While Game of Thrones fans are eagerly anticipating the premiere of season five, it’s often hard to get a feel for just how much work goes into a production of that size. HBO’s new featurette about “a day in the life” of a crewmember gives fans a birds-eye view of just how stressful working on the show can be.
One of the more fascinating tidbits revealed is that Game of Thrones has two units shooting at the exact same time all season long, which can often be nerve-wracking because if something goes wrong, the entire production could collapse (and fans would riot in the streets).
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Access Hollywood interviewed Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin at the 2014 San Diego Comic-Con where he explained that he loved going to conventions but was happy that this year he could relax. For the past two years, Martin was a moderator for the panel, which was incredibly stressful because he needed to prepare all of the questions and keep everything running smoothly during the event.
With that out of his system, the Game of Thrones author went on to say that to finish the sixth book in the series, he had to make a few sacrifices—namely, he couldn’t lend a hand to the HBO adaption by writing an episode for season five because he couldn’t “spare a month” and really needed the time to work on Winds of Winter. Martin pointed out that hopefully by the time season six rolls around, Winds Of Winter will be released and he’ll have time to help the showrunners write an episode or two.
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Now that HBO’s hit television show Game of Thrones has returned, fans everywhere are scrambling to finish A Song of Ice and Fire before George R.R. Martin announces the release date for the sixth book in the series, The Winds of Winter. In March 2014, Martin sat down with New Mexico Entertainment to discuss his history, thoughts on his fans, and of course, what he wants his legacy as an author to be like once all is said and done.
To begin, he explains that his love for reading was fostered as a child when he read Beowulf , comic books, historical fiction, and detective novels—however, he always returned to the fantasy genre. Martin adds that although he’s now considered a literary legend, what he really hopes his legacy will be is that his books will last throughout time, much like Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings. Martin goes on to say that he’s been very flattered by the comparisons between himself and Tolkien and says that if A Song of Ice and Fire makes it into the literary canon as one of the “greats” of fantasy fiction, he’ll be satisfied.
Although the interview is short, it’s a nice look at the past, present, and future of Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series.
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Much like acclaimed fantasy authors George R.R. Martin and Tamora Pierce before her, Alex Liddell ditches the Twlight-esque romance for a butt-kicking, sword-wielding heroine who would make Brienne of Tarth and Eowyn of Rohan proud to include her in the “shieldmaiden’s club.”
The plucky young heroine is Renee de Winter who is a senior cadet in the Academy at Tildor, a country that has just crowned a new king and is full of tension thanks to two warring crime families that are determined to wreak havoc and exploit the new ruler’s inexperience. Although she’s mournful over the fact that she’ll never be as strong as her male classmates, Renee trains 24/7 in order to defeat the naysayers and bullies that would love to see a female warrior fail.
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