George R. R. Martin on the red carpet talks The Winds of Winter and Game of Thrones
By Winter Is Coming on in Press.

Here is another interview from last night’s red carpet premiere, this time Simone caught up with the man himself, George R. R. Martin and chatted about Game of Thrones, his progress on The Winds of Winter and more.

Winter Is Coming: I love George’s reaction to hearing that WinterIsComing.net was on the red carpet! Interesting to hear his thoughts on Thrones as well. And it sounds like we are in for a long wait for TWOW. That’s ok, we’re used to it by now!


86 Comments

  1. Hodor
    Posted March 19, 2013 at 7:38 pm | Permalink

    Hodor

  2. HellFell
    Posted March 19, 2013 at 7:41 pm | Permalink

    Martin’s mind is dark and full of terrors

  3. Tyrion Pimpslap
    Posted March 19, 2013 at 7:42 pm | Permalink

    Hodor,

    Is this Hodor speak for ‘FIRST!’? I like it. From now on everyone should simply use “HODOR!’ instead of ‘FIRST!’

  4. Michel
    Posted March 19, 2013 at 7:45 pm | Permalink

    I’m sure he is talking about Belwas in the part about the missing characters, so I guess he won’t appear in the series at all, even in S4 ou S5 in Yunkai;

  5. Lars
    Posted March 19, 2013 at 7:47 pm | Permalink

    A very good interview. (again!)

  6. Kelly
    Posted March 19, 2013 at 7:51 pm | Permalink

    I cringed when he spoke of TWOW. He’s never going to finish these books lol

  7. Josla
    Posted March 19, 2013 at 7:54 pm | Permalink

    Oh my god!
    The site exploded!!!!

  8. Jack
    Posted March 19, 2013 at 7:55 pm | Permalink

    I think the characters he mentions missing might be Jeyne Poole in ASoS.

  9. The Red Woman
    Posted March 19, 2013 at 7:57 pm | Permalink

    Very interesting that he says Melisandre is probably the most misunderstood character!

  10. Justin DiMatteo
    Posted March 19, 2013 at 7:57 pm | Permalink

    He wasn’t serious about 1500 pages, was he? (not that I wouldn’t read that….Oh god, I would.)

  11. binarys3rf
    Posted March 19, 2013 at 8:01 pm | Permalink

    Justin DiMatteo:
    He wasn’t serious about 1500 pages, was he? (not that I wouldn’t read that….Oh god, I would.)

    Why not? He’s supposedly got a good chunk done already because it was moved out of ADWD. (Or so we’d like to believe.) But if you’re in the shop buying that hardcover you’d better not drop it on your foot.

    I dunno, I somehow have faith that the excitement of this show is going to light more of a fire under his (ahem) behind, and that TWOW will be more fun to write anyway, so more motivation. But I’m not a huge complainer about the pace of the work…yet.

    ETA: what James jinxed below, I’ll take that answer. Heheh.

  12. James
    Posted March 19, 2013 at 8:01 pm | Permalink

    In terms of tWoW, there is nothing really new. We all knew that it was along book and George has said 2014 at the earilest – but he knows he has the TV show on his back etc.

    But I believe it will be done around the end of 2014/2015. He says it is a 1500 page manuscript, and I know by the end of last year he had at least 500 pages of that done (have started writing again at the start of the year and cut chapters from Dance).

    However, I think as we get closer to get the end of this year, he may have the majority of the manuscript complete – and I think he may put Winds as a priority comes the start/middle of 2014.

    So hopefully, all going well and if he continues the writing pace (and maybe increases it) it may be out by the time he wishes…

  13. Watson
    Posted March 19, 2013 at 8:05 pm | Permalink

    Justin DiMatteo,

    He often cites these things in terms of manuscript pages, which have fewer words to a page than the printed version. ASOS and ADWD were both ~1500 pages as well. I believe those two were essentially as long as his US publisher is willing to print, and indeed longer than what his UK publisher will do.

  14. Wrath of the Gods
    Posted March 19, 2013 at 8:07 pm | Permalink

    Always great hearing from the evil genius himself.

    I was hoping for a TWOW 2014 release. Guess thats not likely.

  15. Sean
    Posted March 19, 2013 at 8:08 pm | Permalink

    It me, or did he start off on a resentful, defensive foot after being asked when he’s going to finish the books?

    Understandably so too, imagine being him, imagine how often he must hear that.

  16. ebevan91
    Posted March 19, 2013 at 8:11 pm | Permalink

    Sean:
    It me, or did he start off on a resentful, defensive foot after being asked when he’s going to finish the books?

    Understandably so too, imagine being him, imagine how often he must hear that.

    He jokes that he kills a Stark every time he’s asked.

  17. Sean
    Posted March 19, 2013 at 8:12 pm | Permalink

    Also, he seemed to give off the vibe that the changes the show is making to the books might be frustrating him a bit too.

    In a way it’s almost like the Gurrm is a living Cersei… he has given birth to a ravenous, unquenchable monster of a show, and even as its father/mother he is losing control over it!

  18. TheLightningLord
    Posted March 19, 2013 at 8:13 pm | Permalink

    I’m shocked at the amount of actors he just met the other day. Especially Charles Dance.

  19. Ghost
    Posted March 19, 2013 at 8:16 pm | Permalink

    I did not know George was so short.

    Edit – Just heard her say she is of a height with Brienne, so she’s kinda tall.

  20. Tyrion Pimpslap
    Posted March 19, 2013 at 8:17 pm | Permalink

    Sean,

    People see what they see, I guess. I didn’t get that at all. It sounded much more like he understood the process and was sympathetic towards D&D.

  21. Matt
    Posted March 19, 2013 at 8:17 pm | Permalink

    Wow the interviews with GRRM are so much more interesting than the actors. Sure the actors are well-known, beautiful and funny, but with the exception of a few, most are only on a surface level with regards to the depth of the series, and it shows when they talk about their characters. That being said, GRRM does come off as a bit of a dick, but then again he isn’t an actor, he’s a writer, and writer’s are allowed to be dicks :-)

    EDIT: As someone said above, it might actually be his frustration that I’m misinterpreting as dickishness. Especially when he talks about the ripple effect.

  22. ebevan91
    Posted March 19, 2013 at 8:19 pm | Permalink

    Ghost:
    I did not know George was so short.

    He is, but the woman doing the interviewing is quite tall though.

  23. binarys3rf
    Posted March 19, 2013 at 8:20 pm | Permalink

    I think George is being as nice as he can be (and after all it helps when you’re talking to the oh-so-lovely Simone) but writers are by default very defensive and protective of their work. I think he trusts D&D to do a good job adapting it and that they really want to be as faithful as the medium will allow. But being the brains behind the ENTIRE operation–that’s a heavy responsibility. Cut the man some slack.

  24. Dan
    Posted March 19, 2013 at 8:20 pm | Permalink

    There is no way that this series is done in 2 books. He has way too many angles and characters to just ignore. I think we will see more to come past A Dream of Spring…

  25. Suzaku
    Posted March 19, 2013 at 8:21 pm | Permalink

    Sean:
    Also, he seemed to give off the vibe that the changes the show is making to the books might be frustrating him a bit too.

    It doesn’t come across that way to me. He comes from a background in television and film, he wrote the books specifically to be unfilmable, he chose the showrunners, and he’s involved in the production. He fully understands the logistics and to me, seems almost defensive about the changes (hell, he’s the guy who named Talisa).

    At the end of the day, the showrunners know where he’s going with the books, so even if the content is altered, the general story will be preserved. Changes are unavoidable in adaptations, especially of such dense material, so at least he’s part of the process.

  26. Isabelle
    Posted March 19, 2013 at 8:24 pm | Permalink

    What a wonderful interview–well done, guys! Love that he recognised the site and was pleased with its success.

    Ah, Winds of Winter. If I were an astrophysicist or someone in a field related to temporal mechanics, that book would be the only reason/motivation I’d need for creating a time machine. Alas–no visiting the future just yet.

  27. Nic
    Posted March 19, 2013 at 8:29 pm | Permalink

    I could listen to George all day. A brilliant mind.

  28. Maris
    Posted March 19, 2013 at 8:32 pm | Permalink

    Dan,
    Lets hope you’re right!
    I wish him good health and long life ,so he can finish it …somehow. :D

  29. Kelly
    Posted March 19, 2013 at 8:34 pm | Permalink

    “…trying to stay with the times and keep up with you”

    Had to laugh. At his writing pace, it’s not quite that difficult lol

  30. Jon
    Posted March 19, 2013 at 8:59 pm | Permalink

    Excellent coverage this year guys! GRRM is right you guys are really stepping it up.

  31. Adam
    Posted March 19, 2013 at 9:02 pm | Permalink

    Hmm. That’s the answer you’d expect, but still, it’s early 2013 and you’d hope that he’d sound a little more optimistic.

    Personally, I don’t mind waiting a while for the books, just as long as the ending to the book series doesn’t end up on the TV first, I think most people would want to experience that in the deeper, original medium.

  32. Adam
    Posted March 19, 2013 at 9:07 pm | Permalink

    Isabelle,

    Hi there, speaking as an astrophysicist, we actually do have a time machine. It’s called sitting around and waiting, and you’ll move inexorably forward in time. ;)

    Alright, if that’s not good enough for you, you could try a bit of spaceflight at speeds rapidly approaching the speed of light, in which case the famous time dilation would help pass the time more quickly for you relative to us poor waiting souls on Earth, but unfortunately a suitable spaceship doesn’t nearly exist yet. If you want one built, by the way, astrophysicists are the wrong people to talk to as we don’t deal with anything nearly so applied as actually [i]building[/i] things – you’d have to talk to an aerospace engineer for that!

  33. AshStorm
    Posted March 19, 2013 at 9:16 pm | Permalink

    Hmmm I dont see any mention of this on the front page so I’ll just post this here but they are doing a “Evening with Game of Thrones” event and it’s starting in a little over an hour

    TONIGHT AT 7:30 PT/10:30 ET: Watch an “Evening with Game of Thrones,” a live discussion with David Benioff, D.B. Weiss, George R.R. Martin, Peter Dinklage and more of the cast/producers of the show. WEBCAST LINK: http://itsh.bo/WD30CU

    Panelists *
    DAVID BENIOFF Creator/Executive Producer
    D.B. WEISS Creator/Executive Producer
    GEORGE R.R. MARTIN Co-Executive Producer
    PETER DINKLAGE Tyrion Lannister
    NIKOLAJ COSTER-WALDAU Jaime Lannister
    LENA HEADEY Cersei Lannister
    KIT HARINGTON Jon Snow
    MICHELLE FAIRLEY Catelyn Stark
    SOPHIE TURNER Sansa Stark
    MAISIE WILLIAMS Arya Stark

    Moderator
    ROB MCELLHENNEY Star and Creator of “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”

    *subject to availability

  34. Javi Marcos
    Posted March 19, 2013 at 9:17 pm | Permalink

    The best interview I have ever seen here in WiC. Listening to GRRM is simply delicious. He expresses in every sentence that he loves his story as much as the most radical and absorbed fan.

  35. Superdeluxe
    Posted March 19, 2013 at 9:18 pm | Permalink

    Lol love GRRM’s talk about the website coming of age. One great thing HBO has done is giving access to all forms of media and not just print or tv

  36. Jaime Saltcliffe
    Posted March 19, 2013 at 9:23 pm | Permalink

    Ladies and gentlemen, I never was one to think this but it’s a good chance ASOIAF goes unfinished and is left to the show to complete the story. He’s extremely slow and the story seems to be getting longer. He looks unhealthy and age is not on his side.

    Lets hope he’s telling David and Dan much more than R+L=J so they finish it in his honor!

    Morbid, yes. But I’m concerned!

  37. Jaqen is Q
    Posted March 19, 2013 at 10:27 pm | Permalink

    Isabelle,

    Talk to Neil DeGrasse Tyson.

  38. Jaqen is Q
    Posted March 19, 2013 at 10:28 pm | Permalink

    Jaime Saltcliffe,

    Does George really look like he’s about to drop down dead?

  39. brightroar
    Posted March 19, 2013 at 10:37 pm | Permalink

    George’s process for writing is definitely super important to him. i bet he tokes up a bit then just lets him imagination run wild, i know thats what i do when i read the books.

  40. Phil
    Posted March 19, 2013 at 10:40 pm | Permalink

    who keeps saying this whole “biggest departure from the books” last I heard, reports said it would be closer to the book than last season. And in the past, they’ve said that there would be differences but overall it would be the same, and even with the departures in season 2, everyone pretty much ended up in the same place. It’s making me nervous, like they are preparing us for a BIG change. Like something that would have a major effect on the series.

  41. Mike
    Posted March 19, 2013 at 10:56 pm | Permalink

    Jack,

    I heard it was Vargo Hoat that is gonna be replaced with another, just for tv, character.

  42. Phil
    Posted March 19, 2013 at 10:59 pm | Permalink

    Phil,

    So many people are trying to prove that the PW is this season that their theories are getting me paranoid that it not only is, but that it will occur BEFORE the RW, at Tyrion and Sansa’s wedding, which would be atrocious. Which would be the “big change” that apparently people are referring to. I could live with it being in ep. 10 I guess, but not with a big change like that. I still don’t think it is this season, though, it would be a waste to have crammed it in when season 4 is basically guaranteed already and i think the writers are smarter than that. I also think we would at least have rumors from production of it. The deaths of major characters and how they happen is the only thing I don’t like them messing with, otherwise I’m fine with whatever alterations for TV

  43. Guybrush Threepwood
    Posted March 19, 2013 at 11:07 pm | Permalink

    If you have the opportunity to ask George questions again, if you could inquire what he thinks the show should do if he DOESNT finish the books in time, that would be great.

  44. Greatjon of Slumber
    Posted March 19, 2013 at 11:36 pm | Permalink

    Nice interview, and he’s very gracious and understanding of the process in terms of what it means for a TV show. And he says that it is still “his story,” which is what matters. Of course it will differ.

  45. Queen For A Day
    Posted March 19, 2013 at 11:37 pm | Permalink

    Tyrion Pimpslap,

    I second this! It’s much less annoying and much more relative to the site. Plus who doesn’t love a good Hodor every now and then!?

  46. Perkins
    Posted March 20, 2013 at 12:43 am | Permalink

    umm missandei smokin 11 oclock.

  47. MATTHEW
    Posted March 20, 2013 at 1:02 am | Permalink

    Others have commented on this, but wow, Simone is quite statuesque. I thought GRRM was a dwarf at first but then I looked at some other pictures of Simone doing interviews, and she seems to be about a head taller than Kit Harrington as well. And, like Gwen Christie, she probably doesn’t shy away from heels despite her height.

  48. MATTHEW
    Posted March 20, 2013 at 1:09 am | Permalink

    Perkins: umm missandei smokin 11 oclock.

    Oh my goodness! All the actresses look great at the premiere, but… wow… I think we can probably look forward to scenes of Missandei warming Dani’s bed in the future (since Irri plays that part in the books but is now dead in the show)

  49. Steven Swanson
    Posted March 20, 2013 at 1:30 am | Permalink

    Jaime Saltcliffe:
    Ladies and gentlemen, I never was one to think this but it’s a good chance ASOIAF goes unfinished and is left to the show to complete the story. He’s extremely slow and the story seems to be getting longer. He looks unhealthy and age is not on his side.

    Lets hope he’s telling David and Dan much more than R+L=J so they finish it in his honor!

    Morbid, yes. But I’m concerned!

    I’m impressed that you didn’t mention that he’s fat, that’s usually included in this cliched brand of worry. Or was that implied by “unhealthy”?

  50. El Beto
    Posted March 20, 2013 at 2:27 am | Permalink

    Write, George, write like the wind!!!

  51. SHiRO
    Posted March 20, 2013 at 2:56 am | Permalink

    Ugh, Simone Boyce is just awfull…No, GRMM is not a “dick”, it’s just that SB asks stupid questions. Way to ask him three of the questions GRMM stated he hates being asked right at the beginning of the interview. Noone should ever ask him again when TWOW is coming out, he hates fan fiction and Tyrion being his “favourite” has been asked a thousand times before aswell. There’s so much interesting stuff you could get into with him and these are the first three questions you come up with?
    The misunderstood character question was a good one and his answer is quite telling I think. And yes Jaime is one of the best characters, but to anyone who has read the books he can hardly be misunderstood.

  52. MATTHEW
    Posted March 20, 2013 at 3:46 am | Permalink

    SHiRO: Ugh, Simone Boyce is just awfull…No, GRMM is not a “dick”, it’s just that SB asks stupid questions. Way to ask him three of the questions GRMM stated he hates being asked right at the beginning of the interview. Noone should ever ask him again when TWOW is coming out, he hates fan fiction and Tyrion being his “favourite” has been asked a thousand times before aswell. There’s so much interesting stuff you could get into with him and these are the first three questions you come up with?The misunderstood character question was a good one and his answer is quite telling I think. And yes Jaime is one of the best characters, but to anyone who has read the books he can hardly be misunderstood.

    Fair enough point, but keep in mind these sorts of things are primarily done for a TV fanbase who may love the show but aren’t deeply familiar with the books or with GRRM’s likes and dislikes. Those people are hearing this stuff from George for the first time, and, for his part, he doesn’t seem to mind the beautiful Simone at all. If those questions annoy him, he doesn’t show it.

  53. Currer Bell
    Posted March 20, 2013 at 4:04 am | Permalink

    One is very happy for GRRM. At a time in life when others are being eased out the door into retirment and an uncertain financial future, Mr. Martin is the center of worldwide adoration with millions hanging on his every word and is no doubt rolling in the filthy lucre. He really has no incentive to finish the series quickly. At the end of A Dream of Spring, the merry go round stops. So enjoy the party, George. You deserve it for the pleasure you’ve given us.

  54. SHiRO
    Posted March 20, 2013 at 5:52 am | Permalink

    MATTHEW, possibly but those three questions are about the books, not the show and the one about TWOW coming out gets asked EVERY time by EVERY interviewer. As a self proclaimed lover of the books with ties to this site, SB should know better.

  55. Bubble
    Posted March 20, 2013 at 5:53 am | Permalink

    I know his pace of writting is slow, but let’s face it : he has a lot of conventions, interview, etc. to go, and the book is much more famous since the show, he must have the hell of a schedule…All of this is part of his work, so I can understand. But I really hope he will have the time to finish the books, and I hope the show won’t overpass the book…

  56. Jeff colaizzi
    Posted March 20, 2013 at 8:23 am | Permalink

    That bitch asked when winds of winter is coming out. You don’t ask GRRM about his next book. It is known.

  57. Jeff colaizzi
    Posted March 20, 2013 at 8:42 am | Permalink

    Jeff colaizzi,

    Jeff colaizzi,

    Now he’s gonna kill another stark is what I meant by that.

  58. Atreyu
    Posted March 20, 2013 at 8:43 am | Permalink

    SHiRO,
    There’s a very good reason the question is asked during most interviews. Suppose Simone doesn’t ask the question and the very next interviewer who does receives some very exciting news about progress on TWOW. Well, damn, Simone just got scooped. Interviewing Mr. Martin and not asking about the books is like interviewing Joe Montana and just talking about him leading the Kansas City Chiefs to the playoffs.

  59. Jeff colaizzi
    Posted March 20, 2013 at 8:44 am | Permalink

    I have been looking for the actor cast as Ramsey Snow but haven’t been able to find him of and of the bastard boys. If Reek is in season 3 surely Ramsey has to be.

  60. Jeff colaizzi
    Posted March 20, 2013 at 8:46 am | Permalink

    SHiRO,

    Great point. Theon jumped into my mind when she said misunderstood.

  61. RamsaySnow
    Posted March 20, 2013 at 8:58 am | Permalink

    Jeff colaizzi:
    That bitch asked when winds of winter is coming out. You don’t ask GRRM about his next book. It is known.

    YEP! You don’t. If someone asks in his blog, the question gets deleted. GRRM doesn’t allow off topic questions, on his blog one can only discuss about NFL or buying his merchandise. If someone asks it in Westeros, the thread gets closed, Westeros doesn’t allow such questions.

    WiC should delete this interview, this question is not allowed. It’s taboo. Forbidden. Verboten. Because that’s the question every intelligent person knows the answer, but noone wants to say it out loud. Even the blind sockpuppets of his know the answer about the emperor’s new clothes, but they just prefer to pretend not knowing it. That’s why the Emperor and his camarilla hates the question so much.

  62. MATTHEW
    Posted March 20, 2013 at 9:04 am | Permalink

    RamsaySnow: YEP! You don’t. If someone asks in his blog, the question gets deleted. GRRM doesn’t allow off topic questions, on his blog one can only discuss about NFL or buying his merchandise. If someone asks it in Westeros, the thread gets closed, Westeros doesn’t allow such questions.WiC should delete this interview, this question is not allowed. It’s taboo. Forbidden. Verboten. Because that’s the question every intelligent person knows the answer, but noone wants to say it out loud. Even the blind sockpuppets of his know the answer about the emperor’s new clothes, but they just prefer to pretend not knowing it. That’s why the Emperor and his camarilla hates the question so much.

    why u mad bro

  63. RamsaySnow
    Posted March 20, 2013 at 9:15 am | Permalink

    MATTHEW,

    Not really mad, bro, I’m just cruising the internets to make this right.

    I’m ashamed as I wronged people. I’m ashamed as I deceived people. Years ago (or was it decades ago?) I recommended a book series to everybody willing to listen to me and not willing to listen. It was a series with three books out, and another three to follow. But then… what happened, the series went downhill and as I learned it will never be finished or at best remained unfinished for some decades. Decades — in plural, yep.

    I wronged people, and I am ashamed of it. I feel I’m like this guy selling heroine in front of the school, selling to innocent children. Selling it to them, when they don’t know what they’re buying. OK, I didn’t know what I was selling too, but still, it’s my fault, and I’m ashamed of it.

    Anyway, I’m cruising the internets trying to rectify the situation. For every poor soul I hooked on it, I hope there is a soul I’ll save. For every person I ruined, there’ll be a person I’ll open his/her eyes.

    Not really mad bro. Just ashamed.

  64. Red Comet
    Posted March 20, 2013 at 9:23 am | Permalink

    Waiting with no guarantee sucks huh? That’s life, deal with it.

  65. MATTHEW
    Posted March 20, 2013 at 9:26 am | Permalink

    RamsaySnow: MATTHEW, Not really mad, bro, I’m just cruising the internets to make this right.I’m ashamed as I wronged people. I’m ashamed as I deceived people. Years ago (or was it decades ago?) I recommended a book series to everybody willing to listen to me and not willing to listen. It was a series with three books out, and another three to follow. But then… what happened, the series went downhill and as I learned it will never be finished or at best remained unfinished for some decades. Decades — in plural, yep.I wronged people, and I am ashamed of it. I feel I’m like this guy selling heroine in front of the school, selling to innocent children. Selling it to them, when they don’t know what they’re buying. OK, I didn’t know what I was selling too, but still, it’s my fault, and I’m ashamed of it.Anyway, I’m cruising the internets trying to rectify the situation. For every poor soul I hooked on it, I hope there is a soul I’ll save. For every person I ruined, there’ll be a person I’ll open his/her eyes.Not really mad bro. Just ashamed.

    yeah, you’re one of those. just read the first 3 books over and over again, stay away from the TV show, pretend the first three books are all that exist, and you’ll be all set. your friends will forgive you. they might even (GASP!) enjoy books 4 and 5, but then again… you probably wouldn’t stoop to having friends with such poor taste.

    Look at me. I still love the first 3 star wars films, before George Lucas started fucking with them. I don’t watch the crappy prequels, and I don’t sit around waiting for JJ Abrams to make new ones and complain that he’d better hurry up so I can find out what happens to Han Solo after the rebellion. I just stick to my old VHS copies, and I am happy man. And i don’t feel the least bit bad recommending Star Wars to people, even though the new ones suck; 3 good movies is more than most people make in a lifetime, no?

  66. RamsaySnow
    Posted March 20, 2013 at 9:33 am | Permalink

    Wait a minute, bro, why should I stay away from TV show. I’m counting on TV show
    - to finish what the Naked Emperor will never finish
    - to rectify (from season 4 on) what the Naked Emperor ruined from the book 4 on.

    I’m staying away from the books though, I’m surely not interested to read the next instalment when it comes out in 2019, if at all. I’m counting on D&D to do the things right.

  67. SHiRO
    Posted March 20, 2013 at 9:33 am | Permalink

    Atreyu:
    SHiRO,
    There’s a very good reason the question is asked during most interviews. Suppose Simone doesn’t ask the question and the very next interviewer who does receives some very exciting news about progress on TWOW. Well, damn, Simone just got scooped. Interviewing Mr. Martin and not asking about the books is like interviewing Joe Montana and just talking about him leading the Kansas City Chiefs to the playoffs.

    We already have our answer as to when the book comes out, no sense in pestering the man with that pointless question over and over again and then top it of with a question about fan fiction. Besides, he’s not going to “scoop” something like a release date that casually. Again, questions like this are excusable when you are ignorant about the books and know nothing about GRRM, not when you are a self proclaimed fan who is associated with this site.

  68. MATTHEW
    Posted March 20, 2013 at 9:34 am | Permalink

    SHiRO: I call bullshit. We already have our answer as to when the book comes out, no sense in pestering the man with that pointless question over and over again and then top it of with a question about fan fiction. Besides, he’s not going to “scoop” something like a release date that casually. Again, questions like this are excusable when you are ignorant about the books and know nothing about GRRM, not when you are a self proclaimed fan who is associated with this site.

    but she’s not doing the interview for HERSELF, a dedicated book fan. She’s doing it for people who love the show but might know very little about the books or the views of the man who writes them. Not all the people watching the interview are steeped in lore or familiar with GRRMs normal answers. This is a mainstream affair.

  69. MATTHEW
    Posted March 20, 2013 at 9:38 am | Permalink

    RamsaySnow: Wait a minute, bro, why should I stay away from TV show. I’m counting on TV show- to finish what the Naked Emperor will never finish- to rectify (from season 4 on) what the Naked Emperor ruined from the book 4 on.I’m staying away from the books though, I’m surely not interested to read the next instalment when it comes out in 2019, if at all. I’m counting on D&D to do the things right.

    That’s surprising. Usually people who put books 1-3 up on a pedestal hate the show, becuase each season is not a 54-hour visual adapation/retread of all their favorite scenes and characters. But good on you. I hope D&D don’t let you down.

  70. SHiRO
    Posted March 20, 2013 at 9:43 am | Permalink

    MATTHEW, she’s doing this for this site and her YT channel, isn’t she? Not all on here have intimate book knowledge, but all here are more than casual fans. Anyway, the point was “don’t waste our and GRRM’s time with questions we already know the answer to”.

    Also, what I already mentioned and you failed to pick up on…, if this is a mainstream affair and about the TV show, why is she asking him questions related to the books?

  71. Atreyu
    Posted March 20, 2013 at 10:16 am | Permalink

    SHiRO,

    Did I say anything about a release date? Hold on … lemme check. Nope. Sure didn’t. I said exciting news: “Well, Simone. I just roughed out a Pod POV chapter last week.” That would be pretty exciting, right?

    If an interviewer limits themselves to show-specific questions, they might as well just ask him “Who are you wearing tonight?”

    Actually, that would be awesome.

  72. Pau Soriano
    Posted March 20, 2013 at 10:20 am | Permalink

    I have to agree with SHIRO there…

  73. sean
    Posted March 20, 2013 at 10:38 am | Permalink

    I’m on SHiRO’s side here … there’s an art to interviewing people and it doesn’t entail asking questions the person has repeatedly made clear they hate to be asked… and asking questions they’ve been asked literally hundreds of times before.

    Interviewing, like most things, has its own karma … if the interviewee doesn’t like your questions, what do you think the odds of them opening up to you is? What are the odds you get another interview? I thought these things would be common sense, but these days there may not be such a thing.

  74. Juego de tronos
    Posted March 20, 2013 at 12:03 pm | Permalink

    write like wind, George… write like wind!

  75. Steel_Wind
    Posted March 20, 2013 at 12:15 pm | Permalink

    In all seriousness, given the advent of the web, Youtube and the incredible hype machine that has been Game of Thrones on HBO - IS THERE ANOTHER AUTHOR –ANY AUTHOR — ANY GENRE — who is now as recognizable and as much a media celebrity as George RR Martin?

    It seems to me that because of the Web and Youtube that not even the best known authors, Stephen King and JK Rowling have had as much web-media exposure as GRRM. That is REMARKABLE. Think about it: George can’t go into a frikkin corner store without being recognized. That’s a VERY odd place for an author to find themselves in.

    I hope the alienating effect of all of this fame does not make GRRM end up hating this gig. No author signs up for the media spotlight in which George now finds himself. He seems to bear it well, but after a while? That has to be more-than-a-little soul grinding.

  76. Knurk
    Posted March 20, 2013 at 1:55 pm | Permalink

    Steel_Wind,

    no, simply because you follow all the Game of Thrones news you think GRRM is the most recognizable because you see him this much. There are tons of other authors who have been way more in the mainstream media than Gurm, including King and Rowling.

    And I don’t agree with Shiro. Why should an interviewer shy away from questions the interviewee hates? There’s always the awesoma chance he will blow up in front of the camera and says: “FUCK you and your fucking questions, do you you guys really still believe I am writing books?!?!” Can’t miss out on that oppurtunity.

  77. Jay
    Posted March 20, 2013 at 1:56 pm | Permalink

    Does anyone else think the changes from the book could be Theon being tortured by Ramsey considering that wasn’t really talked about until later books?

  78. Nymeria Stark
    Posted March 20, 2013 at 3:01 pm | Permalink

    Jay:
    Does anyone else think the changes from the book could be Theon being tortured by Ramsey considering that wasn’t really talked about until later books?

    I don’t think so. This is not exactly a change, it did happen. The torture wasn’t shown in ASoS and AFfC due to the absense of Theon’s POV, but it happened nonetheless.

  79. MATTHEW
    Posted March 20, 2013 at 7:53 pm | Permalink

    Steel_Wind:
    In all seriousness, given the advent of the web, Youtube and the incredible hype machine that has been Game of Thrones on HBO - IS THERE ANOTHER AUTHOR –ANY AUTHOR — ANY GENRE — who is now as recognizable and as much a media celebrity as George RR Martin?

    It seems to me that because of the Web and Youtube that not even the best known authors, Stephen King and JK Rowling have had as much web-media exposure as GRRM. That is REMARKABLE. Think about it: George can’t go into a frikkin corner store without being recognized. That’s a VERY odd place for an author to find themselves in.

    I hope the alienating effect of all of this fame does not make GRRM end up hating this gig. No author signs up for the media spotlight in which George now finds himself. He seems to bear it well, but after a while? That has to be more-than-a-little soul grinding.

    GRRM puts himself out there. He enjoys interacting with the media and his fans; he’s very gracious and personable.

    God knows there are also plenty of very private and reclusive authors, and GRRM could be one if he wanted to, but this is the path he’s chosen, and he seems to like it–even if it means having to answer the same questions over and over again.

  80. Roger
    Posted March 21, 2013 at 9:44 am | Permalink

    Seriously distracted around 1.38….

  81. Elliot
    Posted March 22, 2013 at 5:30 pm | Permalink

    “It’s hard when I’m writing three Tyrion chapters and then have to switch to a Daenarys chapter”
    We all know it’s going to happen but I just get really excited that this means they’re probably interacting with each other :D :D :D

  82. George Costanza
    Posted March 27, 2013 at 8:20 pm | Permalink

    I really don’t understand the GRRM apologists…Is it really that outlandish to express one’s frustration with the length between the novels and the author’s utter contempt for anyone who questions his devotion to finishing them? Did we as readers pay for guaranteed satisfaction when we picked up the first book? No, certainly not…But the third book (other than Dance it is the largest and it doesnt trail by much) took 2 years to publish, and overall the first 3 books came out in the time it took him to finish the 5th. We as readers are paying him indirectly by purchasing his books and watching the show he gets proceeds from. If no one read the books, or significantly less people did I’m positive that his income would be substantially less. Should fans of Rob Grankowski and the Patriots be barred from expressing their displeasure that he was wrestling people in Vegas a few weeks after breaking his arm? We don’t get a say in much (or really anything for that matter when it comes to this story) and the man can do anything he pleases with his time as its his life. But, I can understand people’s frustration when you hear he is going to conventions T, U, V,W, X, Y and Z, chastizes his fan base for not buying the ASOIAF calendars, and then turns around and complains that he has too much on his plate at his own doing.

    I also don’t know why people take it so personally when other readers mention how they didnt find books 4 and 5 as gripping as the first 3 books….I read all 5 in a few months, so my view/opinion isn’t skewed by the time it took him to write the latest 2 installments…They just weren’t as good…The plot just didnt move nearly as swiftly and the excitement wasn’t there. Now, that doesn’t mean I think his writing has fallen off. I almost view the first 3 books as their own entity, and the latest 2 books have been a very very long set up for the upcomming 2 novels. Is my generation extremely entitled? Absolutely..We are the immediate gratification generation, but I think people are equally scared that they are going to find out how this story ends by watching the show, or not watching it and hearing the ending around the water cooler. All those pages we collectively read, for nothing.

    Any time someone asks him when the book might come out, he should take it as a compliment that we care enough to be frustrated by how long he takes to finish it…We are paying him plain and simple, and we have every right in the world to ask him when we will get the priviledge to pay for his next book.

  83. Ram
    Posted April 17, 2013 at 12:10 pm | Permalink

    So far I would have to say that HBO has done as decent job with adapting the story. I do believe that they should be given a larger budget so that they can make each show 75 mins. There is a lot to cover in 1 hour so it jumps around quite a bit leaving out some important details and rushing certain situations. (Such as Ser Barristan & Khaleesi and the way they met.) I also didn’t like what they did last season with Ser Cleos Frey and Jaime, it made Jaime more of a monster than what he is in the books. The worst thing he has done in the books so far is shove Bran out of the window, and screw his sister…..

    This season they are obviously adding more stuff that didn’t happen like Melisandre leaving on a secret mission. From the previews it looks as though she meets with the brotherhood without banners in a cave?? Whatever, I guess we will have to wait and see how that plays out.

    As someone who saw the show before reading the books, I would strongly advise anyone who enjoys the show to start reading the series between this season and the next. Reading the books will give you a true appreciation for GRRM and his work. He is truly a gifted writer and the world that he created in A Song of Fire and Ice rivals any other fantasy or science fiction story ever written.

  84. Danny
    Posted April 19, 2013 at 2:41 pm | Permalink

    just a guess but I think Melisandre is going to meet up w/ Thoros & Beric and give them the flaming sword before Beric fights The Hound she’ll probably be the one to resurrect Beric, or give Thoros the power to do so

  85. Squeezit
    Posted May 2, 2013 at 3:22 am | Permalink

    So…
    Does anyone think about the Penguin from Batman when George Martin talks?

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