Last Night’s Game Of Thrones Was Actually Pretty Hard To Watch

Two different groups of scary fanatics went on a rampage in the latest Game of Thrones episode, and it was pretty upsetting to watch, even by Thrones standards. The Sons of the Harpy and the Sparrows both want to restore old traditions, and they both build on the weaknesses of two very different queens.Spoilers… » 5/04/15 8:00am Yesterday 8:00am

On Game Of Thrones, All The Oath-Breakers Debate The Meaning Of Faith

Many of our favorite Game of Thrones characters have broken sacred vows at this point. Jon Snow slept with a Wildling girl. Cersei made a mockery of her wedding vows. Roose Bolton stabbed his liege lord. But last night, we got to see them solemnly debating the meaning of religion, and what it means to be faithful. » 4/27/15 8:00am 4/27/15 8:00am

These Fan Artists Make Game Of Thrones Even More Beautiful

The Game of Thrones TV show is already a stunning adaptation of George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire books, but people have been imagining the world of Westeros in their own style since long before the show aired. Here are some of our favorite fan artists inspired by both the books and the TV series. » 4/22/15 12:35pm 4/22/15 12:35pm

10 Authors Who Wrote Gritty, Realistic Fantasy Before George R.R. Martin


When George R.R. Martin released A Game of Thrones in 1996, he helped to change the game with his grounded approach to fantasy tropes. At the same time, people sometimes talk as though Martin was the first to bring realism to epic fantasy. So here are 10 other authors who were doing "gritty" fantasy before Martin. » 4/01/15 11:29am 4/01/15 11:29am

Wow, Game Of Thrones Season 5 Is Even Darker Than We Expected

We kind of assumed this year on Game of Thrones was going to be as bitter and dark as graveyard-shift coffee. After all, it's based on the two ugliest books, A Feast for Crows and A Dance With Dragons. But we saw the season premiere last night, and it's even nastier. Here are our spoiler-free impressions. » 3/24/15 2:06pm 3/24/15 2:06pm

Game of Thrones Season 5 Plot Probabilities

Season 5 of Game of Thrones will certainly toss some plots from the books they're adaptations of. This article attempts to guess at what happens in Season 5. Please comment with your thoughts and opinions on the probabilities. Spoiler warning: This article assumes you are caught up with the five published A Song… » 3/17/15 1:04pm 3/17/15 1:04pm

The Game Of Thrones TV Show Is Gonna Start Killing New Characters Now

We have been warned. George R. R. Martin, with a cruel smile on his face, has announced that when the fifth season of Game of Thrones begins this April, it will be killing characters who don't die in the A Song of Ice and Fire books (although it's probably more accurate to say they haven't died yet). » 2/16/15 7:20am 2/16/15 7:20am

GRRM's Original Game Of Thrones Outline Was Very, Very Different

British bookseller Waterstone has somehow gotten its hands on the original story outline that George R.R. Martin submitted to Harper Collins along with the first 170 pages of what would become A Game of Thrones. It proves GRRM had a very different story in mind when he first set out to write A Song of Ice and Fire. » 2/05/15 7:40am 2/05/15 7:40am

Dissecting The Secrets Inside The New Game Of Thrones Season 5 Trailer

Having taken the weekend to sift through the mysteries and the glories of the newest trailer for Game of Thrones' fifth season, we feel ready to finally get into the details of what awaits us when the show returns on April 12th. So watch the trailer one more time, and then join us for the breakdown here! » 2/02/15 8:00am 2/02/15 8:00am

What's The Most Dysfunctional Family In  Science Fiction Or Fantasy?

Families are rough. Sometimes the people who raised you or grew up with you are the hardest ones to be around. And the holidays are a time to think about families, and togetherness... and realize you could have it worse. Which family in science fiction or fantasy is the absolute most messed-up and tragic? » 12/29/14 2:30pm 12/29/14 2:30pm

What's The Most Shocking Moment In Any Science Fiction Or Fantasy Book?

Television shows and movies don't have a monopoly on "holy crap, what just happened" moments. Science fiction and fantasy books are full of twists and events that make you throw the book across the room... then run to retrieve it, so you can know what happens next. What's the most shocking scene you've ever read? » 12/12/14 2:23pm 12/12/14 2:23pm

Will Game of Thrones Have A "Deliberately Unsatisfying" Ending?

Most of us have at least a vague idea of how we think George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire novels, and the Game of Thrones TV series, will end. But those expectations are shaped by the usual course of epic fantasy — and as Winter is Coming points out, Martin has maintained an ambivalent, arms-length… » 12/09/14 9:51am 12/09/14 9:51am

Game Of Thrones Designer Says Sand Snakes' "Nipple Armor" Was A Mistake

Readers of George R.R. Martin's novels will be excited to see the legendary Sand Snakes appearing on Game of Thrones this spring. But some people's enthusiasm was slightly tempered when the first set photos of the Sand Snakes appeared, revealing... armor with nipples. Costume designer Michele Clapton says this was a… » 12/08/14 10:50am 12/08/14 10:50am

Art Reveals the Diverse Beauty of the World of A Song of Ice and Fire

From Braavos to King's Landing to the Vale and beyond, concept artist Paolo Puggioni drew landscapes of places all over the world of George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire. He's put some of his work for the art book The World of Ice and Fireup on his website, and they are gorgeous. » 11/25/14 1:30am 11/25/14 1:30am

George R.R. Martin Reveals The Worst Fate That Could Befall Westeros

Since pretty much page one of A Game of Thrones, a terrible threat has been hanging over the land of Westeros — the Others, those supernatural butchers who raise the dead. And now at last, in his new book The World of Ice & Fire, George R.R. Martin gives us details about what would happen if the Others win. Spoilers… » 10/27/14 1:25pm 10/27/14 1:25pm