George R.R. Martin Meeting His Editors and Publishers in August

We all knew George R.R. Martin was taking time off to push forward with writing The Winds of Winter.  But in a recent post over at George's Not a Blog, he's said something that quite interesting:

So I'm headed east the first week of August... for a wedding, yes, and no, that's private, so you don't get to hear any more about it... but I am going to see my editors and publishers and agents while I am in town, and do some other fun stuff... including a ball game. 

In the comments of the post, one person asked if this meeting with his editors, publishers, and agents was in regards to The Winds of Winter.  Which George simply answered by saying:

Oh, I imagine so.  It comes up from time to time, can't think why.

Maybe George is finally starting to wrap his writing on The Winds of Winter.  Whatever the case may be, it'll be interesting to see what new details come out about the book in August after his meetings.    

Inside "Mother's Mercy"

Season 5 of Game of Thrones is over, but HBO hasn't left us without their bonus videos.  For this weeks episode, "Mother's Mercy", we have 3 bonus videos.  The first of the videos is David Benioff and Dan Weiss going inside the episode and breaking down key scenes from the episode.  Next we have George R.R. Martin talking about Cersei's walk of atonement.  And finally we have Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Nell Tiger Free, and Indira Varma talking about Myrcella's farewell.

Inside the Episode with David Benioff and Dan Weiss

George R.R. Martin on Cersei's Walk of Atonement

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Nell Tiger Free, and Indira Varma on Mycella's Long Farewell

George R.R. Martin's Top 5 Characters He Wishes Were in Game of Thrones

George R.R. Martin's Top 5 Characters He Wishes Were in Game of Thrones

In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, George R.R. Martin was asked which characters from the books would have made the cut and been put in Game of Thrones.  As anyone who has read the series, A Song of Ice and Fire, knows the cast of characters is monstrous.  George even commented on this while speaking with Entertainment Weekly, saying: "My books have a cast of thousands, so for practical reasons they’ve had to cut or combine many characters."

For the list of characters George wishes were in the show continue reading, of course spoilers for those of you who have not read the series.  

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Inside "The Dance of Dragons"

This week we have three bonus videos from HBO for their latest episode of Game of Thrones, "The Dance of Dragons".  George R.R. Martin returns this week to talk about the famous fighting pits of Meereen.  As well as the two actors Alexander Siddig and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau speaking on Doran's decision to trust Jaime.  And last but not least, we have the showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss breaking down the major moments of the episode - and they're are quite a few in this episode.  

Inside the Episode with David Benioff and Dan Weiss

George R.R. Martin on The Fighting Pits of Meereen

 Alexander Siddig and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau on Trusting Jaime Lannister

George R.R. Martin Not Writing an Episode for Season 6

In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly George R.R. Martin commented on plan to double down on his commitment to focus on finishing The Winds of Winter.  A while back George took to his Not a Blog to tell us that he would cutting back on the public appearances and interviews so that he could focus his time on finishing the sixth book in his series.  

Now George has confirmed that he would, once again, step away from penning an episode for HBO's Game of Thrones - as he previously did for season 5.  Martin has also canceled his planned convention appearance for the upcoming San Diego Comic Con.  All of this is so that George can finish The Winds of Winter before the sixth season of Game of Thrones.  

Maybe I’m being overly optimistic about how quickly I can finish. But I canceled two convention appearances, I’m turning down a lot more interviews—anything I can do to clear my decks and get this done.”

It's good to see how much time George is setting aside to focus in on finishing TWOW.  So do you think George will finish, and get TWOW published before season 6 airs?  

Inside "The Gift"

We have a relatively light week, with only three bonus videos from HBO for the latest episode of Game of Thrones, entitled "The Gift".  In one video we have George R.R. Martin discussion the poisons of House Martell; one with actors John Bradley and Hannah Murray talking about the bond between Sam and Gilly.  And of course the show-runners David and Dan delving deep into the integral scenes of the episode.  

Inside the Episode with David Benioff and Dan Weiss

George R.R. Martin on the Poisons of House Martell 

John Bradley and Hannah Murray on Sam's Bond with Gilly

Inside "Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken"

This week have four bonus videos for the latest episode of Game of Thrones, "Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken".  Out of the four videos, two are focused on The House of Black and White.  While the other is a video with Peter Dinklage and Iain Glenn talking about the death of Ser Joar Mormont. 

Inside the Episode with David Benioff and Dan Weiss

George R.R. Martin on The Hall of Faces 

David Benioff and Dan Weiss on The House of Black and White

Peter Dinklage and Iain Glenn on A Fathers Death

Inside " Kill the Boy"

Once again we return to bring you all the bonus videos from HBO for the latest episode of Game of Thrones.  For this weeks episode, "Kill the Boy", we have two videos talking about the Stone Men - one them solely narrated by George R.R. Martin.  There is also a video with Emilia Clarke and Michiel Huisman talking about Dany and the Masters of Meereen.  

Inside the Episode with David Benioff and Dan Weiss

Emilia Clarke and Michiel Huisman on Daenerys and The Masters 

George R.R. Martin on the Stone Men

The Stone Men of Valyria