There are a bunch of Game of Thrones tidbits floating around the internet in the wake of the release of The World of Ice and Fire and some of the other projects the cast is involved in. Here’s some of our favorites this week around the web.
Minor spoilery things below, so if you want to stay completely unsullied for the next season, proceed with caution.
George R. R. Martin Interview with Al Jazeera America
GRRM himself sat down with Al Jazeera America to chat about Westeros, war, and adapting his series for the screen.
Can you describe that sort of burning passion to create such a sophisticated and complex project of “Game of Thrones” and “Song of Ice and Fire” and what it takes?
In some ways, it came out of my 10 years in Hollywood. And there was a real pattern to how my scripts were received in Hollywood. Every time I would turn in a first draft, the producers would say to me, “George, this is great. We love it. But it’s, like, five times our budget. Could you please cut these 107 characters down to six? And, you know, this giant battle you have at the end with 100,000 people? Could you make that a duel between the hero and the villain?”
I was a notorious budget buster. So they liked my work, but they always had to rein me in. So you do a lot of rewriting in Hollywood. But after doing that for 10 years, I was sick of doing that. I did it because it was my job, but I always preferred the first-draft scripts, the ones where I just threw in everything I could think of, the ones that were big and rich and expansive. So when in the mid-’90s I’d decided it was time for me to return to writing novels,writing prose, which had always been my first love, I said, “Well, this is great. I’m writing books again. I don’t have to worry about a budget. I don’t have to worry about a shooting schedule. I can make this just as big as my imagination. And I’m going to make this big. I’m going to make this epic. I’m going to have giant castles and battles and dragons and direwolves and a cast of hundreds or maybe thousands.”
In addition to the interview, there is also a really great companion article that delves more deeply into the A Song of Ice and Fire series and how it relates to contemporary politics. It’s a good read with some really spot on analysis of the series.
Natalie Dormer on Conan
Fresh off her press tour for the latest Hunger Games movie, Natalie Dormer appeared on Conan. The video below is the portion of their chat focused on Thrones. Unsullied beware, there’s a little discussion about her character’s progression for next season.
Finally, we’ve got a Game of Thrones production blog update from Dave Hill:
Day 47: Dragons are ornery creatures. Some days, no matter how hard you coax them, they just continue to not exist. On those days, our props department calls down fire and blood with a four-headed blowtorch. Like today. Did our Brian McGraw – a stand-by chargehand prop in the Dragon Unit – ever look down at the bones and earth he was scorching and silently roar, imagining his protective suit as scales and the fuel rig on his back as wings?
Probably not. He was busy enough trying not to cook his legs. Or anything else down there.