The trio, George R.R. Martin, Lena Heady, and Michelle Fairley recently sat down at the Sydney Opera House for a 90 minute roundtable discussion of Game of Thrones. This one is worth setting aside the time of your busy day. (more…)
When a creative property is ultra-popular – particularly “cult” properties – there is always the risk that someone, somewhere will attempt to keep it going in an effort to make more cash money. Sometimes there are more altruistic purposes, such as continuing a story or fleshing out a world so that fans have more to experience. Hell, there are billions of fan-fics all over the Internetz that attest to the fact that people won’t let Harry Potter die. But one author has stepped forward to openly say that he wants his legacy to end with his death – George R.R. Martin. (more…)
Originally screened at SDCC 2013, this deleted scene from HBO‘s Game of Thrones is a fantastic look at two of the series characters and how they both operate in George R.R. Martin‘s fantastic world of fire and ice. There’s the all-powerful head of the Lannister family Tywin (Charles Dance), who always gets things the way he wants, when he wants them and bugger anyone who gets in his way; and the other, Grand Maester Pycelle (Julian Glover), the much quieter, yet just as deadly player working behind the scenes in the power struggle that is the Game of Thrones.
Take a moment and watch the video, you won’t be disappointed. If a series can be graded by the quality of its deleted scenes, GOT would definitely make any top ten list. Season 4 of GOT will hit the airwaves in the Spring of 2014, get a quick fix for that GOT itch and let us know what you think in the comments section below.
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Obligatory outrage at author George R.R. Martin writing anything other than The Winds of Winter aside, that A Song of Ice and Fire prequel we reported he was working on earlier in the year now has a release date. On December 3rd, Dangerous Women, an anthology of short stories from several, well known genre authors, of which Martin is also an editor, is releasing from Tor. Martin’s contribution is a short story entitled, “The Princess and the Queen, or, The Blacks and the Greens,” and it serves as history of a very famous Westerosi event, the Dance of the Dragons.
The ASOIAF Wiki describes the Dance of Dragons as,
A war of succession between Aegon II and his half-sister Rhaenyra over their father Viserys I’s throne, the war was fought from 129AL to 131AL. It saw the deaths of both rival monarchs, and the crowning of Rhaenyra’s son Aegon III.
And yes, there will be a quiz.
On his Not A Blog, Martin describes his retelling of the events as,
A history (somewhat abridged) of the Dance of the Dragons, as set down by a maester of the Citadel.
To get your very first taste of Martin’s account of Maester Archmaester Gyldayn version of the events head on over to Tor.com for an excerpt. But if that’s not enough, Martin teases,
The full 80,000 word account of the Dance will eventually appear in a book, as yet untitled, that we’re calling the GRRMarillion.
Ha! GRRMarillion. Hope he’s copyrighted that.
Dangerous Women releases later this year on December 3rd, and unsurprisingly, Martin’s story, “The Princess and the Queen, or, The Blacks and the Greens” will be the final story in the anthology. Think you’ll be snagging a copy? Or are you patiently awaiting The Winds of Winter? Oh, who am I kidding!? Is there anyone waiting for The Winds of Winter, patiently?
Son of the Queen of Thorns, Lady Olenna, father to Loras and Margaery, and head of the House Tyrell. He’s a big man, both figuratively and literally, and a big man is needed to fill the role. Look no further than Roger Ashton-Griffiths, an actor you probably recognize immediately but can’t quite place. That’s because he’s in virtually everything, from Brazil to King Ralph to A Knight’s Tale to Gangs of New York. And those are only his more high profile, film roles, he’s also appeared on dozens upon dozens of British television shows. So, y’know, this guy’s no amateur.
It’s simply another triumph in casting for HBO‘s Game of Thrones. Author George R.R. Martin made the announcement on his blog, Not a Blog, yesterday afternoon,
He’s a father, he’s a son. He’s been a bishop, a cardinal, a prior, a friar, a vicar, a knight, a lord, a mayor, a director. There’s one born every minute, but by any other name he’d smell as sweet. Yes, it’s the fine British character actor Roger Ashton-Griffiths, who has been cast in the role of Mace Tyrell, son to the Queen of Thorns, and father of Loras and Margaery.
With every new role cast for Season 4, the more excited I am. To bring you up to date we have: Pedro Pascal as The Red Viper, Indira Varman as Ellaria Sand, and Mark Gatiss in some mystery role. I know many of you solely-TV viewers can’t imagine it, but where the story goes from here is even more epic than where we left everyone in Season 3. And these characters, especially those from Dorne, will be a big part of the coming excitement. What do you think of all this recent casting?
George R.R. Martin’s A Dance with Dragons hit the shelves in 2011 and we fans are now caught up in the indeterminably long interlude between book 5 and book 6. While we wait, we have seasons of the Game of Thrones television series to look forward to and the occasional teaser from Martin about his new book. Now, in a recent interview, Martin may have slipped up a bit and dropped a major spoiler for The Winds of Winter. Check it out below and see what you think.
<WARNING! If you’ve not read A Dance with Dragons, you will be heavily spoiled if you continue!>:
In an interview with io9, when asked about long-term character arc planning, Martin had this to say:
“Some major characters — yes, I always had plans, what Tyrion’s arc was gonna be through this, what Arya’s arc was gonna be through this, what Jon Snow’s arc is gonna be. I knew what the principal deaths were gonna be, and when they were coming. That would be the closest thing.”
The thing that’s making people think he may have spoiled the next book, in case you didn’t see it, is the presence of the word “is” following Jon Snow’s name. Those who have read the fifth book know Snow gets more than a few knives in the back and is presumed dead. What Martin had to say could easily have been a simply misstep of grammar, or it could be evidence of Snow’s continuing presence in the book.
Personally, I’ve had a running bet that Snow is coming back zombie-style via the Red Witch’s spooky god powers, the same way he did it with Catelyn. The rest of you can take what you want from Martin’s words.
Thanks to blastr for the heads-up.
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ABOVE: Nerd Bastards has it’s very own beer. Unfortunately, this isn’t for purchase. It’s just something I brewed here locally in Boston, MA and had our very own Jeremy Hudson whip up the sweet label you see. Bitch’n Bespin Brau is a Saison style beer, which is a french farmhouse inspired brew. It’s rebellious, yet FORCEful. Maybe we’ll have to organize a fan meet-up so that y’all can try it.
While San Diego Comic Con has again remained resistant to live-streaming any of their panels, with today’s ability to easily record video and social media, quite a bit of what goes on at the Con becomes available online, whether officially or not. Here I’ve got a few videos which will definitely be of interest to any Game of Thrones fans unable to attend SDCC. The first comes from the Hall H panel where earlier today was streamed a tongue in cheek “In Memoriam” video of all those who’ve lost their lives over the seasons. Set to Boys II Men.
Something about that soulful R & B tune really makes all that senseless character death hit home.
On Friday night the nerdy, vaudevillian, comedy music show, w00tstock took place and while the duo, Paul & Storm were performing their Game of Thrones tune, “Write Like the Wind,” about author George R.R. Martin and how he must write faster, someone crashed the stage! And smashed their guitar! It was GRRM! Then Neil Gaiman showed up, and well, you’ll just want to watch this for yourself.
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Above: In the battle for who gets to play on the swing set first the winner is Ultron! An Age of Ultron variant cover by Skottie Young, one of Marvel‘s best cover artists, the Marvel babies can’t really beat a robot that never needs a mid-day nap. [GeekTyrant]
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There is no denying that the Iron Throne from HBO‘s Game Of Thrones is iconic. The seat of kings in the Seven Kingdoms, and according to legend made up of a thousand blades, heated in the breath of the dragon Balerion the Black Dread. A monstrosity of spikes and jagged blades recognizable even to those who do not watch the show. Too bad it is way too tiny and modest according to writer/creator George R.R. Martin.
Taking to his LiveJournal, Martin unveiled a painting closer to what he see’s with his minds eye when writing the books.
Brace yourself, big ass awesome furniture is coming… (more…)