George R.R. Martin

‘Game of Thrones’ Season 4, Episode 4 Recap: “Oathkeeper”

Early on in “Oathkeeper,” it occurred to me that Game of Thrones has itself a little pacing problem. Meereen, or at least its masters, has fallen. Daenerys is once again victorious. And, minor book spoilers, we’re pretty much at the end of the Breaker of Chain’s story for the entirety of Storm of Swords, with six episodes left to go in the fourth season. So how in the hell is this series going to stretch out the tail end of a book into ten episodes of television? Luckily, my question was answered just a few scenes later. Not so luckily, the solution turns out to be making up at least one time-consuming story line nowhere near the caliber of plot threads pulled directly from A Song of Ice and Fire. Suddenly, I’m much less excited for the rest of season four than I was a few hours ago. … Read More

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How ‘Game of Thrones’ Book Fans Investigated Joffrey’s Murder

One could write several books, or at least media studies doctoral dissertations, on the differences between Game of Thrones and A Song of Ice and Fire, the book series on which it’s based. There are many, ranging from the insignificant (Theon’s sister has a different name) to the more substantial (the original Mrs. Robb Stark was a complete nonentity). Perhaps the most important, though, is the simple difference between the experiences of reading about 5000 pages of material at one’s own pace and watching a show. And there’s no better demonstration of that difference than the mystery of who killed Joffrey Baratheon, an event viewers have had just a few days to process but readers have been picking apart for the last 14 years. … Read More

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‘Game of Thrones’ Season 4 Episode 2 Recap: “The Lion and the Rose”

Come down from that endorphin high yet? Game of Thrones has never been big on the non-boob-related fan service; in fact, most of its major twists are dedicated to letting readers know that there’s no such thing as karma in Westeros. There’s also only rarely such a thing as a pure Bad Guy, with a few notable exceptions. So tonight’s ending, which I’ll refrain from talking about more specifically until after the jump (consider this a spoiler warning), was doubly shocking: one of the only deaths longtime viewers actually wanted, delivered to us on a silver platter just when we wanted it most. … Read More

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‘Game of Thrones’ Season 4 Premiere Recap: “Two Swords”

I’ve been a Game of Thrones fan for so long it’s often hard to tell whether I like an episode because it’s genuinely good, or because I’ve been telling everyone I know for years that this is the best show on TV, based on the best fantasy series in print. And as many have pointed out in the run-up to season four, Game of Thrones has firmly established its mood, complexity, and general quality by now; it may waver from episode to episode, but the feel of it is remarkably consistent. Still, it says something that as the credits began to roll, I found myself thinking I’d actually forgotten how good this show is. … Read More

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‘Game of Thrones’ Season 4 Deftly Moves Past the Red Wedding

Assuming they’ve seen every episode to date, the typical Game of Thrones viewer has spent 30 hours in George R.R. Martin’s universe. (And considering how unfriendly the series’ byzantine plot is to newcomers, that’s a pretty safe assumption.) Thirty hours is enough time to absorb certain ground rules: first and foremost, no character is safe; the good guys don’t always, or even usually, win; there’s magic and special effects, but they take a backseat to scenes where characters lob Mad Men-worthy dialogue at one another. Game of Thrones, then, has largely succeeded at its mission of tossing conventional fantasy tropes out the window like so many adorable ten-year-olds. So now that the novelty’s worn off, what’s left for the fourth season to do? … Read More

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The Best ‘Game of Thrones’ Fan Conspiracy Theories

It’s no True Detective, but HBO’s other prestige genre show has enough insane twists and byzantine plots to fuel many an Internet K-hole. Add to that the thousands of pages’ worth of books with quintuple the red herrings, and there’s fodder for as many insane fan theories as there are fans. We’ve compiled the best Game of Thrones conspiracy theories, honed over years of frantic hype. Since there’s more material to work with, A Song of Ice and Fire theories count too, though we’ve only included the books that the series has already covered (halfway through A Storm of Swords, as if you nerds didn’t know that already). … Read More

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25 Great Movies That Get ‘Game of Thrones’ Actors Out of the Furs and Tunics

It may be almost over according to the calendar, but winter is coming again with Game of Thrones‘ Sunday-night return to HBO. To whet your appetite for Season 4 of George R. R. Martin’s epic about power, cold weather, flowing hair, dragons, and “sexposition,” we rounded up 25 of the best and weirdest movies featuring the Game of Thrones cast in slightly more modern-day situations. … Read More

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Read an Excerpt From the Next ‘Game of Thrones’ Novel, ‘The Winds of Winter’

With Game of Thrones Season 4′s April 6 release date, hardcore fans have been fearing a cataclysmic problem: what happens… Read More

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12 Amazing Author Selfies

As everyone knows, 2013 was the year of the selfie, something we’ve all groaned over, bemoaning the state of kids today. But selfies aren’t just for moody teenagers — they’re also employed by moody writers! Not to mention, it seems, just about everybody else. After the jump, secretly revel in a little collection of famous authors’ selfies, both vintage and recent, serious and totally goofy. And if any of your favorites are missing here, add ‘em on in the comments. Can’t have too many selfies. … Read More

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Flavorwire Exclusive: Writing Advice From George R.R. Martin, Karen Lord, and Other Sci-Fi/Fantasy Authors

If you’re looking for a handy guide to not just crafting imaginative fiction like sci-fi, fantasy, and horror, but to writing in general, be sure to pick up a copy of Steampunk Bible author Jeff Vandermeer’s lovingly compiled Wonderbook. The beautifully illustrated book features some of the biggest names in genre fiction, from Ursula K. Le Guin to up-and-comers like Charles Yu, discussing the process they use to create new stories, new creatures, and new worlds. … Read More

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