Quick Hits: Giveaway, NYCC moot, GRRM interview and Thrones references
By Winter Is Coming on in Events, Merchandise, Press.
  • Tower of the Hand: A Flight of Sorrows is days away from release. To celebrate its release, we have partnered with ToTH to give away some cool Thrones swag. To win you have to like us and Tower of the Hand: A Flight of Sorrows on Facebook, then share something from their Page to your Facebook friends. Head over to the A Flight of Sorrows Facebook page for all the details!
  • Heading to NYCC? The fabulous Ladies of Ice and Fire have arranged a meet-up for Game of Thrones/Ice & Fire fans in NYC to kick off the event. Hit up their Facebook page for the time and place and to book your spot.
  • Speaking of cons, RingCon was held in Germany this past weekend and they had quite a few Game of Thrones cast members there to talk about the show. You can find some photos here (Jason Momoa rules!). If anyone knows of any videos or reports from the GoT panel, link it in the comments below and we will add it to the post.
  • Adria’s News recently published a very in-depth interview with George R. R. Martin. They talk about the books mostly, but a little about the TV show near the end, as well. One new detail we learn is that the production was very close to using Spain as a filming location, but ultimately chose Croatia instead. There are spoilers from later books in the interview, but they are hidden, so it is safe to read for fans of the TV show.
  • Fast Co. Create has an interesting look into the making of the season two finale’s final scene. Lots of VFX work was required to get the shot just the way David & Dan wanted it.
  • The new fall TV season has started up in the US and Game of Thrones references are all the rage once again. New Girl, 2 Broke Girls, The Office and Glee have all used some Thrones-related jokes.
  • Lastly, Bryan Cogman spoke at the recent Talking TV Drama event at the Galway Film Centre in Ireland, where he confirmed he is writing episode five of season three. You can read a report of his full interview here.

56 Comments

  1. Kate
    Posted October 10, 2012 at 10:12 am | Permalink

    A small piece of news that I haven’t seen reported here is that Cogman just confirmed that the episode he has written for Season 3 is E5.

    The source is this post from Pod at Westeros.org:

    http://asoiaf.westeros.org/index.php/topic/75203-cogman-talks-inside-game-of-thrones-s3/#entry3697513

  2. Winter Is Coming
    Posted October 10, 2012 at 10:15 am | Permalink

    Kate,

    Nice! I missed that bit of news. Do you have a link to the source?

    EDIT: I see you edited your comment to add the link. Many thanks! Added this tidbit to the post. :)

  3. Jimmy
    Posted October 10, 2012 at 10:45 am | Permalink

    Just did!!

  4. Pepi
    Posted October 10, 2012 at 10:59 am | Permalink

    Strangely enough, I never before thought about there being another (alive) copy of Pyat Pree (as far as the series is concerned). :D

  5. Felt Pelt
    Posted October 10, 2012 at 11:15 am | Permalink

    It’s neat to see Quaithe without mask, and smiling and happy.

    To my mind, the last Pyat Pree scene would have been a million times less silly if we had had a quick shot of one of his doppelgangers running away on fire.

  6. Alan
    Posted October 10, 2012 at 11:34 am | Permalink

    The Martin interview was done, I assume, at the same time as the Asshai one, but it is very interesting. The write-up of the Cogman interview was nice as well. Thanks!

  7. Duff Man
    Posted October 10, 2012 at 11:43 am | Permalink

    Is this the first time that Martin’s even thrown a date out there for The Winds of Winter? I’ve always hoped/thought it would come out in 2014 and it sounds like that’s what George is shooting for. Now whether we get the book then or not remains to be seen.

  8. G_Lee
    Posted October 10, 2012 at 11:51 am | Permalink

    RingCon was absolutely amazing! We had a panel with Natalia Tena and Joe Dempsie, one with Ian Glenn (what a presence on stage!), one with Finn Jones (coolest guy ever), one with Miltos Yerolemu (awesome as always) and two with Jason Momoa (he simply owned the Con, drinking so much beer I would`ve probably died. He always stayed on the Con parties pretty late). In his second panel Drogos speech about his gift to Rheago was put on the screen since he promised in the first panel he`d do the speech live if it was put on the big screen. He only managed like half of it though. I think it`s on youtube already. He also said that this scene in the show was the greatest moment of his acting career. He absolutely loved it (which I think you can see on screen).
    On the last day there was a GoT panel with all the cast except for Jason (he was up for a fan photo shooting at the time) but we didn`t get any new information there. No one really bothered asking questions about season 3 since it was pretty obvious they wouldn`t answer those. Like I already posted the only tiny bit of information I was able to get was from a little chat with Joe Dempsie who told me that Kit`s broken leg delayed filming quite a bit so shooting in Iceland will probably last until December. He also couldn`t quite understand why they are shooting the Iceland scenes so late in the year with only 4 hours of daylight.

    Only bad thing about the Con was that Maisie Williams had to cancel because she was needed in Belfast for shooting :/

    There are tons of pictures and stuff on the RingCon message board and on their facebook page so check those out if you`re interested.

    ++edit: Oh yeah I forgot to mention we really got a video message from the man GRRM personally during the closing ceremony which was beyond awesome since it came totally unexpected!

  9. Currer Bell
    Posted October 10, 2012 at 12:06 pm | Permalink

    Please say the deleted scenes Martin mentioned, especially the one with Martin’s cameo, still exist and we might get to see them someday in an outtake DVD. Please, please, please!

    One would gladly ante up an outrageous prepayment if that would help.

  10. G_Lee
    Posted October 10, 2012 at 12:54 pm | Permalink

    Haha nice story. The whole convention was just pure awesome, so how the hell could your friend get a nervous breakdown there? The closest I came to a breakdown was Saturday night after that last Caipirinha (which I barely remember ;D)

  11. Michael Tschuertz
    Posted October 10, 2012 at 1:10 pm | Permalink

    Can somebody tell me what the GoT reference in glee was?

  12. Jen@House Stark
    Posted October 10, 2012 at 1:32 pm | Permalink

    Jorah’s picture was steamy and Momoa sounded like the life of the party. Happy to those who were able to attend!

  13. Isabelle
    Posted October 10, 2012 at 1:48 pm | Permalink

    I hope your friend is all right! Natalia Tena sounds absolutely delightful.

  14. Winter Is Coming
    Posted October 10, 2012 at 2:00 pm | Permalink

    Michael Tschuertz:
    Can somebody tell me what the GoT reference in glee was?

    Sorry about that, I tried and tried to find it on Youtube but came up empty, so had to use Hulu. Here was the exchange:

    Sam: You can’t wear that stuff in here. You have to know how this stuff works, it’s like Game of Thrones.
    Artie: Yeah, the peace between us and the truly popular kids is weak. Winter is coming, and it’s not going to take much for us to get smacked down to the bottom again.

  15. Ash
    Posted October 10, 2012 at 2:04 pm | Permalink

    GRRM never mentioned dates, the translation is wrong. He said It won’t be out this year or next, I hope the year after but I don’t like to make predictions, he also never said how many pages he wrote. He said he had a lot of pages that needed revising.

    Great interview though, just need to translate/publish it better

  16. Lex
    Posted October 10, 2012 at 2:11 pm | Permalink

    Is that Sam and Pippin sitting on the Iron Throne? Awesome!

  17. Lex
    Posted October 10, 2012 at 2:18 pm | Permalink

    Also, good news about WINDS. 400 pages is more than I expected. But overall, I think progress on this book has been pretty slow so far. It’s been over 1.5 years since he finished DANCE and he’s barely begun the next one (only 200 pages are really polished and revised) because, despite saying that he wants to focus more on writing, he’s still been doing a lot of travel (to conventions, signings, writing workshops, etc.).

    Also, he recently blogged about how he’s written 100 manuscript pages for the new Worlds of Ice and Fire book (with Elio from Westeros), which I find rather depressing. 100 pages of back history?!? As much as I’m interested in the history of Westeros, I’m a 1000 times more interested in him writing WINDS. And there’s the 4th Dunk and Egg novella coming out soon…

    I still think there’s just no way he can keep ahead of the show. Back in 2009 when the pilot started filming, he was probably hoping that he’d be finished WINDS by now.

  18. Nerd
    Posted October 10, 2012 at 2:37 pm | Permalink

    That reference on The Office when Dwight teaches Erin to speak Dothraki was priceless. It wasn’t just a reference either, it was the entire episodes plot for those two characters.

  19. Lya
    Posted October 10, 2012 at 2:37 pm | Permalink

    Have you guys seen this :
    The Narrow Road Co ‏@thenarrowroadco

    Congratulations to new graduate AISLING JARRETT-GAVIN who is about to fly travel to Morocco to film on GAME OF THRONES.

    Wow. I have no idea who is she suppose to be playing…

  20. Winter Is Coming
    Posted October 10, 2012 at 2:52 pm | Permalink

    Lya:
    Have you guys seen this :The Narrow Road Co ‏@thenarrowroadco

    Congratulations to new graduate AISLING JARRETT-GAVIN who is about to fly travel to Morocco to film on GAME OF THRONES.

    Wow. I have no idea who is she suppose to be playing…

    Interesting. Can’t think of what role she may be playing, but it must be more than just a background/extra type role since they are flying her in.

  21. Al Swearengen
    Posted October 10, 2012 at 2:53 pm | Permalink

    Dwight talking about Dothraki was hilarious.

  22. Lex
    Posted October 10, 2012 at 3:15 pm | Permalink

    Nerd:
    That reference on The Office when Dwight teaches Erin to speak Dothraki was priceless. It wasn’t just a reference either, it was the entire episodes plot for those two characters.

    I need to watch this. I gave up on the Office last year, after Steve Carrell left, but I know that Dwight (Rainn Wilson) is a huge GOT fan, and have been hoping for a while that he would include some GOT reference.

  23. Rygar
    Posted October 10, 2012 at 4:14 pm | Permalink

    Cogman has to be the coolest muther fucker around.

  24. Cajunman
    Posted October 10, 2012 at 4:26 pm | Permalink

    Another GOT reference came on the USA Network show “Suits” this summer. The exchange went something like this:

    Lawyer #1: If I do this for you – you will owe me big time…

    Lawyer #2 (Louis Litt) : Oh, I’m a Lannister ! I always pay my debts.

  25. lovesduncan
    Posted October 10, 2012 at 5:00 pm | Permalink
  26. Michael Tschuertz
    Posted October 10, 2012 at 5:31 pm | Permalink

    Winter Is Coming,

    winter you dont have to be sorry for anything.
    What would I do woth this site. keep up the good work.

  27. Uete
    Posted October 10, 2012 at 6:10 pm | Permalink

    On the reference side of things: I saw this bit in a promotional picture for Once Upon a Time’s upcoming fourth episode – http://www.spoilertv.co.uk/images/cache/once-upon-a-time/Season%202/Promotional%20Episode%20Photos/Episode%202.04%20-%20The%20Crocodile/129255_310_pre_FULL.jpg – Game of Thorns! Hah! I wonder if Once just spoiled the ending of the series/books for all of us and, in the end, it’ll be the Lady Olenna sitting the Iron Thorn… err… Throne.

    Yeah.. long time lurker, first time writer, or whatever. Love this site!! Keep the good work!

  28. Lex
    Posted October 10, 2012 at 6:13 pm | Permalink

    Why is Cogman still only writing one episode per season, when his episode last year was among the very best?

  29. WildSeed
    Posted October 10, 2012 at 6:34 pm | Permalink

    G_Lee,

    Thanks for the RingCon report. Between the interview and yours ( which was
    full of insights and excitement , you had me there with you , in spirit ), much
    was clarified in respect to Season Three and possible future events.
    Glad you had a momentous occasion.

  30. WildSeed
    Posted October 10, 2012 at 6:40 pm | Permalink

    Oh and one funny thing about this photo of Khal Drogo and Dany sitting on the Iron Throne : http://www.flickr.com/photos/28774445@N07/8070489838/in/set-72157631729538450

    My girlfriend asked Jason Momoa what would be his perfect happy ending for GoT, to which he responded “Dany my love, get the fuck on stage”. Out of the 20 Danys in the room, one was audacious enough to get up on stage. Then Jason sat her on the throne next to him and he spitted out beer all over the place. It was fun.

    Je suis jalouse ):

  31. WildSeed
    Posted October 10, 2012 at 6:43 pm | Permalink

    Ash:
    GRRM never mentioned dates, the translation is wrong. He said It won’t be out this year or next, I hope the year after but I don’t like to make predictions, he also never said how many pages he wrote. He said he had a lot of pages that needed revising.

    Great interview though, just need to translate/publish it better

    Thanks for the correction, I was starting to get too giddy. I am calmed down
    and back to normal.

  32. David
    Posted October 10, 2012 at 7:35 pm | Permalink

    I don’t get that photo where Jason is not holding a beer. Was it an invisible beer?

  33. thisone
    Posted October 10, 2012 at 7:42 pm | Permalink

    Lex: I need to watch this. I gave up on the Office last year, after Steve Carrell left, but I know that Dwight (Rainn Wilson) is a huge GOT fan, and have been hoping for a while that he would include some GOT reference.

    Who’s a fan, Rainn or Dwight?

  34. Alan
    Posted October 10, 2012 at 7:47 pm | Permalink

    Lex:
    Also, good news about WINDS. 400 pages is more than I expected. But overall, I think progress on this book has been pretty slow so far. It’s been over 1.5 years since he finished DANCE and he’s barely begun the next one (only 200 pages are really polished and revised) because, despite saying that he wants to focus more on writing, he’s still been doing a lot of travel (to conventions, signings, writing workshops, etc.).

    Also, he recently blogged about how he’s written 100 manuscript pages for the new Worlds of Ice and Fire book (with Elio from Westeros), which I find rather depressing. 100 pages of back history?!? As much as I’m interested in the history of Westeros, I’m a 1000 times more interested in him writing WINDS. And there’s the 4th Dunk and Egg novella coming out soon…

    I still think there’s just no way he can keep ahead of the show. Back in 2009 when the pilot started filming, he was probably hoping that he’d be finished WINDS by now.

    This is actually fairly old news — similar came out in the Asshai.com interview a month or so (or more) ago. This interview is from, I assume, the same time when we went to Spain.

    So perhaps he’s further now.

  35. Arthur
    Posted October 10, 2012 at 8:33 pm | Permalink

    That was a great GRRM interview!

    The best news I got from it is the 6th book won’t split the characters. I didn’t like how he did that with the last two. I don’t like having to go backwards in time to catchup with the other half of characters. One continuous timeline makes more sense IMO.

    Other good news is its going to be another back breaker, 1,500 pages. Awesome!!!

  36. Lex
    Posted October 10, 2012 at 9:08 pm | Permalink

    thisone: Who’s a fan, Rainn or Dwight?

    Rainn Wilson is a fan. Last year, he was tweeting about GOT (book and show) all the time.

  37. Hi-Fi
    Posted October 11, 2012 at 1:24 am | Permalink

    Winter Is Coming: Interesting. Can’t think of what role she may be playing, but it must be more than just a background/extra type role since they are flying her in.

    If she’s filming in Morocco, does it necessarily mean she’ll be a part of Dany’s storyline or are there other Westeros stuff being filmed there?

  38. Ross
    Posted October 11, 2012 at 6:11 am | Permalink

    Great interview with GRRM. He always seems to give interviewees a lot of time and very considered responses, I have a lot of respect for that.

    I disagree with him though that ASOIAF is one singular entity in the same way Lord of the Rings is. LOTR was written as one volume and (I believe against Tolkein’s wishes) split into three by the publisher to make it more palatable / saleable. The books in the ASOIAF series have obviously been written and published one at a time and are really quite distinct from each other in style and content, particularly as we know, post-book 3.

    I also didn’t realise the RR initials weren’t exactly genuine! He kind of fudged the answer to that question so it seems pretty obvious to me that that was a purposeful link to Tolkein (probably a request from his publisher).

  39. Eleanor
    Posted October 11, 2012 at 7:13 am | Permalink

    Ross,

    Yeah, I realised the initials weren’t genuine when he said to Sophie Turner (whose name wasn’t available on Twitter) “RR are always good initials!”

  40. NewJeffCT
    Posted October 11, 2012 at 8:35 am | Permalink

    I think I read recently that once all these book tours/events stop by the end of the year, GRRM said he’s going to lock himself away & do a lot of writing for a long stretch. So, my hope is that he gets the bulk of the book done by the end of next year. Of course, then there could be editing and revising/rewrites to do.

  41. Abyss
    Posted October 11, 2012 at 9:16 am | Permalink

    New interviews from the Entertainment Media Show brought to us by Red Carpet News TV.
    Daniel Portman (Podrick Payne)
    Gemma Whelan (Yara Greyjoy)
    James Cosmo (Jeor Mormont) Part 1 Part 2 Part 3

    Haven’t watched them all yet, spoilers are possible!

  42. Ross
    Posted October 11, 2012 at 9:28 am | Permalink

    Abyss: New interviews from the Entertainment Media Show brought to us by Red Carpet News TV.
    Daniel Portman (Podrick Payne)
    Gemma Whelan (Yara Greyjoy)
    James Cosmo (Jeor Mormont) Part 1 Part 2 Part 3
    Haven’t watched them all yet, spoilers are possible!

    Nice thanks! Just listened to Daniel Portman’s – didn’t realise he had such a strong Scottish accent. And surely they should make this interview a Podcast ;-)

  43. Ross
    Posted October 11, 2012 at 9:37 am | Permalink

    Interesting comment from James Cosmo

    “The first scene from the first episode in the new season is going to be my favourite”… any ideas?

  44. tysnow
    Posted October 11, 2012 at 9:53 am | Permalink

    Lya,

    Congratulations to new graduate AISLING JARRETT-GAVIN who is about to fly travel to Morocco to film on GAME OF THRONES

    Here is link to her casting page.

    Well, according to her page she’s not willing to take her cloths off, so nothing down and dirty.
    Didn’t Dany come across some young female slave owner in Astapor that was a real bitch, and of course she might just be a new addition to her Khal, but then again she looks somewhat like Emelia (at least I think so).
    The reason I mentioned the last part is this, might be a little cryptic.

  45. Winter Is Coming
    Posted October 11, 2012 at 10:12 am | Permalink

    Ross:
    Interesting comment from James Cosmo

    “The first scene from the first episode in the new season is going to be my favourite”…any ideas?

    Sam the Slayer?

  46. Cavegirl
    Posted October 11, 2012 at 10:15 am | Permalink

    Yeah, Ring Con was an amazing experience even if i feared till Thursday not “having” to go there. After Maisie Williams had to cancel, i was there mostly because of Jason Momoa, who’s shooting in Toronto Canada at the moment. So i feared he would have to cancel as well. When i arrived at the Con on Friday at about 9:30 am, he wasn’t even there. Now i got to know that he hasn’t arrived before 4:30 pm, not long before his first photosession started.

    Jason on stage was his normal self and still did a good job in talking slow and understandable :)

    I had to miss most of the panels of the other GoT Cast members. I was at Miltos’, wanted to go to Iain’s, but was caught in a conversation with some friends i’ve met there. Could only see the first minutes of the GoT cast panel, cos Jason “waited” at his photosession for me. :)

    And i was at Juri Stanossek’s panel who, together with his Company, did the Visual Effects for Game of Thrones.

    The Con isn’t small, but not too big either, so i was able to see Miltos & Jason at the party on Saturday, accidentially i’ve even seen Jason doing a Jack Sparrow impersonation together with a JS cosplayer.

    The best moments for me, besides GoT stuff :

    Sean Astin & Billy Boyd sitting on the Iron Throne with Billy Body singing Pippin’s song & Sean Astin reading LotR ( and i’m not even a LotR fan )

    The proposal on stage. Normally i hate it being done in public, but where else would you have Sean Astin bringing the ring

    Game of Throne related :

    Jason acting his perfect ending for GoT with one of the Daenerys cosplayers

    Him creating the fellowship of the horn or beer, whatever you prefer. Jason brought a drinking horn on stage and shared the beer in it with all the actors and moderators to which Mark Fergusen said Jason created a new fellowship.

    George R R Martin’s video message.

    To have had a few minutes with Jason after his autograph session was over to again meet the private guy, who’s totally different to the person on stage.

  47. Abyss
    Posted October 11, 2012 at 10:17 am | Permalink

    I just realised that part 2 and part 2 of the James Cosmo interview I posted aren’t about GoT. Would be nice if a mod could delete them for me.

  48. Lya
    Posted October 11, 2012 at 10:39 am | Permalink

    tysnow,
    She’s on twitter https://twitter.com/aislingjarrettg she says she is in one episode and has ‘couple of scenes with the queen’ so it’s obviously a minor character….

  49. Tom O' Sevens
    Posted October 11, 2012 at 11:34 am | Permalink

    Lex:
    Why is Cogman still only writing one episode per season, when his episode last year was among the very best?

    Simple, we cannot handle too much Cogman. We would explode out of the sheer awesomeness of his writing.

  50. Isabelle
    Posted October 11, 2012 at 11:36 am | Permalink

    Abyss,

    Thanks for posting these! I love the interview with James Cosmo–what a gentleman! Favourite bit: “every actor in the show brings their own talent…HBO…they don’t employ shmucks. You know? Everyone’s there for a reason because they’re bloody good at what they do.” (on his fellow cast mates, 6:27-6:40) Don’t employ shmucks indeed. I do love a good Scottish man–always so blunt, but in the most charming fashion!

  51. Winter Is Coming
    Posted October 11, 2012 at 12:07 pm | Permalink

    Made some updates to the post…

    I added this fascinating look into the making of the final scene of season two. Definitely worth a read, a lot of effort went into making that scene work.

    I also moved the interviews with Pradelska and Hanmore to our new interview round-up post, which also includes the interviews linked here by Abyss (thanks for the heads up!) as well as a few more.

  52. Arthur
    Posted October 11, 2012 at 2:41 pm | Permalink

    One of my fav scenes (D&D better put it in) will be when the Reeds make their pledge…

    “To Winterfell we pledge the faith of Greywater,” they said together. “Hearth and heart and harvest we yield up to you, my lord. Our swords and spears and arrows are yours to command. Grant mercy to our weak, help to our helpless, and justice to all, and we shall never fail you.”
    “I swear it by earth and water,” said the boy in green.
    “I swear it by bronze and iron,” his sister said.
    “We swear it by ice and fire,” they finished together.

    To me that well be just as epic as when Brienne swore her oath to Cat… Sorry if I bother anyone bring this up again but it’s really something I can’t wait to see brought to life.

  53. WildSeed
    Posted October 11, 2012 at 3:42 pm | Permalink

    Arthur:
    One of my fav scenes (D&D better put it in) will be when the Reeds make their pledge…

    “To Winterfell we pledge the faith of Greywater,” they said together. “Hearth and heart and harvest we yield up to you, my lord. Our swords and spears and arrows are yours to command. Grant mercy to our weak, help to our helpless, and justice to all, and we shall never fail you.”
    “I swear it by earth and water,” said the boy in green.
    “I swear it by bronze and iron,” his sister said.
    “We swear it by ice and fire,” they finished together.

    To me that well be just as epic as when Brienne swore her oath to Cat… Sorry if I bother anyone bring this up again but it’s really something I can’t wait to see brought to life.

    I’m with you there Arthur, I hope the scene is includes as it impacts future events.
    If it’s streamlined, which may be necessary, I will always remember it as significant.

  54. WildSeed
    Posted October 11, 2012 at 3:45 pm | Permalink

    Winter Is Coming:
    Made some updates to the post…

    I added this fascinating look into the making of the final scene of season two. Definitely worth a read, a lot of effort went into making that scene work.

    I also moved the interviews with Pradelska and Hanmore to our new interview round-up post, which also includes the interviews linked here by Abyss (thanks for the heads up!) as well as a few more.

    Thanks Winter is Coming, the info is a real treat.

  55. Shadowcat85
    Posted October 11, 2012 at 11:56 pm | Permalink

    Lex,

    I wish he wrote three episodes a season. Blackwater was great, but What is Dead May Never Die handled all the characters and multiple plotlines magnificiently.

  56. tysnow
    Posted October 12, 2012 at 8:16 pm | Permalink

    Lya,

    Whew! (sigh of relief)

    thx


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