When you play the game of thrones, sometimes you win and you die.

ABC News reports that Dave Goldblatt, a 30-year-old Facebook employee, has won the highest prize in author George R.R. Martin’s most recent charity auction, which is raising money for Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary and the Food Depot of Santa Fe. Goldblatt coughed up the Braavos-level sum of $20,000 to enter the “martyr” donation level — for which Martin promised to name a character after the donor (and then kill that character later in the series).

Goldblatt also got the chance to choose his character’s station in the world, determining that his namesake would be Valryian (a noble people famed for their strong, light steel) because he thinks they are “cool.” When asked if Martin would change his name to better fit the fantasy tongues of Westeros (and Essos), Goldblatt responded, “I have no idea. You’re going to have to ask George about that.”

Two spots were available on the martyr level: one for a man, and one for a woman. The other winner has kept her identity anonymous thus far — a wise move in times like these, when men plot in King’s Landing, the Wildlings approach from the North, and rumors of dragons spend from the East. Oh well; she’ll die too, eventually.

May the seven gods (or whichever he does believe in) have mercy on Dave. Valar Morghulis.

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Game of Thrones

HBO's epic fantasy drama based on George R.R. Martin's novel series 'A Song of Ice and Fire.'

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