Interviewer: What was your intent in providing such female characters of strength in a genre that typically reduces women to witches, wives, and/or whores?
George R.R Martin: To be fair I have my fair share of all of those - witches, wives, and whores - but I try to make them fully fleshed out, human, which is wives and whores, and as well to introduce other things. It goes back to what I was saying earlier, about common humanity. It seems strange that I have to say this, it's sort of a weirdly radical statement - women are people. They're driven by the same desires that drive men - desire for respect and power, desire to protect their children, greed for money, for claim, where everybody wants to be loved. It's all common humanity, and I just try to write my female characters as I write my male characters. I do take into account that it's a very patriarchal society so they are limited to certain roles. Some of them fit comfortably within the roles that Westeros's society has assigned them, and some of them do not fit comfortably into those roles, therefore encounter a certain amount of rejection, or tension, or ridicule as they try to pursue their own dreams, or as they frustrate their own dreams. And all this is great, all this is conflict, it's character tension, it's what story is all about, the human heart in conflict with itself.