George RR Martin on the Development of Bronn

George RR Martin on the Development of Bronn

July 12, 2019 40 By Bernardo Ryan



is there anything in the books that you would say it's a pleasant surprise something you just you know started writing and and now you go wow that's become a major thing and I never thought it would happen sometimes characters push to the forefront and become more important than you thought they would be I know I've been doing the the supernova conventions in Brisbane and we're moving to one in Adelaide and there are some other people from the show here on on that supernova circuit including course Michelle Lena Headey was there also Jerome Flynn who plays Bronn the mercenary bronze a clear example of a character that really grew in in the act of writing I mean I I knew that I didn't want Tyrion to die in the hands of Lysa Arryn so I knew that someone had to step forward and fight for his behalf when he he demanded a trial by battle in book one and I knew it was going to be one of these to sell swords that Tyrion would cleverly manipulate the the guys desire for wealth but I actually had two guys I had bran and a character named chicken and it was almost flipping the coin which one died and which one stepped forward and bran was the one who step forward and even at that point I thought well maybe Tyrion will use him and discard anymore but you know I need him through the mountains and then he proved useful because it was someone a Tyrion could actually talk to and then he started talking back and he had some funny lines and his personality kind of developed and you know they're all like words that you're typing as well that this isn't two people at this stage like right right this is words that I'm typing but I don't know where they come from and then of course when you get to show you cast a wonderful actor like electrum in it and he really makes that part his own and suddenly the character even more appealing I think it'd be fair to say based on what you just said that you don't write to a plan the writing more just you know grabs you and and you just sort of chase it yes no I I mean I dunno where I'm going I know where the story ends I know the fate of the principal characters no I'm not going to tell any of you but there is a considerable amount that you discover in the process of writing that's the fun of writing actually I've talked about in many other interviews about the two kinds of writers they had the gardener and the architect you know the the architect is like an architect planning a building when he plans a novel he he knows how many stories is going to be and how many windows it's going to have and how it's going to be heated and what the roof is made of and where the plugs are going to be in each wall and etc etc and he works all of that out and blueprints all of that or outlines it in the case of a novel before he drives the first nail or writes the first sentence the gardener digs a hole and throws in a seed and sort of waters it with his blood and hopes that something interesting comes out now mine drew the gardener knows certain things the gardener knows whether he print planted a potato or germanium but and it would be very surprising if you plant a potato and a germanium comes up but a lot is discovered in the in the process I I think all writers are some combination of these two but they they tend according to your personality to one side or another and I'm much more on the gardener side I am you know I think like 90% gardener as were somebody like JRR tolkien who you know one of my literary idols who started out writing Lord of the Rings as a sequel to The Hobbit and it grew considerably the tale grew and the telling as he said as mine has