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One more monkey down.

Today I delivered the first draft of "Blackwater" to Dan and David. (Finally) A bit overdue, as always. And probably too long and long expensive, as my scripts always are. (I got to write the Battle of the Blackwater. I tried to be good and restrain myself, but you know how things go. Oh, well. I knew the job was dangerous when I took it).

This is television... (no, it's not TV, it's HBO)... so there will undoubtedly be many further drafts and revisions. But the first draft is the hard one.

And it's a good thing it's done. On Sunday I leave for the first leg of my US book tour.


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Jul. 6th, 2011 01:27 am (UTC)
At least now you won't have to get upset with innocent hosts who ask you about scriptwriting ;P

Btw, please tell me Tyrion doesn't get knocked unconcious by the Hound before he leaves his bedroom?
Jul. 6th, 2011 01:42 am (UTC)
Congrats George!
Jul. 6th, 2011 01:45 am (UTC)
Can't wait to see this on the screen! Augh, the wait is already unbearable. :)

At least Dance is only a week away now!
Jul. 6th, 2011 01:47 am (UTC)
i am considering writing congress and asking them to give hbo the budget they give the department of defense so we get those battle scenes the way you'd like them.
Pearse McGrath
Jul. 6th, 2011 01:59 am (UTC)
Congrats! Can't wait for the July 12th book signing.
Jul. 6th, 2011 02:00 am (UTC)
I'm really looking forward to this episode next season. The episode you wrote for the first season was my favorite, as I felt it was the best adaptation of any other.
Jul. 6th, 2011 02:03 am (UTC)
About the script writing process...
When writing the season 2 script, did having a mental image of the actors and their personalities influence the way you wrote the dialogue? Or do you still maintain your original mental image of the characters?
Jul. 6th, 2011 02:27 am (UTC)
Have a wonderful time!
Antti Peltokorpi
Jul. 6th, 2011 02:32 am (UTC)
I'm reading the books for the first time and I just finished reading the Battle of the Blackwater. Exhilarating stuff. Can't wait to see what HBO does with it. Here's hoping Davos and Tyrion don't get knocked out at the start. :)
Jul. 6th, 2011 02:39 am (UTC)
Looking forward to seeing it. Your Season 1 episode was one of the best.
Jul. 6th, 2011 03:08 am (UTC)
In response to the last post, have you read Hofstadter's "Anti-Intellectualism in American Life?" It's terrifying. Anywho...cheers.
Jul. 6th, 2011 03:28 am (UTC)
I just hope that we get to see some actual "battle" in season two. The first one had everything cut out!
Jul. 6th, 2011 04:08 am (UTC)
I finished book 4 a couple days ago... it was a surprise at the end to see the note about how you hoped to have dance with dragons done in about a year (that being 6 years ago!!) which leads to wondering when book 6 will be done, as I know without even starting dance of dragons that in about 2.5 weeks from now I'm going to crave book 6. it's a testimony to this amazing world you have created, it is truly amazing and inspiring, but book SIX!!!!
Jul. 6th, 2011 07:53 am (UTC)
*psst* Haven't you heard? Every time someone complains to GRRM about when the next book is coming out, he kills a Stark! Don't do it!
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Jul. 6th, 2011 04:29 am (UTC)
To be honest, HBO really should just go through with an expensive battle scene. That was probably the number one complaint I noticed from viewers fresh to the world of ASOIAF (and also many who've read the books) - they wanted to see the battles. Apparently this was also a complaint regarding HBO's Rome, though.

Plus, the tension really builds up to that occurrence, so it would kind of be blue-balling (to be vulgar, apologies) not to have an epic show of it.
Susan Vi
Jul. 6th, 2011 04:45 am (UTC)
Congratulations!! Big fan of your work =)
Jul. 6th, 2011 04:57 am (UTC)
Just finished reading all the books. Started less than three weeks ago, I just couldn't put them down!! Season 1 was truly magical, especially the episode you wrote. I'm very much looking forward to season 2!!

And can't wait to see you on July 26th at the LA book signing!!
Jul. 6th, 2011 05:55 am (UTC)
This is related to GoT, but more forward-looking (and if I could find a direct link on the official website to mail you, I would).

Presuming HBO catches up to the books, do you know if they'll be filming seasons 4 and 5 in published order of the books, or will they attempt to consolidate that timeline into one book, as if you hadn't had to split it up into two?

Or is that looking way too far ahead?
Jul. 6th, 2011 04:12 pm (UTC)
Way too far ahead. We are not thinking past season two at the moment. That's challenge enough. One bridge at a time.
Jordan Healey
Jul. 6th, 2011 07:46 am (UTC)
I hope it includes the Sansa & Sandor stuff :)
Jul. 6th, 2011 08:07 pm (UTC)
It does.
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Jul. 6th, 2011 08:51 am (UTC)
Bronns background
George where is Bronn from? What part of Westeros does he hail from? For some reason I imagine him being from Skagos, I really like his character. Can't wait to read Dance. I'll be waiting at the doors of Barnes and Noble July 12th. May the smith make you a pen that never dries up! Ceranko
Jul. 7th, 2011 08:21 pm (UTC)
Re: Bronns background
His name is Bronn Stone, so he's a bastard of the Vale...
Jul. 6th, 2011 12:08 pm (UTC)
See you in Burlington on the 12th!
Jul. 6th, 2011 01:00 pm (UTC)
I actually finished re-reading that section last night; and while I'm sure the battle will be incredible (very curious how it will be managed on a TV budget), the scene I want to see most is Sansa's conversation with The Hound. I think it could make for absolutely incredible TV.
Jul. 6th, 2011 01:07 pm (UTC)
Oh man, I pray they don't skimp on the budget for the battle of the blackwater! Wildfire is incredibly nasty and feared, and they really need to show it as this raging unpredictable burning death that it is instead of just being fire dyed green :P

That stuff is like napalm, but with a mind of its own!
Jul. 6th, 2011 02:19 pm (UTC)
The Battle of Blackwater must be ambitious indeed! I noticed that HBO glanced over the battles in order to dedicate the time and resources to other things. Looking forward to Season 2

And seeing you at the signing! But what's this about no bringing swords? ;)
Jul. 6th, 2011 03:35 pm (UTC)
I'm beginning to think...
you secretly like deadlines.

I can't imagine most people taking on so many deadlines!!!

Well, we all have high hopes for Blackwater, chief among them, that Tyrion stays conscious for the majority of the fight... at least until Podrick brings a house of Payne. Sorry, I just woke up. I know that isn't funny, but I can't figure out where the backspace key is in my addled state.
Jul. 6th, 2011 04:10 pm (UTC)
Re: I'm beginning to think...
I do sometimes take on more than I can easily chew, I must admit it. I am perpetually guilty of an excess of optimism about how much work I can actually get done in a certain period of time.

There were times in my life and career when I could reliably knock out a teleplay or short story in two weeks, a novella in a month, a novel in a year. Those times are gone, alas.
Jul. 6th, 2011 04:06 pm (UTC)
I get tired thinking about your schedule.

Congrats! I know it must have been a heck of a thing to get in script form.
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