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Christopher Rosen
September 21, 2015 AT 04:43 PM EDT

George R.R. Martin celebrated his birthday in style on Sunday night. The acclaimed Game of Thrones author watched the HBO series based on his books win a record number of awards at the 67th annual Emmy Awards — and then received a special cake for his 67th birthday during the HBO after party at the Pacific Design Center in Los Angeles.

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In addition to the birthday surprise, Martin was also a star of the Emmys broadcast. Host Andy Samberg singled Martin out during one part of the show, and joked that the Thrones author had told him during a commercial break that Jon Snow was still alive. (Martin thought the joke was a little funnier than Thrones co-creator David Benioff, who was spotted good-naturedly shaking his head at Samberg.)

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Game of Thrones was the big winner on Sunday, taking home 12 total awards including Outstanding Drama Series. Congrats, George!


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