George R. R. Martin
March 19, 2013 | 1:32 p.m.
Westeros came to Hollywood on Tuesday night with “Game of Thrones” stars Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Richard Madden and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, among others, walking the red carpet for a lavish premiere celebrating the show’s third season, which is set to begin March 31. Based on the bestselling fantasy series “A Song of Ice and Fire” by author George R. R. Martin, “Game of Thrones” has been a massive success for HBO, drawing an average of 10.4 million viewers last season with its unique mix of character drama, cutthroat political intrigue and supernatural elements. QUIZ: Test your “Game of Thrones” knowledge That same combination was on display in the premiere episode, which the show’s creators, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, introduced at the TCL Chinese Theatre (formerly Grauman’s) by describing their initial meeting with Martin. During that first conversation, Benioff and […]
March 19, 2013 | 8:00 a.m.
Secrets are perhaps the most prized currency in all of Westeros, so it makes a certain amount of sense that David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, the show runners of HBO’s lavish series “Game of Thrones,” are reluctant to divulge too many details concerning what audiences might expect from the show’s third season. Ominous hints are OK, though. “I think we’re heading into the negative population growth phase of the show,” Weiss said. That tidbit hardly will come as a surprise to readers familiar with George R.R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” novels, the elaborate fantasy series that inspired the intricate, eye-popping show and chronicles the masterful manipulations and wars that break out over who will control the Iron Throne. QUIZ: Test your “Game of Thrones” knowledge The third book, “A Storm of Swords,” forms the spine for the […]
Jan. 28, 2013 | 7:39 p.m.
HBO’s “Game of Thrones” doesn’t return for its third season until March 31, but a new round of photos reveals what’s in store for the denizens of Westeros — and offers an early look at some of the newest additions to the already expansive cast. Chief among the new characters joining the lineup is Ciaran Hinds as King Beyond the Wall Mance Rayder, with other new faces including Diana Rigg as Lady Olenna Redwyne, otherwise known as the Queen of Thorns, who’s best described as the Dowager Countess of Westeros. Rigg, of course, remains a beloved figure for her turn as Emma Peel on the BBC TV series “The Avengers.” QUIZ: Test your “Game of Thrones” knowledge The third season of “Game of Thrones” will be based on the first half of “A Storm of Swords,” the third book in […]
Dec. 17, 2012 | 12:38 p.m.
HBO’s “Game of Thrones” has done an amazing job re-creating George R.R. Martin’s fantasy world on-screen, but one aspect it hasn’t quite captured is the original novels’ obsession with food. Although it’s still unclear if the upcoming third season will toss character and plot overboard in order to fully develop the sumptuous menus that Martin describes in print, HBO is making an effort to satisfy fans who would love to eat and drink their way through the Seven Kingdoms with a line of “Game of Thrones” beer. The first brew, Iron Throne Blonde Ale, will be introduced in conjunction with the third season premiere on March 31. Brewed by craft beermaker Brewery Ommegang, this beer is said to be created with the “themes, characters and nuances of the series” in mind. Does that mean betrayal, incest, lust and violence? If […]
Nov. 29, 2012 | 1:03 p.m.
Most people agree that HBO’s acclaimed fantasy series “Game of Thrones” is complex, but the multi-layered narrative sprawl of George R.R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” novels is perhaps even more challenging to the uninitiated. With that in mind, Random House, the publishing company behind Martin’s books, is doing its best to guide casual readers through the author’s elaborate universe with a new smartphone app, “George R.R. Martin’s A World of Ice and Fire — A Game of Thrones Guide.” Available now in Apple’s App Store, the guide contains 540 character profiles and more than 380 place profiles written by Elio García and Linda Antonsson of the top-ranked “Ice and Fire” fan site Westeros.org. According to Ken Wohlrob, senior director of digital content and interactive media at Random House, “The app functions as a handy encyclopedia, with detailed […]
July 13, 2012 | 9:08 p.m.
“I may have to start killing some of these characters to make room for new ones.” George R.R. Martin’s joke while serving as the moderator for the panel devoted to HBO’s epic fantasy series “Game of Thrones” at Comic-Con International on Friday in Hall H really resonated given the large number of characters that feature in the show, adapted from Martin’s novels. But the biggest casting news came last, with the announcement that genre icon Diana Rigg would be signing on as Olenna Redwyne, the Queen of Thorns. Rigg is most widely known for her role as Emma Peel in the ’60s British TV series “The Avengers.” Among the other new cast members highlighted via a short video montage were Mackenzie Crook (from the British iteration of “The Office” and the “Pirates of the Caribbean” movies) as Orell, Clive Russell […]
May 15, 2012 | 2:19 p.m.
The just-published book “Beyond the Wall” is a collection of essays regarding George R.R. Martin and his work. Below is one of the selections: Los Angeles author and essayist Ned Vizzini’s piece on the disdain and disinterest traditionally facing fantasy works that look for a spot on the bookshelf of respected literature. When I set out to get blurbs for a young adult novel with fantasy elements that I sold in 2010, the person I wanted to beg most was George R.R. Martin. While reading up on roleplaying games’ influence on American culture, I discovered his work through Dreamsongs: Volume II, which, if you’re already chafing for The Winds of Winter, documents Martin’s creative ventures in Los Angeles with Tyrion-esque cynicism. In Dreamsongs I found that in 1983 Martin started playing the Call of Cthulhu and Superworld games so much that he stopped writing for a year […]
Jan. 16, 2012 | 6:49 p.m.
This post has been corrected, as detailed below. Like a graybeard king, George R.R. Martin sat near the center of the ballroom at the 69th Annual Golden Globes and watched the royal court of Hollywood pass by his table Sunday night and, yes, in a room packed with lithe starlets and square-jawed leading men it was easy to pick out the only plump fantasy novelist in the room. “It is another surreal thing,” said Martin, the grand mythmaker behind HBO’s “Game of Thrones.” “But this is not my first Golden Globes. I was here before. It was years ago but it was nothinglike this. It was one-tenth the size. It wasn’t so completely crazy and with the stars who are here now and the coverage, it’s a different thing.” Those previous visits to the Globes were in the late 1980s, when Martin was a writer/producer for “Beauty […]
July 29, 2011 | 7:47 a.m.
Well, give HBO programming chief Michael Lombardo points for candor. He has a surging show on his hands with “Game of Thrones” but zero interest in checking out the source material, the novels of George R.R. Martin. “I’m still not a fan of the genre, but I love this show,” Lombardo said at the TV media tour in Beverly Hills on Thursday afternoon, according to Scott Collins writing over at Show Tracker. Collins also writes of “Thrones”: After a modest start in the ratings, the series is showing signs of momentum. That’s somewhat ironic for HBO, which has shied away from fantasy series in the past as executives there are still getting used to the fanboy genre. “I think the show is a great surprise to a lot of people, who thought it was going to be about the fantasy,” [HBO co-president […]
July 21, 2011 | 6:08 p.m.
The death of Lord Eddard ‘”Ned” Stark in the first season of “Game of Thrones” was still eliciting gasps at Comic-Con. As for George R.R. Martin, the man who penned the character’s killing, it was not easy to write. That holds true for all the characters who meet untimely ends in his story. “I mourn all the characters as I kill them,” Martin said to a roomful of fans of the books and the HBO-adapted series. In fact, judging from the at-capacity turnout in Ballroom 20, it seemed like everyone in the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros might well have made the pilgrimage Thursday to San Diego for the “Game of Thrones” panel, which featured the show’s cast and producers and which was moderated by Martin. But it’s that ability to tug at emotions and provoke such strong reactions that compelled […]