George R.R. Martin waxes melancholic on 2020 but says he’s “hopeful” about The Winds of Winter

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George R.R. Martin took to his Not A Blog yesterday to share his rather somber thoughts on the past year. Though he also included a somewhat optimistic update to his progress on The Winds of Winter, it would be unfair to characterize that as the focal point of his post. Martin’s exhaustion is palpable.

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Tamzin Merchant talks about getting recast as Daenerys; “It wasn’t in my heart to tell [her story]”


Sometimes it’s difficult to believe that there was ever a time that Daenerys Targaryen didn’t look like Emilia Clarke but, as those familiar with the infamous un-aired pilot are aware, Clarke wasn’t even the first actress cast to play her. In the original (and forever mysterious)  pilot filmed back in 2009, the not-yet-iconic Mother of Dragons was portrayed by Tamzin Merchant. In a recent interview, Merchant spoke for the first time about her stint as Daenerys and how it felt to be recast **Spoiler** she’s actually quite chill about the whole thing.

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Dunk and Egg in Early Development, and More Game of Thrones Prequels Possible!

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Fantastic news for Ice and Fire fans today! After being told for years that it was not happening, some of our most beloved characters may be coming to HBO in the future. Variety reported today a television adaptation of the “Dunk and Egg” stories is currently in the works. For the show-only folks, these novellas by George R.R. Martin follow the adventures of Duncan the Tall and a mysterious boy called Egg, set 90 years before Game of Thrones.

There are three novellas in the “Dunk and Egg” series, providing plenty of material to work with: “The Hedge Knight”, “The Sworn Sword”, and “The Mystery Knight”, and GRRM has said several times he plans to write more (yes, we know, we’ll believe it when we see it). The three novellas were published together as A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms; the title was referenced in the eighth and final season of Game of Thrones, with the knighting of Brienne of Tarth.

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Twelve Days of Dragons: what I’m looking forward to in House of the Dragon


As this profoundly crummy year crawls to a close I’ve been struggling to get into any sort of holiday spirit. Then the recent House of the Dragon casting announcements were released and they gave me a much-needed energy boost and the inspiration to write up a list of things I would do if I were in charge of the show I’m hoping for in HOTD in a … vaguely holiday-ish manner.

Potential spoilers for HOTD, I guess? The spoiler policy is kind of weird for this show. 

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Learn the art of Water Dancing with Game of Thrones star Miltos Yerolemou!


Boy, did I miss being able to catch up with all of you at Con of Thrones. As I’m sure many of you will agree, skipping 2020 was tough (as necessary as it was due to… you know, the worldwide pandemic.) But — don’t fret! Before conventions can return safely, Watchers on the Wall is happy to announce Con of Thrones has a nice treat for all of you: virtual Water Dancing workshops with Miltos Yerolemou! Yes, the First Sword of Braavos himself.

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