Game of Thrones: George RR Martin reveals which side of Robert’s Rebellion he would be on

Before A Song of Ice and Fire’s first book A Game of Thrones, Robert’s Rebellion took place. The Baratheon ascended to the Iron Throne after defeating the Mad King Aerys II, who had Rickard and Brandon Stark executed.

The Civil War, which took place around 17 years before the War of the Five Kings, ended 300 years of the Targaryen dynasty.

But which side would author George RR Martin have been on had he existed in Westeros?

The 71-year-old gave an answer during a Q&A session in Chicago last month.

And it turns out that Martin would have sided with Robert’s Rebellion, not the royalists.

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But he added: “I don’t like to provide easy answers.

“I like to make the reader wrestle with the question and think about it.

“Because some of these questions never are easy when we encounter them in real life.”

Meanwhile, Martin slammed fan fiction, saying how he didn’t want to read it.

Spotted by Winter Is Coming, Martin’s first objection was that fan faction isn’t a good medium for those trying to write professionally.

He elaborated: “I don’t think it’s a good way to train to be a professional writer when you’re borrowing everybody else’s world and characters.

“That’s like riding a bike with training wheels.

“And then when I took the training wheels off, I fell over a lot, but at some point you have to take the training wheels off here.”


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The author continued: “You have to invent your own characters, you have to do your own world-building, you can’t just borrow from Gene Roddenberry or George Lucas or me or whoever.”

While his second objection was a legal one, adding: “The other thing is there are all sorts of copyright issues when you’re using other people’s work.

“My understanding of the law is that if I knew about I would have to try to stop it, so just don’t tell me about it and do what you want there.

“It’s not for me. I don’t wanna read it and I would not encourage people to write it.”

Meanwhile, the author has spoken out on his writing struggles in completing A Song of Ice and Fire.

Martin has two books to go in The Winds of Winter and A Dream of Spring, with the previous hopefully being published next year.

Speaking with the Nerdette podcast, Martin said: “When it’s going well, I live in Westeros.

“I fall through the computer. I wake up thinking of, you know, Tyrion and Arya or Aegon the Conqueror, whoever I’m writing about, and I go to sleep at night thinking about them.”

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