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Well-liked characters don’t seem to last long on Game of Thrones, and Conan O’Brien wants to know why! A Song of Ice and Fire author George R.R. Martin paid a visit to Conan last night (June 5), and Conan wasted no time before asking Martin why he has to kill off central characters after people become attached to them, playfully calling Martin a “sick bastard” in the process.

Martin responded by saying that he "likes unexpected things" and he "likes the suspense to be real." He doesn't want A Song of Ice and Fire/A Game of Thrones to be like those movies where you know the hero will live, no matter how dire his situation appears. You should always be worried that anyone could actually die.

Conan also asked Martin if any actors on GoT have ever asked him to not kill off their character. Answer? Yes.

Martin explained that while he was at at the Season 3 premiere party, he was speaking with three actors of the show (he withheld their names) when he realized that all of them will die in the series, and two of them were blissfully unaware of that fact. He then added the disclaimer, “You know, they would know it if they’d read the books!”

Martin also revealed, “There was one actress, I won’t say her name, at that same party who said, ‘Oh please don’t kill me! Please don’t kill me! I don’t wanna die! I love doing the show!’ And I know that she does die, so, [laughs] I feel very, very guilty.” Martin claimed that it’s easy to kill characters when they’re on the page, but meeting the actors makes it more difficult.

Finally, Conan asked Martin who he would kill off on his show, and it looks like Conan would be playing the Ned Stark role, if you catch our drift! To see more of Martin’s talk with Conan, watch the video here!


Catch the Game of Thrones Season 3 finale on Sunday, June 9 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on HBO.

Rebecca Martin is an editor at Wetpaint Entertainment. Follow her on Twitter @BeccaDMartin.