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Season Four...

... is almost at hand.

Tonight's the night.  Did I mention that?  Oh... I did...

 "Two Swords."  Episode one of season four, written and directed by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss.  It's a helluva season episode.  I've seen it three times now, at various premieres, but I'm looking forward to seeing it a fourth time this evening.

 And next week, "The Lion and the Rose," the episode I scripted myself.  I haven't seen that one at all, but various folks I trust tell me it came at well, so I'm looking forward to seeing it for myself.

 Anyone doing anything special in the way of premiere parties?  We're partied out ourselves, after the New York, Brooklyn, and Santa Fe premieres, so we're staying home, gathering round the tube, and laying in some ribs and pulled pork and brisket from Whole Hog.


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James Hargey
Apr. 6th, 2014 07:07 pm (UTC)
sitting with the family watching the greatest tv on earth,hoping to catch a slight glimpse of myself in the nights watch!! canny wait!! :)

Greg Miller
Apr. 6th, 2014 07:13 pm (UTC)
I'm gonna sit one inch from the TV
Ted Hoe Sway Lizardmen
Apr. 6th, 2014 07:13 pm (UTC)
Can't wait !!
I am sure it will be a great episode as well as season. Thanks for all the great entertainment !!
Apr. 6th, 2014 07:21 pm (UTC)
My friends and I plan to get together and watch it in costume. I'll be in my Tyrell dress and cloak, one friend has her Targaryen dress, another a Blackfyre costume. There may well be some thematically appropriate snacks as well.
Anthony DeMarco
Apr. 6th, 2014 07:23 pm (UTC)
no parties, just going to drink a bottle of ommegang fire and blood.
Tobi Meller
Apr. 6th, 2014 07:26 pm (UTC)
So happy!
I can't frickin wait, I've just started reading the books!
Ryan Noah
Apr. 6th, 2014 07:31 pm (UTC)
Pumped for Season 4
Having some friends over, cooking out, and preparing to enjoy your master piece on the screen! Have been looking forward to this for months! Thank You George!
Bharad Raghavan
Apr. 6th, 2014 07:38 pm (UTC)
I can't wait to see it. I noticed Metacritic has given the first 3 episodes a 94 rating, a unreal score, which I only hope goes up.

With the show and the books, do you look feedback from both professional critics and fans, or just the fans? I've always wondered whether authors/producers took the feedback of professional critics seriously, or if they just stuck with feedback from other authors/the fans.
Apr. 6th, 2014 08:45 pm (UTC)
You know, feedback is great... whether from fans or critics or other writers... but I learned early on not to take any of it too seriously. Writers are entertainers, and like most entertainers we crave applause (some writers will deny this, but don't believe them for a minute). But you should never start to believe your own press. Rave reviews can make you feel great, and negative reviews can bring you down, and the same is true for emails, fan letters, amazon comments, whatever... but in the end, all that matters is the work. And when the work is being done, you should not be thinking about your fanmail or the critics... just about the characters, the scene, the sentence.
Tens of Thousands to millions - Kanayo Sophie N - Apr. 6th, 2014 10:20 pm (UTC) - Expand
Thanks - jedit1961 - Apr. 7th, 2014 02:32 am (UTC) - Expand
Apr. 6th, 2014 07:39 pm (UTC)
It's airing here in Ireland at two am on Sky Atlantic, so staying up for that! Cannot wait! Enjoy the ribs and brisket!
Apr. 6th, 2014 07:41 pm (UTC)
Different Writing Styles
Hi Mr. Martin,

Huge fan and fellow Jersey-boy, here. I was wondering how writing for TV differs than writing a book. Do you have to keep budgets, locations, costumes, etc. in mind or do you just write freely and make edits if necessary? Thanks!
Apr. 6th, 2014 08:46 pm (UTC)
Re: Different Writing Styles
I did most of my TV writing from 1985 to 1995, and did worry about all those things. On GAME OF THRONES, it's Dan Weiss and David Benioff who have those concerns, not me. (Thank the gods).
Agnieszka Mikołajczyk
Apr. 6th, 2014 07:45 pm (UTC)
Oh my God! I'm so excited to see it. I can't watch first episode today but tomorrow I'll! As always I'll watch it with my boyfriend while sitting on the bed and eating some spicy snacks. And second episode will be more exciting, because I know you wrote it and you didn't see it!
Sorry for my English but I'm form Poland and I'm not really good at it!

Apr. 6th, 2014 07:48 pm (UTC)
In ASOIAF fashion, we're preparing a large feast with a lot of Steak and a lot of potatoes, as well some brownies and ice cream for dessert. We've also got some of the fine Ommegang beer, both a bottle of Fire and Blood Ale and Take the Black Stout, to wash all of it down.

Though I went to the Premiere in Brooklyn, I can't wait to see this episode again tonight. My Mom couldn't go with me to the premiere so it's her first time, and I can't wait.
Apr. 6th, 2014 07:50 pm (UTC)
Congrats!! We've found the GoT beer, and cheeses and meats for the watching...
Joshua del Villar
Apr. 6th, 2014 07:51 pm (UTC)
Season 4
My wife and I are very excited for Season 4 yet remain one of the benighted souls without HBO. In actuality we have no TV in the house at all (though we do netflix for the kiddos).

So until I take the time to figure out how to get just GoT we will wait for the mass release.

Enjoy your time off and the fruits of your labor. The ribs sound good. I've never eaten at Whole Hog, though there is one just a few miles away here in ABQ. I keep meaning to stop in.

Apr. 6th, 2014 08:25 pm (UTC)
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