HBO's Iron Throne Is Wrong Says George R.R. Martin

You Know Nothing, HBO. The Iron Throne from the HBO adaptation of George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire has become an iconic image in pop culture, and the centerpiece of pretty much all of the show's marketing. Interestingly though, Martin doesn't think this throne is anything like what he had imagined when he wrote the books.

On his Livejournal, Martin wrote:

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. It's not the Iron Throne I see when I'm working on THE WINDS OF WINTER. It's not the Iron Throne I want my readers to see. 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...

The HBO throne is none of those things. It's big, yes, but not nearly as big as the one described in the novels. And for good reason. We have a huge throne room set in Belfast, but not nearly huge enough to hold the Iron Throne as I painted it. For that we'd need something much bigger, more like the interior of St. Paul's Cathedral or Westminster Abbey, and no set has that much room. The Book Version of the Iron Throne would not even fit through the doors of the Paint Hall.

Luckily, Martin's version has been illustrated for easy visual comparisons. He says the book's Iron Throne pretty much looks like this painting by Marc Simonetti.

 

Unfilmable? Probably. Incredibly, mindblowingly awesome? You know it.

 

 

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