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If you were wondering why George R. R. Martin was rocking a turtle pin on the Emmys red carpet, the Game of Thrones author has already supplied your answer.

In a June 2012 interview with the Financial Times, Martin explained that the high mortality rate of his beloved A Song of Ice and Fire series was inspired by the pet turtles he had growing up.

Martin touched on the turtle topic again when a fan asked him why he wears a hat with the shelled reptile on it at Comic-Con 2012.

See Martin’s Emmys pin below.

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