He said: “Dwelling where I am now, deep in the heart of Westeros, I find myself surrounded by my characters, the children of my mind and heart and soul.
“They are real to me, as I write them, and I struggle to make them real to my readers as well.”
Despite this, he then went on to tease: “All of them are flawed, from the best to the worst.
“They do heroic things, they do selfish things. Some are strong and some are weak, some smart and some stupid.”
“The smartest may do stupid things,” Martin added. “The bravest may have moments when their courage fails.