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“Devastated” Lena Headey Signals Winter Is Coming

With the last season of Game of Thrones arriving in the coming months, it’s strange to think that one of HBO’s biggest shows is about to end. The show first aired back on April 17th, 2011, only about three months before A Dance with Dragons hit shelved on July 12th that same year. Now the show is wrapping up while Winds of Winter tries to find a release date (George R R Martin said no to a season 8 cameo because he wants to finish the book), it almost doesn’t seem real.



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It didn’t for Cersai Lannister actress Lena Headey. Back in July of 2017, Time Magazine asked Lena Headey how it felt that Game of Thrones was approaching the end of its run. “I don’t really have time to think about it. It doesn’t feel very real right now,” she responded.

It’s often easy to forget that the characters aren’t the actors themselves. They’re real people just like us. The only difference, with regards to Game of Thrones, is they’re working on a different time table.


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Lena Headey already knew how what Cersei Lannister was going to do in Season 7 far before we did. She felt what we are feeling right now. And now that Season 8, Game of Thrones’ final season has wrapped, we get a chance to look at how we might feel after the last episode hits us on May 19th this year.

“I thought I wasn’t going to let myself get to that point because I had the last day to get through,” the actress told the Huffington Post, “…when I left and I got in the car, I broke down in tears and I was… yeah, devastated.”

Ouch. Devastated? Winter really is coming. We have a lot to look forward too.


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We actually do  have a lot to look forward too. Seriously. After all, Winters of Winter is still coming.

While the show version of Cersei might leave us, book readers left off with Cersei back in 2005 during A Feast with Crows after Cersei, having just gone through her walk of atonement, being carried off by Ser Robert Strong (whose description is unnervingly similar to that of Ser Gregor Clegane’s).

Even after the show hit us with a gut wrenching conclusion, the world of George R R Martin still lives on in the pages. While John Snow might have just been stabbed, King Tommen is still alive so I’m positive everything is going to work out great. The Night Walkers might just want to meet with King Tommen’s cats.


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It totally won’t be devastating.


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George R.R. Martin: ‘Game of Thrones’ Was Almost a Short Story

In an enlightening new interview, fantasy superstar George R. R. Martin opened up about his first efforts to write the epic saga—and his current efforts to wrap up his seven-years-in-the-making The Winds of Winter draft. 


George R. R. Martin, soon-to-be author of 'The Winds of Winter'

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The first chapter of A Game of Thrones came to Martin in 1991, meaning that the unfinished saga has already had a total lifespan of nearly three decades. It gets crazier: the total word count of the series clocks in at 1,736,054 words before you count the current manuscript. At nearly 2 million words, it’s substantially longer than the ‘Harry Potter’ series, which seems comparatively to-the-point at a mere 1.08 million. It’s ridiculous to imagine Martin’s epic as a short story—but that’s exactly how it started out. Martin spoke openly:


When I began, I didn’t know what the hell I had. I thought it might be a short story; it was just this chapter, where they find these direwolf pups. Then I started exploring these families and the world started coming alive. It was all there in my head, I couldn’t not write it. So it wasn’t an entirely rational decision, but writers aren’t entirely rational creatures.


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Martin offered more insight into his writing process when he shockingly admitted to his struggles in finishing his latest, long-awaited The Winds of Winter. Somewhat infamously, the novel has been in the works since 2011 with no official release date. Fans want answers, and they’ve gotten some: The Winds of Winter may be over 1,500 pages long, and Martin has been balancing his writing with GoT set visits in beautiful Croatia. There’s also the matter of his writing pace—in his own words, “slow.” Martin gave fans some more answers in his most recent interview, stating that the pressure to write something great is “a considerable weight to bear.” This eagerly-anticipated instalment in the series is one of his greatest challenges so far. Martin confessed:


I’ve been struggling with it for a few years. The Winds of Winter is not so much a novel as a dozen novels, each with a different protagonist, each having a different cast of supporting players and antagonists and allies and lovers around them, and all of these weaving together in an extremely complex fashion. So it’s very, very challenging.


While 1,500 pages of new content might be a challenge for Martin, it’ll be a delight for all of us! 



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‘Winds of Winter’ Will Not be Out This Year and Fans Have LOST IT

George R. R. Martin has announced his next book in the A Song of Ice and Fire series…but it’s not The Winds of Winter

Martin has released Fire and Blood, a 640-page collection of short stories detailing the history of the Targaryens. It will cover all of the Targaryen kings from Aegon I (The Conqueror) to the regency of Aegon III (The Dragonbane).

Written much like a history textbook, Fire and Blood will be part-one in a two-part collection series. Martin has promised he will release part two “in a few years.”

As for releasing The Winds of Winter, which fans have been anticipating since 2011, Martin has said “No, winter is not coming…not in 2018, at least.”

So, while any news from George R.R. Martin is exciting, his fans, well…they have a lot of feelings regarding the news…








Fire and Blood is set to release November 20, 2018.  The Winds of Winter release date is still left unknown.



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Lady Stoneheart Has “Important” Role in ‘Winds of Winter’ Says George R.R. Martin

During his recent interview with China’s Esquire magazine, George R.R. Martin was naturally asked about Winds of Winter (which we’re all patiently waiting for). 


The Game of Thrones author has been a wee bit slow with publishing the sixth novel in the series and has naturally faced growing pressure from fans. Perhaps that is why he delighted us by giving us a rather positive spoiler.


The author revealed that Lady Stoneheart will have a much larger, and more important, role in the upcoming book. 


“After Catelyn’s resurrection, it was Lady Stoneheart who became a vengeful and merciless killer,” Martin said. “In the sixth book, I still continue to write her. She is an important part of the entire book.”



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For GOT fans who are currently catching up on the books, I’ll try not to spoil it too much— but I what I will say is if you’re expecting to see much of Lady Stoneheart you may be a tad disappointed.


The character hasn’t appeared very often in the series so far, however Martin’s insight offers some hope for Lady Stoneheart fans.


The real question is: will she appear in the final season of HBO’s Game of Thrones


Guess we’ll have to stay tuned to find out. 


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‘The Winds of Winter’ Is Here, but George R. R. Martin Didn’t Write It

The sixth installment of George R. R. Martin‘s A Song of Ice and Fire series might arrive…one day. Until then, though, Game of Thrones fanatic and software engineer Zack Thoutt programmed a recurrent neural network (RNN) to write the first six chapters of The Winds of Winter. You can read the first chapter here.


If you’re a fan of Martin’s writing then the RNN’s style might take getting used to. Still, though, it’s impressive the story came from a computer. Thoutt’s RNN scanned the first five books of Martin’s series in order to guess how The Winds of Winter would begin.


It’s not perfect, though. Occasionally, the RNN will write narratives involving characters who died in previous books. Regarding this, Thoutt said to Motherboard:


It is trying to write a new book. A perfect model would take everything that has happened in the books into account and not write about characters being alive when they died two books ago. The reality, though, is that the model isn’t good enough to do that. If the model were that good authors might be in trouble. The model is striving to be a new book and to take everything into account, but it makes a lot of mistakes because the technology to train a perfect text generator that can remember complex plots over millions of words doesn’t exist yet.


So Martin doesn’t have to worry about Thoutt’s RNN stealing his job anytime soon. However, fan theorists might need to start looking for another job because the RNN predicted some common fan theories. For example, one popular theory says Jaime Lannister will kill Cersei. The RNN writes, “Jaime killed Cersei and was cold and full of words, and Jon thought he was the wolf now, and white harbor…”


Even though Thoutt’s RNN might not be perfect, its The Winds of Winter could be the only new A Song of Ice and Fire book for a while. With the next Game of Thrones series possibly not coming until 2019, fans might have to make due with sloppy syntax, and bizarre story decisions.




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