Here are a few cool snippets to start your Tuesday right; well, as right as a back-to-work-after-a-long-weekend Tuesday can be. Pull up a chair and a warm cuppa, and try to pretend you’re still at home, all snuggly.
*Spoiler warning for the second half of the post (there’s another warning below before you get to it)
First up, EW got more information on HBO’s February 8th special we alerted you to a couple weeks back. Game of Thrones: A Day in the Life is a behind-the-scenes documentary-style look at the making of season 5. With filming and production having spanned three countries — Northern Ireland, Spain and Croatia — the series special will feature cast and crew on location, focusing on “the epic sets, renowned cast and global scale of Thrones, as well as the more intimate and individual challenges of our subjects…” The special airs on HBO at 7:30 pm EST. If you can’t wait that long for your Game of Thrones fix, head to one of the expanded IMAX screenings of season 4’s final two episodes (“Watchers On The Wall” and “The Children”) being hosted January 29th through February 5th; a special season 5 preview trailer will be attached.
Moving right along, I’ll now be addressing ***Possible Major Spoilers***, and a Definite Book Reader Fan Theory, so if you’re not a reader, and you don’t want to know about any Book Reader Theories, be off!
***Commenters, if you’re going to discuss, kindly mark your post with a Spoiler warning.
Instead of flat out discussing the popular theory of Jon Snow’s real parents, I’ll direct you to that video that does a nice job of laying it all out.
Now, in case you weren’t aware, Game of Thrones’ showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss are privy to things we aren’t, including how everything ends. After reading that George R. R. Martin had spilled to the series’ writers, I joked that we should comb through every frame for clues; what do you know — they’re out there! Look at the carved letters in the wood behind Jon:
They certainly seem to be an R and an L, which fits right into Jon’s real parentage theory — if Benioff and Weiss are that sneakycool, good on them. (Of course, that could also be a P and an L, indicating that the showrunners read Pajiba Love every day, but that seems slightly less likely.)
(via Winter Is Coming)
Finally, George R. R. Martin has addressed a couple of outstanding issues. No, there’s no chance he’ll finish The Winds of Winter to coincide with Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and when it is done, he won’t play games:
“There won’t be any clues to decipher, any codes or hidden meanings, the announcement will be straightforward and to the point. I won’t time it to coincide with Xmas or Valentine’s Day or Lincoln’s Birthday, the book will not rise from the dead with Jesus on Easter Sunday. When it is done, I will say that’s it is done, on whatever day I happen to finish.”
***Note: A Dance with Dragons discussed herein:
The author also flat-out shot down a fan theory that Coldhands might be Bran’s disappeared uncle, Benjen. A reddit user who read Martin’s original A Dance with Dragons manuscript saw a margin note between the author and his editor, who asked directly whether Coldhands was Benjen. Martin’s simple answer: “No.”