George R. R. Martin

March 14, 2014 | 11:30 a.m.

‘Game of Thrones’: New featurette takes cheeky look at HBO fantasy

“Game of Thrones” fans, here’s something fun for your Friday. HBO has released a new five-minute featurette titled “Long Story Short,” which explores how the massively popular and critically acclaimed political fantasy series, based on George R.R. Martin’s bestselling “A Song of Ice and Fire” book series, came to be. Narrated by Charles Dance, who plays the nefarious Tywin Lannister on the show, the featurette has a cheeky feel quite different from the grim and devastatingly serious show in which death lurks around every corner and characters are constantly scheming to betray one another in a quest for power and survival. Show runners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss talk about their long-running friendship, how, seven years ago, they began reading Martin’s books and saw in the sprawling narrative “a chance to tell a human story on an epic scale,” Weiss said. […]
March 10, 2014 | 11:28 a.m.

‘Game of Thrones’ trailer: Season 4 promises conquest, betrayal, dragons

The return of “Game of Thrones” is just weeks away, and a new trailer suggests that the infamous Red Wedding promises to have great impact on the surviving characters as Season 4 unfolds. In the latest promotional clip for HBO’s massively popular and critically acclaimed political fantasy series, based on George R.R. Martin’s bestselling “A Song of Ice and Fire” book series, Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) asks her husband Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage), “Do you know what they did to my brother — and my mother? I lie awake all night thinking about how they died.” Death, of course, is all too common in the world of Westeros, but the Red Wedding, the event that helped draw Season 3 to a close with the gruesome murder of several important members of the Stark clan, unquestionably ranks as one of the series’ […]
Feb. 16, 2014 | 11:06 p.m.

‘Game of Thrones’ Season 4 trailer: Betrayal, vengeance, dragons

The return of “Game of Thrones” is still two months away, but on Sunday, HBO released a second trailer for the show’s fourth season, highlighting the search for justice and vengeance that will motivate the characters in the world of Westeros this year. The political fantasy series, which returns April 6, is based on George R.R. Martin’s bestselling “A Song of Ice and Fire” books and has become a marquee attraction for HBO — and a critical darling. In addition to being nominated for outstanding performance by an ensemble in a drama series at January’s Screen Actors Guild Awards, with star Peter Dinklage also nominated for his individual dramatic performance, “Thrones” has developed a massive and devoted fan following. The new clip begins with Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) ominously naming her enemies, those she most ardently wishes to kill, as […]
Feb. 14, 2014 | 5:30 p.m.

‘Game of Thrones’ exclusive: George R.R. Martin talks Arya, the Hound

The third season of “Game of Thrones” is out on home video on Tuesday, in time for fans of the sprawling fantasy series to catch up before Season 4′s premiere on April 6. The HBO series, based on George R.R. Martin’s bestselling “A Song of Ice and Fire” book series, has developed a massive and devoted fan following and a critical darling, racking up the awards nominations this season. Season 3 charted the events chronicled in the first half of Martin’s third book in the series, “A Storm of Swords,” including Daenerys Targaryen’s attempts to raise an army, Mance Rayder’s march toward the Wall and Robb Stark’s efforts to defeat the Lannisters. One of the most unlikely pairings that emerged from the season was between young Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) and Sandor “The Hound” Clegane (Rory McCann). Martin details their […]
Feb. 09, 2014 | 7:40 p.m.

‘Game of Thrones’ preview teases Purple Wedding, dragon danger [video]

The return of “Game of Thrones” is still two months away, but on Sunday, HBO released a sneak peek at Season 4 in a new featurette titled “Game of Thrones: Ice and Fire: A Foreshadowing.” The political fantasy series, which returns April 6, is based on George R.R. Martin’s bestselling “A Song of Ice and Fire” books and has become a marquee attraction for HBO and a critical darling. In addition to being nominated for outstanding performance by an ensemble in a drama series at January’s Screen Actors Guild Awards, with star Peter Dinklage also nominated for his individual dramatic performance, “Thrones” has developed a massive and devoted fan following. The upcoming season is expected to chart the events chronicled in the latter half of Martin’s sprawling third book in the series, “A Storm of Swords,” but will also introduce […]
Jan. 10, 2014 | 11:16 a.m.

‘Game of Thrones’ Vine videos tease first trailer that’s coming Sunday

HBO is drumming up the hype for the return of “Game of Thrones” with five mini-videos teasing the new season’s first trailer, to be aired Sunday. That’s right — five teasers for a trailer, all posted on the show’s Vine account. The sprawling political fantasy series, which returns April 6 for its fourth season, is based on George R. R. Martin’s bestselling “A Song of Ice and Fire” book series and has become a marquee attraction for HBO and a critical darling. In addition to being nominated for outstanding performance by an ensemble in a drama series at this month’s Screen Actors Guild Awards, with star Peter Dinklage also nominated for his individual dramatic performance, “Thrones” has developed a massive and devoted fan following. PHOTOS: Meet the ‘Thrones’ cast without their costumes The Vine videos (watch them below) feature several scenes, […]
Jan. 09, 2014 | 5:15 p.m.

‘Game of Thrones’: HBO fantasy to return for Season 4 on April 6

“Game of Thrones” will return for its fourth season April 6, HBO announced Thursday. Additionally, the first trailer for the season is due Sunday, immediately before the premiere of the new drama, “True Detective.” Based on the bestselling fantasy series “A Song of Ice and Fire” by George R.R. Martin, “Game of Thrones” is perhaps the most massive production on television, with some 30 main characters and a sprawling cast of more than 200. PHOTOS: Meet the ‘Thrones’ cast without their costumes The show has become a marquee attraction for HBO and a critical darling — it is nominated for outstanding performance by an ensemble in a drama series at this month’s Screen Actors Guild Awards, with star Peter Dinklage also nominated for his individual dramatic performance. “Game of Thrones’” fourth season is expected to chart the events chronicled in […]
July 23, 2013 | 1:16 p.m.

‘Game of Thrones’: Second fantasy-inspired beer revealed

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.

Comic-Con: Red Wedding dominates talk at ‘Game of Thrones’ panel

Actor Peter Dinklage speaks onstage during the "Game of Thrones" panel during Comic-Con International 2013 at San Diego Convention Center on July 19, 2013. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images
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 launches comics imprint, featuring George R.R. Martin

"Meathouse Man" (featured image)
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 […]
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