While the world goes into total frenzy over the final season of Game of Thrones, writer George RR Martin is making the headlines for a completely different reason. Turns out, Martin had unknowingly fulfilled the last wishes of a dying man. The incident has been shared on Twitter by the man's friend, and it has gone viral since.
Dan Fogelman, the producer of the popular sitcom, This Is Us, has shared the heartwarming incident on Twitter. In 2017, Dan and his friend Alex Hanan had plans to attend a Bruce Springsteen show at Broadway in 2017. Little did they know that that the night would turn out to be one of the most memorable ones of their lives.
Over a year ago a close buddy and I get to see Springsteen’s Broadway show. It’s a big deal for us. My buddy, Alex, gets there super early, because he’s excited, and calls me as I’m in a cab heading there.— Dan Fogelman (@Dan_Fogelman) April 14, 2019
Alex, the friend, had reached early and was waiting for Dan when he spotted George RR Martin in the crowd. Although Dan desperately begged Alex not to make a fool of himself by approaching the legendary writer, the latter refused to see reason.
He’s talking a mile a minute. While waiting outside the theater, he has spotted George R. Martin. He says he’s going to go talk to him. I beg him not to. He hangs up on me.— Dan Fogelman (@Dan_Fogelman) April 14, 2019
Now, a bit about Alex. He is larger than life. Handsome and charming as hell, with the best head of hair you’ve ever seen. He’s also obsessed w Game of Thrones like no one you’ve ever known. And he never listens to anyone so I just KNOW he’s going to go accost George R. Martin.— Dan Fogelman (@Dan_Fogelman) April 14, 2019
Alex, a die-hard fan of GoT, not only approached Martin, but also managed to exchange phone numbers and Martin ended up inviting Alex and Dan for dinner. Dan, who was initially embarrassed, later admitted that he had a good time with Martin and his wife.
I arrive at the theater. Alex is waiting, bursting with energy as always. He tells me he approached George. Got a picture. And, somehow - miraculously - got George R Martin’s cell phone number. George was with his wife and told Alex they usually go for pizza after a show.— Dan Fogelman (@Dan_Fogelman) April 14, 2019
We see Springsteen. The entire show Alex is debating when to text George. I beg him to let it go. I know George will never reply and Alex will he disappointed.— Dan Fogelman (@Dan_Fogelman) April 14, 2019
Alex and I go. I’m convinced it’s going to end badly. A weird miscommunication. We are going to get ghosted. At least it will be a funny story. And then...
George and his lovely wife arrive.— Dan Fogelman (@Dan_Fogelman) April 14, 2019
We eat pizza for an hour or two. George and I talk shop. Alex tries to play it cool, only makes a few nerdy Thrones references. At meal’s end, George gives Alex a Westeros coin. Alex reacts stronger than is appropriate for a 40-something man.
We all part ways. Alex is giddy.— Dan Fogelman (@Dan_Fogelman) April 14, 2019
Everything seems hunky dory, right? While stories of celebs giving in to their fans' wishes and going out of their way to appease them are common, here's why this one was special.
Fogelman reveals in his tweets that his friend, Alex, had been suffering from stage four lung cancer and that he passed away a year later. But as Alex repeatedly said later, that night with his "hero" was his most cherished memory.
Here’s what George R Martin didn’t know that night. My handsome, well-haired, larger than life pal Alex is battling a random case of stage 4 lung cancer. He will pass away a year later. I will dedicate then S3 premiere of This Is Us to him.— Dan Fogelman (@Dan_Fogelman) April 14, 2019
Fogelman also spoke fondly of his friend, and how he missed him terribly. He also spoke about the importance of kindness, and how a seemingly ordinary but sweet gesture on Martin's part fulfilled a dying man's wishes.
Fogelman's story had a lot of users hooked, who were left teary-eyed by the end of it. In fact, many thanked him for sharing such a beautiful story about Martin. Martin, who did not know about Alex's ailment, is yet to respond to the story.