"Game of Thrones" author George R.R. Martin tells the Los Angeles Times’ Hero Complex blog that he’s concerned that the show’s second season might follow the example of "Beauty and the Beast," the live-action fantasy series starring Linda Hamilton on which Martin was a producer and writer.
With "Beauty," Hamilton left after the second season, so the show killed off her character at the start of the third season, the story notes.
"The ratings just went through the floor,” Martin said. “People hated it and the show was done after that.”
With "Game of Thrones," the HBO series will be returning without Sean Bean, whose character, Eddard Stark, was killed in the ninth episode of the first season.
"We’ve only had one episode after Sean’s character died and, well, we’ll find out how it affects things,” Martin said. “It was a big shock to a lot of people and it was interesting to see the response to it."
Many fans of the show were aware of the plot twist, given that Martin wrote the character’s death into the original book more than a decade ago.
"So it wasn’t a secret, of course, but I could see the shock of it in the emails I got and on the blogs and the headlines," Martin notes, according to the piece.
Martin adds: “I have to admit I worry about it a little after the experience with ‘Beauty and the Beast’ and Linda Hamilton.”