George R.R. Martin Confirms Grateful Dead Influence on 'Game of Thrones'

Grateful Dead fans who've noticed more than a few similarities between Game of Thrones and the beloved jam band are finally vindicated, as author George R. R. Martin has confirmed the connection in a recent interview at New York's 92nd Street Y. In the interview with Salon's Laura Miller last fall, he discussed how his love of music impacted his earlier novel The Armageddon Rag, as well as why the series bears traces of his Dead Head-dom. Martin admitted, "I'm certainly a fan of the Grateful Dead, I have Dead lyrics rattling around in my head all the time,"