More GAME OF THRONES Updates, including a Summary in Thirty Seconds

Watch Game of Thrones cast members summarize seasons 1 through 4 in thirty seconds

News on HBO’s Game of Thrones has been popping up left and right and even we admit it’s pretty overwhelming.  So, I’ve decided to give you some highlights of the latest news on Westeros, including a fun little video with cast members Kit Harington, Maisie Williams, Emilia Clarke, and Peter Dinklage trying to sum up the first four seasons of Game of Thrones into thirty seconds.

Me thinks that Peter Dinklage might be a bit confused as to what series he’s actually talking about.  Regardless, it’s an excellent summation!  Maisie’s simplifies it to exactness.  Kit’s is just about all the sad.  And Emilia wins, apparently.  (source)

George R.R. Martin

George R.R. Martin had to answer to the idea that HBO wanted to expand the series to ten seasons.  This is what Variety had reported:

“I do know that David & Dan have stated in interviews that they see the show winding up in seven seasons … I also know that HBO wants the series to run longer than that. I have known that since the very beginning… well, actually, since the day after the second episode of season one aired, when I had lunch with one of HBO’s top execs, who told me, ‘We want this to run ten years.’ I allowed that ten years sounded fine to me. I continue to hear similar sentiments from HBO every time I have meeting with them, be it in L.A. or New York,” Martin added.

Although the authors are the creators of the characters and the story, they don’t have quite that much say so in regards to production of the series based on their books.  I doubt GRRM has that much say so on how many seasons the show would run, but it’s nice of him to give us some information on it.

In regards to a movie being made, either during or after the series has completed, Martin didn’t think it was a bad idea, but he might be in the minority:

“I see that this new crop of stories also raises, once again, the notion of concluding the series with one or more feature films. And in some of these stories, once again, this idea is wrongly attributed to me. Let me state, yet again, that while I love this idea, it did NOT originate with me. It was a notion suggested to me, which I have enthusiastically endorsed,” Martin clarified. “Sure, I love the idea. Why not? What fantasist would not love the idea of going out with an epic hundred million feature film? And the recent success of the Imax experience shows that the audience is there for such a movie. If we build it, they will come. But will we build it? I have no bloody idea.”

George also announced that he would be taking some time off of attending conventions so that he can focus on finishing The Winds of Winter, book five of A Song of Ice and Fire, which fans have been anxiously awaiting for quite some time.  They already know that it won’t be published this year, but here’s hoping that if he can avoid those pesky cons, readers will have it in their hands some time in 2016.  Here’s part of his statement that he made on his livejournal:

I have too much to do. Too many things on my plate. Son of Kong foremost amongst them.

My apologies to anyone who saw Saratoga on my Appearances page and planned to go in order to see me. I won’t be there. Go anyway. You’ll have a great time.

Also, I have decided against attending this year’s San Diego Comicon. Same reason. But since Comicon was never listed on my Appearances page, scratching it is not as big a deal.

(Should I complete and deliver WINDS OF WINTER before these cons roll round, I reserve the right to change my mind).

Game of Thrones - Bran Stark

Showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss reveal they almost nixed Dorne:

“We were so happy to be able to include it. We didn’t know if it would fit, to be honest—because of budgeting, scheduling and story reasons. There were a lot of ways we had to cram it in. But it’s such an important place. Of all the places in Westeros you’d ever want to live, the Dornish seem to have figured out the right approach to life. It’s the one most aligned with what our approach to life would be if we weren’t making this show. It’s our Brazil—we dream of Dorne and the way they do things down there. And Indira Varma [who was introduced as Ellaria Sand last season]—once you have someone of her caliber, you want to double down on that casting strength. Also the Sand Snakes are such a fun, exciting addition to that world. [Prince Oberyn Martell] opened up a tiny window into this world last season, and now you get to go through that window and see what kind of world this is that made this person we loved so much.”

David Benioff also compares Bran Stark’s absence in Season Five to that of Luke Skywalker’s self-training period in the time between Empire Strikes Back to Return of the Jedi:

“Like, it would be far less interesting, after The Empire Strikes Back to have an hour-long movie in between Empire and Return of the Jedi where Luke is training,” showrunner David Benioff says. “It’s so much cooler to cut from end of Empire to begging of Return, where he’s become the Jedi.”

I gotta say, that makes sense when you consider that we’ve pretty much reached the end of Bran’s storyline in the books so far.  Thus, if he were to appear in season six after training, the idea is for him to be somewhat of a kickass with some awesome powers.  That’s cool with me.

The only problem, which they state in the article, is that Isaac Hempstead-Wright has been released from his contract.  So, it’s possible that he could walk permanently if he didn’t want to return.  But would he?  Hmmm.