George R.R. Martin reacts to Westworld GoT cameo backlash: “It was just a bit of fun”

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As we reported on this past Monday, the above-pictured key Game of Thrones players—showrunners Benioff and Weiss, and starring dragon Drogon— made an amusing little cameo in Westworld’s latest episode. Then this corner of the internet kind of exploded with reactions ranging from the intended laughter to befuddlement or even anger.

Thankfully, A Song of Ice and Fire author George R.R. Martin is here to bring some much-needed perspective to this whole thing…

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Westworld creator explains Benioff, Weiss and [redacted]’s cameo in episode 2

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Those of us who are fans of both Game of Thrones and Westworld got an extra-meta treat in  Westworld’s latest episode last night. Though it was no secret that Game of Thrones‘ showrunners, David Benioff and D.B Weiss would appear briefly in season 3 of Westworld, their cameo turned out to have a lot more bite than fans were expecting *laughs punnily*

**Mild spoilers for episode 2 of season 3 of Westworld**

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The Wildefell Wolves Join the Con of Thrones Special Guest Lineup!

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We may be dreaming of spring,  but today, it’s a time for wolves. We’re thrilled to announce to fans everywhere that the Tennessee-based Wildefell Wolves are returning for a second year to Con of Thrones.

Con of Thrones, the premier convention for fans of Game of Thrones, A Song of Ice and Fire, and the epic worlds of fantasy author George R. R. Martin, will take place July 17-19, 2020, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL. Wildefell Wolves will bring four of their highly trained wolfdog ambassadors to the con and, joining for the first time, their trained crow, Pan. The animals will participate in photograph experiences with attendees throughout the weekend. Photograph experiences are on sale now.

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George R.R. Martin is ‘spending lots of time’ in Westeros; Tormund Giantsbane confronts COVID-19

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Martin is, apparently, riding out the coronavirus in Westeros…interesting!

I suppose you can find a silver lining in everything, and in the case of COVID-19 shutting down large swaths of the world, it’s that A Song of Ice and Fire author George R.R. Martin is apparently spending a lot of time in Westeros — good news for those of us waiting for The Winds of Winter, perhaps?

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GoT Round up: Jack Gleeson returns to acting, Benioff and Weiss set to cameo in Westworld and more!

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The King has returned! It’s been announced that Jack Gleeson is returning to television for the first time since Joffrey bit the dust in 2014 and that David Benioff and D.B Weiss will be appearing in Westworld season 3! In interviews Sophie Turner reflects on the legacy of Game of Thrones and Emilia Clarke reveals the Targaryen themed Christmas gift her brother “acquired” for her.

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Max von Sydow, the Three-Eyed Raven, passes away at the age of 90

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We have sad news for the Game of Thrones fandom and film fans around the world today. Legendary actor Max von Sydow passed away yesterday at the age of 90, according to his family.

He made a lasting impression on GoT fans in 2016 with his performance as the Three-Eyed Raven, Bran’s mystical mentor beyond the Wall in season 6. The actor earned an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series for his role.

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Doing Justice to Helaena Targaryen and the Women of Westeros – a House of the Dragon video essay

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I’m looking forward to House of the Dragon. The turbulent, fascinating history of the Targaryen family is sure to make for excellent drama. However, there’s one thing I want most from the show: justice for Helaena Targaryen, a fairly minor character in the Dance of the Dragons who I find to be emblematic of some of A Song of Ice and Fire‘s most problematic tropes.

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HBO moves on from Game of Thrones’ Belfast Titanic Studios for future projects; where will House of the Dragon land?

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For a decade, Game of Thrones had its headquarters at Titanic Studios, in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Most of what wasn’t filmed on location was shot in there, and it was the nexus of the entire production. Even the now cancelled Long Night-set prequel pilot was shot there. For more than ten years, Titanic Studios has meant Game of Thrones.

No longer.

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From the Maester’s Desk – House of the Dragon’s Potential for Expansion and Diversity

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“Fire Can Not Kill A Dragon” by ertacaltinoz.

“This is going to be the whitest show on television”. That was the gist of many reactions I saw across the web when HBO confirmed that the “Age of Heroes” prequel wasn’t getting picked up, moving forward instead with a series based on George R.R. Martin’s FIRE & BLOOD.

And it’s not an unwarranted reaction. As we fans know, Game of Thrones had a number of controversies during its 8-season run. Some I feel were quite overblown (such as the “Starbucks cup” or Jon not petting Ghost after the Battle of Winterfell), but other grievances people had with the show were understandable, and one of those was the lack of representation when it comes to people of color.

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Game of Thrones Season 8 Alternate Endings Debunked by Maisie Williams

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It’s been a rumor before the final season of Game of Thrones even began filming: “they’ll shoot alternate finale scenes so the real ending doesn’t leak!” There wasn’t much reason to believe this, but showrunner David Benioff added fuel to the flames by implying as much, and a few cast members said it outright–though, as it turns out, they were either misdirecting the press for fun or misinformed themselves. Whatever their reasons, if there were still any doubts, Maisie Williams is here to put them to rest.

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