Dave Goldblatt is the winner of Game of Thrones author George RR Martin’s fundraiser for the Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary and the Food Depot of Santa Fe, New Mexico. The top prize was to be written into and killed in the Song of Ice & Fire book series, of which the HBO series Game of Thrones is based. Here’s what you need to know about Goldblatt.
1. He Works for Facebook
According to Dave Goldblatt‘s Facebook page, he works in Product Operations at Facebook at their headquarters in San Francisco.
He is originally from South Orange, New Jersey and attended college at Connecticut College in New London.
He is currently 30-years-old.
2. He Won With a $20,000 Charity Auction Prize
The charity auction offered two top-level prizes dubbed “martyr prizes.” The prizes were to be written into Martin’s Song of Ice & Fire book series and killed. The prizes were reserved for one woman and one man. The winning female has chosen to remain anonymous, but not Goldblatt.
Goldblatt was quoted telling ABC News:
“I’m just lucky enough to be in a position to do this,” Goldblatt said of the $20,000 prize. “Obviously, the money is going to charity, so it’s an added bonus. I didn’t immediately seek to help wolf sanctuaries, but the more I read about the charities, I learned it was a worthwhile cause.”
…or a “wolf-while” cause.
3. Goldblatt Will be Valyrian
Goldblatt had the option to choose what nationality he wanted to belong to in the Game of Thrones universe and chose Valyrian, the most famous of which is Khaleesi Daenerys Targaryen.
Valryians are known for this metallurgy (Valyrian steel), their purple eyes, and platinum blond hair.
4. Godlblatt Will Die
As stated when Goldblatt was vying for the martyr prize, the character will be written into the storyline and killed. There is no precedence as to how integral to the universe the character will be.
5. No Idea Which Book
Martin, a notoriously slow author, has not elaborated on which of the two remaining books in the series Goldblatt will appear in. The two remaining books are The Winds of Winter and A Dream of Spring.