The Winds of Winter

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Some fans are a little worried about spoilers going into this season of Game of Thrones; and understandably so.  The HBO series has surpassed the events of the most recently released installment of the A Song of Ice and Fire series: aka, their source material.  George R.R. Martin, author of the series, assures fans that there will be some events in the book that will be virtually impossible for the show to spoil. (more…)

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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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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!

Sources: Screen Rant, Winter is Coming

I can already hear your cries of nerdy outrage, “But-but-but- The Winds of Winter doesn’t even have a release date, yet!!! How can he possibly even consider writing another book! Let alone another book within the A Song of Ice and Fire series!!” Okay, chill. We don’t want to anger the mighty George R.R. Martin, he holds the fate of so many beloved characters in his hands. And he sure loves killing characters. This prequel is a novella titled “The Princess and the Queen.” It’ll be released in an anthology with other authors’ work called Dangerous Women. Release date unknown, but let’s hope it’s before Winds of Winter. Or, y’know, I’d be okay with after as long as that means we’ll be reading Winds of Winter some time this year. Come on, George!

So once your rage over GRRM writing anything other than The Winds of Winter has dissipated, would you like to hear what “The Princess and the Queen” is about? It’ll focus on the Targaryen Civil War, the Dance of the Dragons – not to be confused with the fifth book in ASOIAF, A Dance with Dragons. The civil war went basically like this: when King Viserys I died he chose his daughter, Princess Rhaenyra, to succeed him. Disobeying this death wish was Ser Criston Cole, Lord Commander of the Kingsguard, soon to be “The Kingmaker,” who chose Rhaenyra’s half-brother, Aegon, to be King, and civil war broke out. It was Targaryen versus Targaryen, and more importantly, dragon versus dragon. In the end Aegon won and was crowned Aegon II. Rhaenyra captured and eaten by Aegon II’s dragon, while her son, also named Aegon watched. Aegon II died soon after and since he left no heir, Rhaenyra’s son was crowned Aegon III.

That’s as much as we’ve known about this dance of the dragons, but “The Princess and the Queen,” as GRRM stated on his blog, will reveal, “the true (mostly) story of the origins of the Dance of the Dragons.”

What are you thinking? Excited to learn about a critical point in Westerosi history? Or would you rather just see The Winds of Winter release, like, now? I know I’m desperate for Winds of Winter, but I’ll also take what I can get. And anything Targaryen is fine by me. Fire and Blood, baby!

Source: Blastr

The latest teaser for season three of HBO and George R.R. Martin‘s Game of Thrones has hit the Internet and while it might confuse some of the “television only” series fans, those that have read the books should understand the true horror this little teaser is foreshadowing. Check out the teaser then take a look at the song lyrics below if you had trouble making them out.

The song Lyrics:

And who are you, the proud lord said,

that I must bow so low?

Only a cat of a different coat,

that’s all the truth I know.

In a coat of gold or a coat of red,

a lion still has claws,

And mine are long and sharp, my lord,

as long and sharp as yours.

Those that don’t want to take the chance of spoiling anything might want to stop here. Those of brave heart and mind click the jump.

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It may take years, but George R.R. Martin keeps cranking out chapters of his saga A Song Of Fire And Ice, better known to the public as Game of Thrones. The first book, A Game of Thrones, was published way back in 1996. There’s been four more to follow that and the fifth book, The Winds of Winter is currently being written.

Fans of the written series are getting a special treat because Martin has posted a preview chapter to his official website. The chapter focuses on Arianne Martell, who is first mentioned in A Storm of Swords. Fans of HBO‘s Game of Thrones won’t recognize her character as the series is still a couple of books behind. Arianne is sure to be a character on the show though, who would you cast?

Picture courtesy of Fantasy Flight Games and Magali Villeneuve

Arianne is buxom and beautiful, with olive skin, large dark eyes, and long black hair that falls in ringlets to the middle of her back. Favoring her mother, she is short, standing at five foot two. When attending to matters of politics, she conceals her lush and curvaceous body with flowing silks, jewels, and other ostentatious displays of wealth.

Arianne is calculating, adventurous and fierce-tempered. When she sees something she desires, she strives to obtain it at all costs. Despite her beauty and perhaps because of her high station, Arianne is still unmarried at the age of 23. Arianne has a clique of courtiers and confidants who accompany her, including Sylva Santagar, Drey Dalt, and Garin of the Orphans. She is also extremely close to her cousins, the Sand Snakes, especially Tyene Sand.

Via: The MarySue

TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival) has posted the last part of the “In Conversation” interview with George R.R. Martin, at its Youtube channel. It’s an interesting look into Geroge’s thoughts on various subjects, but where the hell did they get this interviewer? Her hammy reactions and laugh were like nails on a chalkboard to this NerdBastard. 

The last nine minutes feature George reading a short excerpt from a The Winds of Winter chapter! Definite spoilers for those who’ve not yet read all five novels in the series:

A new collection of photos were added to HBO‘s Game of Thrones Facebook page today and they’re fantastic! They’ve included plenty of wonderful shots featuring characters old and new. It’s our first really great look at new faces Davos Seaworth (Liam Cunningham), Melisandre (Carice van Houten), Stannis Baratheon (Stephen Dillane), Balon Greyjoy (Patrick Malahide) and Briene (Gwendoline Christie).

Of course, there are the more familiar faces of Jon Snow (Kit Harington), Theon Greyjoy (Alfie Allen), Joffrey Baratheon (Jack Gleeson), Bran Stark (Issac Hempstead Wright), Hodor (Kristian Nairn), Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner), Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke), Renly Baratheon (Gethin Anthony), Arya Stark (Maisie Williams), Cersie Lannister (Lena Headey), Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage), Catelyn Stark (Michelle Fairley) and Rob Stark (Richard Madden).

Whew! This cast is massive! And as the show continues it’ll only get bigger and bigger. Check out the gallery below.

In addition these awesome photos, George R.R. Martin talked with SFX magazine recently about, duh!, Game of Thrones as well as the book series, A Song of Ice and Fire. He mentioned specifically the ninth episode of the second season, “Blackwater,” that he himself is writing,

It’s the Battle of the Blackwater, which I think was very cruel of David and Dan to give me. I have this reputation of always being too big and they gave me the biggest battle in the series. It’s got everything that will smash a budget to smithereens. It’s got castle walls, horses, ships, fire and a giant chain. We’ll have to see how much actually makes it to screen but I tried to do an episode of the show that was on one hand produceable, and on the other hand exciting and including as many of those elements as we could.”

Martin also mentioned we would be given a new viewpoint of the battle, not one we see in the book, from Stannis’ tent.

And of the progress on The Winds of Winter, the next book in the ASOIAF series? Martin confirms he’s already started writing and he thinks he’s got about fours years before the HBO series catches up. Here’s hoping you can finish in four years, George! Your track record isn’t the best, but with the pressure of an ever growing television audience maybe you can speed things up.

Game of Thrones returns April 1st.

Sources: Game of Thrones Official Twitter, WinterIsComing.net