Ask GRRM about Game of Thrones
By Winter Is Coming on in Events.

George R. R. Martin is currently in Melbourne, Australia right now, where he will be attending AussieCon4 which is also this year’s WorldCon. On Sept 3, he plans to hold a question and answer session specifically about Game of Thrones. Alas, he has informed us that he doesn’t have any images or footage to share, but he is willing to answer many questions that fans may have about his involvement in the series.

Have a burning question you’d like to ask GRRM about Thrones but can’t make it to Australia? Never fear! WiC reader and aspiring actor Jake Stormoen will be attending the Q&A and has agreed to ask some questions of GRRM on our behalf. So what questions would you like to ask? Post them in the comments and we will select the best 2-3 questions and give them to Jake. Hopefully he will get a chance to ask them and will be able to report back with the answers!

(Let’s keep the questions Thrones-related. If you have some questions that relate to the book series, head over to Westeros where they are taking book-related submissions.)


125 Comments

  1. Winter Is Coming
    Posted August 25, 2010 at 12:20 pm | Permalink

    I’ll start things off with this one, which I’ve been wondering about since they first started the project:

    Have you revealed to Benioff & Weiss any of the big secrets of the book series to aid in their development of the show?

  2. Crotalidian
    Posted August 25, 2010 at 12:23 pm | Permalink

    Which Character was the most difficult to bring to the screen and cast for ?

  3. Ktulu
    Posted August 25, 2010 at 12:24 pm | Permalink

    Book 5, when?

  4. winterqueen
    Posted August 25, 2010 at 12:25 pm | Permalink

    What scene/s from AGOT are you most looking forward to seeing portrayed on TV?

  5. dizzy_34
    Posted August 25, 2010 at 12:28 pm | Permalink

    Winter Is Coming,

    Ah, that’s a good one.
    Too bad it’s all Thrones related because I’d ask him if he thinks Rex Ryan is jackass. (which he is IMHO)

  6. tek
    Posted August 25, 2010 at 12:29 pm | Permalink

    Winter Is Coming,

    second that one!

  7. Jonathan Eigen
    Posted August 25, 2010 at 12:35 pm | Permalink

    Question:

    There are quite a few strong book adaptations on TV at the moment, True Blood, Dexter to name a couple. Are you concerned that the HBO series may go the route of Dexter and after hewing closely to the book in the first season, deviate entirely into completely different storylines.

  8. dizzy_34
    Posted August 25, 2010 at 12:35 pm | Permalink

    Will we actually see some of the scenes that were just described in another POV from the books?

  9. Richter
    Posted August 25, 2010 at 12:37 pm | Permalink

    Dear Mr. Martin,

    will the reminiscences of Jaime and Ned, or people telling stories be transcribed as flashbacks? If so, how much are you involved in designing the scenery in said flashbacks?

    Thank you.

  10. Nymeria
    Posted August 25, 2010 at 12:45 pm | Permalink

    To what extent are you consulted when it comes to the content of dialogues and scenes that weren’t in the book to make sure it doesn’t create inconsistencies with what you have in store for the rest of the series?

    (Maybe this could be combined with you question WiC…)

  11. Nymeria
    Posted August 25, 2010 at 12:47 pm | Permalink

    I should have asid, I really like your question WiC as well as Richter’s (are there gonna be flashbacks??? Will we see Lyanna? Rheagar? The Tower of Joy?)

  12. Damryn of Dorne
    Posted August 25, 2010 at 12:56 pm | Permalink

    How is your health?

  13. TPFKA Thoros of Myr
    Posted August 25, 2010 at 12:56 pm | Permalink

    Looking back on the work done so far, what has so far been you biggest surprises in the production? What has been your biggest regrets? What has been your most pleasant surprises?

  14. Kallaquasar
    Posted August 25, 2010 at 12:58 pm | Permalink

    Given people’s reactions to A Feast For Crows being divided into two parts, will the writers of the show be rearranging the POV’s from seasons four and five (bringing some forward a season and pushing some back) so as not to have fans freak out about their favorite characters not making a single appearance in season four? There’s got to be some way to finagle the chronology so I can have Bran and Dany.

  15. Maester Bob
    Posted August 25, 2010 at 1:00 pm | Permalink

    Winter Is Coming,

    I second this question.

    And, will we see many B@@bs? JK

  16. Maester Bob
    Posted August 25, 2010 at 1:01 pm | Permalink

    Maester Bob,

    WiC’s original question, that is.

  17. Tripp
    Posted August 25, 2010 at 1:05 pm | Permalink

    On the Dothraki language:

    HBO has hired David Peterson to fill out the language. He seems like he’s doing really good work. George has admitted languages aren’t his thing. Any chance he would take advantage of this new resource while writing the remaining books, so that everything matches up? I’m sure David would be happy to fly out to see George and say “well, if you want to say ‘sea monster’ it would probably be something like this”.

  18. Grinbomb
    Posted August 25, 2010 at 1:06 pm | Permalink

    This came up a bit yesterday : The books focus quite a bit on the younger characters. For the TV adaption has the focus of the series gone more towards the adult actors in order to apeal more to an adult audience and take advantage of the talented well known adult actors in the cast?

    Not

    Not

  19. Brian
    Posted August 25, 2010 at 1:06 pm | Permalink

    Hilarious. Best question EVER

  20. OldGran
    Posted August 25, 2010 at 1:07 pm | Permalink

    do you have any plans to do a cameo appearance in any of the HBO episodes?

  21. Brian
    Posted August 25, 2010 at 1:07 pm | Permalink

    Brian,

    Hilarious. Best Question EVER, Damryn

  22. Craig
    Posted August 25, 2010 at 1:19 pm | Permalink

    What is being cut out of this first season that, if you had final say, would be included.

  23. The Dude
    Posted August 25, 2010 at 1:21 pm | Permalink

    Damryn of Dorne: How is your health?    

    Haha, seriously, best question so far.

  24. David Tysklind
    Posted August 25, 2010 at 1:26 pm | Permalink

    Will Walder Frey and Roose Bolton appear in season 1?

  25. clumsy_plumsy
    Posted August 25, 2010 at 1:28 pm | Permalink

    I don’t have much to add except to say these are some really excellent questions, and a reminder to bring a bunch of back-up questions in case your top choices get answered before your turn.

  26. Kelsey Catherine Schmitz
    Posted August 25, 2010 at 1:32 pm | Permalink

    Grinbomb,

    I like this question. I for one hope they DON’T start focusing more on the adults than the kids. I don’t think adults only relate to adults. We read the series, which contains P.O.V.’s of mostly kids, that face amazing and horrifying things.

    Children feel and imagine so much more honestly than adults do. I for one love this series because of its child characters!

  27. Paintknight
    Posted August 25, 2010 at 1:42 pm | Permalink

    As we all look forward to the series with massive amounts of enthusiasm, and we hear more and more details, it makes us wonder about the next books. Now, this is not a question as to the actual releases of the forthcoming books, but merely if the contract is for the whole series of books through the seventh and if / what the plans are to sync the books that aren’t out yet with the latter seasons of the show? (Thank you for your consideration and please note that this is not a “When’s the next book coming out?” question. Take your time, quality is everything). Thanks again!

  28. ogebaba
    Posted August 25, 2010 at 1:45 pm | Permalink

    A very large portion of the great dialog that you have written are the main characters internal thoughts and in some cases just flat out could not be said out loud on screen with out the the story drastically changing how is this going to be addressed

    pleas tell me all those great lines are not going to be cut

  29. ogebaba
    Posted August 25, 2010 at 1:50 pm | Permalink

    sorry for the double post.

    but I forgot to ask if GRRM is going use the one episode per season that he rights as and opportunity to add scenes and tell us more of the story

  30. :jimmy :jaymes
    Posted August 25, 2010 at 1:50 pm | Permalink

    You have some amazing character arcs in The Song of Ice and Fire.

    My internal reader’s commentary regarding Jaime comes to mind, “I hate this guy. . . Whoa is Jaime getting a conscience? . . . Jaime’s being cool now.”

    Did you plan out some of these arcs from the get go,
    or did they just happen naturally as the story progressed?

  31. Mavis
    Posted August 25, 2010 at 1:52 pm | Permalink

    Grinbomb,

    In AGOT, even though there are the POV of the kids, most of the action is focused on the adults. The first Bran chapter, the books entire focus is on Bran. In the show, he will become a backround participant, with Ned being the primary focus. Also, at the tourney, Sansa will be regulated to the backround. The events of the tourney will show through. When Bran rides dancer for the first time. That whole scene, he might only have 2 lines. (I could keep going on here)

    It really isnt until Season 2 that the kids will have to hold their own story lines. (well, except for Arya…she does have a few scenes towards the end of season 1 that she is going to have to hold on her own)

  32. Nikoleo
    Posted August 25, 2010 at 2:09 pm | Permalink

    Mavis,

    when can we expect the next teaser or trailer?

  33. m4st4
    Posted August 25, 2010 at 2:17 pm | Permalink

    In your opinion, George (I feel like a silly little fan girl right now, and I like it, even though my question WILL NOT be taken :P )…given the current ”GOT” hype, your inside knowledge of what-goes-where inside HBO department, seeing the audition tapes, actors (…) could we expect that second season, war of five kings, etc.? Thank you, George :P

  34. Nymeria
    Posted August 25, 2010 at 2:25 pm | Permalink

    Kallaquasar: Given people’s reactions to A Feast For Crows being divided into two parts, will the writers of the show be rearranging the POV’s from seasons four and five (bringing some forward a season and pushing some back) so as not to have fans freak out about their favorite characters not making a single appearance in season four?There’s got to be some way to finagle the chronology so I can have Bran and Dany.    

    I thought this question had already been answered and that yes, the 2 books would be merged to follow a chronological order of event, but whether it would make an extended season or 2 seasons remains to be determined. Can anyone confirm?

    Jonathan Eigen: Question:There are quite a few strong book adaptations on TV at the moment,True Blood, Dexter to name a couple.Are you concerned that the HBO series may go the route of Dexter and after hewing closely to the book in the first season, deviate entirely into completely different storylines.    

    No offense intended, but I don’t think this question has a lot of value since we can pretty much figure GRRM’s answer will probably be something like “of course I’m worried about how my babies are handled and that’s why I waited for the good people and the good media to come up before I sold the rights, but for now, D&D and HBO showed nothing but the utmost respect to the original material and I can only hope this respectful relation will endure for the next seasons, if there are any.”

    Tripp: On the Dothraki language:HBO has hired David Peterson to fill out the language.He seems like he’s doing really good work.George has admitted languages aren’t his thing.Any chance he would take advantage of this new resource while writing the remaining books, so that everything matches up?I’m sure David would be happy to fly out to see George and say “well, if you want to say ‘sea monster’ it would probably be something like this”.    

    I could be wrong, but didn’t GRRM already talk about this somewhere after the announcement of the language creation?

    OldGran: do you have any plans to do a cameo appearance in any of the HBO episodes?    

    GRRM did have a cameo in the pilot, and we figured it was at the Winterfell feast. But we could ask if it will still be included given the reshoots, or if another cameo appearance is planned while he’ll be on set in October…

  35. mcguffin1899
    Posted August 25, 2010 at 2:51 pm | Permalink

    What are the producers’ plans for the ‘Walt’-ification of the child actors in GOT?

    And when you turned in your first draft of your particular script, did you get any notes and what were they ;p

    (I could see a note saying: you just don’t understand the source material at all)

  36. Ingemar Svensson
    Posted August 25, 2010 at 2:54 pm | Permalink

    My question would be:

    There is a lot of insight that is gained from the internal thoughts of the POV characters in the books and this could be difficult to translate into the TV format. Do you think there is a risk that some of the motivation behind a characters actions will get lost in translation and how is this problem being handled when scripting the series?

  37. ogebaba
    Posted August 25, 2010 at 3:08 pm | Permalink

    Ingemar Svensson,

    yeah what he said :)

  38. Raynette Schroeder
    Posted August 25, 2010 at 3:14 pm | Permalink

    Ingemar Svensson,

    I second Ingemar’s and WiC’s questions.

  39. Chris
    Posted August 25, 2010 at 3:17 pm | Permalink

    Which one of your characters are you most excited to see brought to life?

    Which one are you most apprehensive about?

    etc.

  40. Mongerel
    Posted August 25, 2010 at 3:34 pm | Permalink

    Would you ever consider releasing some scenes that, once written, did not make it into the published book(s)?

  41. Josh Parker
    Posted August 25, 2010 at 3:54 pm | Permalink

    David Tysklind,

    Seconded, and add to that Rickard Karstark and Maege Mormont.

  42. Crystal Sky
    Posted August 25, 2010 at 3:56 pm | Permalink

    I have a few questions! But perhaps some of these have already been answered (if so please let me know).

    What is GRRM’s position vis-a-vis the scriptwriting process. Does he get to see every script before approval? And is his input considered final (like a seal of approval) or just a ‘friendly suggestion’?

    Will any of the GoT dreams make it to the screen (e.g. Bran’s crow dialogue, Ned’s dreams)?

    The book is written mostly from a Stark perspective. The removal of PoVs means we’re going to see much more of Robert, Cersei, Jaime, Littlefinger and others (I assume so)? And if yes, do they consult GRRM about the changes (this goes back to the first question)?

    And finally: will the crows talk???

  43. Isaac Moyer
    Posted August 25, 2010 at 4:03 pm | Permalink

    I’m voting for the question about whether or not flashbacks (Lyanna, Rhaegar, Tower of Joy, Jaime on the throne, etc.) will be depicted on screen.

  44. goodie
    Posted August 25, 2010 at 4:34 pm | Permalink

    Question:

    does the fact that upcoming books also are going to be adapted have an impact on you current wrighting, would you for example leave soms scenes out that would be to expensive or to difficult to film? (large scale battles,…)

  45. humusTaster
    Posted August 25, 2010 at 5:11 pm | Permalink

    A great question, I also would like to know how the filming is impacting GRRM writing.
    goodie,

  46. Brian
    Posted August 25, 2010 at 5:39 pm | Permalink

    The way the books are written, the very personal character arcs fit naturally to television. I’m wondering about the fantastical element to ASOIAF. When David and Dan contacted you to pitch the idea of a HBO series, how did they propose keeping the epic scale and maintaining a believable world?

    Will we still see castles big enough to hold old growth forests, continent-wide walls of ice? How do they intend to make the filmed version Westeros feel lived in, with noble houses ruling for centuries and millenium of history, conflict and lore?

    (the nerd in me also wonders how the sense of time will play out, with the movement of armys and raven-gossip and such :) )

  47. Hodor
    Posted August 25, 2010 at 5:47 pm | Permalink

    I love the question: Is scripting 1 episode = opportunity to add/change scenes?

    my own:
    Any arrangement on (re)naming the others seasons?

    I bet he would answer just ‘Yes’. I think it would be quite awesome if season 1 end with: “To be continue in [no 'a'] Clash of Kings”. The old James Bond used to do that, no?

  48. JackSparrow
    Posted August 25, 2010 at 5:58 pm | Permalink

    mcguffin1899: And when you turned in your first draft of your particular script, did you get any notes and what were they

    I was thinking of something along these lines; GRRM never mentioned whether he wrote a second draft of his script. Did he? Or did the producers just do any alterations themselves?

  49. DigDoug
    Posted August 25, 2010 at 6:03 pm | Permalink

    I have a question: what would you like to see portrayed on the screen that you didn’t or couldn’t fit onto the pages of the book?

  50. ogebaba
    Posted August 25, 2010 at 6:06 pm | Permalink

    which one of the actors on the show is closest to your mental image of the character they play on a purely physical basis?

    which actor where you happiest to get on the show?

    what part of the book will the episode your writing cover?

  51. Zack
    Posted August 25, 2010 at 6:36 pm | Permalink

    My favorite questions so far are WiC’s, Nymeria’s, and Ingemar Svensson’s. As far as mcguffin’s question, I don’t feel as though that will be as big an issue as it was in Lost, where they only spent a few months on the island. In GoT, months and years often pass in between PoV chapters. The characters *have* aged a number of years by the point we’re at now. Why shouldn’t they look it?

  52. Zack
    Posted August 25, 2010 at 6:46 pm | Permalink

    goodie’s question is another one I’ve mused quite a bit over, myself. I remember reading something Martin had said about how freeing it was to write ASoIaF on such an epic scale, not having to worry about the constraints of film/TV budgets and such. And now that his work is being adapted after all (LOL), is he struggling with having to condense his past work, and considering doing the same to the future books?

  53. Avalanche3319
    Posted August 25, 2010 at 6:49 pm | Permalink

    Zack,

    I thought of this as well and really hope the series doesnt impact his writing style. I’d hate to see him “tone down” the grand scale of the books to accomidate a season of television that, lets be honest, quite possibly won’t even make it that far.

  54. Eos
    Posted August 25, 2010 at 6:51 pm | Permalink

    Did the filmmakers seek to make the series look realistic in terms of costumography and scenography (by that I mean did they base the lot on historical architecture and medieval clothing)? And – how close do this elements come to your ideas?

    I’ve always wondered if they would make the characters’ appearances unique, with a touch of fantasy, or go for the safer, easier reproduction of medieval styles.

    (sorry if this has already been explained)

  55. Bad Dan
    Posted August 25, 2010 at 7:37 pm | Permalink

    Question:
    Will you Martin, be appearing in one of the episodes in the form of trivial extra, and if so, could you comment on what the part may be? (Shopkeeper, deadguy, guy about to be dead, etc)

  56. Tysnow
    Posted August 25, 2010 at 8:04 pm | Permalink

    I was wondering Mr. Martin if the actors and their interpretation of your characters will possibly influence how you write them (at least the ones that survive) in the final books and if you somehow become more attached to a particular character because of the actors portrayal that it may influence the original outcome you had in mind (for that character).
    My early votes go to WiC’s and Ingemar’s.

  57. Anachronite
    Posted August 25, 2010 at 8:56 pm | Permalink

    considering your one big mac away from a coronary crash, when will books 6 and 7 be done?

  58. OldGran
    Posted August 25, 2010 at 9:11 pm | Permalink

    GRRM,
    If you smoke. Quit. Stay away from white flour,sugar, transfats. Eat lots of greens,veggies and fruits. Organic whenever possible. If you eat meat make sure its organic and grass fed. You can have wine with dinner, but don’t over do the alcohol. Get plenty of exercise, workout with a personal trainer, she can be young and beautiful if you like. The point is, take good care of yourself, we want you around for a long, long time. We will pray for your continued good health and safe travel.

  59. Persephone88
    Posted August 25, 2010 at 9:43 pm | Permalink

    Anachronite: considering your one big mac away from a coronary crash, when will books 6 and 7 be done?  Quote  Reply

    What a sucky comment.

  60. Grinbomb
    Posted August 25, 2010 at 9:57 pm | Permalink

    Mavis,

    Yes, that did cross my mind. And was was going to put it on my post but I was using my I-pod for the post and the zoom function kept messing me up so I just said ‘the hell with it’ and posted what I had so far, which is the reason for the weird ending and spacing at the end.

    If we get a second season (*fingers crossed*) and further this may be something they will or have already thought of, but the second reason I asked it is the leaked script of the pilot has about three or four little scenes added, I as I remember they all center around the adult characters. Now I know I shouldn’t really judge how HBO may make a 10 episode season or a 7 or so season series based on just this especially give the number of different writers, but I see this as a very real possibility.

    Now I know most of us here all want the TV adaption to follow the books as closely as possible, but we are fans (fan being derived from the word ‘fanatic’) so HBO pretty much knows many of us will watch the series, however they are going to try to appeal to a much larger adult audience. As you said this won’t be much of a deal for season 1, but if we’re lucky enough to get more we may have to be prepared to see the world of Westeros from a few different viewpoints.

  61. Grinbomb
    Posted August 25, 2010 at 10:01 pm | Permalink

    Tysnow,

    Maybe someone else can back me up on this, but I swear I read somewhere GRRM said something about how when they cast Natalia Tena as Osha that she was nothing like what he had originally thought of Osha as, but that her character may change in the remaining books because of her charisma and personally.

  62. Charis Bennie
    Posted August 25, 2010 at 10:43 pm | Permalink

    Is there any chance of George doing a meet and greet in Melbourne outside of the Worldcon Convention? I can’t afford to go but I would so LOVE to get to meet him *cries*

  63. Lil'Black'Cat
    Posted August 25, 2010 at 11:20 pm | Permalink

    1) Will there be any new content? As in adding something to the plot that did work in book format?

    2) Will there be any Internet content like BSG or Lost?

  64. Josh Parker
    Posted August 25, 2010 at 11:45 pm | Permalink

    Lil’Black’Cat,

    The answer to the first question is a definite yes.

  65. Maester_Tcost
    Posted August 26, 2010 at 12:29 am | Permalink

    Either George will live to finish the series, or he won’t. These hectoring questions about his health are at best disrespectful and frankly approach being insulting.

  66. Lord Ned's Head
    Posted August 26, 2010 at 1:25 am | Permalink

    I’d ask him if there was any scene or scenes alluded to in the books (not a flashback, but action that takes place entirely off the page) that he would like to see get put into the series. Were there any cuts that he flet didn’t work on the page that might fare better on the screen? I have no idea if GRRM ever thought or tried to include any of these scenes, but examples might be more of the Benjen beyond the Wall story, Varys and Illyrio communicating more, Arya alone and afraid after the debacle with Joff on the way to Winterfell, and finally and most importantly (imo), what really happens to Syrio after Arya splits! I realize that for suspense reasons they don’t want ot give too much of the story away, but by abandoning the PoV structure of the books, GRRM might get the ability (through D&D) to add some crucial elements to the plot that he was unable to include without creating entirely new one chapter PoVs. Are there any he would care to include or even talk about?

  67. books on time 4 show
    Posted August 26, 2010 at 1:56 am | Permalink

    George, hopefully Game of Throne will be loved by many fans, gets good credits, millions of people watch the show and HBO decides to keep ist and goes for the next season, and the next… and next… and next.
    Let’s say every year one season, every season is supposed to show one book.

    2011 – 1 season
    2012 – 2 season
    2013 – 3 season
    2014 – 4 season
    —-
    2015 – 5 season
    2016 – 6 season
    2017 – 7 season

    Let’s be a little optimistic, and say you finish this year A Dance with Dragons or at the beginning of next year to make it easier. So HBO has material for the 5 season and you have time till 2015, when they want to show the next season. Last time it took you also 5/6 years (up to now) this means you have only 4 AND if you make it in 4 and not less you only have 1 year for the last book.

    Do you think it will work out? Will HBO get material for the show on time?

  68. Lil'Black'Cat
    Posted August 26, 2010 at 1:58 am | Permalink

    Josh Parker,

    Any specifics?

  69. The Rabbit
    Posted August 26, 2010 at 3:26 am | Permalink

    Hi all:)

    Have not got too much time and do not know exactly how to articulate in english, someone could help, though :)

    I am very curious about art-visual look of the series.
    Did the producers/art directors consult GRRM about that matter (for example : the look of the Wall, Winerfell, Red Keep etc..).?
    Or some of the ideas and concepts by ASOIAF related artists will be used as a template?
    Did he saw a little bit of that and what does think of it?

    That would be all, I think…beach, sea and sun are waiting for me.

    bye, bye :)

  70. Manley
    Posted August 26, 2010 at 5:14 am | Permalink

    ogebaba: which one of the actors on the show is closest to your mental image of the character they play on a purely physical basis?    

    Really like that question

    I’m wondering how organic Westeros feels in GoT. I felt that a lot of the drama in the books is aided by the simple distances (or lack of) between people involved, and with so many characters in so many different locations at once. Did the writers find it difficult to establish the world as a whole so that these points of drama could exist? Its easy enough to skip to the map when reading the book to heighten the experience, but id hate for newcomers to the series to miss out on such a beautiful world, and especially on the excitement of where battles are happening, and the fun of charting the course of wayward characters

    apologies if GRRM has commented on this before and ive missed it

  71. Knurk
    Posted August 26, 2010 at 6:20 am | Permalink

    books on time 4 show,

    That question was raised a lot in the beginning right after the pick-up. I think it’s too premature to ask this question now. Two solutions thoguh: HBO does 1 season per one year and a half. Or, if the show is that succesful to go to season 6, HBO is willing to do whatever the hell the creators want, see the one year gaps of the Sopranos and Larry David show. It was frustrating with the Sopranos, but we fans are used to waiting…

  72. Winter Is Coming
    Posted August 26, 2010 at 6:33 am | Permalink

    A lot of great questions. It is going to be hard to narrow them down to just a few. Keep ‘em coming though!

  73. Caedes
    Posted August 26, 2010 at 6:59 am | Permalink

    What is the range of your power as father of the creature over the final result?
    Recently we’ve been able to see how “Pillars of the Earth” is taken only as guideline is his adaptation to TV. Major plot twist were added or removed from the original, yet we could see Ken Follett himself on the set, so it couldn’t be a surprise for him. What would you do in that case?
    Has secured the HBO rights for all the books, even those yet to be published?

  74. Jack Napier
    Posted August 26, 2010 at 7:42 am | Permalink

    When will you get finally sick of all the people demanding you to write, burn the manuscripts and enter the witness protection program after changing identity?

  75. Crystal Sky
    Posted August 26, 2010 at 7:42 am | Permalink

    Maester_Tcost: Either George will live to finish the series, or he won’t.These hectoring questions about his health are at best disrespectful and frankly approach being insulting.    

    It’s amazing how disrespectful and rude some people become on the internet. I wonder how many would actually dare ask that to GRRM face to face.

    I must say, fame is a tricky thing. It gives some people the impression that they are entitled to do anything and invade someone’s personal life with nonchalance.

    Please before posting such things think how would YOU feel if people kept asking about your health and made implications that you might die soon.

  76. Marina Dessa
    Posted August 26, 2010 at 8:06 am | Permalink

    Flashback question is most important. I vote for flashback question.

  77. Knurk
    Posted August 26, 2010 at 8:37 am | Permalink

    Jack Napier,

    Gheh, that one should definately be on the list!

  78. Daenerys D
    Posted August 26, 2010 at 9:10 am | Permalink

    Flashback

  79. Chris
    Posted August 26, 2010 at 9:17 am | Permalink

    There are several potentially major story elements that remain unrevealed all the way throught AFFC, like the Reeds’ discussion of Jon’s parentage. Yet these are parts of the landscape that could impact how the story is told from the very start. Is GRRM discussing his plans for as yet unrevealed future story twists, or previously unseen revelations about story twists that have already happened, to make sure everything hangs together? Has he revealed to the producers some routes he’ll be taking the story in the books just to make sure the TV series doesn’t cut any of those routes off?

  80. Mouk
    Posted August 26, 2010 at 9:18 am | Permalink

    Will George be Tormund in later seasons?

    I really like the questions about the adaptation of the inner thoughts of the characters and the loss of the distance sensation between them.

  81. Nymeria
    Posted August 26, 2010 at 9:36 am | Permalink

    Lots of good questions, but actually, I think a lot of them pertain to the same matter so we could kind of merge them.

    I thought of another one this morning that was kins of hinted at by another poster asking about GRRM’s script:

    Have you seen the other scripts? Did D&D ask for your input? How comfortable/satisfied/surprised were you with them and the level of deviation from the book?

  82. murdertron3000
    Posted August 26, 2010 at 11:01 am | Permalink

    I would like to ask if there is anything he has learned in the interim between his previous foray into television and this one that he feels might help him with Game of Thrones.

    Thanks for doing this, btw!

  83. shadallion
    Posted August 26, 2010 at 11:22 am | Permalink

    “Do you think Brienne needs to be cast as a huge, ugly girl, the way she was written, or would it be okay to have her be just an athletic actress who is medium-looking at worst?”

  84. Ashli
    Posted August 26, 2010 at 11:32 am | Permalink

    books on time 4 show: Do you think it will work out? Will HBO get material for the show on time?    

    I’m almost positive that I’ve read somewhere that book 3 will be split into two seasons. If ADwD is about as long (which IIRC it’s looking to be close), that might get split too. So that adds an extra two years.

  85. Ashli
    Posted August 26, 2010 at 11:35 am | Permalink

    Knurk: books on time 4 show,
    That question was raised a lot in the beginning right after the pick-up. I think it’s too premature to ask this question now. Two solutions thoguh: HBO does 1 season per one year and a half. Or, if the show is that succesful to go to season 6, HBO is willing to do whatever the hell the creators want, see the one year gaps of the Sopranos and Larry David show. It was frustrating with the Sopranos, but we fans are used to waiting…    

    This is something else I was thinking. HBO doesn’t have a conventional “Show X starts in the second week of September” schedule. They schedule their shows kind of haphazardly, but it works!

  86. Jackie MacPherson
    Posted August 26, 2010 at 11:43 am | Permalink

    What so far regards the entire production has made you:

    the happiest,
    the saddest,
    and the most frustrated?

  87. Mouk
    Posted August 26, 2010 at 12:09 pm | Permalink

    This is more a fan question to add some interest rather than a question to Martin (and it’s also a spoiler i you haven’t read the third book): did they cast a Mance Rayder for the banquet at Winterfell? I mean, are they going to put a bard who’s going to be Mance in next seasons; or will they omit that part?

  88. GameOfThronesJoe
    Posted August 26, 2010 at 12:33 pm | Permalink

    Mouk: This is more a fan question to add some interest rather than a question to Martin (and it’s also a spoiler i you haven’t read the third book): did they cast a Mance Rayder for the banquet at Winterfell? I mean, are they going to put a bard who’s going to be Mance in next seasons; or will they omit that part?    

    Good question! I definitely have an interest in that one. :)

  89. winterqueen
    Posted August 26, 2010 at 12:59 pm | Permalink

    I would like to add that GRRM has stated on his not a blog that Season 1 will be very faithful to book 1. It’s ACOK and the following books that will be tricky to film for the series.

    Here’s a question I would ask GRRM

    Is there a character/s you want to appear earlier in the series than they originally appeared in the books?

    We know some characters are getting delayed (the Tullys into S2) but it would be interesting to see certain characters earlier.

    Here’s one example just off the top of my head-
    Maybe showing Dorne earlier in the series than in the book? Showing Princess Myrcella when she first arrives in Dorne. That way we could meet Prince Oberyn, Prince Doran and Princess Arianne earlier so we get a feel for what they are up and how much they hate the Lannisters.

    All the Dorne haters be nice! I am just using the Dornish characters as an example.

  90. Nymeria
    Posted August 26, 2010 at 1:37 pm | Permalink

    Jackie MacPherson: What so far regards the entire production has made you:the happiest,
    the saddest,
    and the most frustrated?    

    LOL I bet his answers would be

    the happiest: Shae’s auditions
    the saddest: Tamzin Merchant’s departure
    the most frustrated: not being able to be more involved for lack of time

  91. Nymeria
    Posted August 26, 2010 at 1:42 pm | Permalink

    Mouk: This is more a fan question to add some interest rather than a question to Martin (and it’s also a spoiler i you haven’t read the third book): did they cast a Mance Rayder for the banquet at Winterfell? I mean, are they going to put a bard who’s going to be Mance in next seasons; or will they omit that part?    

    IIRC, when GRRM visited the set last fall, he said he was pleasantly surprised when D&D showed him an element they had included to foreshadow a later element of the story and WiC or somebody else here speculated it was the inclusion of Mance at the feast, let’s say with a hood that hid his face ’cause he hasn’t been cast yet.

  92. Nymeria
    Posted August 26, 2010 at 1:43 pm | Permalink

    Mouk: This is more a fan question to add some interest rather than a question to Martin (and it’s also a spoiler i you haven’t read the third book): did they cast a Mance Rayder for the banquet at Winterfell? I mean, are they going to put a bard who’s going to be Mance in next seasons; or will they omit that part?    

    That being said, it wouldn’t hurt to ask the question directly and see how he answers.

  93. Adam Whitehead
    Posted August 26, 2010 at 2:17 pm | Permalink

    HBO seem to have realised the value of having their series start at the same time each year with TRUE BLOOD, and seem to be aiming to do the same thing for TREME. However, these shows are, production-wise, fairly straightforward to film. It’ll be interesting to see if the much more expensive BOARDWALK and THRONES will manage this as well. I’d certainly ask GRRM if HBO have a plan to get Season 2 on air a year after Season 1 or if the wait will be longer, and if they will perhaps be taking these gaps into account in the writing when the series resumes and Arya has suddenly shot up 2 feet.

    I asked GRRM about the AFFC/ADWD split in Belfast and his response is that they’d talked about it, but not reached any definite decisions. Based on the casting notes we saw about Theon (how he would be needed for Season 4) the assumption has been that AFFC and ADWD’s events will be chronologically arranged and then split across two seasons. How that will work now we know that ADWD is almost half again as long as AFFC and spans a much greater time period is unclear.

  94. dizzy_34
    Posted August 26, 2010 at 2:20 pm | Permalink

    winterqueen,

    Ah Dorne Sucks!

    Just kidding :P

  95. Adam Whitehead
    Posted August 26, 2010 at 2:21 pm | Permalink

    Actually, thinking on it, we may have already gotten a clue about the spacing of the seasons issue. HBO said at Comic-Con that they were thinking of March 2011 (one exec said 2 March but was overruled by another) for screening. If they do show Episode 1 in the first week of March 2011 and it gets excellent ratings, then, like TREME, they may renew immediately. That’s about a year on from Season 1 being greenlit. That allows Season 2 to be filmed in pretty much the same time-frame as S1 was (i.e. starting shooting in July 2011) and aired a year later. By that time they can also incorporate DVD and foreign rights sales into a decision on Season 3.

    Based on that, my guess would be that Season 2 will air a year after S1, but anything could happen on later seasons. If ASoS is split over two seasons with the Red Wedding as the S3 finale (as GRRM has already said they are discussing), we can also add another year and another season to the filming schedule.

  96. OldGran
    Posted August 26, 2010 at 2:36 pm | Permalink

    Crystal Sky,

    You MIGHT die soon. That’s true for all of us. Anytime someone embarks on an ambitious epic work that takes years and years to finish, mortality becomes a factor. You can take perfect care of your health and still get hit by a bus. the trick is to proceed as if you will be around forever (take care of your health), but be cognizant of the fact that none of us is promised tomorrow. I would love to discuss all this with GRRM in person as I’ll bet he as some interesting things to say about it. I would imagine that GRRM has copious notes, outlines, research materials on ASoI&F, as well as many discussions with his wife and other trusted colleagues as to the direction he plans to take the series, so that someone could pick up the baton if need be. Would it be the same? NO. Do we want GRRM to be the one to complete it? Yes! I think of these things because I am 7 years older than GRRM. In 20 years I’ll be pushing 90. Will I be lying there in the nursing home listening to the audio of the 7th book, yelling Wait!,Wait, Obama, don’t pull the plug on me yet I have to hear the end of this story!

  97. Ui Deaghaidh
    Posted August 26, 2010 at 2:39 pm | Permalink

    1) Will you incorporate the dothraki language being developed for the show into your books, should any future scenes call for untranslated dothraki?

    2) If the show requires longer versions of songs and prayers (that is, more verses than are written in the books), will you leave it to the writers to fill in the gaps?

    3) Have you (or the creators) considered creating a “War of the Usurper” miniseries or season for sometime in the future? Might be a good idea if the show catches up to the books…

  98. Ui Deaghaidh
    Posted August 26, 2010 at 2:43 pm | Permalink

    4) Will the wildlings have American accents? Rebel scum…

  99. Adam Whitehead
    Posted August 26, 2010 at 2:48 pm | Permalink

    I would imagine that GRRM has copious notes, outlines, research materials on ASoI&F, as well as many discussions with his wife and other trusted colleagues as to the direction he plans to take the series, so that someone could pick up the baton if need be.”

    You would be wrong. GRRM has notes on the worldbuilding and history of Westeros, but only a vague outline of the rest of the story. He has said that if he dies, the rights to the series will not be passed onto another author and we as fans would be out of luck. Note that Robert Jordan also said exactly the same thing but changed his mind once the extent of his illness became clear, so these things are not set in stone. But certainly at the moment GRRM has made no provision for anyone else to finish the series in the event of his passing.

  100. dizzy_34
    Posted August 26, 2010 at 2:57 pm | Permalink

    Adam Whitehead,

    Sorry to stray OT…but I think ending a season with the Red Wedding would probably lose some viewers. Because at that point in the series it’s like the ultimate low blow in killing off “the good guys” that I think a lot of people would just get fed up and not watch anymore if they had to wait another 6-8 months to find out what happens next. I don’t know, just my opinion.

  101. winterqueen
    Posted August 26, 2010 at 4:05 pm | Permalink

    dizzy_34,

    I agree, having the Red Wedding close the season would be too much. It’s not just Catelyn and Robb but Arya and Sandor are outside the Twins too. Non-ASOIAF viewers would think 4 major characters are or might be dead. If there are 10 episode in the Red Wedding season, maybe have the Red Wedding happen in episode 8 or so? That way viewers can at least know Arya and the Hound got out alive. I could see Joffery and Margaery’s wedding and Sansa fleeing KL as a good final episode for S3. Just my 2 cents worth….
    I don’t envy the writers for this show. Lots of material to work with but what to use, what not to use? Not an easy task.

  102. pualo
    Posted August 26, 2010 at 4:06 pm | Permalink

    Adam Whitehead,

    I don’ think this is completely credible. It’s just something he says to get people off his back.

    I doubt he has everything all lined up or anything, but I’m sure there is some small provision. Creators don’t want their great works to die.

  103. ogebaba
    Posted August 26, 2010 at 4:36 pm | Permalink

    winterqueen,

    A lot of people say they threw there books against the wall and vowed never to read the series again after the red wedding but they almost allays come back.
    if readers or viewers or whatever get that far in the story its not very likely that they will give up on the series

  104. Crystal Sky
    Posted August 26, 2010 at 4:47 pm | Permalink

    OldGran: Crystal Sky,
    You MIGHT die soon.

    Noooooooooo pleeeeeeeease I don’t wanna go yet!!!!!
    Seriously, I saw that first line out of context and I was like whaaat…? obviously I am aware of that possibility, as is everyone, but do I need to be reminded of it by someone else?

    See, I had a bit of knee jerk reaction to that, which I think illustrates precisely my point – talking to other people (particularly strangers) about one’s own health and eventual death is uncomfortable; those are really private things you might share with friends or family, but not with the public. Martin himself made it quite clear he is a bit unhappy about people bringing that up all the time. I understand (I think) what you say about getting entangled with an epic, but in the end, ASOIAF is a personal choice, and it is Martin’s decision if he ever wishes to pass it along, even if he cannot finish it. As a writer, he has the ownership over his own imaginary world, and can do with it as he sees fit. Fans cannot really hold him accountable! This may be harsh truth but it is part of the writer’s freedom. All this ‘finish the book George because you might die soon’ can only make him more estranged from the ASOIAF world and make the writing of it a chore.

  105. Crystal Sky
    Posted August 26, 2010 at 5:01 pm | Permalink

    Sorry to hear GoT didn’t win as the most anticipated show of 2011 on TwoP. But then again, a site that thinks the last season of Lost was the best drama of the year, not sure what to say. The Cape looks silly to me – more superhero junk. Why do people await for it so eagerly???… ok I think I found the answer(s): (a) they released previews already and had a panel at Comicon (not sure when it’s starting), (b) looks teenage-y, (c) it has Summer Glau in it.

  106. winterqueen
    Posted August 26, 2010 at 5:31 pm | Permalink

    ogebaba,

    I have heard that too. I spoiled myself on the Red Wedding so I saw it coming. I am still kicking myself for looking up Darcy Mormont on wiki.

    I agree with you. If the interest is there with viewers, they will get over it and tune in. There’s just some much going on in ASOS after the Red Wedding. Joff’s wedding, Ser Gregor vs Prince Oberyn, Tyrion’s trial, Arya and Sandor’s bar fight and the list goes on. It’s going to be hard for the writers to pick a S3 closer. Maybe S2 will be 12 episodes, with a 2 hour final episode?

  107. winterqueen
    Posted August 26, 2010 at 5:33 pm | Permalink

    on my above post, I meant to say-
    Maybe S3 (not S2) will be 12 episodes, with a 2 hour final episode?

  108. dizzy_34
    Posted August 26, 2010 at 5:44 pm | Permalink

    winterqueen,

    I think they should end season 3 the way the book ends with Un-Cat. I’m sure if it gets through two seasons they’ll know if they have a hit or not. So I would hope that they would just go ahead and do a 12-14 episode season.

  109. Stuart
    Posted August 26, 2010 at 5:56 pm | Permalink

    One question I’ve had since I first heard of the possibility of a TV series:

    What will the Others look like? How will they be portrayed physically? Will we even see the Others in the opening scene or will they wait until later seasons to show them on screen?

  110. dizzy_34
    Posted August 26, 2010 at 6:02 pm | Permalink

    Stuart,

    If they go by the script that was released a long time ago we’ll see them. How they look is something everyone here would like to see.

  111. Allanerik
    Posted August 26, 2010 at 6:04 pm | Permalink

    Hello guys.
    I think the best solution is to split A Clash of Kings and A Storm of Swords in 3 seasons. We know that the books don’t follow exactly the time line (like AFFC with dornish et ironborn characters). One another season (5th) could be have a blend of AFFC and ADWD : D & D could be place a few of dornish/ironborn moments in the fourth season and speed up the journeys of Brienne and Samwell, we ‘ll have a lot more time to Jon, Dany, Jaime and others.

  112. Aaron
    Posted August 26, 2010 at 6:40 pm | Permalink

    Let’s not forget all the awesome Wall stuff and Jon’s promotion. I wouldn’t worry about splitting up the books into multiple seasons. There’s SO much background and historical stuff and events that are merely thought about. I’m sure a lot of that stuff will get cut. Though I’m sure some of it will get worked in as dialogue somewhere.

  113. shadallion
    Posted August 26, 2010 at 6:40 pm | Permalink

    Do you think HBO might consider turning “The Hedge Knight’ into a stand-alone movie during the off-season of Game of Thrones, like Battlestar Gallactica did with “Razor”?

  114. Ingemar Svensson
    Posted August 26, 2010 at 7:08 pm | Permalink

    shadallion,

    If the show is a hit then anything is possible I guess. Especially if they have to wait a little while for the last few seasons if we even get that long.

  115. Brian
    Posted August 26, 2010 at 10:55 pm | Permalink

    How much of the concept art have you seen? And how is it? :)

    Are there any particular works from the fan community, card games, etc… that were used as examples of the look of the series?

    (Besides John Howe and Ted Naismith :) )

  116. Albert Coleman
    Posted August 27, 2010 at 4:44 am | Permalink

    I like the question about whether or not he fears the series may go the way of Dexter (disregarding most of the book at some point).

    Maybe GRRM will be slightly indifferent? That’d be a bad sign and I’d be curious to know how much say he has in this.

    I think it’s pretty obvious that the series will have a bunch of filler that wasn’t in the books. Considering that the books aren’t finished yet, they’ll probably feel more emboldened to make stuff up. I just hope the filler ends up being based on things that were glossed over in the book and not anything totally different like what I’ve heard Dexter and True Blood have done.

  117. Patrick Thomas
    Posted August 27, 2010 at 9:26 am | Permalink

    George

    Rhaegar Targaryen haunts the first book even though he is already dead at the start. He is arguably the pivotal characcter, colouring so much of everyone’s actions. Much of what people do in the book, they do because of what he previously did. Will he be represented on screen? If not, can we assume he will be in series 2 in Daenerys’ flashbacks.

    Good luck Jake!! @Egg_Targaryen

  118. Mouk
    Posted August 27, 2010 at 6:22 pm | Permalink

    Another silly question (sorry, they come to me at midnight, when I’m almost at the limbo) : Are they going to dye Mark Addy’s (a.k.a. Robert) hair into black? His and his bastard’s black hair is the main pillar for the discovery of the Cersei-Jaime’s incestuous relationship (The seed is strong, etc.), what in the end is the visible cause of the war. We already have a blonde Theon…

  119. Jake Stormoen
    Posted August 28, 2010 at 2:15 am | Permalink

    Hey guys :)

    Some really great questions here so far! Ah, pressure’s on!! I’m quite excited to get to Melbourne this Thursday…and a bit nervous as well. This is quite an opportunity, and being relatively new to both this site and the books themselves, I feel I had better have my stuff together! Should be lots of fun though, for sure.

    I won’t say anything just yet, because I haven’t gone to any events like this before…But I’ve put in all the work I can beforehand and am hoping to really have a great time. By the sound of it, there’s at least a good possibility for some very fun times and events to take part in while I’m there, and for those interested I’ll try to post frequent updates and photos on twitter at twitter.com/jakestormoen

    Keep the questions coming, and hopefully I won’t let you guys down! All the best :)

    Jake

  120. Miss
    Posted August 28, 2010 at 3:27 am | Permalink

    I think some of the Jon stuff in ASOS should be moved to S4, that way Jon can be a part of that series and people won’t lament the absence of the fan favorites, and we don’t have to cram as much in for S3. The actual chronology would be easier to work with too.

    Questions:
    – Do you know of any potential involvement of more women writers?
    – Are you aware of/able to share the reasons why the roles of Dany and Catelyn were recast?

  121. Scilens
    Posted August 29, 2010 at 1:36 pm | Permalink

    Will anyone involved in the TV programme (actors, screenwriters, …, … … …) be told anything that’s coming up in one of the books not published yet?

    Do you think that the TV programme affects your writing in any way – do you write faster or slower because of it or are you tempted to change details?

  122. Mike
    Posted September 1, 2010 at 9:15 am | Permalink

    I don’t know if anyone has thought about this or not, but I’m wondering how HBO is going to handle the things that drive alot of these discussions. we get descriptions of characters that raise questions – such as is the girl jaime sees at riverrun really jayne westerling or her sister or someone else – did jayne escape?. another example would be the identity of coldhands – if we see them, and we’ve seen them before, we’ll know who they are, whereas in the books it remains a mystery. how will HBO approach these characters (assuming we even get to those parts of the series)?

  123. Adam Whitehead
    Posted September 1, 2010 at 10:46 am | Permalink

    Miss,

    Jon will be part of Season 4 anyway, since the events of AFFC and ADWD are being split over the two seasons chronologically. So we’ll get the scene where Jon tells Sam to leave, and than some Jon scenes from early in ADWD and so on (assuming the series is still being faithful to the books at that point, or if it even makes it to a fourth season).

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