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George R. R. Martin explains why he’s more of a gardener than an architect

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It has been quite a while since we got a new book from George R. R. Martin in the A Song of Ice and Fire series, and we have been talking about how we might get the next book, The Winds of Winter this year, but we also know that there is a chance that we won’t, considering how George seems to take his own time to write. Talking of which, he’s always talked about gardeners v/s architects, writers who write the story on the go, as compared to writers who plan out the story in advance. A new video shows him explaining why he’s more of a gardener than an architect.

George posted on his Not A Blog about him interviewing author Carrie Vaughn at the Jean Cocteau Cinema, a Santa Fe movie theater owned by him. Watch the video, below : (skip to 53:40 for the gardeners v/s architects bit)

George says :

“For me, when I go architect, when I try to outline something, if I’m successful in doing it, it almost feels like I’ve written the book, and now I don’t wanna write the book anymore.

You can look at The World of Ice and Fire…my book of fake history…and there’s a lot of stuff in there about what led up to Game of Thrones, all the preceding kings and the conflicts of their era and all that, and people have said to me, “You have 50 other novels in here. You could write a novel about Aegon’s conquest, and all that.” And yes, I could, but I don’t think I will because I already wrote those 20 pages about Aegon’s conquest and that’s the important stuff that happened in Aegon’s conquest…I’ve made up the fun stuff, and the twists and the characters and the cool lines of dialogue, you know? I skip over the boring lines of dialogue…The few times I actually quote dialogue it’s great lines of dialogue said by famous historic figures at fraught points. There’s very little of “Hey, what’s for dinner?””

George says that A Song of Ice and Fire is supposed to be a story true to the story, rather than being a full fledged novel. He goes on to say :

“And of course I love the fully fledged novels, so that’s why I’m mostly a gardener when I write a novel. I know that highlights. I haven’t written them yet, though…and I’m getting from one cool thing to another cool thing.

Sometimes the cool things are very very difficult to write, because they’ve existed in your head for some time and they’re awesome. And then you put them in words and they’re less awesome.”

At least we have some explanation as to why George isn’t delivering books as fast as we would like. Game of Thrones, in the meantime, will return with Season 7, on July 16th. Talk to us in the comments, below!






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Game of Thrones costume designer Michele Clapton joins HBO’s The Nevers

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Game of Thrones costume designer Michele Clapton joins HBO's The Nevers

A show like Game of Thrones doesn’t simply reach the stature it did without everything being high class. An area where the show truly held its own was costume designing. Designers, Michele Clapton and April Ferry really pushed the envelope with their work on the show and now they have already begun spreading their wings elsewhere. Read on!

If you can still recall some of the costumes worn by the characters of Cersei Lannister and Daenerys Targaryen on the show, you can count yourself in the Michele Clapton fan club as well. Now, as per the hbothenevers.com, the makers have roped in Emmy award-winning Michele Clapton as the costume designer for the upcoming HBO show The Nevers.

Game of Thrones costume designer joins HBO's The Nevers

Clapton did some truly world-class work for Thrones and won many awards for her work as well. For Game of Thrones fans, there is more to look forward to in The Nevers, Stunt coordinator Rowley Irlam, production designer Gemma Jackson and producer Duncan Muggoch are going to be part of the new show.

With so many great names associated with the show, The Nevers already looks like a winner. The show’s release date isn’t out yet but it is expected to premiere in 2021.

Let us know your thoughts on the news!






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Natalie Dormer (Margaery Tyrell) to produce series on Female World War Aviators

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Natalie Dormer (Margaery Tyrell) to produce series on Female World War Aviators

Game of Thrones stars have continued on their merry ways and have continued to do some great stuff. While some have gone on to do award-winning roles like Richard Madden, some have gone on to portray roles on the big screen like Emilia Clarke. Another popular cast member who has quietly gone on to open her production house is Natalie Dormer a.k.a. Margaery Tyrell of Thrones. Read on to find out more!

Natalie Dormer has recently launched a production house called Dog Rose Productions. As per The Wrap, Dormer has decided to produce a series on female aviators in World War 2 and it has been titled as Spitfire Sisters.  The show will be written by playwright and screenwriter Morgan Lloyd Malcolm.

Natalie Dormer (Margaery Tyrell) to produce series on Female World War Aviators

Regarding the story Dormer said:

“This is a barely known story, a thrilling story; an important story ready to be told by such a passionate voice as Morgan’s.” 

This is going to be the second series under Dormer’s newly launched production house. The first announced project was the drama Vivling based on the life of British actress Vivien Leigh.

Natalie Dormer really got the limelight through her portrayal of Margaery Tyrell on Game of Thrones. Although her character was killed off in Season 6, fans still remember her character. In fact, the treatment given to her on-screen family had pissed her off!

Isn’t it great to see former Game of Thrones stars doing their own things and making some great stuff of their own? We hope Spitfire Sisters goes to achieve great things for Dormer and her production house.

Let us know your views on this announcement in the comments below!






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Richard Madden cast alongside Priyanka Chopra Jonas in Russo brothers’ upcoming Amazon show Citadel

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Game of Thrones star Richard Madden has been cast with Bollywood fame Priyanka in the new Amazon show from Avengers: Endgame directors

Game of Thrones star Richard Madden has been cast alongside Bollywood star Priyanka Chopra Jonas for a lead role in an upcoming Amazon series. The series is titled Citadel and is said to be an action-packed spy series. Read on for more details!

As per Variety, Citadel is going to be Avengers: Endgame directors Anthony and Joe Russo‘s next offering. Amazon announced that the show is going to have multiple versions. Chopra and Madden are going to star in the U.S. “mothership” edition of the series. The Indian series will be developed by Raj Nidimoru and Krishna D.K. of The Family Man fame.

Game of Thrones star Richard Madden has been cast with Bollywood fame Priyanka in the new Amazon show from Avengers: Endgame directors

 

Madden is coming off his award-winning role in Bodyguard. He, of course, played the role of Robb Stark in Game of Thrones as well and became a popular figure. Madden is currently filming for a Marvel Cinematic Universe movie Eternals slated for November 2020 release.

Amazon announced Citadel back in July 2018 and have lots of hope from the series. The studio stated:

All of the local series are meant to enhance the entire entertainment experience and will be available for the viewer to deep dive into an imagined layered world.”

The studio hasn’t yet announced the rest of the star cast and the exact release date of the show.

It is going to be exciting to see how the series turns out. One thing is for sure, it is going to be another feather in the cap for Richard Madden. Let us know your views on the news!






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