The Word: The real ‘Game of Thrones’ throne is hideous

Actresses Maisie Williams, Rose Leslie, Natalie Dormer and Sophie Turner attend HBO's "Game Of Thrones" season 3 premiere at Cinerama Theater on March 21, 2013 in Seattle. Credit: Getty Images
Actresses Maisie Williams, Rose Leslie, Natalie Dormer and Sophie Turner attend HBO’s “Game Of Thrones” season 3 premiere at Cinerama Theater on March 21, 2013 in Seattle.
Credit: Getty Images

“Game of Thrones” is about the grimmest fantasy TV show ever to hit the airwaves. But it’s not as grim as the version that lives in George R.R. Martin’s head. In particular, he finds that the TV version of the titular iron throne is too petite and pretty.

Martin acknowledges that the version we see is right for the constraints of the show, but, he writes on his blog, “It’s not the Iron Throne I see when I’m working on THE WINDS OF WINTER. It’s not the Iron Throne I want my readers to see. The way the throne is described in the books… HUGE, hulking, black and twisted, with the steep iron stairs in front, the high seat from which the king looks DOWN on everyone in the court… my throne is a hunched beast looming over the throne room, ugly and assymetric [sic].”

Martin includes an artist’s rendering of the throne as it ought to be: much pointier, much uglier, and at least two stories tall. Awesome! Can’t wait to see an artist’s rendering of Cersei.

George R.R. Martin, author of the “Game of Thrones” books, knows how freaked out you were by the red wedding massacre. And he loves it.

“I want my readers to be afraid,” he told Conan O’Brien. “I want them to be afraid to turn the next page because the character may not survive it.”

Well. Mission very freaking accomplished, George, you sadistic genius.

Despite chuckling over his fans’ anguish like a demented Santa Claus, Martin admits that it’s harder now to kill off characters since it means rendering an actual live human unemployed. “I was talking to three actors I was just meeting for the first time. I had a moment when I realized they were all dead.”

Wow, “Game of Thrones” office parties sound like the funnest.


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