Game of Thrones is oh-so-good even when terrible things go down.

With the show’s third season in progress, Wetpaint Entertainment caught up with author George R. R. Martin, who penned the book series on which the HBO hit is based, at The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences’ Presents an Evening With Game of Thrones on March 19.

Read on for his lighthearted take on death, war, and other “bad things” coming in the rest of Season 3.

Wetpaint Entertainment: You are brutal.

George R. R. Martin: Me. I'm sweet. You know who's brutal is David [Benioff] and Dan [D.B. Weiss]. They're brutal.

Really, more than you?

More than me. Have you read the books? If you've read the books, you know that I kill many people in the books, but David and Dan kill people who are still alive in the books. So even if you're in book five, you may be killed in Season 2. They're terrible.

How would you summarize the third season of the show?

I think it will be very powerful. I think it will be hard in some places. It's serious drama. Some bad things happen. It's a war. The war of the five kings is continuing. We're down to four kings now, but as we used to say in the ’60s, war is not healthy for children and other living things. Bad things happen in war, and a number of bad things are going to happen in Season 3, but hopefully some very exciting things too. And the characters that the fans have all come to love and different characters the fans have come to hate will be back, and you'll see more of them for a while.

Game of Thrones Season 3 airs Sundays at 9/8c on HBO.