A Song of Ice and Fire author George R.R. Martin is allowing a chance for his fans to be killed off in the popular series adapted in HBO’s Game of Thrones, for charity. By donating $20,000 to The Food Depot and Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Martin will write the donator into one of his novels for the series, and kill them off. There is one female and one male character available. The charitable fan will be able to choose the station their character is in in the novel (knight, lord, peasant, whore, maester, septon, lady etc). According to Martin, the character will “meet a grisly death.”
The Game of Thrones author is also giving fans other high-level donations besides being written into the series and killed off. Those who donate a lot of money to the charity could garner the author’s signature hat and tickets to the season 5 premiere of the popular HBO show. For $100, a donator can receive a thank you video letter from Martin, $50 gets an exclusive campaign t-shirt, and $25 gets an e-card. Irregardless of what anyone donates, they will be entered to win a trip to meet the author in his Sante Fe abode where they can ask him any Game of Thrones questions they want, take a helicopter ride to the Wild Wolf Sanctuary, and take a tour of the charity with Martin.
The author states on the promotional charity website that he has always been fond of wolves. Both the fictional direwolves of Westeros and real wolves of the world. The population of wolves in the United States hit critical lows in the 20th century, and the Game of Thrones author believes that finding a harmony between humans and wolves is essential to their survival and peaceful coexistence.
The Game of Thrones creator, author, and executive producer is giving fans the chance to be killed off in his series as both to improve and communicate with his fanbase and assist a cause he has always been passionate about. The Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary is a non-profit charity that shelters over 60 wolves and wolf-dog hybrids. Most of the animals were rescued from captivity but don’t have the ability to survive in the wild.
Martin is also supporting The Food Depot; a food bank that has fed thousands of starving people in New Mexico. The organization provides food to 135 non-profit agencies including meal programs, food pantries, youth programs, senior centers, homeless shelters, and homes for the mentally disabled and physically abused. The Food Depot provides approximately 400,000 pounds of food each month, and 500,000 meals to people in need.
Other prizes include: a signed map of Westeros, a signed and dedicated Game of Thrones cookbook, a handwritten thank you note, a script of the pilot for the show signed by the cast and crew, and breakfast with Martin. The charity is only $50,000 shy of its $200,000 goal, and donations are consistently being accrued. There are currently only two episodes left in this season of the award winning and record breaking series.
By Andres Loubriel