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George R.R. Martin retreats to a “remote mountain hideaway” to finish The Winds of Winter

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George R.R. Martin retreats to "remote mountain hideaway" to finish The Winds of Winter

There are a lot of great distractions out there. George R.R. Martin said so in terms of finishing the last two books in A Song of Ice and Fire series, especially The Winds of Winter which has been coming for a long time. He has insisted in the past that he is trying to eliminate the distractions and making progress into the complex design of TWOW.

George R.R. Martin retreats to "remote mountain hideaway" to finish The Winds of WinterAnd now, he seems to be pushing himself to the far end. Martin talked to The Wall Street Journal about TWOW and the phenomenon of Game of Thrones. He is apparently in hiding on a “remote mountain hideaway” to finish writing the sixth book. It’s supposed to be a cabin, whose location he keeps private, where he sits down to complete his books. He had done this with A Dance with Dragons, the fifth in ASOIAF.

However, a different book comes out this month. Fire and Blood. The Targaryen words. It covers the history of Targaryens and how they came to rule Westeros, a prequel happening 300 years before the events of A Game of Thrones. Martin must have his hands full with TWOW and the recently announced prequel to Game of Thrones.

George R.R. Martin retreats to "remote mountain hideaway" to finish The Winds of Winter

The world created by GRRM has spread like wildfire, catching the frenzy of millions across the globe, most wanting to know more and more about it. George seems fascinated by this, “It astonishes me that today there are tens of thousands, maybe hundreds of thousands, of kids all over the world who know more about the Starks and the Lannisters than they know about the Yorks and Lancasters.” Yorks and Lancasters were the rival branches of the royal House of Plantagenet, who fought The War of Roses for control of the English Throne.

Martin’s books are inspired by real historical events, drawing from wars like The War of Roses. He believes that history should be taught with the touch of drama, as characters and conflicts, so that it’s interesting to learn history. “The way history is taught today, it’s more socioeconomic trends and things like that, which…I don’t know if it’s more valid or less valid, but it’s certainly more boring,” he says.

George R.R. Martin retreats to "remote mountain hideaway" to finish The Winds of Winter

He found himself reading history for “the wars and the betrayals, who stabbed who in the back, who was having an affair with whom, and to me that’s the juicy stuff of history. That’s what makes history fun.” Nothing is as heartbreaking as reality. According to him, the violence and love-making in his books are a toned-down version of real events.

People are driven by similar motivations to do things in life. Martin sees them be love and glory“They’ve motivated everybody from Alexander the Great to Napoleon to all the great figures in history, but also the ordinary guy,” he insists.

As far as vivid worlds go, Middle Earth comes into view as easily as imagination exists. And it’s no news that like a million others, George Martin is a fan of J. R. R. Tolkien and his Lord of the Rings series. There are apparent similarities between the two worlds, Middle Earth and Westeros, yet major differences too. Martin says, “I don’t think there are any real dark lords out there, as Tolkien and his imitators have filled fantasy with. Evil is real, evil exists in our universe, but it’s ordinary people who do evil.”

He goes on, “As much as I love Tolkien, I love going places that Tolkien would never go. There’s obviously no porn or erotica in Middle Earth.”

George R.R. Martin retreats to "remote mountain hideaway" to finish The Winds of WinterThe series of ASOIAF has expanded to humongous proportions. When he writes now, he keeps the detailed maps of the lands and histories of the dynasties handy. But “the master depository is still my fevered brains,” he states. The HBO show has moved beyond the books and is following a different trajectory, though it may arrive at the same conclusion. But does it affect how the story ends in his books? “I’m still going to finish it the way I always wanted to finish it, the way it’s been in my head for 25 years now,” he declares.

GRRM thinks that the history and events in his books may impart some lessons to the ones reading them. “Maybe some kid who is reading it now…will be a president or senator, and the lessons of Westeros will have been incorporated into his worldview and affect some decision he makes 20 or 30 years from now.” After a pause, he continues, “It depends on who he models himself on, Jon Snow or a new Joffrey. We don’t need anyone modeling themselves after Joffrey.”

George R.R. Martin retreats to "remote mountain hideaway" to finish The Winds of WinterPower resides where men believe it resides. It’s a trick. Game of Thrones has had a lot of such significant moments, where a scene or a dialogue says so much more than just the story. While we move into the final phase of waiting, with the premiere month out for season 8, let’s look for more of such moments.

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Three Game of Thrones actors get Emmy nominations with “unofficial” submissions

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Three Game of Thrones actors get Emmy nominations with "unofficial" submissions

Game of Thrones was the world’s biggest television show for nearly a decade, so it’s no surprise that the show had way too much talent. We recently talked about the whopping 32 nominations it scored at the Emmy Awards 2019. One notable thing is, three of these nominations weren’t even filed by HBO, but by the actors themselves. Read on!

Season 8 might have had a bad storyline according to a large section of the fanbase, but everybody can agree on one thing — the actors all gave their best, and the acting was brilliant as usual. Needless to say, the headliners made it to the Emmy nominations again, but HBO didn’t nominate the few actors that really stepped up this season. We had reported about how five actors submitted their own nominations directly.

Three Game of Thrones actors get Emmy nominations with "unofficial" submissions

Alfie Allen (Theon Greyjoy), Pilou Asbæk (Euron Greyjoy) and Richard Dormer (Beric Dondarrion) had entered in the supporting actor category, while Gwendoline Christie (Brienne of Tarth) had entered in the supporting actress category, with Carice Van Houten (Melisandre), going for the guest actress category. The great thing is, three of the five made the cut — Alfie Allen, Gwendoline Christie and Carice Van Houten are officially in the race now.

All three had terrific performances, and it is very much possible that they bring in at least one win within the three of them. No doubt they deserve it, especially because they have been voted in despite the submissions being unofficial.

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George R. R. Martin praises HBO’s Chernobyl, says it’s worthy of Emmys

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George R. R. Martin praises HBO's Chernobyl, says it's worthy of Emmys

Game of Thrones is over, but HBO has no plans of slowing down. Immediately after Game of Thrones ended, HBO aired a limited series called Chernobyl, which became an instant hit. Now, the creator of the Game of Thrones universe, George R. R. Martin has praised Chernobyl and expressed his approval for the show to win at the Emmy awards. Read on!

Chernobyl is a mini-series about the nuclear plant disaster in the Ukrainian city of the same name, in 1986, and has been named the best ever miniseries by TV enthusiasts worldwide, except maybe in Russia. George took to Twitter to express his love for the series:

Not only did he praise the show, but also Jared Harris, whose performance in the show has been loved by the fans as much as the series itself. Needless to say, the show is expected to shine in the awards season, as Martin expects.

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See Tormund and Gendry enjoy a game on Nintendo Switch in Game of Thrones behind the scenes photo

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See Tormund and Gendry enjoy a game on Nintendo Switch in Game of Thrones behind the scenes photo

Game of Thrones had the ultimate face-off in Season 8 when the Army of the Dead faced the living folks in Winterfell. The Battle of Winterfell saw a lot of people uniting to take down the Night King, and among them were Tormund Giantsbane, and Gendry (now Baratheon). A new behind the scenes photo from the sets shows the two enjoying a nice game on a Nintendo Switch. Read on!

The picture, posted on the Game of Thrones subreddit, shows Joe Dempsie, who played Gendry, and Kristofer Hivju, who played Tormund Giantsbane, still in their costume and the bloody makeup, just sitting down to play. Take a look:

[NO SPOILERS] Gendry and Tormund playing games in Winterfell after The Battle of Winterfell from gameofthrones

As we all know, the Battle of Winterfell sequences took a gruesome 55 nights to film, and have been described by the stars as some of the roughest times they have had filming for the show. So it’s no surprise that they would have at least some way to relax on the sets in between takes or appearances.

Nintendo consoles are also famous for being the best for the local multiplayer experience, so that’s probably why these two seem so engrossed in the game. If only we knew which game they were playing!

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