George RR Martin Interviewed on ABC as the Person of the Week

ABC World News interviewed George R.R. Martin last night as their Person of the Week. George reveals he based Joffrey on all the bullies he ever knew in school. George also discusses his strong female characters, which character he would want to play, and who is favorite character is. The interview shows Martin in what appears to be his home in front of lots of tiny figurines of Game of Thrones characters. The interview shows Martin as a little boy,…

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Whodunnit? Olenna Tyrell and the Usual Suspects

Warning: Fourth Season TV SPOILERS – Possible Spoilers from Tonight’s Episode The A  Song of Ice and Fire novels still have not revealed definitively who killed Joffrey. Recently, Rolling Stone ran a teaser promoting a longer interview with George RR Martin in which the great one replied to the question we all want to know: “Who killed Joffrey?” Note George RR Martin’s key words: “I make no promises, because I have two more books to write, and I may have more surprises to…

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“Pay for Dinner?” “I Incest”: Anne Boleyn, Lucrezia Borgia, & Cersei Lannister

Between The Borgias, The Pillars of the Earth and Game of Thrones, we have seen rather a lot of incestuous relationships in medieval settings on television in the last few years. We even had a recent allegation of incest in The White Queen. The Pillars of the Earth producers made the decision to add an incestuous relationship between mother and son, William and Regan Hamleigh, which was not actually depicted in the book. Considering Pillars has a set of fictional…

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Purple Wedding: Joffrey and the Death of Eustace of Boulogne

  According to George RR Martin, the Purple Wedding was partially based on events at the tail-end of the Anarchy: the death of King Stephen’s heir Prince Eustace. Here’s the dramatic, turbulent story and its background… [Jump over the background] The King’s Heir is a Girl Before Henry I died, he named his daughter Matilda heir and made his barons swear allegiance to her. The barons must have been play acting: nobody believed a woman could rule. The oath would…

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A Medieval Literature Prof’s Take on Game of Thrones

Brantley Bryant, an associate professor of medieval literature at Sonoma State University, recently went on PBS Newshour and discussed the parallels he sees between Game of Thrones and The Canterbury Tales, Morte d’Arthur, and Beowulf. A few highlights: Ned Stark is the quintessential medieval literary character, the “truth teller,” and things don’t usually go well for the truth teller in medieval tales. Jaime Lannister seems like a Lancelot figure. Daenerys is an adaptation of a “peace weaver.” Stannis and Melisandre is…

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George RR Martin Reveals History Behind Purple Wedding!

Yesterday was what could only be described as a day of national rejoicing. Jubilant people tweeted about the #PurpleWedding over 23,000 times. One of my favorites was Stephen King’s tweet: Around the same time, George RR Martin revealed that the Purple Wedding is partially based on the death of King Stephen’s heir, who was one of the principal combatants in the Anarchy. (Think: the Pillars of the Earth war that began with the sinking of the White Ship.) Martin’s exact words…

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Episode Recap: The Purple Wedding (S4, Ep.2) – Spoilers

Last tonight was the highly anticipated Purple Wedding, and George RR Martin does not disappoint. A wedding in Westeros should carry a safety warning on its invitations. The episode opens with a horrific scene of right out of Greek mythology. Theon’s back – now as Reek – and as the ultimate symbol of his powerlessness, Ramsay forces Reek to participate in a nightmarish hunt right out of a Greek mythology. Ramsay and his bedwarmer Myranda are hunting a terrified blonde…

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The Time Traveller’s Manual to a Medieval Wedding

The government has issued a safety advisory against attending weddings in Westeros. However, you are cordially invited to travel back in time to attend the greatest wedding of the fifteenth century. This event that will blow your mind with its conspicuous consumption the likes of which you will probably never hear tell of in the modern world. Do you accept? Great. Make sure you rest up! This medieval wedding has ten days of partying and festivities – not to mention…

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Anne Boleyn and Margaery Tyrell Take Aim at Love and a Throne

  Natalie Dormer is no stranger to playing the Queen. Having played the enigmatic Anne Boleyn in Showtime’s The Tudors, there were going to be some inevitable comparisons between Margaery Tyrell and Anne Boleyn. One is a fictional queen and one is amongst the most controversial queens in English history. Natalie is resolved to separate the two: “You’ll appreciate that I’m trying very, very hard as an actor to separate my characterizations,” Natalie said in an interview last year. “It…

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Introducing the Anne Boleyn Series: Margaery, Cersei, and Melisandre

Over the next few weeks, in honor of Anne Boleyn and some of the Game of Thrones characters she may have inspired –we will be running a series of articles and interviews with historians about her. George RR Martin appears to have taken threads of factual — and counterfactual  (the opposite of historical events) — aspects of Anne’s story and woven them into various Game of Thrones characters like Cersei, Margaery, and Melisandre. Each character represents a different facet of…

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