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Season One...

 ... is done.

Last night at the Cocteau we completed our screening of season one of GAME OF THRONES, with the showing of "Baelor" and "Fire and Blood."  Believe it or not, we had a dozen virgins in the house, folks who had never seen the show before, never read the books, and had no idea what was coming.  It's always cool to see someone experiencing the series for the first time.

I, of course, have read the books and seen the show... but I hadn't watched these particular episodes for a couple of years, and it was very gratifying to see how well they still held up.  David and Dan and the cast and our incredible crew have done an amazing job.

And speaking of David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, they joined us after the episodes for an hour's worth of Q & A with the fans, via Skype.   Aside from the usual technical problems that we encounter every time we try to use Skype, it was a great time.  Thanks, guys.

Next week, the marathon continues with the first three episodes from season two... and a special Skype visit from our very own Sansa, SOPHIE TURNER.

See you at the cinema!


Jan. 28th, 2014 08:13 pm (UTC)
Princess & Queen for David & Dan
Was there any talk with David & Dan about adapting your novella Princess and the Queen last night? It would be lovely to see it on screen with the two of them at the helm.
Jan. 28th, 2014 08:15 pm (UTC)
Re: Princess & Queen for David & Dan
Ah... no, no talk of that.

David and Dan have their hands full with GAME OF THRONES.
Jan. 28th, 2014 09:10 pm (UTC)
Re: Princess & Queen for David & Dan
Aside from that, fake history would be very hard to adapt, I guess. For example, I can't imagine a movie or television version of the "Silmarillion".
Jan. 29th, 2014 01:19 am (UTC)
Re: Princess & Queen for David & Dan
I can see it being done similar to Troy.
Isaac Ramana Carter
Jan. 28th, 2014 09:25 pm (UTC)
Re: Princess & Queen for David & Dan
Wonderful that you as an author can still appreciate the taking of ASOFAI viriginity through two mediums. Did you ask them if they are keen to read the book after seeing the television show?
Jan. 28th, 2014 09:35 pm (UTC)
Re: Princess & Queen for David & Dan
I suspect if that ever happened, it might have to be on film. Some of those dragonrider-on-dragonrider fights would be quite difficult to shoot even on GoT's generous TV budget.

But it'd be impressive to see them on screen.
Just A Name
Jan. 28th, 2014 10:10 pm (UTC)
instead of skype...
Give Google Hangouts a try. We use them exclusively in our multi-city company and they've been very stable.
David Williams
Jan. 28th, 2014 10:54 pm (UTC)
The Blacks Vs. The Greens would do well as a film, but i think HBO should do it as a miniseries. In the same way that the BBC's Sherlock is a season comprised of three episodes that run about 1.5 hours each, 4.5 hours of screen time could get it done without requiring a full season's worth of production. They could even film simultaneously with the next season to keep costs down. Sub-company for producing all things Dunk&Egg/TPATQ and any other expanded universe stuff? Mayhaps....
Alexander Yepes
Jan. 28th, 2014 11:12 pm (UTC)
George have big and worm hug from colombia, great work i hope u some day come on a south american tour o at least to colombia i will love have a book sign and congrtulate you 4 a grate work, thanks for take us to an amazing journey.
Bharad Raghavan
Jan. 29th, 2014 04:49 am (UTC)
Random Thought on Girls from Great Houses
Hey George,

(Not sure if I'm allowed to ask this; sorry if the blog is out of bounds!)

Couldn't make it to the Q&A session in NM, but always wondered: How come all the daughters of the Great Houses (Sansa, Dany, Arianne, Margaery, Cersei, Myrcella, Asha) are depicted as beautiful/attractive?

Not all the noble ladies are good-looking, but practically every girl with a significant claim ('cept poor Shireen) has the added bonus of being good looking. Just an observation, but the all the Great Houses can't be blessed with beautiful children all the time right?
Jan. 29th, 2014 07:19 am (UTC)
Re: Random Thought on Girls from Great Houses
Well, I don't think all the daughters of the nobility ARE depicted as being beautiful. You mention Shireen yourself. Look closer, there are others.

But actually, if you look at history, the daughters of the nobility are almost always described as being fair or beautiful, etc. Some of that may have been simple ass-kissing on the part of the writers, many of whom depended on nobles for patronage. But it is also likely that nutrition played a role: the daughters of the upper class had amuch healthier and more varied diet than the daughters of peasants, and were less likely to be forced into backbreaking manual labor at any early age. One of the factors in what we call "beauty" is simply good health.
Jan. 29th, 2014 07:46 am (UTC)
Maybe this is the author's assumption and real noble people weren't so beautiful in medieval time as depicted, but that's great. Much better to watch attracted women than emmm... no so attracted.
Jan. 29th, 2014 05:59 am (UTC)
oh wow, biggest crush on Sophie!
Donnie Drama Brummer
Jan. 29th, 2014 04:33 pm (UTC)
Success in style
What you have done with the Cocteau is such a wonderful reflection of your success. I will always think of you as someone who does things on your own terms, even how you enjoy your spoils. "Keep waiting they will bring a bigger truck!" I am interested in a weekend trip to the area. Is there lodging close to the theater? Do people camp often in certain seasons in Sante Fe? Im considering getting my motorcycle ready for the trip from Seattle. Also without knowledge of such things, will you be doing event type showings of various blockbusters? I do not have knowledge of such things, but a Star Wars marathon would hold particular grandeur. Thank you for being accessible, GRRM. You are my hero.

Edited at 2014-01-29 04:38 pm (UTC)
Jan. 29th, 2014 05:24 pm (UTC)
Re: Success in style
Blockbusters are not necessarily easy for a small independent theatre to get. The big chains with their multiplexes have those pretty well locked up.

I would not recommend camping in Santa Fe in winter. It can get bitter cold here. Last night, for instance.

The Hotel Santa Fe is just two blocks from the Cocteau. A very nice hotel, owned and operated by a local Indian tribe, with reasonable rates. All our guests stay there when doing events at the theatre.
Jan. 29th, 2014 05:51 pm (UTC)
Season One...
Season one is my favorite. Sean is an awesome actor and the whole staff is amazing. The other ones are good as well, except for some parts that they changed, but is just an personal opinion.
Wish we could have something like that here in Brazil too, this kind of ''meeting''. It would be awesome! Cheers from Brazil!
Jan. 29th, 2014 06:34 pm (UTC)
Sante Fe
Clearly I need to move to Sante Fe. Considering it hasn't been above zero for days where I am, that's starting to sound more and more enticing.
Ray Feighery
Jan. 29th, 2014 07:04 pm (UTC)
Would love to make iot to Sante Fe for one of the screenings if I can squeeze it in the schedule this year. Business travel is picking up and already looking at a couple quick trips and longer ones for SDCC and WorldCon! :)
Jan. 30th, 2014 06:59 pm (UTC)
"I, of course, have read the books and seen the show... "

Just so you know, that line made me crack up laughing out loud in a cafeteria full of people. :) Good show!
Elahe Ramezani
Jan. 31st, 2014 10:30 pm (UTC)
I have never watched the shows as Im scared in will ruin my imagination. Sometimes though somethings become difficult to imagine. Being an avid horse rider I always wondered how ladies in dresses ride in the Westeros . Like how was Sansa riding when the mob attacked her?
Sorry if my english is bad.


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