Unless you spent this past spring trapped in the burned-out ruins of Harrenhal, you probably know that HBO’s Game of Thrones came to an end a couple of months ago. That shortened final season drew some loud, negative responses from many viewers – but fear not, for author George R.R. Martin is not the reactionary type. If you think he saw the divisive reaction to the show’s ending and is currently scrambling to make changes to his A Song of Ice and Fire ending, rest easy knowing that he’s not going to change a damn thing. (Whether he’ll ever finish writing, of course, still remains to be seen.) Read More »
The fires are out and the ashes have fallen, and Game of Thrones is over. But the story continues, in the form of HBO prequels, and of course, the book series that started it all: George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire. The author of the novels upon which Game of Thrones is based offered his emotional reaction to the ending of the show in a new blog post, which closed out an important chapter in Martin’s life — but may be teasing a new chapter from the books. And of course, Martin answers that big question: is his ending for A Song of Ice and Fire going to be different from the divisive Game of Thrones ending?
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The eighth season of HBO’s Game of Thrones has begun, leaving only five episodes until the ending of the epic story is unveiled. That story originally began in 1996 when George R.R. Martin published the first book in his A Song of Ice and Fire saga, and as the final season of the show kicks off, the author has weighed in on the parallels between the two endings: the show’s and his planned conclusion for his novels, which is still years away. Read on for his quotes and to find out where he thinks the biggest differences will lie. Read More »
Update: You know it’s easy to get your wires crossed when you read things on the internet? Well, it happens to the best of us. Anyway, it turns out that George R.R. Martin does watch Game of Thrones – he’s just behind on the current season.
Our original story, which also includes a nutty conspiracy theory that you should read about anyway, continues below.
Now that Game of Thrones has sped long past where A Song of Ice and Fire author George R.R. Martin last left us with A Dance With Dragons, Martin has admitted that he no longer watches the show. Or, at least, the seventh season.
It’s not out of spite for the show making different choices with his characters than he — though Martin has long held a grudge against fan fiction of his work — but because he simply doesn’t have time. Martin is chipping away at his thousand-page sixth novel in the Song of Ice and Fire series, and it’s taking all of his Sunday nights to get it done. Although there’s an interesting conspiracy floating around that Martin may or may not be already done with The Winds of Winter.
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Posted on Wednesday, February 1st, 2017 by Jacob Hall
2017 is shaping up to be quite a year for A Song of Ice and Fire fans. HBO’s Game of Thrones will return this summer for its penultimate season; the sixth novel, titled The Winds of Winter, may actually be near the finish line; and now author George R.R. Martin has revealed that a new short story titled “The Sons of the Dragon” will be released to fill in gaps in Westeros’ increasingly complex history.
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Posted on Monday, November 17th, 2014 by Angie Han
Even if you’re paying close attention, it can be very difficult to keep track of who’s who in Game of Thrones. There are a lot of characters, first of all. Some of them with very similar names. And then there’s the task of sorting out the various relationships between the characters. Who’s married to whom? Who’s that guy’s mom? Are those two siblings or lovers?
Well, fear not. A new Game of Thrones family tree lays out the interconnected lineages of nearly everyone we’ve met in Westeros. It’s a pretty daunting task considering we’ve met dozens in the show, and several dozens more in the A Song of Ice and Fire books. Hit the jump to see the Game of Thrones family tree.
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Posted on Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 by Angie Han
George R.R. Martin‘s apparent willingness to kill off any character at any time means Game of Thrones / ASOIAF is a more difficult storyline to predict than most. But that doesn’t stop fans from making their guesses anyway. Now, one of them has come up with a particularly unusual approach to the Game of Thrones prediction problem.
Richard Vale, a statistics lecturer at New Zealand’s University of Canterbury, has used math to try and figure out which characters will live or die in Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire books. His results should should cheer up some fans and depress others. Hit the jump to see what he found.
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Posted on Thursday, March 27th, 2014 by Angie Han
MGM’s Barbershop franchise is opening up again. Also after the jump:
- Chris Pratt is enthusiastically prepping for Jurassic World
- The final installment of Atlas Shrugged sets a release date
- Find out what was shown from Minions at Cinema Con
- A Haunted House 2 poster references Insidious Chapter 2
- Lifetime’s Flowers in the Attic sequel drops a couple of images
- The latest Rio 2 trailer pays homage to Gloria Gaynor
- Watch a cute clip from How to Train Your Dragon 2
- George R.R. Martin posts an excerpt from his next book
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The fourth season of Game of Thrones hits HBO on April 6 and will continue telling the story of George R.R. Martin‘s third book in the A Song of Ice and Fire series, A Storm of Swords. To promote this momentous occasion, Martin himself is presenting a full Song of Ice and Fire art show at the Ltd. Art Gallery in Seattle, Washington. It’s called Winter Is Coming, will open March 1 and remain on display through the 23rd.
The gallery is slowly releasing teases of the show and today we’ve got the exclusive debut of probably the most highly anticipated print in the show, Mark Englert‘s “Fist of the First Men.” It’s glow in the dark and will first be on sale at the gallery. Below, check out the full image, it’s glow in the dark elements and some detail shots. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, August 7th, 2013 by Angie Han
It’s to George R.R. Martin‘s massive credit that the world of Game of Thrones (or A Song of Ice and Fire, if you insist, bookworms) feels so incredibly real. Westeros is a big, sprawling region filled with complex societies, messy histories, and unique citizens, not unlike our own country. But while all those details help bring that fantasy land to life, they can also be awfully hard for show fans and book readers to navigate the world without getting lost.
The series alleviates that issue somewhat by opening each episode with an animated map, but plenty of fans have taken up the call as well. Today, we have a very detailed, colorful map by artist J.E. Fullerton that not only details which landmarks and families go where, but conveys each region’s personality with gorgeous, frequently funny illustrations. Hit the jump to check it out.
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