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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.



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.


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