Game of Thrones 2014 Comic Con: George R.R. Martin & His Inspiration, GOT Showrunners & The Challenge to Tell the Story on Screen
By Riza Ornos | July 27, 2014 9:35 PM EST
Known as the author of "A Song of Ice and Fire," George R.R. Martin was recently in the "Game of Thrones" 2014 Comic Con in San Diego where he answered some of the fans queries for the upcoming season. Together with showrunners D.B. Weiss and David Benioff and some of the cast members, Martin gave out a few juicy details for GOT season 7.
A dragon statue stands on a red carpet in preparation for the season four premiere of the HBO series "Game of Thrones" in New York in this March 18, 2014, file photo. The HBO fantasy epic "Game of Thrones" has been renewed for two more seasons, the premium cable network said on April 8, 2014, two days after the show's season four premiere drew the network's biggest audience in seven years.
Now the highest-rated show in HBO's history, "Game of Thrones" series creator announced in the event the nine new actors joining the ensemble cast for season five. Aside for the big reveals, fans of the show was treated to a "Game of Thrones" blooper reel and an hour-long audience Q&A.
During the panel discussion, Martin was asked where he got the inspiration for his characters and he revealed that he has to look into himself to get the inspiration. "I am large - I can have multitude and a lot of characters can be pulled from one. I've never been an exiled princess or a dwarf or an eight-year-old boy, but we share a humanity," he said in an interview posted on The Guardian.
He also revealed that a lot of his plots are stolen from Scottish history, like the famous "Red Wedding" which was taken from Scottish events like the Black Dinner and the Glencoe massacre. He also encourage everyone to watch the show and read the book series to truly enjoy the story.
Translating the book to the small screen is already a big challenge for both of the show's creators. When asked if he feels bad of cutting details from the book, Benioff said that it was heartbreaking that they can't translate what's going on the characters without resulting to use voiceovers or narration.
"From a storytelling point of view, we woud love to have 13 episodes, but there just is not time for us to maintain that kind of production, with VFX and filming in all these different countries," he explained. "We always hope that people who read the books and watch the show can learn a lot more about the chracter and get a lot more depth and time to spend with those characters. As hard as we try, we can't match that level of detail and storytelling."
"Game of Thrones" season 5 is scheduled to premiere in April next year.
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