The story, instructed in a multi-tweet thread, comes to a chum of Fogelman’s named Alex Hanan, who met Martin forward of Bruce Springsteen’s Broadway display, which he used to be set to wait with Fogelman.
Hanan, Fogelman defined, “is greater than lifestyles.” “Good-looking and captivating as hell, with the most efficient head of hair you may have ever noticed. He is additionally obsessed w ‘Recreation of Thrones’ like nobody you may have ever identified.”
When Fogelman arrived on the theater, he discovered that his pal controlled to get Martin’s mobile phone quantity and invited himself to have pizza with Martin and his spouse after the display.
“The Springsteen display ends. It is wonderful. Alex, as I knew he would, instantly texts George. And to my absolute surprise… George R Martin writes Alex again!” he wrote. “He tells us to fulfill them at an area pizza joint.”
After consuming pizza for “an hour or two” and playing dialog, they parted tactics. Hanan even scored a small memento from Martin — a Westeros coin.
“Here is what George R Martin did not know that night time. My good-looking, well-haired, better than lifestyles buddy Alex is struggling with a random case of level four lung most cancers,” Fogelman wrote. “He’s going to cross away a 12 months later. I can devote then S3 premiere of This Is Us to him.”
He persisted: “However for that whole 12 months, Alex by no means stops speaking about his night time together with his hero. And, in flip, I can by no means forestall telling that tale. Or, larger image: Alex’s tale.”
Fogelman shared a photograph of Hanan and Martin’s assembly.
“For our pals, staring at this season’s GOT can be bittersweet with out Alex texting us disturbing spoilers,” Fogelman wrote. “However it’ll even be a reminder of our pal, who we leave out extraordinarily. And for me; no longer only a reminder of the ability of storytelling. But additionally additionally a reminder of the significance of kindness (for no different reason why than being type) at the moment.”
“Recreation of Thrones” premiered the primary episode of its ultimate season on Sunday on HBO.
“Our pal, Alex Hanan, is staring at TV this night from above,” Fogelman wrote. “Spoiling each and every unmarried disclose for everybody up there, riding everybody nuts.”