Maybe These Gorgeous GoT Cast Photos from the Premiere Can Distract Us from George R. R. Martin's Ongoing Antics
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Maybe These Gorgeous 'GoT' Cast Photos from the NYC Premiere Can Distract Us from George R. R. Martin's Ongoing Antics

By Cindy Davis | Trade News | March 20, 2014 | Comments ()


While we’re all sitting around waiting for George R. R. Martin to finish writing his final Song of Ice and Fire volumes, the author is rather busy…with other things. I don’t intend this to be yet another round of pleas or complaints about that, but one can’t help wondering what exactly his plan could be. Martin’s been giving interviews and sound bites aplenty; is it possible he’s realized the enormity of what’s ahead, and maybe even thought about passing the torch? I might be reaching, but I’ve been trying to put the pieces together in my head, and what if he’s thinking of having David Benioff finish the series in more ways than one? Benioff is a gifted writer (do yourself a favor and read—or check out the Ron Perlman voiced audiobook—City of Thieves) who Martin clearly trusts. G.R.R.M. already passed on key information on how things go for the main characters… Am I crazy, or am I crazy?

In his latest statements, Martin (somewhat contradicting Benioff and D. B. Weiss’ statements to Vanity Fair) mentions the possibility of the HBO series running up to ten seasons, and following them with a feature film. “The books get bigger and bigger (in scope). It might need a feature to tie things up, something with a feature budget, like $100 million for two hours. Those dragons get real big, you know.” He also discusses making a feature film of his prequel series, Tales of Dunk and Egg: “I have written these three stories, and I have about a dozen more.” Hmm…methinks someone needs to spend the next couple of years doing nothing but writing and ordering in pizza, unless maybe he has a ghost writer standing by. At least Benioff and Weiss are enthusiastic about the information they got from Martin; when asked by EW if the Ice and Fire conclusion was creatively satisfying, the showrunners replied thusly: Benioff: “Absolutely yes.” Weiss: “100 percent.”

Is your head ready to explode with the possibilities? There, there friends; I’ve got something to cool down our brains. Pictures…lots of lovely pictures.

Um, but first this Entertainment Weekly cover—which isn’t exactly soothing. Let’s get it out of the way.


I prefer this jovial photo from the NYC premiere.


And the rest of the lovelies…

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Aaaand, snap back to reality!


Never mind. Here’s Peter and the dragon.




Cindy Davis, (Twitter) feels tentative.

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Comments Are Welcome, Bigots and Trolls Are Not

  • Demerize

    GRRM thinks he can get 10 seasons... and 1 movie. David and Dan feel they can get 7 maybe 8 seasons. After reading the last two books (feast for crows and Dance with dragons) I think they might get "1" good season from both those two books combined. If we get two season from them I think both seasons would be mediocre. 3 or 4 season as GRRM hopes would pretty much kill the golden goose that is Game of Thrones. No one would be watching after the first of those bloat y seasons ended. UNLESS David and Dan pull some SERIOUS magic that is!

  • DominaNefret

    Everyone is wearing their finery, and Peter Baelish went "putting a casual dinner jacket over a tee and artfully distressed jeans totally counts as dressing up".
    I love it.

  • DominaNefret

    I love how Sophie is all "Fuck shoes, unnecessary."

  • JustOP

    Petyr Baelish looks like the bad guy in a modern Shakespeare play reimaging.

  • lowercase_ryan

    A Rose by any other name is NOT M'FING Rose Leslie!


  • narfna

    They're all so beautiful. My heart loves them so.

    And yes, you're crazy. Martin would never let Benioff finish the series if he's still alive. Now, if he dies before he finishes . . . maybe he and Benioff have had a talk.

    And yes! City of Thieves was an amazing book, and specifically the audio version with Ron Perlman.

  • stella

    Oh my theyre all so good looking.

  • PoV Hector

    LMAO the picture with the Hound. Suddenly, he is my again one of my favorite

  • BettyNugs

    I really thought that parts of Dance With Dragons were ghost written. The tone was off and the endless repetition of certain phrases. I didn't seem the same.

  • JJ

    "I don’t intend this to be yet another round of pleas or complaints about that"

    And yet...

  • The road to hell and all that.

  • JJ

    I can't help but think that Martin is the new Lindelof, whose actions are constantly scrutinized by a zealous fanbase that ulimately won't be satisfied regardless of what he does.

    GRR's Law: as an online discussion of GoT grows longer, the probability of someone complaining that Martin is taking too long to write approaches 1.

  • mzblackwidow

    oh I'd be satisfied if he finishes the last 2 books. Of the series he started a lifetime ago. About people I care about very much. If he would just do that I would never so much as google his name again.

  • I'll be satisfied if he's actually writing TWoW.

  • manting

    There are 4 sample chapters online I believe.

  • I prefer to read them all together.

  • BWeaves

    Bran looks like a David Tennant Doctor Mini-Me.

  • mzblackwidow

    I didn't recognise him

  • Sean

    A little more hipster.

  • BendinIntheWind

    "...or check out the Ron Perlman voiced audiobook"


  • It's most excellent. Here's the review that sent me to it in the first place.

  • John W

    They're all beautiful/handsome but Lena Headey is so too much....

  • Genevieve Burgess

    I saw that picture of Maisie and Sophie and was like "Oh! Maisie's finally grown a bit!" Then I saw that she was in heels and Sophie wasn't. Girl's gonna be 6 foot even if she's not already, which makes her taller than like, 70% of the dudes on the show. Gwendoline can be her mentor in looking foxy as hell at any height.

  • John W

    Sophie looks like she's going to be as tall as Gwendoline Christie.

  • Seán

    Sophie's 18 now so she won't grow much taller. Don't women stop growing at around 16.

  • DominaNefret

    I grew 1.5" between 24 and 26. Most of the women on my mom's side of the family do. Totally happens!

  • I grew another inch the year I turned 21.

  • Genevieve Burgess

    I grew an inch in college too, but Ms.Turner would need a good three or four to catch up to Gwendoline and that kind of growth spurt usually isn't in the cards by then.

  • BlackRabbit

    Poor Oona Chaplin, never got to show up and look pretty.

  • Sean

    Well, for next seasons event..a lot those people pictured won't be back. With this show, there is no such thing as job security.

  • VonnegutSlut

    I think the phrase you're all looking for regarding Charles Dance is "dapper as fuck."

  • Ryan Ambrose

    Any man that can pull off a scarf like that with so much class is a worthy successor to the Iron Throne.

  • lowercase_ryan

    I was thinking the same of he and Dinklage.

  • Sean

    I think we need a Dance/Dinklage buddy cop TV show.

  • kushiro -

    It's a bit weird seeing some of these photos when you consider that the actors in them have either never shared a scene, or have, but not for years . I'd guess the only time they see each other is at events like this. "Hey, you're on this show, too. Good to see ya!"

  • TherecanbeonlyoneAdmin

    The Hound and Ygritte are giving me moistness.

  • BWeaves

    Dinklage, Dance, and the Hound need to teach the rest of the men how to dress.

    Also, I want Sansa's hair. Or Ygritte's. Or both. On my head. I'm not picky.

  • John G.

    Varys smiled. “Here, then. Power resides where men believe it resides. No more and no less.

    So power is a mummer’s trick?

    A shadow on the wall,” Varys murmured, “yet shadows can kill. And ofttimes a very small man can cast a very large shadow.

  • Enrique del Castillo

    Littlefinger looks like he just got home from a bar.

    Also, why are people listening to GRRM on stuff about the show final seasons? He's not like Kirkman in TWD, he lets the showrunners do their thing and he has been called out on that prequel BS before by HBO. The showrunners and HBO will do what they want, not what GRRM says.

  • Sean

    He's Irish. He is supposed to look that way.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    Then he's a missed opportunity on the St Paddy's day list.

  • Bert_McGurt

    It's just so wrong to see Varys with hair and Littlefinger without it (on his face, that is).

  • manting

    There is a ZERO percent chance that G.R.R.M. would turn over the writing to Benioff or any other writer while still alive. Also, while Im sure Benioff is a talented television writer there is simply no way he is even remotely in the same neighborhood of writing as G.R.R.M. Good writers write books, bad writers write television, and really bad writers write reality television.

  • mzblackwidow

    the bad writers write television comment is complete bullshit, at least these days.
    Also, I would vote for any author of proven quality to finish the series. At least it would reach the conclusion, and GRRM is a good writer but the last 2 books were a huge drop in quality after the first 3. I don't consider he has a unique "voice" as many greats do. His story is wonderful, clearly, but he has lost the will to write it.

  • marumori

    City of Thieves. Benioff says more in 250 pages than GRRM has in 4000+.

  • manting

    Really? In City of Thieves he completely created an entire fully fleshed out world and filled it with dozens of complex flawed human characters? I read 25th hour and liked it o.k. but Martin is a titan in fantasy putting among the greatest of the genre. Can the same be said for Beinff? 50 years from now his books will still be read; Im not sure Benioffs works will be. Obviously there are exceptions among TV writers, David Simon is an amazing writer, both his books and television work. I think Beinoff is a great as well, just not suited to finish writing the GoT series. G.R.R.M. probably already has a writer friend or two that are prepared to finish the series if he passes, like Robert Jordan did with Brandon Sanderson.

  • narfna

    I agree with the first part of your comment. The second part is horseshit. Especially as Benioff has written not one, but TWO, good books.

  • BWeaves

    I think GRRM is a crappy writer. I like the story, but I cannot stand his writing. I actually prefer the TV show version over the novel, and that's unusual for me. I'm almost always a "the book was better" person.

  • Jamie Dello Stritto

    Now, go back and read the first paragraph...

  • Jamie Dello Stritto

    Also, holy crap, I didn't realize that The 25th Hour was a novel, much less that it was written by Benioff. I will pay my penance by buying both books.

  • MB

    I am suddenly, inexplicably, attracted to the Onion Knight.

  • PDamian

    That's fine, I understand ... but hands off, he's mine. I've had a jones for Liam Cunningham ever since First Knight. He's amazingly good in The Wind That Shakes the Barley, too.

  • VonnegutSlut


  • I have always had a thing for him--in the book and onscreen.

  • Bran, turn around, go home, and find some pants that fit, young man.

    You might be taller than I am at this point, but GO.

  • LL

    The pairings are hilariously populated with giants.

  • Charles Dance, you dapper dandy!

  • Maddy

    The Hound wins best dressed hands down

  • John Bracciale

    The Hound looks more comfortable in a dress than Arya.

  • Aaron Schulz

    He looks quite awesome, but i dont know if you can beat Charles Dance and his god damned fabulous neckerchief. And Rose Leslie is to gorgeous for words mere mortals have created.

  • mzblackwidow

    Littlefinger is so much improved when not playing a disgusting rockspider ! Varys is improved with hair but licking Tyrion ... ? hmmm. And poor Sam does not deserve to be relegated to a photo with that man whose name I am too lazy to type :P

  • Enrique del Castillo

    He just wanted a photo with the guy he'll be in 40 years

  • Ozioma

    I nearly punched my computer screen when I saw that picture of Joffrey. It's just reflexive at this point.

    And my God, I have missed these beautiful bastards. Just seventeen days, man....

  • Cree83

    Tell me the fug girls have taken this entire cast to task for these fashion crimes.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    I like the silver and blue dress! (is that Melisandre? I can barely tell who anyone is with their non-character hair)

    but that Hodor and Bran pic...oy. A cast of characters indeed.

  • Bert_McGurt

    It is - and I agree, that's a lovely dress.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    A Dior, according to the Fug Girls. (they say JLaw passed on it, but I'm not sure the coloring would've been as lovely on her)

  • Maddy

    Bran is so stylish!

  • Fabius_Maximus

    His style is pretty outlandish, though.

  • Yeah, it's pretty bad.

  • Jenn TheYellowDart

    I kind of hate Sophie Turner's hair style...She keeps plastering back that one side, and I know it's supposed to elicit 30s class, but I just kind of end up thinking "Hi, half baldy."

  • From all those pics, I think Lena Headey, Hodor, Rory McCann and the Dink would be my "Let's blow the after-party and go to Tijuana" crew.

    And that EW cover is just perfect. Poor Jack Gleason is awesomely snively.

  • Both Davos and Tywin look like if some entertainment reporter is going to ask them a question, it sure as hell better not be a stupid one.

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