George R.R. Martin has a theory on why Britain's Queen did not sit on the Iron Throne when she visited the "Game of Thrones" set last month.
"I wish I could've been there. I'm sorry she didn't sit in the Iron Throne, but I guess she probably said, 'Well, you know, I have a throne at home. It's nicer. It has a cushion. Yours doesn't have a cushion,'" George laughed, speaking with Access Hollywood ahead of his "GoT" signing session at the Warner Bros. booth at Comic-Con. "But it was really cool that… she came by and took a look at the throne. And they gave her a little miniature Iron Throne, I understand."
It appears unlikely that GRRM will be headed to the Belfast set of the HBO show any time soon. He's chosen to skip out on writing another big "GoT" episode to concentrate on completing the next novel in his "A Song of Ice and Fire" series – "The Winds of Winter."
"I'm not gonna do one this season. You may have heard this rumor, I'm working on this book and people are anxious to read it, so, you know, usually it takes me about a month to produce the episode and I decided I just couldn't spare a month this year so David [Benioff] and Dan [Weiss] did the episode," George told Access. "And you know, I'll do one for Season 6, maybe [if] the book is finished and delivered and out, but I gotta press everything into finishing the book."
The best-selling author explained that sometimes he knows when he's close to completion on a novel, and other times, things just flow.
"When I'm close to finishing, then I have the idea that I'm close to finishing, although sometimes not even then. A couple of books, I've like overshot the mark," he told Access. "Originally, this was a trilogy. I remember writing the first book and when I got to like 1600 pages, with no end in sight, I said, 'I have to, you know, like cut off 1100 pages of this and publish it, because otherwise I'm going to have a 3,000 page book and it's gonna be unpublishable.' So sometimes you don't know when you're close to finishing, especially when you're juggling so many different plotlines. ... Essentially, I'm writing like 10 separate novels that weave together into a mega-novel and that's a daunting task sometimes."
Over the Comic-Con weekend, George caught up with his fellow author and Sante Fe, New Mexico resident, Diana Gabaldon, who is days away from her own massive selling book series coming to TV – Starz's "Outlander."
"We hang out when she's in town. We go get breakfast together and talk about this, that and the other thing. But yeah, she has a new show coming out and she's very excited about that," George said. "It's filming in Scotland, so we're competing for actors now and directors now and crew and all that stuff."
In fact, Diana's new show, debuting August 9 at 9 PM on Starz, actually has Tobias Menzies (Edmure Tully, Arya's uncle, who married at the Red Wedding) playing two of its main roles (1940s Frank Randall and 1740s Captain Jack Randall).
"Game of Thrones" returns to HBO in 2015.
-- Jolie Lash