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Like anyone with a problem, I blindly pre-ordered the upcoming A Game of Thrones: The Illustrated Edition a few months ago despite already owning several copies of George R.R. Martin‘s fantasy masterpiece. What can I say? I have an unhealthy addiction to all things Westeros. But now that preview images from this fancy schmancy new edition have begun to arrive online, I’m starting to feel less guilty about pulling the trigger so early. This book looks lovely, offering a look at the Seven Kingdoms and its characters that are more in line with Martin’s text than the massively popular HBO series it inspired.

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Wild Cards

HBO recently confirmed that Game of Thrones has just two seasons left to go, but if it’s any comfort, fans of George R.R. Martin can look forward to seeing more of his stories on the small screen. The author has announced that his long-running anthology series Wild Cards is now in development for television, with Star Trek: The Next Generation writer/producer Melinda M. Snodgrass and RED producer Gregory Noveck. Read More »

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Spoilers for Game of Thrones season 6 immediately follow.

Game of Thrones season finales tend to be packed to the brim with important reveals and exciting business, but “The Winds of Winter” was more stuffed with important details than just about any other episode in the entire series thus far. Among the many, many enormous things that happened, we learned the truth about Jon Snow’s parentage. And while this has been a long-discussed theory amongst book readers for many years, it seems like series author George R.R. Martin quietly hinted at it over a decade ago. You can never accuse this guy of not playing the long game.

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Battle of the Bastards

During the fifth season of Game of ThronesRepo Men director Miguel Sapochnik left a huge impression with “Hardhome.” HBO and the key talent involved with the series were clearly impressed enough to invite Sapochnik back to direct two of season six’s biggest episodes, “Battle of the Bastards” and the season finale, “The Winds of Winter.”

As with “Hardhome,” both episodes left fans buzzing. The major set piece in “Battle of the Bastards” is a high mark for the series — a brutal, unrelenting battle that’s pure chaos. The finale doesn’t feature a set piece as large in scope, but its opening sequence and pivotal character moments are just as grand to watch unfold as the battle in “Battle of the Bastards,” which Sapochnik refers to as “BOB.”

We were lucky enough to ask the director a couple of questions via email about the two episodes he directed. It should go without saying, but just in case: SPOILERS are ahead. Below, read our Miguel Sapochnik interview.

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For many, the beginning of a New Year brings hope and inspiration to make some improvements and look forward to what the future holds. But author George R.R. Martin made sure that Game of Thrones fans weren’t feeling too good at the start of 2016, because on January 2nd he chose to deliver some bad news to those who have been reading the fantasy books that inspired the HBO TV series. Read More »

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HBO’s made it pretty clear they’d like as much Game of Thrones as possible, and the idea of expanding the franchise with a movie has been floated in the past. So when a tabloid quoted George R.R. Martin confirming a film was in the works, the report tore through the Internet like wildfire through Stannis Baratheon’s fleet.

There’s only one problem: Martin himself has now spoken up to unequivocally deny that report. Read all about the debunked Game of Thrones movie rumor after the jump. Read More »

George R.R. Martin's Marvel villains

While many fans probably wish George R.R. Martin was spending every waking minute working on finishing the next Game of Thrones book, the fantasy author took the time to see Ant-Man recently and even wrote a blog post about it.

Martin found Peyton Reed‘s tiny superhero, played by Paul Rudd, to be wholly satisfying, and while he doesn’t think it’s the best superhero flick ever like some of the TV spots are touting, he says it ranks high, maybe only coming in second to Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 2. But despite his praise of the movie, Martin did have some small problems with Ant-Man, and one has to do with the villain. In fact, his issue actually applies to many of Marvel’s villains.

Find out more about this George R.R. Martin’s Marvel villains gripe after the jump! Spoilers for Ant-Man ahead, naturally. Read More »

George RR Martin Sci-Fi Show

The big news from author George R.R. Martin this week is the reveal of a new chapter from the next novel in his A Song of Ice and Fire series, The Winds of Winter. That arrives just in time to really get us ready for next week’s Game of Thrones season five premiere, and Martin even says he hopes to have that novel on shelves before the show’s sixth season return in 2016.

But there’s something else: Martin is in the early stages of development on a sci-fi show for HBO called Captain Cosmos (that’s a working title), which sounds like it might be a cross between The Twilight Zone and The X-Files. Read More »

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For a while now it’s been clear that HBO’s Game of Thrones series could outpace George R.R. Martin‘s A Song of Ice and Fire books. Now showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have finally admitted that it will. In other words, instead of the books spoiling the show, the show will soon start spoiling the books.

It’s an outcome both sides had hoped to avoid, but with Book 6 (The Winds of Winter) nowhere in sight, they’ve run out of options. “The show must go on,” said Benioff. Read more about Game of Thrones spoiling books after the jump.  Read More »

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Part of the fun of Game of Thrones is that you never really know who’s going to die next. That is, unless you’ve read the books — then you already have a pretty good idea of who’ll survive or perish. But George R.R. Martin warns that won’t be forever.

The author teased that the upcoming season of Game of Thrones will kill off characters who remain alive in the books, calling out the producers for being “even bloodier” than he is. More on the Game of Thrones character deaths after the jump.  Read More »