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Wildfire v. The Doctor

GAME OF THRONES will be taking on The Doctor this year in the Hugos... and FRINGE as well.

LoneStarCon 3 just announced this year's Hugo nominations. "Blackwater," the ninth episode of the second season, has been nominated in Best Dramatic Presentation - Short Form. That was the episode with the wildfire and the big battle, I am sure you all recall, written by yours truly (with considerable help from showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, who added one of the shows's best original scenes) and directed by Neil Marshall. We'll be up against an episode of FRINGE, and no less than three episodes of DOCTOR WHO, which has owned the Short Form category for most of the past decade.


The full list of nominees can be found at:


The Short Form finalists:
Doctor Who:"The Angels Take Manhattan" Written by Steven Moffat, Directed by Nick Hurran (BBC Wales)
Doctor Who:"Asylum of the Daleks" Written by Steven Moffat; Directed by Nick Hurran (BBC Wales)
Doctor Who:"The Snowmen" Written by Steven Moffat, Directed by Saul Metzstein (BBC Wales)
Fringe:"Letters of Transit" Written by J.J. Abrams, Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Akiva Goldsman, J.H.Wyman, Jeff Pinkner. Directed by Joe Chappelle (Fox)
Game of Thrones:"Blackwater" Written by George R.R. Martin, Directed by Neil Marshall. Created by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss (HBO)

Thanks to all those who sent in nominations, whether you nominated us, or someone else. As I have said time and time again, the nominations are in many ways the most crucial part of the process.

Should be an interesting contest. I haven't seen any of the last season of DR. WHO, so I don't know which of those episodes is the strongest contender... but the Whofans are many and formidable, so I figure we are rather a long shot to upset the Doctor's applecart. I know even less about FRINGE. But hey, you pays your money and you takes your pick, and the Hugos fall where they may.

Congratulations to all the other nominees, and my thanks to David, Dan, Bryan, Neil, and all the rest of the great cast and crew who make HBO's GAME OF THRONES the hit it is.



Eric Heimann
Mar. 30th, 2013 10:59 pm (UTC)
Congratulations!!! By the way, meeting you at the "Deeper than Swords event(s) was AWESOME!!!! 'Twas truly an honor and a privilege to share meat and mead (vino) with ya!!!! Your speech/lecture on Friday was pretty flippin' inspiring too... I laughed, I cried, I clapped until my hands hurt!!! Thank you again for making the trek down to Texas, kind Ser. You are an inspiration to us all.
Mar. 30th, 2013 11:18 pm (UTC)
Win or lose, being in the same race as Steven Moffat and JJ Abrams is, in the words of our fearless VP, a big f'ing deal. Congratulations.
Mar. 30th, 2013 11:49 pm (UTC)
Congrats on the nomination
WOW! That's very cool!! Honestly, awards should go to all 3 nominee's! I'm not so into competition when it comes to art.
Mar. 30th, 2013 11:51 pm (UTC)
Congratulations! Can't wait to see it win!!!
Mar. 31st, 2013 12:23 am (UTC)
Chad Saunders
Mar. 31st, 2013 12:33 am (UTC)
Good luck
That was a great episode. You are in great company with the other nominations. I have seen all of them and think that they are all great, but I must admit that I hope Blackwater wins. Though, I am biased.
Mar. 31st, 2013 01:09 am (UTC)
Congrats on the nomination! I'm not good with remembering the names of television episodes (except "Blackwater" of course), so though I've watched all the other nominees, I don't know offhand which episode is being honoured for the other two shows. That said, although I really enjoyed "Fringe" and absolutely love Matt Smith's current incarnation of "Doctor Who," GoT is so much *more* than either of those could aspire to, in terms of writing and complexity of characters.

And that said, I will be happy with whoever wins this one, because all are excellent!
Bryan Cogman
Mar. 31st, 2013 02:20 am (UTC)
Congrats, George. And your shout-out is too, too kind.

Mar. 31st, 2013 02:48 am (UTC)
Emmy Panel
Mr. Martin,

I just watched the Emmy panel you did with Mac from it's always sunny. I was struck by your answer about each character in Game of Thrones capacity for great good and great evil. Seeing the work though that lens and observing every little decision as a shade of their overall make up was a great way of defining what makes it so interesting. Trying to explain something like that can be difficult with simple words that couldn't hope to achieve their purpose but I thought that was great.

Not just all the good guys getting together and going against the bad guys but a full spectrum of humanity in every character and every choice, complex and vivid but relate-able and identifiable and fun within the larger story and lesson.
Mar. 31st, 2013 02:50 am (UTC)
While I do enjoy Dr Who, and really like Matt Smith and Karen Gillan, I don't think there's been an episode of the show that has been truly stellar since "Blink" six years ago, and "The Girl in the Fireplace" before that. While there have been episodes with great moments they always seemed to be mixed with so much stuff that doesn't even make any sense to make it a wash. "The Doctor's Wife", last year's winner, was a good episode, but better than "Baelor"? Not hardly.

The Fringe episode is noteworthy for taking a huge step outside the box and just throwing the viewer into the future of the story with new characters without any explanation. I like it because it expected much more of the viewer than most everything else on tv, which is also how I reacted to the first episode of a certain series on HBO. But I guess my perception of it is now colored by having completely lost interest in that future story in the next season.

So having "Blackwater" actually nominated, better luck next year, Doctor. But I suppose he's already seen "The Rains of Castamere" and knows next year isn't going to be any better.
Mar. 31st, 2013 07:22 pm (UTC)
Oh, I don't know
I think "Doctor Who" has had spectacular episodes and, with stuff like "The Doctor's Wife" and "The Girl Who Waited" under its belt, is as strong as ever. Although I think "The Angels Take Manhattan" does not deserve a nomination, "Asylum of the Daleks" is very strong, and I think it will win.

That having been said, "Blackwater" should prove ample competition.
Mar. 31st, 2013 05:31 am (UTC)

I think Blackwater has a shot. Much as I love both Fringe and (classic/new) Who, these last couple of seasons (of both series) have sucked rocks. Besides, the incumbent(s) can't stay on top forever.
Keith Russell Dulak
Mar. 31st, 2013 05:33 am (UTC)
Mr. Martin, step away from work, sit down and watch fringe from the beginning. Thanks.
Mar. 31st, 2013 08:22 am (UTC)
Mar. 31st, 2013 10:12 am (UTC)
I hope GoT wins. I love DW but it just isn't the same since Moffat took over.

Can't wait for today' GoT! ASoS was my favourite book of the series, and I admit I'm waiting for the non-reader summer children's reactions on "The Rains of Castamere". It will be sooo much fun.
Mar. 31st, 2013 10:28 am (UTC)
Moffat is a beast (in the high-praise sense of the term); best of luck!
Mar. 31st, 2013 02:53 pm (UTC)
I've seen every episode of GoT 1-2 at least 4 times. I recently watched "Blackwater" on blu ray and I have to say that it is the best episode of the entire series, in my opinion. I think you have a shot :)
Mar. 31st, 2013 02:56 pm (UTC)
I hope Blackwater wins!
Congratulations on the nomination and best of luck! I've yet to check out the other nominees, but, I LOVE your writing for the HBO series and especially your Song of Ice and Fire series. You are a master story teller, worthy of all the praise. Thanks for being so good at what you do! All the best, Sheila.
Mar. 31st, 2013 04:32 pm (UTC)
Good morning George! On this wonderful GOT premiere day (easter who??) I hope you are able to enjoy the premiere of GOT by relaxing, drinking a beer & basking in the glory of all your hard work come to fruition.
Mar. 31st, 2013 04:43 pm (UTC)
Dr Who
I was just wondering if you've ever been approached to write an episode of Dr Who and if you were, would you be interested?

Mar. 31st, 2013 05:42 pm (UTC)
Re: Dr Who
I have not been approached, no.

If I were, sure, it might be fun.

But right now, no way I have the time. Maybe after I deliver WINDS OF WINTER, or even A DREAM OF SPRING. But that will be years from now, and likely several Doctors down the line.

I would not be a good choice to write about Daleks, by the way. My Brit friends who encounted Daleks as children tell me they are terrifying, but they still seem risible to me. Their main weapon is a toilet bowl plunger, after all...
Mar. 31st, 2013 09:37 pm (UTC)
Re: Dr Who
I will say the same thing that I've said to everyone who can't wrap their minds around Daleks.

When you're five years old, you don't care that a Dalek is awkward, clumsy, and looks like R2-D2's crazy plumber cousin. All you know is that it rolls into the room, and EVERYONE DIES.

Incidentally, which is the scene that Benioff and Weiss added to Blackwater that you regard so highly? Would it be the one of Cersei and Tommen in the throne room?
Apr. 6th, 2013 03:02 am (UTC)
ahahahaha.... those rolling boxes of death. i too had thought, oh look a flight of stairs... silly cyborg can't get me up here... they have built in anti gravity...the most frighting thing about them is that they scream all the time ... EXTERMINATE! Think of them like this... Stannis with a death ray and no Davos or Red Woman to guide him, now put him inside a metal box and allow him to fly where ever he wishes to deliver the kings good justice... truly frightening!
Apr. 6th, 2013 03:20 am (UTC)
A death ray... and a PLUNGER.
Apr. 6th, 2013 03:29 am (UTC)
LOL, well suction applied to the wrong orifice on a human being can cause catastrophic effects to the delicate innards...i'm just saying. Ok so the design isn't perfect (i did get hours of amusement imagining a Dalek plummer as a kid) but that plunger can read minds or kill you if they so desired but meh...ignore the giant killer dust bin if you wish LOL.
Mar. 31st, 2013 09:34 pm (UTC)
While I'm a recent Dr. Who fan and love the show in general, this year has been very uneven. 2 of those episodes are downright mediocre. Asylum of the Daleks was good, but Blackwater was phenomenal. If GoT doesn't win, it will be a darn shame.
Anthony DeMarco
Apr. 1st, 2013 04:33 am (UTC)
Blackwater is better than all of those DW eps, but I'd say the strongest is the Angels take Manhattan. Didn't see the Fringe ep... good luck.
Stanley Morris
Apr. 3rd, 2013 06:51 am (UTC)
I've never watched Fringe, but I ollow the Doctor fairly closely. "The Angels Take Manhattan" is, IMO, one of if not THE best episode of the show since it has come back. I'd definitely make it the favorite out of the Dr's episodes, and probably a slight edge over Blackwater. The emotional swings in "Angels" are just crazy. However, since I've read the books and knew what was coming, "Blackwater" may not have affected me as much as someone who hasn't. That could be coloring my judgement.
Apr. 3rd, 2013 10:15 pm (UTC)
Come to think of it, if the episode wins, who of the so-many people who've done outstanding work gets to go up on stage and hyperventilate?
Apr. 4th, 2013 02:47 pm (UTC)
Well, me, because I will definitely be at the convention.

Last year HBO sent Ron Donachie (Ser Rodrik Cassel) to Chicago, and he went up on stage with me. They may send an actor this year as well, but the con is months off, and we won't know for certain until nearer to the event.

David and Dan would love to attend themselves, but it's hard, since worldcon always falls right in the middle of our shooting schedule, and they do have a show to run. When I'm in San Antonio, most like one of them will be in Belfast, the other one in Dubrovnik.

If the show gets another nomination next year, however, we might be able to get them to Loncon. London is much closer to Belfast than Texas is.
Eddie Fuller
Apr. 5th, 2013 03:36 pm (UTC)
Original scene
Congrats on the nomination! Out of curiosity, which scene did David and Dan add to the episode? Was it Bronn's firing of the arrow? That was a very cool scene that made up for the lack of the chain. I hope all is well. Don't overwork yourself! Looking forward to the Winds of Winter, as well as anything else you may be working on!

-Ed Fuller
Apr. 5th, 2013 06:06 pm (UTC)
Re: Original scene
Bronn and the Hound in the brothel is the scene I was referring to. One of the strongest in the episode, IMNSHO.
Apr. 6th, 2013 03:12 am (UTC)
Blackwater is a truly epic episode one of my favorites! However Angels Take Manhattan, and Asylum of the Daleks are probably 2 of the strongest episodes of Doctor Who EVER produced. They both have such a wicked twist in them its difficult to keep your eyes dry. Blackwater is in for another battle. If you get a chance to view either please do so you will not be sorry. I'm pulling for Blackwater, but i won't be surprised if either Doctor Who episodes pull out the win. Fringe can go eff itself. i've been done with that show back in season 2 >:?/
Apr. 14th, 2013 01:53 am (UTC)
As a lifelong Doctor Who fan, I'm personally hoping Blackwater wins. It was spectacular!


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