George's Game Plan

George R.R. Martin Has a Detailed Plan For Keeping the Game of Thrones TV Show From Catching Up To Him:

Jim Windolf: How do you like this throne?

George R.R. Martin: That throne is very iconic and now it’s known all over the world as the Iron Throne. But it’s a case where David and Dan and their designers departed very significantly from the throne in the books. There’s a version by a French artist named Marc Simonetti that I put up on my Not a Blog and said, "Here’s the Iron Throne. Somebody finally nailed it."

Besides the show, there’s games out there: there are card games, board games; there are miniatures. Much of it that predates the show. There’s a calendar, an art calendar; there are illustrated versions of books. I’ve worked with numerous artists over the years, and some of them have done wonderful work, and some of them have done less wonderful work, and a dozen artists took runs at the Iron Throne, and no one got it quite right, and it drove me a little crazy at certain points, because I’m saying, “I’m not describing this right. No one is getting it right. I can’t draw it myself. How do I get it...?” So, finally, I worked with Marc Simonetti, and he finally nailed it!

The main difference is scale. The Iron Throne that’s described in the books is gigantic. It’s huge. There’s actually a scene in the show where Littlefinger talks about the thousand swords of Aegon’s enemies, and says, “Well, there’s not really a thousand swords. That’s just a tale we tell ourselves.” And David and Dan made a brilliant speech of that, because there clearly are not a thousand swords in that one. But in the real one, the one in the books, there really are a thousand swords! Maybe two thousand swords! You have to climb a steep set of steps, and it’s ugly, and it’s asymmetric. This one, it looks dangerous, with the spikes, but it has a certain beauty and a symmetry to it. The throne in the books, there’s a point made that it was hammered together by blacksmiths, not by furniture designers. It was meant to be a symbol of conquest and triumph, and, you know: “Look. I took the swords form these people and hammered them in. Now I park my ass on top of them.” It has a message there.

Iain Glen Interview

Iain Glen Interview: "The New Game of Thrones Will be the Biggest and Best Yet"

On the temptation – or perhaps lack of – to delve into the A Song of Ice and Fire series…. I haven’t read ahead at all and so I don’t know exactly what lies in store for my character. When I was asked to do this there was a commitment to a few years and, while you want to get as much of a feel for the character as possible, it’s important that this functions as a screenplay. I quite like the surprise of not knowing where it is going. I read the first book but then I got the impression that the writers wanted the actors to come into it as fresh as possible from the screenplay and not questioning them on why this or that wasn’t in from the books. Of course there are others who have read the books and could let you know bits and pieces, plus I’m very close to Dan and David [Weiss and Benioff, Game of Thrones writers], and they give you hints.

Ian McElhinney - Interview

Ian McElhinney - Interview 

Where were you when you got the role in Game of Thrones and how did it feel?
Funnily enough there were some people earlier who brought a copy of a programme from the Almeida Theatre of a show that I had done there and funnily enough I was working in the Almeida at the time that I got the role in this [Game of Thrones], and I didn't know this was based on a series of books. But the girl who was the project house manager at the Almeida said 'Oh I've got book one of that series, they're great. I'll bring it in to you'. So she brought it in to me, and I'll be honest I thought 'Fantasy. I'm not sure fantasy's my thing'. I was delighted to be doing the role, but fantasy's not my bag. So I flicked open the book and it was eight hundred pages of very small print. And I thought 'Oh I don't know if I can read this'.
So it sat for two weeks on my dressing room table in the theatre, staring at me. And then one night 'Oh come on you're a professional, you're doing this job, you may as well read the book and get some feel of what it's about'. So I took it with me as I left the theatre and started reading it on the tube on the way home, That was about twenty minutes. I got into the house, made a cup of coffee and carried on reading it. For about two and a half hours. I eventually decided I should probably go to bed. I was totally hooked, totally hooked and just started reading it. And after that I read all of book on in very short order. Fantastic read. I mean, two things about it will knock you sideways. One is the scale of the vision. The number of characters, the number of houses, it's phenomenal. It's –

More Game of Thrones Wedding Drama

In a recent TV Guide interview George R.R. Martin talked about the upcoming wedding that we'll be seeing.  As we know that a wedding in Westeros isn't always the safest place.

Here's a little teaser or the TV Guide article:

It's going to be the wedding of the year, and as memorable in its own way as our wedding last season," promises the books' author, George R.R. Martin, of the marriage of King Joffrey Baratheon (Jack Gleeson) and Margaery Tyrell (Natalie Dormer). "It's what the fans call the Purple Wedding, based on the color of the wine, which plays a big part."