via]


13 Responses to 13-Year-Old Boy Writes to George R.R. Martin: I Want to Die a Gruesome Death in “Game of Thrones”

  1. The only thing I take away from this story is this: What kind of awful parent lets their 13-year-old kid watch or read this kind of series?

  2. You must have been quite sheltered. I was reading Stephen King regularly at age 11. Children should be guided and encouraged in their choices for reading, but only an awful parent would discourage it.

      • at the age of 12 i was watching men get f* up the a* on the internet. i already new what incest was and while my parents didnt know was watching and playing 18 games and movies. so you can either be the kind of parent who sits down with your child and discusses it or you can be the idiotic kind who think children dont already know all this. so would you rather sit with them and guide or ban them and make them watch it behind your back

      • But allowing a 13 year old to read about a man being raped with a pistol (The Stand) Or a little boy being molested by a grandfather figure(Pet Cemetary), or a killer clown targeting little kids (IT) is perfectly OK? Riiiiiight…. *rolls eyes*

        • I’ve never actually read Stephen King, so now I know not to give my kids those books until they’re older.

  3. Which ridiculous side should I take? Daniel’s or Nihilance’s…both are silly. Some kids are mature enough to deal with mature content at younger ages others are not. I probably would hold off on GRRM until my son was older but most of Steven King is reasonably benign and 11 seems about right.

    The really awful parent is the one trying to parent someone else’s kid.

  4. High Fantasy novels are always an iffy subject in terms of younger readers.
    But there are plenty of disgusting things written in classic literature. Oedipus Rex is a great example of that.
    As well as a most of the Arthurian literature.
    I agree that parents should be careful what they allow their children to read but I’m glad to hear that children are still reading.
    I just hope it’s not an E-book…

  5. Taken to see Clockwork Orange, Roller Ball (James Caan), Barbarella, Alien, etc. WHEN the films first came out in the theater. I’m fine. The whole point of this story has been lost…
    10K donated in the kid’s name = very cool.

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