George R.R. Martin on the Machiavellian Characters in ASOIAF

Game of Thrones author George RR Martin talks to Alan Yentob about the Machiavellian characters in his fantasy novel series A Song of Ice and Fire.

As well as drawing upon the traditions of fantasy literature, Martin explains how the “grittiness” of real English and Scottish history influenced his world of Westeros. He says he was also inspired by the plotting and intrigue of Machiavelli’s era during the Italian renaissance.

He discusses differences in characterization between his books and HBO’s Game of Thrones television series.