While citizens of Westeros live in perpetual fear of being beheaded, poisoned and having their heads crushed like a creme egg, there are those in the real world who are desperate to be killed by Game of Thrones author George RR Martin. And none more so than a 13 year-old UK fan called Jack.
Recently, Martin held an online fundraiser on behalf of a wolf sanctuary in which a $20,000 donation secured two wealthy people a glorious death in Winds of Winter, the next instalment in his A Song of Ice and Fire fantasy book series, on which HBO's Game of Thrones is based. The deaths sold quickly, with one going to a Facebook employee called Dave Goldblatt.
Jack, however, didn't have $20,000. Instead, all he had was a passion for Game of Thrones, a genuine love of wolves and £152 saved up from his pocket money. So, armed with these, he decided to try his luck with a letter, obtained by Mashable.
Although the 13 year-old isn't allowed to watch "certain bits" of Game of Thrones – gee, we wonder which ones – he does donate his pocket money to the UK's Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary in the hope of persuading the author of a "grisly' death.
And while it didn't quite work, Martin was so moved by the letter, he sent a heartfelt reply and promised to donate a further $10,000 in Jack's name to the UK Wolf Conservation.
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.