Interesting summary of an interview with GRRM from Winter is Coming:
The book that you’re talking about there is a novella about two characters called Dunk and Egg, who lived 90 years before the main story, and I’ve written three novellas about them and hope to write another dozen telling the whole story of their lives. But they are a prequel to what I think of as the main story, which is A Song of Ice and Fire. I’m doing some of the pre-history, the things that happened before, the characters who were legendary characters in the ‘present’ so to speak, I’m telling their stories too. The main story is still A Song of Ice and Fire, in with Game of Thrones.
Dunk and Egg
The next novella
The Winds of Winter
When can we read it?
Episodes 501 and 502: Michael Slovis (episodes of AMC’s Breaking Bad, NBC’s Law & Order: SVU)
Episodes 503 and 504: Mark Mylod (episodes of Showtime’s Shameless and HBO’s Entourage)
Episodes 505 and 506: Jeremy Podeswa (episodes of HBO’s Boardwalk Empire and Showtime’s The Tudors)
Episodes 507 and 508: Miguel Sapochnik (episodes of Fox’s House and Fringe)
Episodes 509 and 510: David Nutter (THE RAINS OF CASTAMERE)
Picking up where season 3 left off, season 4 of Game of Thrones continued to deviate from the books where it thought it best for the viewers. So I’ve been thinking about what to expect from Season 5. It’s very much a mixed bag as the various story lines are at such different points as compared to their progress in the novels.
For instance the story at The Wall and in King’s Landing is matching up nicely with the end of A Storm of Swords, but Bran’s arrival at the Heart Tree places him almost to the end of his POV chapters from A Dance With Dragons.
Based on the casting information that we have about Season 5, I expect there to be a drastically increased focus on Dorne. Cersei has mentioned Myrcella mulitple times in the latter half of the season, so viewers may be wondering what will happen to the little Princess. After Oberyn’s amazing performance, it makes sense to increase the focus on Dorne. But will we also gain the POVs of the Iron Born? That much is not clear at this point. The King’s Moot certainly seemed like a major event in the novels, but will the show runners decide that it is worthy to include? It’s hard to say with the limited information that we have right now. I think characters like Victarion and Euron could do well on the show, but it would depend heavily on their casting. Asha/Yara is still out there as a wild card, and Balon still needs to fall to his death, so for now we will leave that as a question mark.
The Mereen story line isn’t too far off the novels at this point with Daenerys putting her 2 smaller dragons into confinement. This happens towards the beginning of her chapters in A Dance With Dragons, so we can expect next season to cover most if not all of her content from ADWD. It will be interesting to see if show watchers can follow along with all of the internal political struggles of Mereen, or if they just moan for her to head to Westeros.
Lastly, I expect the meat of the season to be at the wall and Winterfell. Ramsey’s wedding and Stannis heading south to conquer the North, and by extension, Daavos heading to White Harbor. And so, while on that topic, I will leave you with a quote from Lord Wyman Manderly.
“Foes and false friends are all around me, Lord Davos. They infest my city like roaches, and at night I feel them crawling over me.” The fat man’s fingers coiled into a fist, and all his chins trembled. “My son Wendel came to the Twins a guest. He ate Lord Walder’s bread and salt, and hung his sword upon the wall to feast with his friends. And they murdered him. Murdered, I say, and may the Freys choke upon their fables. I drink with Jared, jape with Symond, promise Rhaegar the hand of my own beloved granddaughter…but never think that means I have forgotten. The north remembers, Lord Davos. The north remembers, and the mummer’s farce is almost done. My son is home.”
GRRM’s new short story will be released in less than two weeks. There are some reviews on Good Reads and TOR already.
As one might suspect from the title, “The Rogue Prince” from the upcoming Rogues anthology is a companion piece to Martin’s “The Princess and The Queen, Or, The Blacks and The Greens,” which capped off last year’s Dangerous Womenanthology. Once again, the story is framed as a formal history set forth by Archmaester Gyldayn of the Citadel of Oldtown, whose dedication to the sober and serious task of recording the dynastic struggles of the Targaryen clan can’t entirely stifle the rich strain of scandalous rumor and gossip woven throughout the official record.
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Courtesy of Winter is Coming:
We’ll tuck the details below a cut as they will include some spoilers about next year. In season 5, the characters we’ll be seeing include:
- Prince Doran Martell – Doran is described as the major new player this year, appearing in multiple episodes. The fiftysomething prince uses a wheelchair, is reclusive and rules wisely. It appears the show is looking to continue the trend it started with Pedro Pascal, and cast Latino actors for the Martell clan.
- Prince Trystane Martell – Trystane, the handsome fiance of Princess Myrcella, is being aged up to 18.
- Areo Hotah - Doran’s personal bodyguard will appear throughout the season, assisting the prince with his duties. The show is particularly looking for a black actor to fill the role.
The Sand Snakes, Oberyn Martell’s bastard daughters (with ages ranging 18-25):
- Obara Sand – The eldest and most athletic Sand Snake will be having a major fight scene with a series regular character- not one who crosses her path in the books. This is an interesting change.
- Nymeria Sand – Nymeria is described as “mixed race,” with her father being the fairer Oberyn and her mother being darker skinned. The second oldest of these Sand Snakes, she’s beautiful, emotional and very strong.
- Tyene Sand - The youngest of the Sand Snakes that we meet uses her wits and seductive powers, and is less of a physical fighter than the other Sand Snakes. She is just as deadly as her sisters, however, but her weapon is poison.
- High Sparrow - The books’ pious head of a religious movement will be appearing in several episodes in season 5.
- Septa Unella – The show is looking for a character actress to play the imposing and unrelenting septa who spends a lot of time with a major series character next year.
- Maggy the Frog- A fortune teller in A Feast for Crows, she’ll be in one episode next year.
- Lollys Stokeworth – Just last week in “Mockingbird,” Bronn announced his intention to marry Lollys, whom Tyrion considers “dimwitted.” It looks like the sellsword will still be around next year.
- Yezzan - A sleazy Meereenese slave owner.
- The Waif – The strange child from the books that Arya encounters will likely be played by an older actress, one in her later teens, and we understand the show is specifically looking for a woman of East Asian descent for the part.