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Facebook employee pays $20,000 to ‘die’ at the hands of ‘Game of Thrones’ author

“Game of Thrones” author George R.R. Martin has plans to “kill off” two real people in his next novel who have contributed money to one of his favorite causes.
“Game of Thrones” author George R.R. Martin has plans to “kill off” two real people in his next novel who have contributed money to one of his favorite causes. Associated Press

Last week “Game of Thrones” author George R.R. Martin started an online charity campaign offering to name characters in his next “A Song of Ice and Fire” novel after two donors – and deliver unto them a grisly death.

No surprise to us, lots of people wanted to “die” at his hands.

Within eight hours, the two available spots had sold out and eight people were on a waiting list.

One of the lucky two was Facebook employee David Goldblatt, who made a $20,000 donation to the Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary in Martin’s adopted hometown of Santa Fe, N.M., for the honor.

"I’m fortunate enough to be in a position to do this cool thing, and it's going toward a good cause," Goldblatt tells The Hollywood Reporter. "I don't think I'm doing anything extraordinary.”

Each winner gets to choose their “character's station in the world (lording, knight, peasant, whore, lady, maester, septon, anything).”

And Goldblatt told THR he wants “to be a Valyrian if at all possible, but he figures it out himself. I wouldn't want to impinge upon his creative process."

Martin has raised more than $350,000 for the wolf sanctuary, an outpouring of support “far greater” than he anticipated that left him “astonished and at a loss for words,” he tells THR.

For Goldblatt and the other donor, who is remaining anonymous, Martin promised: “I will do my best to make their ends memorable."

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