George RR Martin no longer has the pressure of finishing A Song of Ice and Fire now that Game of Thrones has ended. If anything, all the main plot points he has planned for final two books The Winds of Winter and A Dream of Spring have already been revealed in the TV show. Nevertheless, back when his novels were ahead of Game of Thrones, he was particularly impressed at fans who read them not spoiling major incidents like the Red Wedding. Speaking with The Observer, Martin said: “The way in which no one spoiled the Red Wedding is one of the biggest stories in the history of television because there were literally millions of book readers who knew what was coming and they gave nothing away.”
Martin continued: “Instead, they did something which I didn’t expect either – they recorded the shock and dismay of their loved ones.”
“Suddenly, there were videos all over the internet of people reacting to the Red Wedding, all set up by their relatives who wanted to capture the grief and shock of their husbands, wives, siblings…
“Has that ever happened in the history of television? Not as far as I know.”
Earlier this month, Martin spoke of the historical inspiration for The Red Wedding.
The author took part in a Q&A promoting Fire & Blood, where he spoke of the Black Dinner’s more “colourful” account from Scottish history.
According to The Wertzone Blog, who was in attendance, it was the account that saw “the doomed clan leaders were serenaded with a death march song and had a black boar’s head (the symbol of death) served to them at dinner before their execution, which most historians now seem to believe was a total fabrication (‘But it sounded better’).
“His Red Wedding was the Black Dinner ‘turned up to 11’ but the TV version was ‘turned up to 14.’”
The Black Dinner took place in November 1440 when the 16-year-old 6th Earl of Douglas and his little brother David were invited to join the 10-year-old King of Scotland James II for dinner at Edinburgh Castle.