And in a now-viral story about Martin that Dan Fogelman, creator of “This is Us,” recently shared on Twitter, it seems that life imitates art.
In honor of the HBO hit show’s eighth and final season on Sunday, Fogelman shared a story on Sunday about his friend Alex Hanan, whom he described as “larger than life. Handsome and charming as hell, with the best head of hair you’ve ever seen.”
He also called Hanan “obsessed w Game of Thrones like no one you’ve ever known.”
Fogelman begins his story by explaining that he and Hanan were meeting up to see Bruce Springsteen’s Broadway show about a year ago. Hanan got to the show early and called Fogelman while he was on his way over in a cab.
“…[Hanan] never listens to anyone so I just KNOW he’s going to go accost George R. Martin,” Fogelman wrote.
Ends up, Hanan did exactly that.
During the entire show, Fogelman said, Hanan fretted about whether to text Martin. Fogelman said he tried to discourage his friend because he didn’t think Martin would text back and Hanan would be disappointed.
Despite Fogelman’s best efforts, he said, Hanan did exactly what he wanted to do.
Fogelman said they showed up at the pizza place and that he was convinced Martin would ghost them, but thought, “At least it will be a funny story.” Plus, the pizza was bound to be good, since Martin is a huge NYC pizza fan.
But then … Martin and his “lovely wife” arrived, Fogelman recalled.
This is when Fogelman’s story took a somber turn.
Fogelman stressed how much the dinner meant to his friend.
Fogelman said he learned an important lesson from that experience.
He ended his thread on a beautifully affecting note that honored his dear friend.
A mutual friend also provided photographic evidence of the encounter, which Fogelman retweeted.
Now, excuse us while we grab some tissues.