Upon the recent release of his new book (no, not The Winds of Winter
…yet again) The World Ice & Fire
, which, along with several beautiful illustrations, lays down the history of Westeros for the curious reader, George R.R. Martin sat down with 92Y in Manhattan to talk about one of the most complex yet interesting fictional universes ever penned down.
With the illustrations shown in their truest of forms in the book, it is an easy task to see how the book really is always better than the TV series. However, yes, Game of Thrones
seems to have captured the various visuals such as the castles etc. as best as possible, with breathtakingly scenic locations and the incredible utilization of CGI. And yet, it seems to have fallen short of how Martin himself originally envisioned them to be.
Years in the making, Martin recalled the effort it took to put his imagined pieces down on paper with the help of several artists, in particular the difficulty with portraying Dragonstone, the home of the ancient Targaryen empire and the now base of Stannis Baratheon. The hard work, however, paid of well and good from the looks of it, as can be seen below, from the ever formidable Iron Throne to the Starks’ home in Winterfell, as well as several other popular locations.
Martin’s conversation with 92Y can now be viewed below:
And take a look at the gorgeous photos in the gallery below:
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