For those people who still doubt that Ser Patrek of King's Mountain in the #1 NYT bestselling A Dance With Dragons by George R. R. Martin is really me, GRRM recently appeared on Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! on NPR and laid the matter to rest.
You can also read the transcript, from which this extract was taken:
SAGAL: Isn't it true that there's a character in your latest book that's there because you lost a bet about a football game? MARTIN: Yes, in a way, yes, it is. That's true. (LAUGHTER) SAGAL: Well what happened? MARTIN: Well there's this guy named Patrick St. Denis, who runs a fantasy website called Pat's Fantasy Hotlist. And Pat is a big Dallas Cowboys fan. So we would have a standing bet for a number of years about whether the Dallas Cowboys or the New York Giants would do better. And I won the bet the first two years. But finally, in the third year the Cowboys finished ahead of the Giants. And what I had to do if he won the bet was to kill him horribly within the books. (LAUGHTER) MARTIN: So I invented a character called Ser Patrek of King's Mountain and described his heraldry as looking somewhat like the heraldry of the Dallas Cowboys with the silver star on a white field. And then I had him ripped apart by a giant. (LAUGHTER) (APPLAUSE) SAGAL: Which he found very enjoyable. MARTIN: Yeah, he seemed to get a kick out of that. (APPLAUSE)
I may be wrong, but I think this might be the first time GRRM went public with truth regarding Ser Patrek of King's Mountain and his bloody demise!
It was a fine death. . . And yes, I did get a kick out of that! A little less about the the fact that it is implied that I was on my way to rape a woman. . . But heck, you can't win them all!!! :P