Game Of Thrones fans are about to get so much Dorne, they won’t know whether to fight or throw orgies. Enigmatic lover, family man and fearsome fighter Oberyn Martell was a fantastic addition to last season’s consistently unpredictable forays. With Spain playing the part of his homeland, we’re going to see a ton of his homies and kin. But it’s not all about Dorne, we’ve got a couple other Westerosi to contend with too. Book readers are sure to froth over some of these mentions and we finally find out which of the Red Viper’s daughters Keisha Castle-Hughes is playing. Here’s a quick hint: all our guesses were wrong. And to commemorate our failure, HBO provided us with two videos to watch with varied levels of satisfaction.
It’s one of the big concerns among fans of George R.R. Martin and his A Song of Fire and Ice series – that the 65-year-old writer is going to run out of steam and bite the big one before he manages to finish the final installment. It happened with Robert Jordan and The Wheel of Time, so we’re naturally a bit worried that history may repeat itself. As a result, people scream and complain that he’s not writing fast enough. “Where’s the damn sixth book?!” echoes through the halls of the Internet on a regular basis. Now, Martin himself is stepping up to fire back at his paranoid fans. (more…)
Any time an epic literary tale gets converted by the folks in Hollywood so that it fits a television or movie format, problems will result. The fact of the matter is that giant books just don’t fit into the usual 45-minute/2-hour formats without losing a little something-something along the way. Game of Thrones is one such television project and, while most people seem completely happy with the way the show has turned out thus far, those of us that read and loved the books know that there’s plenty that got left out, for better or for worse. Now, the Song of Fire and Ice scribe himself, George R.R. Martin, is stepping up to address some of the problems he’s experienced with the show. (more…)
Holy Neil Marshall, ladies and gentlemen.
If you’re going to have someone direct your big, broad, totally gory Helm’s Deep knockoff Episode, it might as well be the director of Dog Soliders, The Descent and Centurion (not to mention the mastermind behind Season Two’s epic, “Blackwater”). Marshall doesn’t just get to go really HUGE (sporting what appears to be a much bigger budget than his previous set of war games), but is also tasked with delivering a reminder that Game of Thrones can actually be “fun”. Despite being mostly effective from a storytelling perspective (Jaime’s weird rapeiness aside), this season has seen probably one too many grim moments; an emotional barrage that has left a good portion of the audience (readers and non-readers alike) slightly jaded. Marshall’s injection of the fantastical (giants! wooly mammoths!) is a much-needed breath of fresh air and a welcome respite from the seemingly all-encompassing cloud of gloom that has hung over much of Season Four. (more…)
In this past week’s Episode (“The Mountain and the Viper”), Tyrion Lannister relayed a story to his brother Jaime about their cousin, Orson Lannister*. Orson was a simple boy, dropped on his head and left mentally handicapped, who delighted in smashing beetles in the garden. The speech served for some fans as not only a commentary on the relentless cruelty the people of Westeros face on a day-to-day basis, but also a critique of the seemingly heartless nature of George R.R. Martin’s storytelling. For those folks, Orson was a stand-in for Martin — a God-like simpleton avatar the show’s creators made up to analyze the writer’s barbaric death-dealing. And now, thanks to the glory of crowd-funding, fans can donate to Martin’s favorite charities for a chance at becoming a “Martyr”. In short, $20,000 will earn you a place in an upcoming Song of Ice and Fire novel, where you can become one of these beetles Martin gleefully smashes with a rock. (more…)
Bad news for those who hate dragons, sex, dragon sex and/or dismemberment. It doesn’t look like Game of Thrones is going to be leaving HBO anytime soon, as a new ratings report indicates that the divisive fantasy series has officially become the most popular show in its history, beating The Sopranos, Sex and the City and everything else the critically acclaimed network has put into production. (more…)
We’ve all been waiting patiently for damn near three years now for George R.R. Martin to finish up the sixth book in his Song of Ice and Fire series. People are somewhat concerned that, at the pace Martin is going, he may pull a Robert Jordan and up-and-die on us before we get to read the end. Now, some rumors, hearsay and general sewing-circle chatter is suggesting that Song of Ice and Fire may actually end up being eight books instead of just seven. Scroll on for more. (more…)
Game of Thrones, whether you’re talking about the books or the television series, is rife with scenes of violence. Sometimes this violence pushes the boundaries of what many readers/viewers are comfortable with. This is, of course, why the scenes produce such strong emotional reactions and arguably what makes George R.R. Martin such a good writer. One particular aspect, however, has begun drawing attention – that of the sometimes graphic rape scenes. (more…)
Last week’s episode of HBO and George R.R. Martin‘s Game of Thrones had a controversial scene between Jaime and Cersei that had the Internet and Monday morning water-cooler conversation buzzing. Now George R.R. Martin has weighed in on the scene and the differences between the television show and the books it is inspired by. (more…)
Get your mind out of the gutter. We’re talking about ACTUAL dragons, not George R.R. Martin’s…um…
Anyway, Game of Thrones mastermind George R.R. Martin has spoiled just how big Daenerys Targaryen’ dragons could get when they aren’t tiny, scaly, fire-burping babies anymore. Martin posted the above image, along with an an excerpt from his upcoming companion piece, The World of Ice and Fire: The Untold History of Westeros and the World of Game of Thrones. The image shows Aegon the Conqueror riding his dragon Balerion the Black Dread and is quite explicit in its depiction of the beast.