George R.R. Martin LiveStream Event

George R.R. Martin LiveStream Event

Hopefully you were able to watch George R.R. Martin's livestream event yesterday - but if you weren't able to make it, don't worry we have the recording for you.  The whole event lasted about 90 minutes, and if you'r a fan of George and the Song of Ice and Fire series you'll love it.  Also the last little bit of the event was a Q&A - Oddly enough I thought the questions George passed on were more informational than the actual questions he gave an answer for. g. Below are just a few pieces of information I found interesting from the event.

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Game of Thrones Comic Con Panel

Check out Game of Thrones panel at the San Diego Comic Con.  The panel consists of:

  • David Benioff
  • D.B. Weiss
  • George R.R. Martin
  • John Bradley (Samwell Tarly)
  • Gwendoline Christie (Brienne of Tarth)
  • Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jamie Lannister)
  • Natalie Dormer (Margaery Tyrell)
  • Kit Harington (Jon Snow)
  • Rose Leslie (Ygritte)
  • Rory McCann (Sandor Clegane, AKA The Hound)
  • Pedro Pascal (Oberyn Martell)
  • Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark)
  • Maisie Williams (Arya Stark)

 

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.

George R. R. Martin Interview

George R. R. Martin, Author, "Game Of Thrones":

This week’s guest on Report from Santa Fe is George R.R. Martin, award-winning author of fantasy, horror, and science fiction prose, as well as a screenwriter and television producer. He is best known for “A Song of Ice and Fire,” his international best selling series of epic fantasy novels that HBO adapted for their dramatic series GAME OF THRONES. Martin serves as the series’ co-executive producer, while also scripting one of each season’s 10 episodes.

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.

 

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."

Game of Thrones Comic-Con Panel

The Game of Thrones panel at San Diego Comic-Con has come to an end.  Unlike last year which unveiled new cast members, this years Comic-Con unveiled no news relating to Season 4.  That said it is a fun Q&A with the cast, creator, and author.  Also Martin said if he was going to write a prequel for The Song of Ice and Fire series, after he’s finished it that is, it would probably be about Aegon and his sisters Visenya and Rhaenys, or possibly Aegon the Unworthy.  Both of which would make for great prequel stories, that I personally would love to see.

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