How George R. R. Martin Sees the Iron Throne



“The HBO throne has become iconic. And well it might. It’s a terrific design, and it has served the show very well. There are replicas and paperweights of it in three different sizes. Everyone knows it. I love it. I have all those replicas right here, sitting on my shelves.

And yet, and yet… it’s still not right.” — George R. R. Martin, Not a Blog

It is incredibly hard to adapt what is on the written page. HBO has done a wonderful job of it when it comes to A Song of Ice & Fire but it still doesn’t match what George R. R. Martin sees in his head when he is writing. During production, there are constraints of all kinds. And the Iron Throne is one of those instances.

George sees a very different Iron Throne in his head when he is writing The Winds of Winter. “It’s not the Iron Throne I want my readers to see,” he says on his Not a Blog. “The way the throne is described in the books… HUGE, hulking, black and twisted, with the steep iron stairs in front, the high seat from which the king looks DOWN on everyone in the court… my throne is a hunched beast looming over the throne room, ugly and assymetric…”

Marc Simonetti is one of the best painters working right now and Random House hired him to work on The World of Ice & Fire, the forthcoming concordance of sorts that will feature insights and a great deal of the background to the world of Westeros and beyond. Marc painted the image of the Iron Throne above and it matches most closely with what George sees with his mind’s eye. It is not a finished piece but it’s close.

To read George’s complete thoughts on Marc’s Iron Throne work, click HERE!

The World of Ice & Fire will be published in 2014!

Winter is coming…