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Apr 17 2014 12:32pm

Aegon on his dragon Black Dread, art by J. Gonzalez from The World of Ice and Fire

George R.R. Martin has released a new sample from The World of Ice and Fire, the companion book detailing the history of the Seven Kingdoms from A Song of Ice and Fire and Game of Thrones, currently due out from Bantam on October 28, 2014.

The sample details Aegon’s slow conquest of the Seven Kingdoms:

The maesters of the Citadel who keep the histories of Westeros have used Aegon’s Conquest as their touchstone for the past three hundred years. Birth, deaths, battles, and other events are dated either AC (After the Conquest) or BC (Before the Conquest).

It’s a must-read for fans of the book and television series, as it details a period of Targaryen history that informs so much of the struggle in the current series and adds depth to Daenerys’ claim to the Iron Throne. (Also that painting of Black Dread is totally sick.) Check out the full sample and a larger version of the art here!

Apr 17 2014 9:00am

Game of Thrones The Lion and the Rose Joffrey Margaery

The last drop of wine has long since been drunk, the joyousness of Sunday night’s celebrations linger no longer and the ghosts of Monday morning’s regretful headaches have dissipated. And so now there’s a bit of distance to talk about Everything Else that occurred in the second episode of Game of Thrones.

The hunts, the breakups, the visions, the pageantry, and of course the spoilers for show and book.

[Where do whores go?]

Apr 9 2014 3:00pm

Game of Thrones-KFC Meal Deal

Game of Thrones has turned to some innovative tie-in promotions! George R.R. Martin shared Jimmy Kimmel's GoT/KFC commercial spoof on Not A Blog.

GRRM is quick to point out that there is no actual sponsorship deal, though, as “the Hound prefers Popeyes. But not the spicy. He's afraid of fire.”

Well played, sir.

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Apr 9 2014 8:00am

Deviant artist Rahzzah makes detention fun again with The Xavier Club! We can just imagine the wacky shenanigans these mutants will get up to as they overcome their social differences and bond over the trauma of spending Saturday in a library. Actually, The Breakfast Club kind of found the best way to spend a Saturday...

Morning Roundup has some serious thinkings on superhero ethics, the birth of a new meme, and insight into George R.R. Martin’s literary influences!

[Plus, there’s a cat at the end!]

Apr 8 2014 8:00am

We don’t know about you, but our Captain America afterglow refuses to die. Luckily, the internet is here to continue stoking the flames of our pop culture patriotism. Friend-of-the-site Steven Padnick posted this piece of awesome on his tumblr, and it made us all warm and fuzzy. And feathery.

Morning Roundup includes some thoughts on race and casting, an alternate view on Captain America, and some shocking news from George R.R. Martin!

[Plus a guide to Community’s references!]

Mar 26 2014 4:02pm

Winds of Winter excerpt Mercy

George R.R. Martin has released a new excerpt from The Winds of Winter! We don’t want to give a single syllable away, so we’re just going to give you this link and invite you to discuss in the comments after you’ve finished! Please assume there will be spoilers! 

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Mar 19 2014 5:20pm

George R.R. Martin, dragonGeorge R.R. Martin’s latest ASoIaF story is coming…in about three months! According to Martin’s Not a Blog, the release date for the new anthology, Rogues has been set for June 17th, and the book, edited by Martin and Gardner Dozois, will feature one Martin-penned story, as well as stories from Neil Gaiman, Joe Abercrombie, and Patrick Rothfuss!

The anthology will include a new story, “The Rogue Prince, or, the King’s Brother.” After the success of “The Princess and the Queen,” (which was included in the Dangerous Women anthology, and from which you can read an excerpt here on Martin wanted to tell another story from Archmaester Gyldayn’s perspective. The story will fill in some more detail about the reign of King Viserys I Targaryen and his brother, the titular Rogue Prince. We can’t wait to read it!

(Image via Game of Thrones’ Facebook page!)

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Mar 18 2014 2:08pm

A Song of Ice and Fire 2015 calendar Donato Giancola

Donato Giancola and Random House have released the cover to the 2015 Song of Ice and Fire calendar, set for release this coming July!

From the artist’s Facebook page:

The twelve paintings of the calendar were inspired by the books, with my interpretations of the characters and places. It was a great pleasure, honor, and challenge to interpret this world, pushing my abilities to their limits to create a wonderful series of paintings.

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Mar 14 2014 9:00am

Winter is coming and with it the need for hats. Sorting hats, that is, to determine what Hogwarts house you would be in (if you weren’t already in a Westerosi house). If you are wondering if this stemmed from a random in-office discussion then you are correct! You must be a Ravenclaw.

Join us as we determine which house the Game of Thrones characters would get sorted into. So everyone can enjoy the game, we’ll be avoiding spoilers by sticking with characters from the first three seasons of the show.

[You know nothing, Jon Snow. Are you a Hufflepuff?]

Mar 12 2014 3:50pm

Game of Thrones season 4 ninth episode

According to the Game of Thrones wiki, the ninth episode of season four will be titled “Castle Black.”

So far, the ninth episode of every season of the show has heralded a huge WTF moment, from Ned’s beheading, to the battle of Blackwater, to the worst wedding in the history of ever.

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Mar 11 2014 2:10pm

Daenerys and her dragons Game of Thrones season 4

Depending on how far along you are with Game of Thrones you may not know that Theon Greyjoy’s storyline in season 3 doesn’t actually occur in A Storm of Swords, the Song of Ice and Fire book that seasons 3 and 4 of the shows are based upon.

[Note: This article will be referencing events from Game of Thrones season 4 and the ensuing books. Spoilers ahead for the whole series, basically.]

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Mar 7 2014 5:05pm

tyrion graffit

We love Game of Thrones, but one thing we always thought it needed was a tie-in mixtape. And now, our dreams have come true! A Game of Thrones-themed hip hop mixtape is now available to stream, for free, it's called Catch the Throne (because Watch the Throne was already taken?), and features the line So fuck the Lannisters and everyone that ride with 'em.” We have to say we agree...except for Tyrion. It's not the Imp's fault that his family's crazy. The mixtape has songs from Big Boi, Common, and Kilo Kish, and it's pretty swell!

[Fabulous image of Tyrion via Brother J Says Yuck]

Mar 6 2014 2:30pm

Luis Royo The Ice Dragon George RR Martin sketch

We’re pleased to present this first glimpse at Luis Royo’s sketches for a new edition of George R.R. Martin’s The Ice Dragon, coming this October from Tor Teen!

The Ice Dragon is a tale of courage and sacrifice set in the world of the New York Times best-selling series A Song of Ice and Fire. With stunning illustrations from acclaimed artist Luis Royo, this new edition is sure to become a collector’s item for fans of the book series and HBO’s Game of Thrones alike!

Find out more about the book below, and see additional sketches from Royo.

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Feb 27 2014 2:10pm

Game of Thrones season 4 poster three-eyed ravenIt’s hard to think of much more to say outside LOOK, A THREE-EYED RAVEN MADE OF SWORDS. We'd add that the shit's about to go down in Westeros, but really when does it ever not?

A whole set of posters for the upcoming season of Game of Thrones have recently been released, with all of this season’s featured characters listed under the phrase “valar morghulis.” If you’re unfamiliar with the books, see if you can guess which of them actually won't survive the fourth season!

We recommend maybe finding them in local public transport spots and posing dramatically by them. (No, we have not already done that, stop it.)

Feb 13 2014 1:00pm

LTD Art Gallery is hosting a show that is bright, and full of wonders! George R.R. Martin has sanctioned this fantastic art show of paintings inspired by A Song of Ice and Fire, and the work is as varied, and in some cases as dark, as the source material. We especially love Nicholas Delort's gorgeous “The Path of Faith,” above.

The Seattle gallery, which focuses on art inspired by contemporary pop culture (they seem to have a special affection for SFF icons) will host “Winter is Coming" from March 1st - 23rd, with an opening reception on the 1st! 

[Check out more paintings below!]

Feb 12 2014 12:00pm

We’re just about six weeks out from the return of HBO’s Game of Thrones and all of the craziness that entails—but first, let’s talk about Valentine’s Day. Whichever historical version of St. Valentine you subscribe to, tradition is pretty clear about the fact that his life ended in violent martyrdom: beaten first with clubs and/or stones, and then beheaded. Sometime in the High Middle Ages, he became associated with the tradition of courtly love and romance, which is probably why we celebrate February 14th with cards and chocolate and not a sackful of blunt instruments and nasty sharp things. (I mean, unless that’s your scene; I’m not here to judge.)

No matter how you slice it, any holiday that manages to combine unspeakable violence, sex, money, love, romance, religion, confusing historical vagaries, politics, legend, and at least one execution into something we celebrate by stuffing sweets into our faces is a Westerosi holiday in my book...

[Release the doves! Or maybe bake them into a pie!]

Jan 30 2014 5:00pm

We have new Game of Thrones pics! Here’s Danaerys having what looks like a pretty intense conversation with New Daario! And that’s not all—there is plenty of awkward, tension-filled body language in store for Season 4.

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Jan 30 2014 11:50am

Artist Sarah Allegra (check out her prints in the background!) captured this historic moment, and we are so happy she did. George R.R. Martin vs. Peter S. Beagle! Unicorn vs. Direwolf! Which magical plushie will prevail?

Edit: On Facebook, Francesco Caspani pointed out: “You have to know that in Altieri's translation for Mondadori (Italian Editor for aSoIaF), the direwolf in the first scene was killed by the ”horn“ of an unicorn, and not by an antler.”


Jan 29 2014 9:00am

Tumblr-er Wicked Girls Saving Ourselves posted this image of a movie that is pretty much perpetually playing in our heads. Make this movie, somebody! Get it out of our heads!

Morning Roundup features a working class reboot of King Arthur, A Song of Ice and Fashion, and news from Jurassic World!

[And then Pat Rothfuss reads fanfic!]

Jan 23 2014 12:30pm

We’ve already talked about the Jean Cocteau Cinema, which is currently hosting a GoT marathon. But did you know that Martin and his wife have also dedicated a lot of time and money to a place called the Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary? And that this week some of the wolves joined Maisie Williams at the theater?

That’s right. Arya Stark and George R. R. Martin roamed the dark streets of Santa Fe with a wolf,  dealing out their own brand of justice, protecting the little guy, and probably riding off into the night on a motorcycle with two sidecars, one for Arya and one for the wolf.

Forget Game of Thrones, we want to watch that show.