Tyrion Lannister, Daenerys Targaryen, meet David Goldblatt.
As mentioned last week, author of the Game of Thrones source material George R.R. Martin launched a campaign to raise money for two charities near his home base of Santa Fe that he’s passionate about supporting. The prize awarded for top donation level, which was available for a $20,000 contribution, is the honor of being written into one of the last two A Song of Ice and Fire novels and killed off in a most grisly fashion.
ABC News noted on Wednesday that Facebook employee David Goldblatt, 30, will eventually be immortalized in book form and then subjected to one of the many, many, many ways to die in the Westeros universe. The “martyr” donation level had a spot open for both a man and a woman to become characters, but the woman who made the donation has reportedly chosen to remain anonymous.
Proceeds from the fundraiser benefit Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary and The Food Depot of Santa Fe. There are currently 37 days left to go in the campaign and so far over $378,000 of the $500,000 goal has been raised.
Part of the deal with the prize is that the winner gets to choose his or her station in life, be it a knight, peasant, whore, septon, what have you. Goldblatt, who saw season one and then dove right into the book series, has reportedly chosen to be a Valyrian “if at all possible.”
If the term ‘Valyrian’ sounds familiar, it’s probably because a few characters such as Ned, Jon, and Jaime owned or received swords made from Valyrian steel (actually, Jaime’s was reforged from Ned’s and he later gave it to Brienne, which we saw earlier this season). Valyria is a city in Essos that was previously the ancestral home of the Targaryens before succumbing to some sort of cataclysmic event known as the Doom of Valyria. It should be interesting to see if Martin does write him in as a Valyrian since it’s considered to be a race of people long gone (perhaps until now!).
“You read some piece of fiction and for whatever reason you think one particular character or race is cool – and for whatever reason, I thought the Valyrians were cool,” Goldblatt said. “I’m hoping in future books we get to see more of them."
Martin has written people into the series before (can’t be too difficult to slip someone in there, there are quite literally scores and scores of characters you come across). In fact, Martin is a big New York Giants fan and has even included multiple subtle allusions to the NFL and his team’s rivals (plus some other names from existing fiction). Here’s one particularly good jab at Patriots head coach Belichick and his team’s almost perfect 2007 season found in the latest installment, A Dance with Dragons:
The galley was also where the ship's books were kept... the fourth and final volume of The Life of the Triarch Belicho, a famous Volantene patriot whose unbroken succession of conquests and triumphs ended rather abruptly when he was eaten by giants."
If that kind of snark is any indication, Martin should have no trouble coming up with a clever way to write Goldblatt both in and out of the story.