Episode 2 was called “Dark wings, Dark words.” What do you think of the title now that the episode has aired? Our biggest take away is how big of a push House Bolton is making into the show. Non-book readers will need to get acquainted with them quickly. Make sure to refer to Roose as “Lord Bolton,” showing their flayed man flag as often as possible, etc. My wife, who hasn’t read the books, said to me when Jaime and Brienne are captured, “We haven’t seen that house yet.”
I would wager the average viewer has no idea they are a northern house fighting with the Starks at this point in the show.
What do you think? And what do you think about what’s going on beyond the wall?
Don’t even think about it! After receiving my book yesterday, I couldn’t be happier with everything. The hardcover binder, the size and quality of the printing of the maps, but most of all the new content!
I’m not sure what most people’s expectations were but the map of Essos in particular is SWARMING with new cities and regions that we have never heard of! Will we find out more about the history of Essos? Just when you were thinking that Essos was nothing more than the free cities, Slaver’s Bay, and old Valyria, GRRM comes out and drops a bomb on us.
Serious, buy this and consider framing at least a few of them. It will be the best $24 you spent this year. Maybe get a few for Christmas gifts!
Categories: A Clash of Kings, A Dance with Dragons, A Game of Thrones, A Storm of Swords, Dunk and Egg, The Winds of Winter Tags: A dance with Dragons, beyond the wall, essos, game of thrones, George RR Martin, maps, westeros
Some images from the upcoming Lands of Ice and Fire book have hit the web. Let’s have a look:
An interesting depiction of The Wall and the Haunted Forest. Castle Black’s icon is not what readers would expect from it’s description in the novels or the HBO show, but its possible that it’s the generic icon on the map for any castle. Read more…
We linked to Daniel Abraham’s book the other day, and were reminded of the recently published Beyond the Wall. Here is the description from Amazon. If you have other suggestions on books to read while we wait for The Winds of Winter, please leave them in the comments. We need more to read.
Foreword by New York Times bestselling author R.A. Salvatore
Go beyond the Wall and across the narrow sea with this collection about George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire, from A Game of Thrones to A Dance with Dragons.
The epic game of thrones chronicled in George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series has captured the imaginations of millions of readers. In Beyond the Wall, bestselling authors and acclaimed critics offer up thought-provoking essays and compelling insights:
Daniel Abraham reveals the unique challenges of adapting the original books into graphic novels.
Westeros.org founders Linda Antonsson and Elio M. García, Jr., explore the series’ complex heroes and villains, and their roots in the Romantic movement.
Wild Cards contributor Caroline Spector delves into the books’ controversial depictions of power and gender.
Plus much more, from military science fiction writer Myke Cole on the way Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder shapes many of the leading characters to author and television writer Ned Vizzini on the biases against genre fiction that color critical reactions to the series.
R.A. Salvatore (foreword)
Elio M. García, Jr.
John Jos. Miller
Andrew Zimmerman Jones
Well it was just the other day that we were discussing what GRRM was working on these days, and just like that his new map book is available for pre-order from Amazon with a release date of October 30, 2012.
Here is the full description:
George R. R. Martin’s beloved Song of Ice and Fire series, which started with A Game of Thrones, is bursting with a variety and richness of landscapes—from bitter tundra to arid wasteland and everything in between—that provide a sense of scale unrivaled in contemporary fantasy. Now this dazzling set of maps, featuring original artwork from illustrator and cartographer Jonathan Roberts, transforms Martin’s epic saga into a world as fully realized as the one around us.
The centerpiece of this gorgeous collection is guaranteed to be a must-have for any fan: the complete map of the known world, joining the lands of the Seven Kingdoms and the lands across the Narrow Sea for the first time in series history. But this is just one of many unique maps that aren’t available anywhere else. There is an alternate version that tracks the movements of the series’ protagonists throughout their vast world, along with more detailed versions of the western, middle, and eastern thirds of the world; a full map of Westeros, combining North and South; one of the Dothraki Sea and the Red Wastes; and the Braavos city map. And here, too, are fan favorites detailing everything from urban sprawl to untamed wilds: maps of King’s Landing; The Wall and Beyond the Wall; the Free Cities; and Slaver’s Bay, Valyria, and Sothyros.
Never before has the entire scope of Martin’s universe been so exhaustively and fascinatingly depicted. The maps in this beautiful, one-of-a-kind atlas will enrich your reading or viewing experience, provide another view of your favorite characters’ epic journeys, and open up captivating new worlds—plus, they’ll look great on any castle wall.
Ahh yes, the time of year where casting is in full swing for Game of Thrones. My question to you fellow watchers and readers is, Who should be cast as Val? Here is an artist rendering:
In the books she is described as quite beautiful, and I am wondering if maybe, Angelina Jolie?
UPDATE: Some people on Twitter have made some other suggestions.
Here is Tamsin Egerton: