George R.R. Martin wrote in his blog last week that he asked producers if he could “die horribly” in the bloody scene but was told he’d be too distracting for viewers.
“I also campaigned to die horribly at the Red Wedding, which seemed only fair since I was responsible for it,” Martin wrote, “but it was felt that my presence in that powerful, wrenching, bloody scene might have taken the viewers out of the moment. Fair enough. And not wrong.”
The American author may well have jolted viewers, though as FlickeringMyth notes some makeup trickery and costume disguise would have done the job.
Episode nine of the series’ third season, officially titled The Rains of Castamere, saw the gruesome murders of several of Game Of Thrones‘ (technically, A Song Of Ice And Fire’s) key characters. The episode is centred on the wedding of Edmure Tully and Roslin Frey during which Robb Stark, members of his family and his banner-men are massacred.
The HBO show overtook the book series years ago. Martin’s latest novel, A Dance With Dragons, was released back in 2011 and is the fifth in a total of seven planned installments.