George RR Martin's Next Victim: Facebook Employee

Westeros' newest resident is named ... David Goldblatt
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 12, 2014 9:15 AM CDT
Writer George R.R. Martin arrives at the premiere for the third season of the HBO television series "Game of Thrones" at the TCL Chinese Theatre on Monday, March 18, 2013 in Los Angeles.   (Photo by Matt Sayles /Invision/AP)

(Newser) – "David Goldblatt" may not exactly sound like a Westerosi name, but a character bearing that moniker will nonetheless be making an appearance in an upcoming novel in George RR Martin's Song of Ice and Fire series. That's because Goldblatt shelled out $20,000 for the privilege of appearing—and, this being Game of Thrones, promptly dying—in the books, as part of a crowdfunding campaign to support the Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary and the Food Depot of Santa Fe, ABC News reports.

Goldblatt is a 30-year-old product specialist for Facebook, and lives in San Francisco. "I’m just lucky enough to be in a position to do this," he says. "Obviously, the money is going to charity, so it’s an added bonus. I didn’t immediately seek to help wolf sanctuaries, but the more I read about the charities, I learned it was a worthwhile cause." The "Martyr" reward tier was limited to two people, and while both have been claimed, the other generous victim remains anonymous.

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