Sunday night HBO aired the Game of Thrones episode titled “Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken” to a wash of controversy on the continued violence against women in the show. The audience is taken down a dark path as Sansa experiences first hand the disgusting truth about Ramsay and the depravity of House Bolton. With a history of problematic depictions of incest, rape and infanticide (to name a few), has your favorite television program finally gone too far? Major spoilers, and possible trigger warnings for sexual assault after the jump. Keep it classy internet, these are tough times in Westeros. (more…)
While fans have been crying out for The Winds of Winter, the next installment of George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire, GRRM has been collaborating with Elio Garcia and Linda Antonsson of Westeros.org on a comprehensive history of the seven kingdoms. (more…)
Cope With Waiting for ‘The Winds of Winter’ by Reading an Excerpt From GRRM’s Latest ‘ASOIAF’ Short Story
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?
SDCC ’13: “In Memoriam” Video From ‘Game of Thrones’ Panel & That Time GRRM Crashed the Stage at w00tstock; Plus Neil Gaiman!
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.
GRRM Wants Fans “Afraid” of What’s Next on ‘Game of Thrones’ & Gleefully Enjoys Those Red Wedding Reactions
George R. R. Martin. Just look at him up there, plotting new and exciting ways to break your heart then light it on fire in front of you. Always thinking up ways to destroy your favorite characters, never letting anyone in his books catch a moment’s rest. For years fans have known to tread carefully through a GRRM novel, and after last weekend’s Game of Thrones, fans of the television series have learn that same, painful lesson. And the thing is, that’s exactly how GRRM wants you to feel.
Last night Martin appeared on Conan, and explained how those unexpected, tragic turn of events keeps readers, and now viewers, on their toes,
“I want my readers, I want my viewers to be afraid when my characters are in danger. I want them to be afraid to turn the next page,” Martin says. Well, guess what? ACHIEVEMENT UNLOCKED, MOTHERFUCKER. We’re afraid for everyone, now! You’d think we’d have all learned our lesson when Joffrey ordered Ned’s head lobbed off, but no, we’re still caught unawares when beloved characters kick the bucket.
Also, I’ve heard the story before, but I love when he recounts talking to actors who are pleading for him not to kill off their characters, and meanwhile, they’re already dead. Wah-wah.
Martin’s stint on Conan gets even better when O’Brien shows him a reel of all those Red Wedding reaction videos that flooded the internet Monday morning,
Yes, the man does live off your tears of anguish. And in the years, episodes, and books to come you’ll only offer more up to the mighty, GRRM. Were you completely caught off guard by The Red Wedding? Either when you read or watched it. Do you feel more prepared for tragedies to come?
GRRM Realizes He Needs to Write ASOIAF Books 6 & 7 Faster; Meet The Wildlings in HBO’s Latest ‘Game of Thrones’ S3 Video
Sooner rather than later the HBO series will begin work on Season 7, which is where I’m guessing we’ll see the events from A Song of Ice and Fire‘s sixth book, The Winds of Winter, begin to transpire. And while such a season may seem a ways off – Season 3 of Game of Thrones airs this Sunday at 9pm EST – that date is ever encroaching on author George R.R. Martin. It’s as if he can see David Benioff and Dan Weiss in the rear view mirror and he’s still stuck first gear trying to finish book six. At least GRRM’s aware of the problem, recently telling Mashable,
So I need to write faster. The last two books took a really long time, so I’m hoping this one [the Winds of Winter] will go a little faster. But I make no promises. I found out long ago that when you look at the overall task, the cathedral you have to build, it looks so daunting that you just give up and sit down and play a video game.
George, no video games! No more side projects! I want you working on nothing else but ASOIAF until The Winds of Winter is published and in my hands. Even then it’s only a short break before you need to bust out A Dream of Spring. And don’t even begin thinking about needing to split the seventh book into the seventh and the eighth. Just how much time do you think you have?!? The fans need an ending, HBO needs an ending.
And speaking of HBO, they’ve release yet another on set video for Season 3 of Game of Thrones, this one exploring “the wildlings,”
Hey, George. I saw you in this video. What are you doing recording commentary about the new characters and places we’ll be visiting in Season 3? Get back to your computer! Back to work on that draft!
Nerdy Bits: Make a Mini AT-ST, Michonne Kicks Butt in New McFarlane Statue, GRRM’s Super Bowl Party, It’s Spock! Do You Care?, and MOAR!
Every day the internet produces an astounding amount of goodies and gems. Most hilarious, some amusing, but all worth at least a few seconds of your time. We here at Nerd Bastards try to bring you the best bits of news and nerdery the webz has to offer, with a bit of snark thrown in. But sometimes not everything makes the cut. Monday through Friday we’ll be bringing you our inbox leftovers, our forgotten bookmarks, the nerdy bits that simply slipped through the cracks. You can submit items to Nerdy Bits by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nerdy Bits: Canned R2-D2, The Sun Explodes, Your Options According to Yoda, GRRM and JKR Have Lunch And MOAR
Every day the internet produces an astounding amount of goodies and gems. Most hilarious, some amusing, but all worth at least a few seconds of your time. We here at Nerd Bastards try to bring you the best bits of news and nerdery the webz has to offer, with a bit of snark thrown in. But sometimes not everything makes the cut. Monday through Friday we’ll be bringing you our inbox leftovers, our forgotten bookmarks, the nerdy bits that simply slipped through the cracks. You can submit items to Nerdy Bits by emailing us at email@example.com
Above: This R2-D2, made out of tuna and corn cans, is part of the San Francisco Canstruction Exhibit. Unfortunately, the exhibit is closed but you’ll be happy to know that all of the food from the cans was donated to the needy. [Obvious Winner]