George R.R. Martin

In Its Fifth Season, ‘Game of Thrones’ May Finally Surpass the Books

There are two equal and opposite forces at work in the fifth season of Game of Thrones, which HBO will unleash on our DVRs — and now, our Apple TVs! — this Sunday. On the one hand, displacement, a state that’s arguably the status quo on a series so fond of stabbing its characters, and the viewers who identify with them, in the heart (and pushing them out windows, and exploding their heads, and killing their parents in front of them…). And on the other, stagnation, in which characters previously defined by their forward momentum find themselves stuck, in one notable case, between two angry dragons and a hard place. … Read More

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Let’s Overanalyze The New ‘Game of Thrones’ Excerpt!

Last week, patron saint of procrastinators George R.R. Martin got all of geekdom to stop breathing down his neck by releasing a new chapter from The Winds of Winter, the sixth installment of the A Song of Ice and Fire saga. It’s not quite a release date, but since we won’t have new Game of Thrones for another five days or a full book until God knows when, it’s time for the next best thing: a gratuitous overanalysis of the new chapter and what it means for its heroine, the artist formerly known as Sansa Stark! Spoilers for the first five books of A Song of Ice and Fire, and thus the entirety of Game of Thrones, follow. … Read More

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This Is Why Queen Elizabeth Refused to Sit Atop the Iron Throne

Queen Elizabeth is surely allowed to sit on regular chairs that aren’t strictly representative of English royalty; the life… Read More

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Expect Unexpected (as in, Not in the Book) Character Deaths in ‘Game of Thrones” Upcoming Season

Faithful readers of George R. R. Martin’s bloody and harrowing A Song of Ice and Fire are going to be in for… Read More

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‘Game of Thrones’ Book Proposal Shows How Much the Series Changed — for the Better

British bookstore chain Waterstones posted and hastily deleted George R.R. Martin’s book proposal for A Game of Thrones yesterday, as sent to publisher HarperCollins in 1993. Of course the proposal is now available in perpetuity on the Internet, and the hard copy is reportedly on display at HarperCollins’ new London offices. The document has already attracted notice for how dramatically it departs from the final product as published so far; the book series supposedly still has two volumes to go, and Game of Thrones is still going strong on HBO. It’s also remarkable for how much of an improvement the changes are over Martin’s original vision for the series.

[Book and show spoilers unsurprisingly follow.] … Read More

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The 50 Sexiest Literary Villains

In The Wizard of Oz, when Dorothy, open-mouthed, says “I’ve never heard of a beautiful witch before,” Glinda famously quips that only bad witches are ugly. But ’tis not so — or at least, there are plenty of very bad witches who are the opposite of ugly: beautiful, sexy, charming, devastatingly intelligent, or all of the above. So, in honor of J.K. Rowling’s outrage that we all love Draco so much, here’s 50 villains that we wouldn’t kick out of… Read More

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50 Great Dark Books for the Dark Days of Winter

We’ve reached the time of year when the days seem impossibly short and the nights never ending. Good if you’re a vampire or like to go to sleep early, less exciting for the rest of us. So what is one to do with all this extra darkness? Well, read some dark books, of course. Because there’s nothing better to cut through the literal gloom than to curl up with some intellectual doom. All you need is a tiny light to see your book by. Read on for 50 gloriously dark novels to read during these dark days. After a while, you may even stop wishing for the light to… Read More

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