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George R. R. Martin on How ‘Lord of the Rings’ Inspired ‘Game of Thrones’ Deaths

One of the major common themes that remains constant throughout George R. R. Martin's Game of Thrones series is most certainly death. Martin has made it quite clear that no character, no matter how loved they might be, is safe from meeting an untimely demise at the hands of another. In the fight for the Iron Throne, no one is safe, and it turns out that Martin's inspiration for his savage storytelling came from another iconic author. Martin was recently featured on The Great American Read on PBS, where he talked...