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Season 7 Is Coming

Seven gods, seven kingdoms, seven books (eventually)... seven seasons.

The seventh season of GAME OF THRONES is on its way. HBO has released their first teaser.


Oh, and I almost forgot... HBO has also announced the premiere date: Sunday, JULY 16.

There will be gala premieres as usual, of course. Not sure of the details on those yet. But I do know that we hope to have another premiere party right here in Santa Fe, at the Jean Cocteau Cinema... and that we will be running a Season 6 marathon in the weeks running up to the new season, so you can refresh yourselves on what happened last year, and enjoy all the action on our big medium-sized screen.

And speaking of season 6, if you enjoyed the show and would like to nominate us for a Hugo Award, you have only eight days left. Nominations close on March 18. GAME OF THRONES is eligible in two categories. You can nominate the season as whole in Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form (which is what I favor, personally), or you can nominate individual episodes in Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form. (Or you could do both, if you were so inclined). If you are inclined to take the second course, the episodes most likely to make this year's (extremely competitive) ballot are "The Door" and "Battle of the Bastards" IMNSHO. "Battle of the Bastards" won Emmy Awards for both writing and directing this year, and "The Door" was also a finalist for directing.

((And though I am of course hopelessly prejudiced toward GOT, I will be the first to proclaim that this was an outstanding year for drama in both categories. The first seasons of WESTWORLD and STRANGER THINGS are also worthy of being nominated for Long Form, along side last year's best SF movie, ARRIVAL. In Short Form I loved "Leviathan Wakes," the final episode of season one of THE EXPANSE, and two great episodes of BLACK MIRROR, "San Junipero" and "Hated in the Nation." I would love to see all of them earn spots on the ballot... along with GOT ))

But enough about last year. A new season is coming.

July 16. Mark your calendars.


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Mar. 10th, 2017 09:42 pm (UTC)
Speaking of the Jean Cocteau Cinema
Have you given any thought to playing 1984 on April 4th? I have seen several articles about indie theaters showing the film and was curious if you would be doing the same? I'm hoping so. Thank you and happy writing/travels!
David Sidebottom
Mar. 10th, 2017 11:23 pm (UTC)
Re: Speaking of the Jean Cocteau Cinema
we are showing it on 4/4. all box office proceeds will be donated to the ACLU of NM.
Alfonso Cabello
Mar. 10th, 2017 09:42 pm (UTC)
Any else?
Mr. Martin, Is book six coming too?
Mar. 11th, 2017 09:36 am (UTC)
Re: Any else?
I'm sure it will once completed. For those of us who dissect the books to work out grand theories on this and that, it's vital that it comes out later (once completely finished) rather than sooner.

It'll come out once it's ready. Please stop asking.
Jonathan Andino
Mar. 10th, 2017 09:56 pm (UTC)
Since this season will be aired a bit later in comparison to previews seasons, do you think there's a chance for WINDS to be completed by then? I'm not talking about a release date, of course.
Moh Med
Mar. 10th, 2017 09:57 pm (UTC)
George are you ready to write a episode in season 8 or no
Caroline Rouleau
Mar. 11th, 2017 12:55 am (UTC)
Season 8 EPisode written by George would be incredible!
Oh please, please, please let this happen....
Mar. 10th, 2017 09:58 pm (UTC)
Santa Fe premiere
Yay! I can't wait for the marathon and premiere in Santa Fe <3
Kamrian Green
Mar. 10th, 2017 10:00 pm (UTC)
Battle of the Bastards
was all time an amazing bit of television. Did you have any favorite moments from S6 if you watched, George?
Anthony Gonzalez
Mar. 13th, 2017 12:39 am (UTC)
RE: Battle of the Bastards
Love the Battle of The Bastards moment when Ramsey looks over his shoulder at the charging Vale host, and you can read the look on his face it was something along the lines of *seriously, the writers forgot about Moat Cailin and its purpose..my Reek and i did all that work for nothin*!
Clara Bwabwa
Mar. 10th, 2017 10:08 pm (UTC)
I stopped at season 5. Although I love the show, I love the books much more, and don't want to auto-spoil !
Mar. 11th, 2017 07:39 pm (UTC)
Ive done the same thing except I stopped at the end of season 3 because I hadn't finished feast or dance at that point. Ive started rereading the series again and coloring the GoT coloring book to occupy my time until Winds..... Someday the wait will be over.

P.S. Also love stranger things and if I'm not mistaken there is a season 2 teader on Netflix pretty sure it starts in October.

Edited at 2017-03-11 07:46 pm (UTC)
Mar. 10th, 2017 10:09 pm (UTC)
Show Euron
What is your opinion on how they portraied Euron on the show? Do you miss the eyepatch?
Mar. 11th, 2017 09:26 am (UTC)
Re: Show Euron
Or his crew of mutes? His drinking Shade of the Evening? His captured warlocks? His evil eye? His psychotic mind? His stormy (to say the least) relationship to his brothers Victarion and Aeron? Christ! He didn't even murder Balon, but rather they made it an act of self-defence.. the show's Euron is a boring goody two-shoes and complete waste of a perfectly good actor :( The patch is the least of his shortcomings.

Edited at 2017-03-11 10:11 am (UTC)
Mar. 10th, 2017 10:10 pm (UTC)
Winds of anticipation.
Oh how my heart long for written words instead of acted scripts. I'll drink a glass of brandy tonight and wish you well in the wars to come, George. Waiting patiently for your masterpiece to be finished; good writing, friend.

Edited at 2017-03-10 10:21 pm (UTC)
Mar. 10th, 2017 10:24 pm (UTC)
I saw Arrival last week in Minneapolis's own gorgeous mid-century (second-run) theater, the Riverview. I was struck, overwhelmingly, by how much it made me think about ASOIAF, so I'm not surprised to read that you dug it, as I did. I left effusing to my friend about the similarities between your work and the film: the way the questions OVERTLY posed by the film work to prevent viewers from considering that the answers are being hidden by the questions' in-world framing, and the way the "flashbacks" appear as the do because of assumptions ingrained in the film itself's structure and framing.

When you asks for a translation, you already can't see that the medium might be the message, right? When you wonder about the "mysterious past" of Amy Adams' character and child and former family, you don't notice you've already made assumptions about it… just as overt questions about Jon Snow's MOTHER can necessarily lead only to certain places (and fathers), and just as the lack of questions about so many others renders a seemingly indelible "just so" version of past events, family trees, and the apples that fall from them.

That said, I also had to comment that I worked out what was going on well in advance of when it seems you were "supposed" to, whereas in my opinion you're still very much fooling the entire fandom, incluidng the most hardcore elements thereof, so good on you.
Mar. 11th, 2017 08:19 am (UTC)
RE: Arrival
I very much agree @mtootles. Great movie, and I too was reminded of asoiaf.

I fear Game of Thrones is feeding a very false sense of security in a flawed premise regarding Jon's parentage, but I can't help but take a certain schadenfreude from that. Lol
Re: Arrival - m_tootles - Mar. 12th, 2017 07:51 am (UTC) - Expand
Mar. 10th, 2017 10:34 pm (UTC)
I can't wait! the season starts a few days before my birthday (my birthday is on the 26th) so,it'll be an awesome early 21st birthday gift for me!
Mar. 10th, 2017 10:48 pm (UTC)
The future of visual storytelling
Hey Mr. Martin. I've been giving this a lot of thought lately. The more and more I see these new shows coming out, Game of Thrones, Westworld, Stranger Things, The Expanse, Man in the High Castle, Mr. Robot, Black Sails Etc, I can't help but think that the television industry is beginning to surpass the film industry in storytelling capability from a visual narrative. I'll always love the movies, and I am absolutely astatic about Alien Covenant, Black Runner 2042, and War for the Planet of the Apes, but it does seem television is truly beginning to transform storytelling on the screen. I'm just curious what your thoughts might be on this particular topic?
Mar. 10th, 2017 11:12 pm (UTC)

The waiting... the waaaiiiittttiiinnggg... lol
Mar. 10th, 2017 11:18 pm (UTC)
Hugo Awards
I read that Worldcon 75 will introduce a special Hugo category for "Best Series." Will ASoIaF be eligible?
Mar. 10th, 2017 11:23 pm (UTC)
Re: Hugo Awards

But Wild Cards is. I wrote about this at length several posts back. Scroll downstream and read that.
Re: Hugo Awards - Santiago M. A. - Mar. 11th, 2017 04:45 pm (UTC) - Expand
Jan Wolf
Mar. 10th, 2017 11:26 pm (UTC)
I am ecstatic!
I just realized that our summer plans could easily include a few days in Santa Fe visiting the theater and rewatching Season 6!!! Oh what a happy girl am I!
Mar. 11th, 2017 12:03 am (UTC)
Watching the wheels go by.... but not the TV
I cannot say I am at all excited about anything on TV's GoT. The story contains too many elements that will eventually be part of the books, all under a different storyline so while it is not raally providing any sopilers, it does sour the fact that the propoer storytelling is missing. I will not be watching this season, or thepast seasons, or the next season. The fall in storytelling quality and destruction of characters to fit a TV narrativer broke my heart. Too much.
Israel de Oliveira
Mar. 13th, 2017 04:59 am (UTC)
RE: Watching the wheels go by.... but not the TV
I'm with you. I will watch the next season of Game of Thrones mainly because it's such huge thing right now it's impossible to ignore it, I'd rather be spoiled with some context than read a tweet about how some character died, but I'm no longer a fan of this show and I haven't liked any of the previous two seasons. It not only completely destroyed the characters, themes and storylines I've read and loved in the books but it's not very good anymore, D&D are more concerned in shock the audience and give them fan services than writing something actually good and meaningful. From now on I'm solely a fan of these amazing books George created.
Mar. 11th, 2017 12:48 am (UTC)
Great minds think alike!
To be more accurate, YOU have the great mind, and I am honored to follow along for the ride and to share your fantastic taste in shows! GoT is looking to be surrounded in good company for the Hugos. Best wishes!!
Tanmay Kulkarni
Mar. 11th, 2017 01:12 am (UTC)

Reading the intro to this post got me thinking...7 gods, 7 books, 7 kingdoms...but the story won't be concluded in 7 seasons. There are 8 seasons planned as far as I've read on the internet.

Would you have preferred the story to be completed in 7 seasons, with, say 12 or 13 episodes per season?

I love what you do, your books have given me tremendous relief in the troubled times in my life. Thank you, keep writing! <3
Mar. 11th, 2017 01:50 am (UTC)
George just curious but who gave bloodraven the sword dark sister? Was it his father argon or his brother darean? And why was it given to him instead of someone else?
Mar. 11th, 2017 02:10 am (UTC)
Good evening
Calendar marked !

Are they doing a second season of Westworld ? I noticed you mentioned "season's" . Agreed , great show .

Side note : this thread of replies is by far the most tolerant I've seen you in regards to questions about you know what :D

Williamjames Hoffer
Mar. 11th, 2017 02:15 am (UTC)
Is that a sword?
Not that it means anything, but is that Longclaw? Just curious.
Mar. 11th, 2017 10:18 am (UTC)
Re: Is that a sword?
In his profile picture? It is.
Mar. 11th, 2017 02:25 am (UTC)
I love your books so much my words can't explain how much they mean to me
I just can't wait for twow, George I'm so excited! Take all the time you need, we will all be waiting for this masterpiece
Mar. 11th, 2017 05:00 am (UTC)
Seven books ;-)
Andrew Carpino
Mar. 11th, 2017 05:08 am (UTC)
From the Northern Borderlands
From my window I can see the lights of Canada blinking over the Fourth Coast. The winds tonight are truly winters. -10 and falling. On my bedside table AFFC sits freshly reread and enjoyed. Are your characters alone out there in the cold? They are missed.
Diego Armando Nez Quiroz
Mar. 11th, 2017 06:52 am (UTC)
I started watching the show as I wait for the book. I'll stop when they get to the last book, I don't want to spoil them.
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