The creator of the literary version of game of Thrones, George R.R. Martinmade an interesting reflection in the newspaper The Independentregarding why it is important to kill characters and highlighted that in this sense his great inspiration is Stan Lee.
“The stories never went anywhere. Superman would be there, and his girlfriend Lois Lane, Jimmy Olsen, his best friend Perry White, the editor of the Daily Planet, and something would happen. At the end of the story, everything would be exactly as it was at the beginning of the story, issue after issue, year after year,” Martin began.
To then highlight the importance of giving twists to stories:
“Stan Lee’s writing was so much better than what we had before. Things happened. Spider-Man was making progress. He was so refreshing.”
Principally, George RR Martin referred to Avengers #9which featured the villain-turned-hero Wonder Man, who was unexpectedly killed at the end of the story:
“That’s all Stan Lee, and you can see it in all my work. Characters who die unexpectedly, characters who are not what they seem, characters who are part good and part bad. gray characters. You don’t know in which direction they are going to jump when the time of crisis comes. Stan Lee’s fingerprints are all about that.”
That gave him the opportunity in the interview to remember the tragic and bloody moment of the Red Wedding in Game of Thrones:
“I finished the whole book, except for the Red Wedding. It was a very painful chapter for me to write, losing some characters that I had come to know and love. Nine years he had been with these characters, and now he was going to horribly kill them! That was difficult. It’s a horrible chapter and it upsets people. It makes people angry, it makes people sad. People throw the book against the wall or in the fireplace. When it was on television, it had the same effect on tens of thousands, if not millions, of people. In my opinion, that’s good. We are talking about death here!” she concluded.