GRRM talks Arya & The Hound in new Game of Thrones Season 3 DVD clip
By Lightbringer on in Filming, Merchandise.

The clips keep rolling in ahead of next week’s Game of Thrones Season 3 DVD release! In this new clip thanks to LA Times George R.R. Martin discusses the relationship between Arya & The Hound, and how it developed over the course of Season 3. As we’ve already learned we can look forward to even more from the pair in Season 4, but first, we look back:


53 Comments

  1. Khal_ Rhaego
    Posted February 15, 2014 at 5:05 pm | Permalink

    Hodor!!

  2. Lord Davos
    Posted February 15, 2014 at 5:11 pm | Permalink

    Keep them coming Lightbringer!

  3. Balerion
    Posted February 15, 2014 at 5:24 pm | Permalink

    Am I the only one that doesn’t have sound on the video?

  4. Abyss
    Posted February 15, 2014 at 5:27 pm | Permalink

    One of my ears enjoyed that clip very much… – Seriously, why is the sound in mono?

  5. Abyss
    Posted February 15, 2014 at 5:34 pm | Permalink

    Balerion,

    My guess is that it isn’t actual in mono, but they massed up one of the stereo channels some how. I’m no sound expert, but if you only have one channel for some reason, and that’s the one that’s broken, then I guess that could mean that you don’t have any sound at all.

  6. House Mormont
    Posted February 15, 2014 at 5:43 pm | Permalink

    Yo Lightbringer can you start rolling a few similar things into one post?

    Like the recent season 3 blue ray vids, or maybe cast interviews, or cast achievements, just if they happen all around the same time

    All the news is great though it’s good to have you here

  7. Atreyu
    Posted February 15, 2014 at 5:45 pm | Permalink

    Land o’ goshen! This clip is an entire one minute and 13 seconds. Surely it should have been split up into three or four separate posts so we might digest them more easily.

  8. Turncloak
    Posted February 15, 2014 at 6:17 pm | Permalink

    Lightbringer! you are awesome! Screw master Aemon’s words. You are the real thing and you shine brightly!

  9. Arthur
    Posted February 15, 2014 at 7:07 pm | Permalink

    Who is this Lightbringer guy?

    Is his brain attached to the Internet?

    He finds EVERYTHING!!!

  10. Silverstormm
    Posted February 15, 2014 at 7:17 pm | Permalink

    Arthur,

    I think he IS the matrix!

  11. The Spider
    Posted February 15, 2014 at 9:18 pm | Permalink

    I just wish he would finish the book already. Most top fantasy writers write one book every two years i dont understand how he can take 4+ years between books. It would be a shame if the show ended before the books since the books have so much more character development and lore

  12. King in the North Carolina
    Posted February 15, 2014 at 10:54 pm | Permalink

    The Spider,

    He’s not your bitch.

  13. Dominique
    Posted February 15, 2014 at 11:50 pm | Permalink

    House Mormont:
    Yo Lightbringer can you start rolling a few similar things into one post?

    Like the recent season 3 blue ray vids, or maybe cast interviews, or cast achievements, just if they happen all around the same time

    All the news is great though it’s good to have you here

    I concur. It used to be the house style, and it made sense. It’s a minority whose site-visiting habit will make them miss early post-edits when they’re well marked.

  14. The Spider
    Posted February 16, 2014 at 2:02 am | Permalink

    King in the North Carolina, No Hes not but he has a responsability to his many fans to deliver his work in a reasonable amount of time specially now that he has an HBO contract and Hes just not doing it, you dont mind because the last book you read was probably Twilight

  15. Balerion
    Posted February 16, 2014 at 2:48 am | Permalink

    Abyss,

    Your guess is right, one of my speakers is indeed broken.

  16. A Man Grown
    Posted February 16, 2014 at 5:13 am | Permalink

    The Spider,

    Really? A Twilight-related insult on a GoT fan site? Try harder next time.

  17. Annara Snow
    Posted February 16, 2014 at 9:22 am | Permalink

    The Spider:
    King in the North Carolina, No Hes not but he has a responsability to his many fans to deliver his work in a reasonable amount of time specially now that he has an HBO contract and Hes just not doing it, you dont mind because the last book you read was probably Twilight

    No, he doesn’t actually have any obligation to his fans. You’re not his boss and you have no right to order him around. If you can’t find another way to pass the time before you get to read the next book, try writing something yourself, since you think it’s so easy.

    But then you’d have to learn to spell.

  18. Patchy Face
    Posted February 16, 2014 at 9:34 am | Permalink

    So, rather than discussing GRRM’s writing habits (my conjecture is that, because he writes slowly, we have the excellent books we do- don’t think we want him to change), let’s continue looking forward to S4. Does anyone else think that HBO will be announcing titles in the next 2 weeks? I think we should be starting to get leaks on this fairly soon.

  19. House Mormont
    Posted February 16, 2014 at 10:19 am | Permalink

    Yo I did my personal statement for university a few months back and it made me respect GRRM more, it’s so hard to write when it has to be perfect, I put it off for ages. And that was just a page, he does 1000x that.

    But then again I do agree he has a “moral obligation” in that thousands of people get frustrated at waiting 5 years for a book, and he hasn’t even given a progress update in three years

  20. zod
    Posted February 16, 2014 at 10:30 am | Permalink

    Patchy Face: my conjecture is that, because he writes slowly, we have the excellent books we do- don’t think we want him to change

    He wrote the first three books quite fast, and those are regarded by most fans as being way better than the last two.

  21. Lord Davos
    Posted February 16, 2014 at 10:39 am | Permalink

    zod,

    Actually he used 9 years, and i would say Feast for crows and Dance with dragons are the best half-books i have ever read. A ball of beast is something you people should try. Think about it like Breaking Bad season 5 part 1 and 2. None of them serves without the other.

  22. Adam Whitehead
    Posted February 16, 2014 at 11:35 am | Permalink

    The Spider,

    It’s true a lot of fantasy authors can write books in 2-3 years, but those books are typically 150-200,000 words, or less than half the size of ASoS or ADWD, which are monsters (420,000-odd words each). The number of authors who can write that page count faster than George is almost non-existent: Brandon Sanderson is the only one that comes to mind immediately. Steven Erikson used to be able to do it in a year, but he’s slowed right down recently.

    OTOH, you look at authors writing similar-length books and you’re finding similar writing times: Patrick Rothfuss is coming in at 4 years per book, and the next one may wind up closer to 5 years. In some cases it’s a lot longer: Susanna Clarke has been working on her new book for over 10 years now, and it still seems to be a couple of years off.

    zod,

    Not entirely accurate. He wrote the first three books over a period of 9 years (minus 12 months or so for a TV project, but apparently he d id a lot of planning for the series during that time so it’s arguable if it should be counted or not), or about 3 years per book. Which is still twice as fast as ADWD of course, but definitely not the 18-24 months per book that some people think they were. He had a lot of ACoK completed when AGoT came out and a lot of ASoS done when ACoK did.

  23. zod
    Posted February 16, 2014 at 11:51 am | Permalink

    Lord Davos: None of them serves without the other.

    Which is exactly the reason why we’re getting a bit impatient in regards to TWOW release date. Without that book, all the build up GRRM has done in AFFC and ADWD is kinda pointless (as you state it yourself).

    Adam Whitehead: Not entirely accurate.

    I said “quite fast”. How is that “not entirely accurate”? To me, 3 years can be considered “quite fast” when you compare that to the 5-6 years it took him to write AFFC or ADWD.

    Adam Whitehead: He had a lot of ACoK completed when AGoT came out and a lot of ASoS done when ACoK did.

    And a lot of ADWD done when AFFC came out (to the point that he was really confident that he would be able to release that book the next year). And a lot of TWOW completed when he released ADWD.

    Just face it: GRRM’s writing pace has never been so slow.

  24. TheMannis
    Posted February 16, 2014 at 11:54 am | Permalink

    Don’t see what everyone’s beef with Feast & Dance is despite the long wait…very good books. Reading Dance and its awesome especially Theon chapters.

  25. house snow
    Posted February 16, 2014 at 12:13 pm | Permalink

    Adam Whitehead:
    The Spider,

    It’s true a lot of fantasy authors can write books in 2-3 years, but those books are typically 150-200,000 words, or less than half the size of ASoS or ADWD, which are monsters (420,000-odd words each). The number of authors who can write that page count faster than George is almost non-existent: Brandon Sanderson is the only one that comes to mind immediately. Steven Erikson used to be able to do it in a year, but he’s slowed right down recently.

    OTOH, you look at authors writing similar-length books and you’re finding similar writing times: Patrick Rothfuss is coming in at 4 years per book, and the next one may wind up closer to 5 years. In some cases it’s a lot longer: Susanna Clarke has been working on her new book for over 10 years now, and it still seems to be a couple of years off.

    zod,

    Not entirely accurate. He wrote the first three books over a period of 9 years (minus 12 months or so for a TV project, but apparently he d id a lot of planning for the series during that time so it’s arguable if it should be counted or not), or about 3 years per book. Which is still twice as fast as ADWD of course, but definitely not the 18-24 months per book that some people think they were. He had a lot of ACoK completed when AGoT came out and a lot of ASoS done when ACoK did.

    That’s interesting info. I think the criticism for grrm is based on the feeling that he takes a lot of time off in very public ways, says he doesn’t write during that time off, and seems kind of nieve about the possibility of senility and mortality. I think if he didn’t give that vibe,people would be less critical of how long the books are taking.

  26. Patchy Face
    Posted February 16, 2014 at 12:27 pm | Permalink

    What about the S4 titles coming out? Do people expect them in the next 2 weeks? Do you think that HBO will continue to feed the beast (us fans) on a regular basis until 4/6 and how?

  27. Silverstormm
    Posted February 16, 2014 at 12:35 pm | Permalink

    Patchy Face,

    All the trailers, articles etc are really great but nothing short of watching the episodes will sate my desire – so I’ll live in my ever increasing (as the date draws closer and thusly time slows down) frustrated world until Episode 1 airs! Sigh..

  28. Rygar
    Posted February 16, 2014 at 1:08 pm | Permalink

    Annara Snow: No, he doesn’t actually have any obligation to his fans. You’re not his boss and you have no right to order him around. If you can’t find another way to pass the time before you get to read the next book, try writing something yourself, since you think it’s so easy.

    But then you’d have to learn to spell.

    And you need a hug. *hugs *

  29. Hand of the Kingslayer
    Posted February 16, 2014 at 1:20 pm | Permalink

    Annara Snow,

    I think he has a responsibility to himself and his legacy to finish the books before the show, but if he keeps on releasing the books six years apart… It would seem he doesn’t care anymore. I hope he surprises us and releases TWOW early in 2015.

  30. Annara Snow
    Posted February 16, 2014 at 1:22 pm | Permalink

    house snow: That’s interesting info.I think the criticism for grrm is based on the feeling that he takes a lot of time off in very public ways, says he doesn’t write during that time off, and seems kind of nieve about the possibility of senility and mortality. I think if he didn’t give that vibe,people would be less critical of how long the books are taking.

    He is just 64, not 80. He doesn’t have to think about senility and mortality yet. And it’s really ridiculous to expect a person to lock themselves in the house for years in order to just write, write, write, never go out, never watch a game on TV, and avoid the public – especially when they’re world famous and also work on a popular TV show based on their books.

    What’s even worse, because it’s not just ridiculous but also tasteless, is when fans basically say “He should write faster because he could die, because he’s fat!”

    If I were him, I wouldn’t be giving fans the update on the progress of the books, either. There’s nothing more annoying when you’re working than someone standing over your shoulder and asking: “When are you going to finish? How much do you have left? Let me see how much you’ve done already.” Well, actually, I take that back – it must be even more annoying when that someone is saying: “And hurry up, because you may die soon.”

  31. Hand of the Kingslayer
    Posted February 16, 2014 at 1:22 pm | Permalink

    TheMannis,

    Dance was amazing, but I do think AFFC (while still good) was the low point in the series.

  32. Lord Davos
    Posted February 16, 2014 at 1:46 pm | Permalink

    TheMannis,

    The mannis is awsome, great character.

  33. Lord Davos
    Posted February 16, 2014 at 1:51 pm | Permalink

    Hand of the Kingslayer,

    For me, game of thrones is the low point. Dwarfhugging and sope. ugh.

  34. Rygar
    Posted February 16, 2014 at 2:03 pm | Permalink

    Annara Snow,

    I don’t think its just that. I think its spending time on other projects and editing that has ASoIaF fans in a frenzy. King fans were the same way waiting for the Dark Tower to finish. However King did push himself toward the end to put out the final books with more haste.

    I don’t really care either way. We have the show. The show will finish in another 3-4 years and all will be well.

  35. bgap
    Posted February 16, 2014 at 2:47 pm | Permalink

    While I would rather wait for a high quality, mind blowing TWOW, than have it released sooner and have it disappointing and predictable, it still seems reasonable to expect him to finish it in 3 years. If he manages to write only 5 pages a day, for 5 days a week, that’s about 100 pages a month. If he can just spend 8 months at this, with the other 4 months of the year spent with holidays, sick days, travel, promotional tours and events, and writing and editing other projects, that would still be 800 pages/year. In two years he would have a draft of 1600 pages. (even longer than his stated goal for TWOW of 1500 pages) Give him another year (or 8 months) for rewriting and editing, so that’s 3 years. I read that he didn’t start working on it until Jan of 2012. So, my best guess is early 2015, which would be a good time to publish – during winter, and as part of the promo for season 5, which will no doubt have some TWOW content. It all comes down to completing, or at least averaging, 5 pages a day, and for a professional writer, this should be doable. The only reason it should take longer is if he’s no longer inspired by the story, or ‘the well is dry.’

  36. Patchy Face
    Posted February 16, 2014 at 2:59 pm | Permalink

    Good grief – y’all really can’t stop, can you. Like this is going to make any difference to the completion of the book – Oh well- guess I went through this between AFFC and ADWD which was 6 years but have way gotten over that. He’ll finish when he finishes and there is nothing any of us can do about it so might as well move on and enjoy the show (which this website is for – not books).

  37. Tone
    Posted February 16, 2014 at 2:59 pm | Permalink

    Abyss,

    ^^This guy gets it

  38. House Mormont
    Posted February 16, 2014 at 3:06 pm | Permalink

    Annara Snow,

    people expecting him to do work hours on his job aren’t ridiculous, no one’s saying he can’t sleep or see sunlight

    imo George can write the dullest shit off the top of his head and it’d be great, I’d prefer more editing time than more writing time. Just look at Dance and Feast.

  39. Dnis
    Posted February 16, 2014 at 3:31 pm | Permalink

    I, for one, think Books 4 and 5 are vastly inferior works, in large part because of how long they are. So, the notion that the length of the books dictated his slow pace doesn’t hold true to me.

    That said, GRRM doesn’t owe us anything, and it can be much harder (and more time-consuming) to write a good, concise book than a mediocre, rambling book. He’ll take the time he needs; I just hope he understands that, sometimes, less is more.

  40. Lord Davos
    Posted February 16, 2014 at 3:42 pm | Permalink

    Dnis,

    I agree, actually.
    But ever since i started Clash of Kings, i knew this was going to be a really big story.
    He should make shorter character arcs, more dense. Hopefully that book is The winds of winter. But that he takes the time to show everything, that is great. It makes for better fiction simply.

  41. bgap
    Posted February 16, 2014 at 3:48 pm | Permalink

    If it weren’t for the show, I would say that he could take as much time as he needs for the books. (obviously keeping in mind he will be 80 in 16 years) BECAUSE of the show, I’d like to see GRRM at least get to the point of having a draft of ADOS to share with the show writers for the final season to give them something to work from. Yes, I know he has told them how the story is going to end, but despite their exceptional talents, I’d rather have the final season based primarily from his text.

  42. Rygar
    Posted February 16, 2014 at 4:21 pm | Permalink

    bgap,

    Not gonna happen. The show is theirs and the books are his. But at least we will get the gist of what GRRM wants to say. Can’t wait.

  43. bgap
    Posted February 16, 2014 at 5:09 pm | Permalink

    Rygar,

    Yes, that is probably too much to hope for. At best I should hope for the chance of reading the Battle for Mereen before seeing it in the show, possibly as early as the end of Season 5.

  44. Rygar
    Posted February 16, 2014 at 5:31 pm | Permalink

    bgap,

    They are already going to into TWoW if not the end of this season then surely by next. Its gonna be great. Nothing to compare it to and no bias.

  45. Ser Lucas Tyrell
    Posted February 16, 2014 at 5:37 pm | Permalink

    House Mormont,

    I’m hoping – even though I know it’s not gonna happen – that they release the books again on a single version. I’m rereading them simultaneously and it is a miles better read read this way.

  46. Lord Davos
    Posted February 16, 2014 at 5:40 pm | Permalink

    Rygar,

    We know the battle, Barristan is an old bold badass! So is the Red Lamb and Tuco Mo or whatever their names are: George is leaking previews.

  47. bgap
    Posted February 16, 2014 at 5:41 pm | Permalink

    Rygar,

    No doubt about that. Certainly with Bran’s storyline. Possibly with the Battle for Winterfell, Stannis vs Roose.

  48. Lord Davos
    Posted February 16, 2014 at 5:41 pm | Permalink

    Ser Lucas Tyrell,

    A ball of beasts, from All leather must be boiled.
    Its brilliant.
    Seriously, George should reshuffle the books into this.
    The best half-books in print into one volume?
    Hell yes.

  49. cosca
    Posted February 16, 2014 at 5:54 pm | Permalink

    Lord Davos,

    All that does is it gives you a 2000 page long Clash of Kings with no Blackwater and more boring POVs.

  50. Lord Davos
    Posted February 16, 2014 at 6:09 pm | Permalink

    cosca,

    Correction – it means a book that is epic without compromise.
    No simuoltaneus story bullshit, all straightforward, parallels and easier read all around.
    Both season 2 and Clash was a little compromised, we should have seen more things.
    Sam, Jaime, Brienne…and Vic. Moat Cailin would have been cool. Plus Asha too, her fighting Ramsay, would have been epic.
    And the writing in Clash is nearly childish compared too Feast and Dance, not really that well comparison. George has grown, but not on his fans apparently.

  51. TheMannis
    Posted February 16, 2014 at 6:26 pm | Permalink

    Lord Davos,

    Lol Thanks man

  52. Jen@House Stark
    Posted February 16, 2014 at 6:39 pm | Permalink

    The Spider:
    I just wish he would finish the book already. Most top fantasy writers write one book every two years i dont understand how he can take 4+ years between books. It would be a shame if the show ended before the books since the books have so much more character development and lore

    Hear, hear :clapping: Don’t want to have to have D&D finish this for us. I’m sure they would do it well, however, it’s not the same as the written word.

  53. House Mormont
    Posted February 16, 2014 at 7:09 pm | Permalink

    Ser Lucas Tyrell,

    I read Feast and Dance simultaneously too, in fact I’ve never read them seperately. I imagine Feast is worse separately but Dance might be better (especially after the meereeneseblot analysis)
    The only problem is that when you get to a Sansa or a Bran chapter you have no recollection of what they were doing the last time you saw them because there’s been 30 chapters since.
    I wish he didn’t make them into seperate books, considering Dance ended up getting split in two anyway…

    Reading Cersei, Jon and Dany’s chapters at the same time was cool though, and the Dorne/Iron Islands storylines work very smoothly when read simultaneously. Aswell as Jon and Sam’s first chapters


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