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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.

What do you think about GRRM’s writing? Tell us in the comments.






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It turns out Sophie Turner’s tattoo was a major Game Of Thrones spoiler after all

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HBO releases photos from Game Of Thrones Season 8 Episode 6: The Iron Throne

About a year back, on the The Late Late Show with James Corden, Sophie Turner had showed all of us a tattoo on her arm that read, “The pack survives” with the Stark sigil, along with it.

Turns out we had a spoiler with us all along. For those of you who have seen the finale, will know what we are saying.

In the finale episode, “The Iron Throne”, Bran the Broken becomes the King of the Six Kingdoms, Sansa Stark becomes the Queen in the North, Jon Snow goes Beyond the Wall and mostly becomes The King Beyond the Wall and Arya Stark sets to fulfill her dream to become Nymeria and explore the world. Everything that each of them went through finally culminated into a bittersweet end. The promotional image of the pilot with Ned Stark on the throne almost made sense suddenly.

And turns out, Sophie Turner had already given out a major spoiler about this through her tattoo.

“It’s just a quote from last season,” Turner had said when asked about it. “Everyone figures that the pack really does survive, but it’s just a moral that I like to live by.”

She also said that some people had advised against her getting it just in case fans react to it the way they did. But she did not pay heed to it. Turner also took to Instagram after the airing of the episode.

“The pack survived,” she wrote alongside an image of herself, Williams and Hempstead Wright.






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Game of Thrones fans react to Jon Snow and Ghost’s reunion in the series finale

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Game of Thrones fans react to Jon Snow and Ghost reunion in the series finale

Game of Thrones pulled off a sneaky on us. In the fourth episode Season 8, we saw Jon Snow leave Ghost without petting him. In the series finale, Season 8 episode 6, “The Iron Throne“, we saw Jon reunite with Ghost, and the fans loved it. Read on!

Jon had earlier sent Ghost with Tormund to the real North, while he was leaving Winterfell, and he didn’t even pet him. This had upset a lot of fans. However in the series finale, we saw Ghost waiting for Jon at the Wall, and they reunite, resulting in our good boy getting a long pet. The fans took to Twitter to appreciate this:

How did you react to Jon reuniting with Ghost and finally petting him? Tell us in the comments, down below!






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Game of Thrones Finale sees Arya Stark finally embracing her old dream

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Game of Thrones series Finale gave each character their dues, some satisfactory and some not so much. But the Stark kids seem to be doing pretty well! Just as Sansa got her childhood wish, Arya Stark too took her first steps in a direction she always wanted to go.

This post contains spoilers, so stop reading if you haven’t seen the finale yet (but seriously, what are you doing? Hurry up!).

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“What’s West of Westeros?” Arya Stark had asked out back in Season 6. She was talking to Lady Crane, an actress who helped her with a stab wound and let Arya stay at her place. That’s what she really wants, to go off exploring beyond where the maps stop.

She couldn’t then. Arya came back home, avenged her family’s death, saved humanity from the undead invasion and survived the carnage at King’s Landing. All her duties done, and Winter already receding, Arya now goes back to her old dream of becoming an explorer. In the last scenes of Game of Thrones Season 8 Finale, we see Arya sailing on a ship, journeying to the “west of Westeros”.

Arya had always been an anomaly in the rigid society of Westeros. She was expected to marry a lord and bear his children. But Arya never saw herself in that role. That’s why she rejected Gendry’s proposal in episode 4, even though she clearly had affection for him. She knew that marriage, even to someone she loves, will bind her in society’s expectations. Arya rejected that with all her heart.

Game of Thrones may not be as kind to everyone, but I’m glad at least Arya got her happy ending!






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