If you were shocked by the "Red Wedding" scene in last Sunday's episode of "Game of Thrones," it's your own fault, says George R.R. Martin, author of the book series that inspired the HBO fantasy show.
Videos of fans reacting to the final moments, which marked the biggest surprise of the show since its 2011 debut, surfaced online after the show aired. Martin and actors who appeared in the scene commented about it in the press (read a mini-recap and their remarks) and the author, who first began writing the novels in 1991, also appeared on Conan O'Brien's talk show "Conan" on Wednesday.
"Of course all of those clips were set up by people who had read the books 13 years ago and knew it was coming and wanted their friends and relatives and loved ones to [see] it," Martin told O'Brien, after a montage of fans' reactions was screened. "I saw one of them saying in a comment, 'Now you know why your nerdy friends were really depressed 13 years ago.'"
O'Brien commented about Martin's overall tendency to surprise viewers by killing off presumably key characters.
"We've all seen the movies where the hero is in trouble -- he's surrounded by 20 people, but you know he's going to get away, 'cause he's the hero and you don't really feel any fear for him. I want my viewers to be afraid when my characters are in danger," he said. "I want them to be afraid to turn the next page because the next character may not survive it."
"You must have actors begging you, 'Please, please don't kill my character.' Has that happened?" O'Brien asked.
"Yes," Martin said, chuckling. "We had, recently, out here in Los Angeles, we had the [red carpet] premiere for the third season and we had a wonderful party, big premiere at Grauman's Chinese Theatre. At one point at the party before the premiere, I found myself talking with three actors, some of whom I was just meeting for the first time."
"It was a delightful conversation," he said. "I had a moment where I realized they were all dead. One of them knew it but the other two didn't know it yet. They would know it if they read the books!"
Watch George R. R. Martin's interview on "Conan" below.