"No one will be alive by the last book. In fact, they all die in the fifth. The sixth book will be just a thousand-page description of snow blowing across the graves."
"A lot of things have happened to this guy and he doesn’t quite look like the young golden Lannister boy any more. There’s a scene where he arrives in King’s Landing and it’s just standing in the streets. I thought that was so interesting because you only truly have power if someone gives you that power. You can’t just say “I’m strong.” Someone has to give it to you at some point. Here, you have a guy who is used to being at the top of the food chain, he’s used to people reacting to his mere presence. Now, the reactions to his presence are so different."