Archive for July, 2011

George R.R. Martin Describes His Inspiration for GOT

Friday, July 22nd, 2011

By Steve Marzolf

At Comic-Con, ‘Game of Thrones’ author George R.R. Martin appeared on a panel with a handful of his fellow fantasy writers to discuss the meaning of a word that gets tossed around a lot in the genre: EPIC.

“I think that in its modern usage, ‘epic fantasy’ is a marketing category that publishers and booksellers use to distinguish that stuff that those of us here write: stuff with castles and swords and sometimes elves and dwarves – or in my case just one dwarf. A lot of it is epic, and a lot of it involves the fate of the world, where huge armies are on the march. I’ve done some of that stuff myself, and there are many great examples of epic fantasy that’s gigantic in scale. But I would just as soon NOT make that a requirement of our fantasy genre. I’m thrilled when I encounter a book where the fate of the world does not seem to be involved.”

Martin’s ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ stories, of course, are massive in scale and very much involve the fate of the world. But the spark of inspiration that eventually spawned the Starks, the Lannisters and their Seven Kingdoms was much more compact.

“I started with a vision of a scene where some wolf pups are discovered being born with a dead mother in the snow. It just came to me very vividly, and I wrote it. I didn’t know what story it was part of or what world it was part of. I didn’t know anything. But by the time I finished writing that chapter, I knew the second chapter. And once I was 50-60 pages into it, I decided I had a novel – or maybe more than a novel – so I thought I’d better draw a map and think about who these people were …”

One fan asked the author how – after painstakingly building a world and creating characters to live in it – a writer can know when their book is ready for publication. And although he’s famous for his delayed deliveries, Martin warned against endlessly fiddling with a story. “You can write forever and not know if it’s ready,” he advised. “The key is to write, finish what you write and put it on the market. There are editors who will let you know if it’s ready … by sending you a check.”

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The Five Best Moments From GOT ‘s Comic-Con Panel

Friday, July 22nd, 2011

Thursday’s ‘Game of Thrones’ panel at Comic-Con was one of the hottest tickets in San Diego – and the lucky fans who waited in a line of thousands to hear the cast and creators banter didn’t leave disappointed. George R.R. Martin led the discussion, which quickly ventured into hardcore fan territory:

  1. When Martin asked Jason Momoa who would win in a fight between Khal Drogo and the actor’s other fantasy counterpart, Conan the Barbarian, Momoa shot back: “Drogo would kick Conan’s ass. In fact, if Drogo were here, he’d probably say something like [screams in Dothraki for 10 seconds]. But since there’s no subtitles, you don’t know what the f**k I just said.”
  2. During the Q&A segment of the session, a fan asked Kit Harington whether he knew who Jon Snow’s mother was. Admitting he’d already let a spoiler slip earlier in the day by accident, Harington stonewalled, saying, “No. I have no idea. I can’t fill you in there.” Martin added: “If he did know, I’d have to kill him.”
  3. Show creator David Benioff explained that he first contacted Momoa after seeing a fan recommendation on Westeros.org. “No offense,” Benioff told the actor, “but I hadn’t heard of you. I hadn’t kept up on my ‘Baywatch.’ ” Benioff went on to explain that Momoa delivered a killer audition, which ended with the actor ripping his shirt off and dancing the Maori haka. “Once Jason approves it, it’s going on the DVD,” Benioff promised.
  4. When a fan wanted to know whether the author felt any remorse about killing off beloved characters, Martin responded, “I mourn all the characters as I kill them. Particularly the viewpoint characters, because I kind of climb inside their skins to make them seem human and write about them very personally. I’ve been writing about some of these characters for 20 years. So it makes it very hard when I do have to kill them. But I tell myself that it’s not me killing them – it’s the other characters.”
  5. Another fan asked the members of the panel how they would end the series if given the opportunity.
    Kit Harington (Jon Snow): “I want Jon Snow to be on the Throne, definitely.”
    Nikolaj Coster-Waldeau (Jaime Lannister): “The screen fades to black, and there’s a sign that says ’20 Years Later,’ and there’s a small cottage. And Jaime and Cersei are sitting there. ‘Finally, my love. Finally.’ And then the music.”
    David Benioff (exec-producer): “Everyone dies.”  
    Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister): “[clears throat] … Dance number.”

Game of Thrones Stars Share Their Favorite Scenes on Comic-Con Panel

Friday, July 22nd, 2011

The cast of ‘Game of Thrones’ appeared at a jam-packed panel discussion at Comic-Con Thursday afternoon. George R.R. Martin moderated the conversation, and after screening the video posted above, he asked each actor to share their favorite scene from the first season of the series. Here’s what they had to say: 

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister) 

 “Well, Isaac was really annoying so pushing him out … NO! No … no … no … Isaac is the sweetest kid. It was just a joke. There were so many great scenes. I really like my last scene with Catelyn. It was great to do that.”

Kit Harington (Jon Snow)

 “Probably the scene with Arya. I really loved it. It was beautifully written, and it was also a wonderful and very sad moment for the character. And I liked getting hot and sweaty with Richard and Alfie. That was very sexy. [laughs] The fight scenes were a lot of fun.”

Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister)

 “My favorites are still to come … because we just read some of Season 2! But I really liked doing the scene with Mark Addy, who plays Robert, because it was more revealing than I’d had a chance to do before.”

Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister)

“The one when I was on trial was fun. Because it was a long day, and there were a lot of extras. So I felt like I was master of ceremonies for a lot of bored extras. It was entertaining off-screen.”

Jason Momoa (Khal Drogo)

“Drogo’s speech. When I read the book, it was the greatest war speech I’d ever heard. Just reading it, that was it for me.“

Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen)

“Mine is pretty easy – it’s definitely the final one … where I get to meet my babies! That was just amazing, and then getting to see it properly on screen it was … Just the sound of those dragons sent shivers. It was just how I thought it would be.”

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A Dance With Dragons Receives Critical Praise

Monday, July 18th, 2011

It’s not just the 280,000 fans who purchased ‘A Dance With Dragons’ on its release day who are enjoying George R.R. Martin’s latest installment in the ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ series. Julie Bosman of the New York Times has published her review and she’s as glad as the rest of us to rejoin the adventures of Tyrion, Dany and all the rest. “As ‘Dragons’ cascades toward its finish,” she writes, “the reader is whipsawed by cliffhanger after cliffhanger, while being all too aware that Mr. Martin’s next installment won’t be coming out next week, or even next year for that matter. But as I write, I know that I’ll be happy to cling to the hard and scaly back of this particular dancing dragon as I wait for Book 6, ‘The Winds of Winter.’”

Game of Thrones Receives 13 Emmy Nominations

Friday, July 15th, 2011

Since the series premiere of ‘Game of Thrones,’ supportive fans across the web have been posting about their hopes for the show come Emmy season. Well, the nominations are in, and HBO’s new hit series has received 13 nods – including one for Outstanding Drama Series. Peter Dinklage earned his first nomination for his portrayal of Tyrion Lannister in the Outstanding Supporting Actor category. Tim Van Patten received his eighth nomination for directing the show’s pilot episode. David Benioff and D.B. Weiss were nominated for writing the episode “Baelor.” The show also received nominations for Casting, Costumes, Makeup, Prosthetic Makeup and Hairstyling, as well as Special Effects, Sound Editing, Stunt Coordination and Main Title Design.