We’re (sadly) already past the halfway point of Game of Thrones season four but fans got a treat last night when the father of the ‘Thrones’ universe himself, book series author George R.R. Martin, stopped by to talk with Conan O’Brien on TBS last night.
The author revealed his preferred method of writing down his thoughts, and it’s a bit old-school, to say the least. Though he has a normal computer for using the Internet, Martin avoids the threat of viruses and lost work by writing the A Song of Ice and Fire series on his “writing computer,” an offline machine using the old DOS operating system and a WordStar word processor. Not even Microsoft Word will do.
"I actually like it, it does everything I want a word processing program to do and it doesn't do anything else," Martin said. "I don't want any help.”
Martin talked to O’Brien about some other aspects of ASOIAF and the show, including Jack Gleeson, who is actually “the nicest guy in the world” despite his cruel onscreen persona as Joffrey Baratheon. There was also a comment that may make some book readers nervous, as he mentioned how showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss are “always turning things up to 11” with the bloodiness factor, including killing off characters still alive in the books.
TMZ caught up with Martin on Wednesday and when asked whether the final book would be done by the time the show reaches his final season, he responded with “who the hell knows?”
...and the book readers cried.
Martin also said he’s still working on book six of seven, The Winds of Winter, and taking things “one page at a time.” A rep with his publisher said back in January it “certainly” won’t be released any time this year and Martin has said it will be done when it’s done.
...and the book readers cried again. Good thing we still have a few more episodes to sustain us until next year.
Speaking of the show, on Wednesday HBO also released the synopses for the final three episodes, all of which will air in June after the show takes Memorial Day weekend off. After episode seven premieres this Sunday, ‘Thrones’ will return with “The Mountain and the Viper” on June 1:
Unexpected visitors arrive in Mole’s Town; Littlefinger’s motives are questioned; Ramsay tries to prove himself to his father; Tyrion’s fate is decided.”
The June 8 episode, “The Watchers On The Wall,” looks like it will center completely around Jon and the situation way up north, as the synopsis simply reads “Jon Snow and the Night’s Watch face a big challenge.” Remember, if the last three seasons are any indication (Ned dying, the Battle of the Blackwater, and the Red Wedding, respectively), this ninth episode should yield some great action and/or big surprises.
We bid a fond farewell to season four on June 15 with “The Children”:
Circumstances change after an unexpected arrival north of the Wall; Dany must face harsh realities; Bran learns more about his destiny; Tyrion sees the truth about his situation.”
Game of Thrones continues this Sunday at 9 p.m. with an episode entitled “Mockingbird,” a reference to Littlefinger’s crest (nerd fact: it's his personal crest; the sigil for House Baelish is actually a stone head). This means we’ll be heading back for fun times at the Eyrie with Petyr, Lysa, and Sansa. According to HBO’s synopsis we’ll also see Jon’s warnings fall on deaf ears and more roadtrip hijinks with Brienne and Pod.
The preview trailer, meanwhile, shows more Arya and the Hound, Selyse and Melisandre, Daario and Dany, and the reappearance of Gregor Clegane, aka the Mountain, aka the Hound’s (really) big brother. Clegane’s character has been recast for the second time and is now being played by Icelandic strongman Hafthor Julius Bjornsson. Though the Mountain has only been shown sparingly over the last three seasons, expect Bjornsson to feature a tad more prominently in these last episodes.