At 65 years old, “Game of Thrones” author George R.R. Martin is as famous as he’s ever been. His best-selling book series has turned into an Emmy-winning, globally-recognized television show, and the demand for more “A Song of Ice and Fire” has never been higher.
In honor of his 65th birthday, Zap2it put together a list of 65 things we’ve love to see Martin accomplish in both his own life and with the “Game of Thrones” book and TV series’.
Also, the happiest of happy birthdays to one well-deserving guy.
Warning: this list contains spoilers from the first three seasons of “Game of Thrones.” Without further ado, please:
1. Finish the book series in the next decade.
2. Have your new HBO series be related to the “Game of Thrones” universe.
3. Find a way to bring Robb Stark back to life.
4. Or at least let us see Richard Madden as the Young Wolf again.
5. Reveal who Jon Snow’s parents are.
6. Give satisfying conclusions to “Game of Thrones'” biggest mysteries.
7. Make sure there is a whole lot more Diana Rigg in future seasons.
8. Have there be more magic in both the books and show.
9. Don’t let any of the dragons die.
10. And don’t kill off Daenerys Targaryen.
11. Or, for that matter, Jon Snow, Tyrion Lannister or any of our other favorites.
12. Bring justice to every evil character.
13. And if you can’t do that, then make us understand them, like you did with Jaime Lannister.
14. Don’t end the world of “Game of Thrones” after the final book comes out.
15. At the same time, feel free to explore new realms of fantasy.
16. Don’t let anyone influence what you plan “Game of Thrones” to be.
17. That goes for both the books and the show.
18. Keep writing awesome episodes for the TV series.
19. Make sure showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss know your plan for the books … you know, just in case.
20. Write a novella about the Tourney at Harrenhal.
21. Make sure there are more direwolves in future seasons.
22. One day explain how Lady’s death affected Sansa.
23. Resolve who the three heads of the dragon are instead of leaving it up to speculation.
24. Keep putting Tyrion in battles, because Peter Dinklage is awesome in action scenes.
25. Write a love story that actually ends happily.
26. Speak candidly about the process of writing “Game of Thrones” once you finish it.
27. And seriously, don’t make fans wait too much longer for the rest of the books. Please.
28. Actually create a character who is a bigger monster than Walter White.
29. Then kill him or her off in a totally satisfying way.
30. Let Arya reunite with Nymeria once again.
31. Let Bran look Jaime in the eyes once again to remind the Lannister of how he tried to kill a child.
32. Let Brienne find love.
33. Let Cersei finally realize she’s not as smart as she thinks she is.
34. Let Daenerys Targaryen become a good leader.
35. Let Jon Snow know something instead of nothing.
36. Let Ned Stark’s death not be in vain.
37. Let Sansa not become completely broken.
38. Don’t let Theon/Reek off the hook easily, if at all.
39. Make sure Wyman Manderly is as awesome in the show as he is in the books.
40. Keep Margaery interesting so Natalie Dormer continues to have great material.
41. The same goes for Varys and Conleth Hill.
42. Continue to surprise readers, even if it’s in horrible ways like the Red Wedding.
43. Also, continue to gratify them with nods like certain meat pies.
44. Keep having a dialogue with readers in regards to both the books and show.
45. Make sure HBO holds true to the “A Song of Ice and Fire” novels, even if things start to get really weird.
46. Have your next project contain as massive a cast of characters as the world of Westeros.
47. Don’t be afraid to make some good characters go bad.
48. Or some bad characters go good.
49. As long as they’re not Joffrey Baratheon or Ramsay Bolton. Fans will be okay with hating them forever.
50. Keep on writing about what you care about.
51. Even if that means writing about the NFL. A lot.
52. Don’t let fans bully you into changing who you are as an author, despite how popular you get.
53. Continue giving readers dynamic women, minorities and LGBT characters to root for.
54. Mentor other authors to help them create ground-breaking fantasy like you.
55. Finish the “Game of Thrones” encyclopedia.
56. And the Dunk and Egg novellas.
57. Stop getting so distracted all the time.
58. Unless it’s to give us amazing content like “The Wit & Wisdom of Tyrion Lannister.”
59. Keep going to fan conventions.
60. Keep wearing that hat.
61. Keep being a good sport.
62. Like this time you were on “Conan.”
63. Or this time you dissed “Lost.”
64. Or this time you said “Game of Thrones” would lose the 2014 Emmys to “Breaking Bad.”
65. Continue to provide us great entertainment that spans genres, genders and ages.
Happy birthday George R.R. Martin, and thanks for everything you’ve given fans in the past 65 years.