Game of Thrones season eight is set to have millions of fans enthralled for the next five weeks as the acclaimed HBO series comes to an end.
The fantasy show’s fans have been taking to Twitter to discuss the new series at length (and make hilarious memes) but one fan has shared a particularly moving story about his experience with A Song of Ice and Fire author George RR Martin.
That fan is none other than This Is Us creator Dan Fogelman who shared a heartbreaking thread about his friend meeting his hero.
Writing to his 69.3K followers, Dan, 43, told the story about the night he and his close friend Alex went to see Bruce Springsteen’s Broadway show.
Alex happened to bump into George and his wife and the four of them ended up going for pizza after.
Dan described Alex as ‘larger than life. Handsome and charming as hell, with the best head of hair you’ve ever seen. He’s also obsessed with Game of Thrones like no one you’ve ever known’.
He continued: ‘We eat pizza for an hour or two. George and I talk shop. Alex tries to play it cool, only makes a few nerdy Thrones references. At meal’s end, George gives Alex a Westeros coin. Alex reacts stronger than is appropriate for a 40-something man.
‘We all part ways. Alex is giddy.’
Then Dan revealed that unbeknownst to the world-famous author, Alex was at the time battling stage four lung cancer and passed away a year later.
‘But for that entire year, Alex never stops talking about his night with his hero. And, in turn, I will never stop telling that story. Or, bigger picture: Alex’s story.
‘For our friends, watching this season’s GOT will be bittersweet without Alex texting us annoying spoilers.’
The screenwriter thanked George for ‘making what would turn out to be Alex’s last year’ and praised the power of storytelling and importance of kindness.
Dan is known for pulling at the heartstrings in his series and his followers on Twitter were not expecting to be so moved by Alex’s story.
One fan wrote: ‘You need to expect tears EVERY time @Dan_Fogelman tells a story.’
While another added: ‘This is wonderful. Thank you so much for sharing this! Alex sounds like a guy we all would have been lucky to know!’
Game of Thrones season 8, episode 1 is currently streaming on NOW TV and This Is Us season 3 concluded this month.
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