George R.R. Martin is currently holding a crowdfunding campaign to help a wolf sanctuary and he’s offering awesome prizes, including the chance to be killed in GOT. Unfortunately, this specific “reward” is already gone, but there are plenty of other ones still available. (via)
After hearing about this, a 13-year-old boy wrote a letter to the author telling him he donated all his pocket money savings to the campaign, explaining that one of his dreams was to become a wolf conservationist. He also asked if he could be part of the next novel: “A gruesome grizzly death is all I ask for.” Here’s the letter:
To which George R.R. Martin replied:
Thank you so much for your heartfelt, touching note.
I’ve heard that you donated all your £153 pocket money savings to my Prizeo fundraiser on behalf of the Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary. I cannot tell you how much that moved me. It pleases me no end to know that my novels, and the TV series based on them, have inspired readers as young as yourself to rally to the support of these majestic and too often stigmatized animals
Alas, I cannot promise you a grisly death in THE WIND OF WINTER. Those spots have already been filled by some very generous donors, and there’s a limit to how many people even I can kill. <<< (Editor’s note: That’s highly doubtful)
However, inspired by your example, my friends at Prizeo and I would love to follow your lead with a $10,000 in your name to the UK Wolf Conservation Trust. That’s a wonderful organization that I’ve heard much about, and they are lucky to count people like you as supporters.
I wish you the best of luck in your future career as a wolf conservationist, and hope that you inspire many others to follow your lead.