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Thrones' creator on 'hardest scene to write'

1 of 1 Game of Thrones' stars Michelle Fairley and Richard Madden
Game of Thrones' stars Michelle Fairley and Richard Madden

SPOILER ALERT! This article contains spoilers about Game of Thrones that some readers may prefer to avoid.

Game of Thrones creator George RR Martin has described the Red Wedding scene as the toughest he's ever written.

The most recent episode of the HBO drama - which is based on Martin's fantasy novels - saw both Robb (Richard Madden) and Catelyn Stark (Michelle Fairley) brutally killed.

"That was the hardest scene I've ever had to write," the author told Entertainment Weekly. "It was like murdering two of your children.

"I try to make the readers feel they've lived the events of the book. Just as you grieve if a friend is killed, you should grieve if a fictional character is killed. You should care. If somebody dies and you just go get more popcorn, it's a superficial experience isn't it?"

Martin added that he knew "almost from the beginning" that Robb and Catelyn would die, explaining that it helped Game of Thrones remain "unpredictable".

"I killed Ned [played by Sean Bean] because everybody thinks he's the hero and that, sure, he's going to get into trouble, but then he'll somehow get out of it," he said.

"The next predictable thing is to think his eldest son [Robb] is going to rise up and avenge his father. And everybody is going to expect that. So immediately [killing Robb] became the next thing I had to do."

Game of Thrones continues on Monday nights on Sky Atlantic.

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