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'This is Us' creator Dan Fogelman shared a touching story of meeting 'Game of Thrones' author George R. R. Martin at a Broadway show — and it's making people cry

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This Is Us creator Dan Fogelman says he once met George R.R. Martin after a Broadway show.Well, his friend Alex Hanan, a big Game of Thrones fan, actually met Martin before the show and got his numberThat's how Hanan, Fogleman, Martin, and his wife Parris McBride all ended up eating pizza together that night.Martin didn't know, but Hanan was living with stage 4 lung cancer at the time. He died a year later.In a now-viral Twitter thread, Fogleman detailed this chance meeting — and how important it was to Hanan.

It's a story of This Is Us proportions.

In a viral thread shared on Twitter Sunday, Dan Fogelman, the creator and writer of This Is Us detailed how he once met Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin after a Broadway play — and the story has an emotional twist.

As Fogelman tells it, he and his friend Alex Hanan were going to see Springsteen on Broadway about a year ago.  Hanan got there early and called Fogelman from outside the theater, he explained on Twitter.

He's talking a mile a minute, Fogelman wrote. While waiting outside the theater, he has spotted George R. Martin. He says he's going to go talk to him. I beg him not to. He hangs up on me.

Hanan, who Fogelman described as larger than life and charming as hell, did not listen. Also? He's a huge Game of Thrones fan.

I arrive at the theater, Fogelman writes. Alex is waiting, bursting with energy as always. He tells me he approached George. Got a picture. And, somehow — miraculously — got George R Martin's cell phone number. George was with his wife and told Alex they usually go for pizza after a show.  

And even though Fogelman is hesitant, uncomfortable even, Hanan texts Martin. After the show, Hanan, Fogleman, Martin, and his wife Parris McBride end up at a local pizza joint.

We eat pizza for an hour or two. George and I talk shop. Alex tries to play it cool, only makes a few nerdy Thrones references. At meal's end, George gives Alex a Westeros coin. Alex reacts stronger than is appropriate for a 40-something man, Fogelman writes. We all part ways. Alex is giddy.

Read more: John Legend locked Chrissy Teigen out of the room during the 'Game of Thrones' premiere because she talks too much

Then comes the This Is Us twist.

Here's what George R Martin didn't know that night. My handsome, well-haired, larger than life pal Alex is battling a random case of stage 4 lung cancer, he wrote. He will pass away a year later.

Fogelman continued, saying that this final season of Game of Thrones would be difficult to watch without his friend. As This Is Us fans might recall, the first episode of season 3 was dedicated to Hanan. 

For our friends, watching this season's GOT will be bittersweet without Alex texting us annoying spoilers, he wrote. But it will also be a reminder of our friend, who we miss terribly. And for me; not just a reminder of the power of storytelling. But also also a reminder of the importance of kindness (for no other reason than being kind) these days.

Later, Fogelman retweeted a picture of Martin and Hanan.

Many were touched by the thread.

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'This is Us' creator Dan Fogelman shared a touching story of meeting 'Game of Thrones' author George R. R. Martin at a Broadway show — and it's making people cry'This is Us' creator Dan Fogelman shared a touching story of meeting 'Game of Thrones' author George R. R. Martin at a Broadway show — and it's making people cry

This Is Us creator Dan Fogelman says he once...

'This is Us' creator Dan Fogelman shared a touching story of meeting 'Game of Thrones' author George R. R. Martin at a Broadway show — and it's making people cry

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This Is Us creator Dan Fogelman says he once met George R.R. Martin after a Broadway show. Well, his friend Alex Hanan, a big Game of Thrones fan, actually met Martin before the show and got his number That's how Hanan, Fogleman, Martin, and his wife Parris McBride all ended up eating pizza together that night. Martin didn't know, but Hanan was living with stage 4 lung cancer at the time. He died a year later. In a now-viral Twitter thread, Fogleman detailed this chance meeting — and how important it was to Hanan. It's a story of This Is Us proportions. In a viral thread shared on Twitter Sunday, Dan Fogelman, the creator and writer of This Is Us detailed how he once met Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin after a Broadway play — and the story has an emotional twist. As Fogelman tells it, he and his friend Alex Hanan were going to see Springsteen on Broadway about a year ago.  Hanan got there early and called Fogelman from outside the theater, he explained on Twitter. Tweet Embed: //twitter.com/mims/statuses/1117570857101086720?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw Over a year ago a close buddy and I get to see Springsteen's Broadway show. It's a big deal for us. My buddy, Alex, gets there super early, because he's excited, and calls me as I'm in a cab heading there.Tweet Embed: //twitter.com/mims/statuses/1117570859680579584?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw He's talking a mile a minute. While waiting outside the theater, he has spotted George R. Martin. He says he's going to go talk to him. I beg him not to. He hangs up on me. He's talking a mile a minute, Fogelman wrote. While waiting outside the theater, he has spotted George R. Martin. He says he's going to go talk to him. I beg him not to. He hangs up on me. Hanan, who Fogelman described as larger than life and charming as hell, did not listen. Also? He's a huge Game of Thrones fan. Tweet Embed: //twitter.com/mims/statuses/1117570861307920385?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw Now, a bit about Alex. He is larger than life. Handsome and charming as hell, with the best head of hair you've ever seen. He's also obsessed w Game of Thrones like no one you've ever known. And he never listens to anyone so I just KNOW he's going to go accost George R. Martin. I arrive at the theater, Fogelman writes. Alex is waiting, bursting with energy as always. He tells me he approached George. Got a picture. And, somehow — miraculously — got George R Martin's cell phone number. George was with his wife and told Alex they usually go for pizza after a show.   Tweet Embed: //twitter.com/mims/statuses/1117570862545297408?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw I arrive at the theater. Alex is waiting, bursting with energy as always. He tells me he approached George. Got a picture. And, somehow - miraculously - got George R Martin's cell phone number. George was with his wife and told Alex they usually go for pizza after a show.Tweet Embed: //twitter.com/mims/statuses/1117570864076214272?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw Alex says to him: maybe we will join you. Alex and I chuckle at his chutzpah. And even though Fogelman is hesitant, uncomfortable even, Hanan texts Martin. After the show, Hanan, Fogleman, Martin, and his wife Parris McBride end up at a local pizza joint. Tweet Embed: //twitter.com/mims/statuses/1117570865028370433?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw We see Springsteen. The entire show Alex is debating when to text George. I beg him to let it go. I know George will never reply and Alex will he disappointed.Tweet Embed: //twitter.com/mims/statuses/1117570866345328641?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw The Springsteen show ends. It's amazing. Alex, as I knew he would, immediately texts George. And to my absolute shock... George R Martin writes Alex back! He tells us to meet them at a local pizza joint.Tweet Embed: //twitter.com/mims/statuses/1117570867523936256?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw Alex and I go. I'm convinced it's going to end badly. A weird miscommunication. We are going to get ghosted. At least it will be a funny story. And then... George and his lovely wife arrive. We eat pizza for an hour or two. George and I talk shop. Alex tries to play it cool, only makes a few nerdy Thrones references. At meal's end, George gives Alex a Westeros coin. Alex reacts stronger than is appropriate for a 40-something man, Fogelman writes. We all part ways. Alex is giddy. Tweet Embed: //twitter.com/mims/statuses/1117570868975144960?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw We eat pizza for an hour or two. George and I talk shop. Alex tries to play it cool, only makes a few nerdy Thrones references. At meal's end, George gives Alex a Westeros coin. Alex reacts stronger than is appropriate for a 40-something man. We all part ways. Alex is giddy. Read more: John Legend locked Chrissy Teigen out of the room during the 'Game of Thrones' premiere because she talks too much Then comes the This Is Us twist. Here's what George R Martin didn't know that night. My handsome, well-haired, larger than life pal Alex is battling a random case of stage 4 lung cancer, he wrote. He will pass away a year later. Tweet Embed: //twitter.com/mims/statuses/1117570870132736000?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw Here's what George R Martin didn't know that night. My handsome, well-haired, larger than life pal Alex is battling a random case of stage 4 lung cancer. He will pass away a year later. I will dedicate then S3 premiere of This Is Us to him. Fogelman continued, saying that this final season of Game of Thrones would be difficult to watch without his friend. As This Is Us fans might recall, the first episode of season 3 was dedicated to Hanan.  Tweet Embed: //twitter.com/mims/statuses/1117570871194005504?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw But for that entire year, Alex never stops talking about his night with his hero. And, in turn, I will never stop telling that story. Or, bigger picture: Alex's story. For our friends, watching this season's GOT will be bittersweet without Alex texting us annoying spoilers.Tweet Embed: //twitter.com/mims/statuses/1117570872838184962?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw But it will also be a reminder of our friend, who we miss terribly. And for me; not just a reminder of the power of storytelling. But also also a reminder of the importance of kindness (for no other reason than being kind) these days.Tweet Embed: //twitter.com/mims/statuses/1117570872838184962?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw But it will also be a reminder of our friend, who we miss terribly. And for me; not just a reminder of the power of storytelling. But also also a reminder of the importance of kindness (for no other reason than being kind) these days.Tweet Embed: //twitter.com/mims/statuses/1117570873974718464?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw Our friend, Alex Hanan, is watching TV tonight from above. Spoiling every single reveal for everyone up there, driving everyone nuts. Thank you George R Martin for making what would turn out to be Alex's last year. And thanks to all involved for making his favorite show. For our friends, watching this season's GOT will be bittersweet without Alex texting us annoying spoilers, he wrote. But it will also be a reminder of our friend, who we miss terribly. And for me; not just a reminder of the power of storytelling. But also also a reminder of the importance of kindness (for no other reason than being kind) these days. Later, Fogelman retweeted a picture of Martin and Hanan. Tweet Embed: //twitter.com/mims/statuses/1117614008440369153?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw Alex with George R.R. Martin! #GameOfThrones https://t.co/emUEAisS6J   Many were touched by the thread. Tweet Embed: //twitter.com/mims/statuses/1117582503043325953?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw Dammit. I didn't expect tears. #GOTTweet Embed: //twitter.com/mims/statuses/1117856212186357760?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw pic.twitter.com/XxADj3Mz2lTweet Embed: //twitter.com/mims/statuses/1117606921287143425?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw This is an Alex story not a George R. Martin story. Thanks for sharing it.Tweet Embed: //twitter.com/mims/statuses/1117623965420269568?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw I'm so sorry for the loss of your friend. Your story brought me to tears but also warmed my heart so. What a wonderful story about the power of kindness. #GameOfThronesTweet Embed: //twitter.com/mims/statuses/1117831444124954625?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw What a lovely story ❤️ pic.twitter.com/OciLMeKecC Read more: Everything we know about new 'Game of Thrones' character Harry Strickland and the Golden Company 'Game of Thrones' star Jerome Flynn teased that Bronn may lose favor with fans this season, and now we know why Why Jon Snow's big dragon moment on 'Game of Thrones' was surprisingly underwhelming 'Game of Thrones' star Maisie Williams reveals what Arya was really thinking during that flirty moment with Gendry

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'This is Us' creator Dan Fogelman shared a touching story of meeting 'Game of Thrones' author George R. R. Martin at a Broadway show — and it's making people cry'This is Us' creator Dan Fogelman shared a touching story of meeting 'Game of Thrones' author George R. R. Martin at a Broadway show — and it's making people cry

This Is Us creator Dan Fogelman says he once...

'This is Us' creator Dan Fogelman shared a touching story of meeting 'Game of Thrones' author George R. R. Martin at a Broadway show — and it's making people cry

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'This is Us' creator Dan Fogelman shared a touching story of meeting 'Game of Thrones' author George R. R. Martin at a Broadway show — and it's making people cry

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This Is Us creator Dan Fogelman says he once met George R.R. Martin after a Broadway show. Well, his friend Alex Hanan, a big Game of Thrones fan, actually met Martin before the show and got his number That's how Hanan, Fogleman, Martin, and his wife Parris McBride all ended up eating pizza together that night. Martin didn't know, but Hanan was living with stage 4 lung cancer at the time. He died a year later. In a now-viral Twitter thread, Fogleman detailed this chance meeting — and how important it was to Hanan. It's a story of This Is Us proportions. In a viral thread shared on Twitter Sunday, Dan Fogelman, the creator and writer of This Is Us detailed how he once met Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin after a Broadway play — and the story has an emotional twist. As Fogelman tells it, he and his friend Alex Hanan were going to see Springsteen on Broadway about a year ago.  Hanan got there early and called Fogelman from outside the theater, he explained on Twitter. Tweet Embed: //twitter.com/mims/statuses/1117570857101086720?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw Over a year ago a close buddy and I get to see Springsteen's Broadway show. It's a big deal for us. My buddy, Alex, gets there super early, because he's excited, and calls me as I'm in a cab heading there.Tweet Embed: //twitter.com/mims/statuses/1117570859680579584?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw He's talking a mile a minute. While waiting outside the theater, he has spotted George R. Martin. He says he's going to go talk to him. I beg him not to. He hangs up on me. He's talking a mile a minute, Fogelman wrote. While waiting outside the theater, he has spotted George R. Martin. He says he's going to go talk to him. I beg him not to. He hangs up on me. Hanan, who Fogelman described as larger than life and charming as hell, did not listen. Also? He's a huge Game of Thrones fan. Tweet Embed: //twitter.com/mims/statuses/1117570861307920385?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw Now, a bit about Alex. He is larger than life. Handsome and charming as hell, with the best head of hair you've ever seen. He's also obsessed w Game of Thrones like no one you've ever known. And he never listens to anyone so I just KNOW he's going to go accost George R. Martin. I arrive at the theater, Fogelman writes. Alex is waiting, bursting with energy as always. He tells me he approached George. Got a picture. And, somehow — miraculously — got George R Martin's cell phone number. George was with his wife and told Alex they usually go for pizza after a show.   Tweet Embed: //twitter.com/mims/statuses/1117570862545297408?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw I arrive at the theater. Alex is waiting, bursting with energy as always. He tells me he approached George. Got a picture. And, somehow - miraculously - got George R Martin's cell phone number. George was with his wife and told Alex they usually go for pizza after a show.Tweet Embed: //twitter.com/mims/statuses/1117570864076214272?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw Alex says to him: maybe we will join you. Alex and I chuckle at his chutzpah. And even though Fogelman is hesitant, uncomfortable even, Hanan texts Martin. After the show, Hanan, Fogleman, Martin, and his wife Parris McBride end up at a local pizza joint. Tweet Embed: //twitter.com/mims/statuses/1117570865028370433?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw We see Springsteen. The entire show Alex is debating when to text George. I beg him to let it go. I know George will never reply and Alex will he disappointed.Tweet Embed: //twitter.com/mims/statuses/1117570866345328641?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw The Springsteen show ends. It's amazing. Alex, as I knew he would, immediately texts George. And to my absolute shock... George R Martin writes Alex back! He tells us to meet them at a local pizza joint.Tweet Embed: //twitter.com/mims/statuses/1117570867523936256?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw Alex and I go. I'm convinced it's going to end badly. A weird miscommunication. We are going to get ghosted. At least it will be a funny story. And then... George and his lovely wife arrive. We eat pizza for an hour or two. George and I talk shop. Alex tries to play it cool, only makes a few nerdy Thrones references. At meal's end, George gives Alex a Westeros coin. Alex reacts stronger than is appropriate for a 40-something man, Fogelman writes. We all part ways. Alex is giddy. Tweet Embed: //twitter.com/mims/statuses/1117570868975144960?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw We eat pizza for an hour or two. George and I talk shop. Alex tries to play it cool, only makes a few nerdy Thrones references. At meal's end, George gives Alex a Westeros coin. Alex reacts stronger than is appropriate for a 40-something man. We all part ways. Alex is giddy. Read more: John Legend locked Chrissy Teigen out of the room during the 'Game of Thrones' premiere because she talks too much Then comes the This Is Us twist. Here's what George R Martin didn't know that night. My handsome, well-haired, larger than life pal Alex is battling a random case of stage 4 lung cancer, he wrote. He will pass away a year later. Tweet Embed: //twitter.com/mims/statuses/1117570870132736000?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw Here's what George R Martin didn't know that night. My handsome, well-haired, larger than life pal Alex is battling a random case of stage 4 lung cancer. He will pass away a year later. I will dedicate then S3 premiere of This Is Us to him. Fogelman continued, saying that this final season of Game of Thrones would be difficult to watch without his friend. As This Is Us fans might recall, the first episode of season 3 was dedicated to Hanan.  Tweet Embed: //twitter.com/mims/statuses/1117570871194005504?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw But for that entire year, Alex never stops talking about his night with his hero. And, in turn, I will never stop telling that story. Or, bigger picture: Alex's story. For our friends, watching this season's GOT will be bittersweet without Alex texting us annoying spoilers.Tweet Embed: //twitter.com/mims/statuses/1117570872838184962?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw But it will also be a reminder of our friend, who we miss terribly. And for me; not just a reminder of the power of storytelling. But also also a reminder of the importance of kindness (for no other reason than being kind) these days.Tweet Embed: //twitter.com/mims/statuses/1117570872838184962?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw But it will also be a reminder of our friend, who we miss terribly. And for me; not just a reminder of the power of storytelling. But also also a reminder of the importance of kindness (for no other reason than being kind) these days.Tweet Embed: //twitter.com/mims/statuses/1117570873974718464?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw Our friend, Alex Hanan, is watching TV tonight from above. Spoiling every single reveal for everyone up there, driving everyone nuts. Thank you George R Martin for making what would turn out to be Alex's last year. And thanks to all involved for making his favorite show. For our friends, watching this season's GOT will be bittersweet without Alex texting us annoying spoilers, he wrote. But it will also be a reminder of our friend, who we miss terribly. And for me; not just a reminder of the power of storytelling. But also also a reminder of the importance of kindness (for no other reason than being kind) these days. Later, Fogelman retweeted a picture of Martin and Hanan. Tweet Embed: //twitter.com/mims/statuses/1117614008440369153?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw Alex with George R.R. Martin! #GameOfThrones https://t.co/emUEAisS6J   Many were touched by the thread. Tweet Embed: //twitter.com/mims/statuses/1117582503043325953?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw Dammit. I didn't expect tears. #GOTTweet Embed: //twitter.com/mims/statuses/1117856212186357760?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw pic.twitter.com/XxADj3Mz2lTweet Embed: //twitter.com/mims/statuses/1117606921287143425?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw This is an Alex story not a George R. Martin story. Thanks for sharing it.Tweet Embed: //twitter.com/mims/statuses/1117623965420269568?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw I'm so sorry for the loss of your friend. Your story brought me to tears but also warmed my heart so. What a wonderful story about the power of kindness. #GameOfThronesTweet Embed: //twitter.com/mims/statuses/1117831444124954625?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw What a lovely story ❤️ pic.twitter.com/OciLMeKecC Read more: Everything we know about new 'Game of Thrones' character Harry Strickland and the Golden Company 'Game of Thrones' star Jerome Flynn teased that Bronn may lose favor with fans this season, and now we know why Why Jon Snow's big dragon moment on 'Game of Thrones' was surprisingly underwhelming 'Game of Thrones' star Maisie Williams reveals what Arya was really thinking during that flirty moment with Gendry

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