George R. R. Martin
July 23, 2013 | 1:16 p.m.
The “Game of Thrones” obsession with food and drink — on-screen and off — will continue this September when Brewery Ommegang releases its second in a line of beers inspired by the HBO series. Intended no doubt to go down easier than the recently completed and gut-wrenching third season of the series, Ommegang has concocted a spice-infused stout that will be available on tap and in bottles. Named Take the Black Stout, the beer promises to contain the toasty, chocolate hues commonly associated with the style, as well as an infusion of some less common seasoning. The beer, for instance, will be spiked with licorice root and star anise, the latter also known to add a licorice flavoring to dishes and drinks. It will come in with a relatively high alcohol percentage at 7%. A press release touts Take the Black […]
July 19, 2013 | 8:38 p.m.
So, Peter Dinklage, just what is the best part of starring on HBO’s lavish fantasy series “Game of Thrones”? “It’s amazing. I get to be on T-shirts,” the award-winning actor told a rapt Comic-Con International crowd as the show’s stars and creators took the stage Friday afternoon to reflect largely on the recently completed Season 3. And, yes, there was a great deal of talk about the infamous Red Wedding. (Those who are not caught up on their “Game of Thrones” might be advised to stop reading now; spoilers ahead.) Appearing on stage with Dinklage were Michelle Fairley, John Bradley, Kit Harington, Rose Leslie, Richard Madden, Emilia Clarke and author George R.R. Martin, on whose novels the show is based. Joining them were showrunners D.B. Weiss and David Benioff. Richard Madden, whose character Robb Stark lost his life in the […]
July 09, 2013 | 11:34 a.m.
Amazon is launching its own comics publishing imprint and is already lining up a star roster. Jet City Comics, which Amazon announced Tuesday, is slated to include the likes of George R.R. Martin, Hugh Howey and Neal Stephenson. Jet City’s titles — which so far appear to be already-published stories repackaged as graphic novels and comics — will be published on Amazon’s Kindle e-reader, with print editions available at amazon.com and other comics retailers. “Comics and graphic novels, especially in digital format, represent a unique area for innovation,” said Jeff Belle, vice president of Amazon Publishing, in a news release. “Our focus will be on adapting great books for this medium as a means of expanding the audience for our authors, pushing boundaries with new ideas that combine visual and narrative storytelling, and creating compelling new experiences for readers.” The […]
June 09, 2013 | 11:15 p.m.
The third season of HBO’s lavish fantasy “Game of Thrones” concluded with a stunning finale Sunday — though it would be difficult for anything to live up to the gut-punch impact of last week’s “The Rains of Castamere” and its depiction of the Red Wedding, one of the most harrowing set pieces from the George R.R. Martin “A Song of Ice and Fire” novels that inspired the series. Among the many interesting turns of events in the season’s concluding installment, “Mhysa” — and anyone who did not see the finale might want to stop reading now: Jaime Lannister finally returned to King’s Landing. His homecoming, however, might have been somewhat less auspicious than the kingslayer once would have expected. “Finally he’s back,” Danish actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau said in an interview with Hero Complex late last week. “I think that moment, he […]
June 03, 2013 | 12:33 a.m.
Even before the third season of “Game of Thrones” debuted in March, D.B. Weiss, one of the showrunners of HBO’s lavish fantasy series, intimated that major characters would die. “I think we’re heading into the negative population growth phase of the show,” he said in an interview with Hero Complex. Sunday’s episode, written by Weiss and his creative partner David Benioff, delivered on that promise in a massive way — and anyone who missed the season’s penultimate installment, “The Rains of Castamere,” might want to stop reading right now. Major spoilers are ahead. One of the most memorable events from all of George R.R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” novels, the Red Wedding, unfolded on screen Sunday, claiming the lives of Robb Stark (Richard Madden), his pregnant wife Talisa (Oona Chaplin) and his mother Catelyn (Michelle Fairley), victims […]
May 05, 2013 | 10:41 p.m.
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau made an appearance over the weekend on “Saturday Night Live,” turning up at the end of a sketch that saw host Zach Galifianakis dressed in a dragon costume in a parody of the obsessive nature of the “Game of Thrones” fandom. In the skit, “The Hangover Part III” star played one of three fans competing on “Game of Game of Thrones,” a quiz show with categories devoted to such topics as the Lannisters, the Night’s Watch and, also, geography — correct answers earned 10 silver stags. Actual fans of the HBO series adapted from George R.R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” saga most likely would have had no trouble answering such questions as “Who killed Qhorin Halfhand behind the Wall?” The faux contestants certainly had no trouble either. But when it came to real-world facts, like, say, […]
April 25, 2013 | 4:14 p.m.
The Hound is alive and well in the North. At least for now. Rory McCann, known to fans of HBO’s “Game of Thrones” as Sandor “The Hound” Clegane, strolls into the parking lot of a popular climbers’ haunt in the heart of town. The large Scotsman looks every bit the rugged outdoorsman coming in from a Highland winter, dressed in layers of wool, goose down and tweed. Yet his demeanor warms when he smiles, explaining the morning’s adventure in his native Scottish brogue. “My car won’t start. I had to park it back there on a hill so I can get it going on the roll,” he said. “I may need a push.” Born and raised in Glasgow, McCann, 44, is home in the northern Scottish Highlands, even mooring his sailboat in a region known as Wester Ross — almost […]
April 22, 2013 | 8:00 a.m.
Fans of HBO’s lavish fantasy series “Games of Thrones” all seem to love plucky Arya Stark for her fearlessness and her brash, outspoken ways. But Maisie Williams, the 16-year-old British actress who plays the youngest daughter of House Stark, says she thinks that if her screen alter ego really wanted to survive the brutal world of Westeros and make it back safely to her family home of Winterfell, she perhaps should be just a bit more strategic about her behavior. “Her ability to tell people what she thinks gets her into trouble a lot, and it’s kind of unnecessary, but it’s the way she is,” Williams said in an interview last month. “That’s one of the things I don’t like about her. Her ability to just tell people what she thinks, it makes her a likable character but it doesn’t mean […]
April 15, 2013 | 8:29 a.m.
Jaime Lannister’s fortunes changed forever in Sunday’s episode of “Game of Thrones.” Readers familiar with the events in George R.R. Martin’s “A Storm of Swords,” the third novel in his “A Song of Ice and Fire” saga, thought it quite likely that Jaime would be, well, transformed, this season, but it was still shocking to see the act itself. (And, spoiler warning, if you missed the episode, this would be a good time to stop reading.) But the moment in the narrative when the Kingslayer loses his sword hand is the moment where his evolution as a character truly begins, a fact that “Game of Thrones” show runners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss made sure to note even when they were casting Danish actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau to play the role. “One of the challenges was this was a character who in the first […]
April 08, 2013 | 6:00 a.m.
Michelle Fairley is more than happy to talk about Catelyn Stark, the character she plays on HBO’s epic fantasy saga “Game of Thrones” as the show picks up its third season. Just don’t ask her about specifics, please. It’s not details you’ll be met with, but a modest demurral and a simple explanation — were she to divulge too much information about future events, show runners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss would have her head. For devoted readers of George R.R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” novels, Catelyn Stark’s fate isn’t exactly the world’s best kept secret, but the series’ cast and creators always have been cognizant that not everyone who watches the HBO series, which returned March 31 to record ratings, is familiar with the novels. Even Fairley has only read as far as the third installment, “A […]