A Belgian teacher discovered an excellent new way to get his misbehaving class to simmer down: He threatened to spoil the rest of HBO’s hit show “Game of Thrones” by telling his students exactly which characters will die next.
The math teacher has read the book series upon which the show is based, and thus knows exactly what will happen on the upcoming fourth season, which will begin airing on April 6th.
When his class’s rowdy behavior became too much to bear, he asked his students how many of them watch “Game of Thrones.” Three-quarters of them raised their hands.
“Well I have read all the books and from now on when there is too much noise I will write the name of the next death,” he said, according to The New York Daily News.
The teacher wasn’t kidding. He immediately started writing down the name of a character on the chalkboard. The class fell silent.
Students later reported the teacher’s innovative punishment all over social media.
“There was a religious silence during the last lesson,” said one of the students.
George R.R. Martin, who wrote the books and helps produce the show, might approve of the teacher’s tactics. Grisly torture is a recurring theme of the story, which pits the honorable Stark family against a host of inhumane–and in some cases, inhuman–enemies.
Martin is also known for the perhaps apocryphal saying: “Every time someone asks me how much longer until the next book, I kill a Stark.”