Shh, don’t tell ‘em: here we have the cloak of the Rainbow Guard!—>
(Tho’ someone clearly stripped the indigo stripe away. Bah! Who cares? Indigo shouldn’t even be a real color!)
Anyway. Two recent articles popped up online regarding the gay relationships in A Song of Ice and Fire contrasted with those that will appear in Game of Thrones (thanks to our guy Ax0r for supplying the links). Both articles contained new interviews with George R. R. Martin, as well as D. B. Weiss.
One from the site AfterElton, written by Brent Hartinger, can be found HERE.
The other, from the …ology site written by Matt Marquez, can be found HERE.
(The articles are actually both quite similar. )
One little tidbit that almost went unnoticed:
Better still, the gay characters will become more important in the second season, based on the second book. “They have a bigger role than they do in the first, ” Weiss says.
Will have, eh? The Season Two confirmation is closer and closer, my dear friends!
Fire And Blood: It’s interesting that the Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender (LGBT) community is asking pointed questions. I like the fact that anyone can love the story, no matter their preferences. It’s also interesting the show-runners are basically saying, yes, we will be showing you Renly and Loras–episode 3–blatantly together! It won’t just be hinted at. It’s also (thirdly) interesting that they noted Viserys as being the “effeminate” one (“very blond and affected”)–but clearly straight. Not sure what being blond has to do with it, but there you have it! The Red Viper and his bisexual leanings are also mentioned.
No mention at all of the Blackfish who, as many people have speculated, might also be gay. Or as one of my “bear” friends tells me, “He’s a bear man’s dream. ” ( ! )
Lesbians are clearly harder to find; they’re not even mentioned in either article. I always had the slightest suspicion that Dacy Mormont might be a tad butch for her mailed skirts, and people of course mention Irri (though I have always considered that a servile thing). And has Osha ever stated that she liked Gage’s hands wandering about? I don’t think she gave it a thumbs up or a thumbs down. I could see bisexual Natalia Tena playing a bisexual Osha, noooo problem!
To cap off our coverage of the press events at the recent TCA winter press tour is our report of HBO’s Game of thrones dvd panel. The panel consisted of Emilia Clarke, Sean Bean, Peter Dinklage, Dan Weiss, George R. R. Martin, and David Benioff. For about 30 minutes they answered questions about Thrones from journalists and critics. Oh, and a couple of fan bloggers. Read on to find out what was said.
First, let me set the scene. The room they held this press event in was a big ballroom at the super-fancy Langham Hotel in South Pasadena, CA. A huge stage was set up at one end of the room with two large screens on either end with the HBO logos projected onto them. The stage itself had a backdrop of thousands of tiny blue lights, which you can see in all the photos. In front of the stage were rows of tables set up with chairs for each of the journalists covering the panel to set up with their laptops. At the very back of the room were rows of chairs for non-journalists to sit and watch the precedings. I saw reps from HBO Asia, HBO Latino and other invited guests of HBO in this section. Fire and Blood and I, not knowing exactly which category we would fall into, straddled the line a bit. I sat in the last row of tables while FaB sat right behind me, in the first row of chairs.
So the panels began, first Mildred Pierce and then Pee-Wee Herman (HBO has a variety of programming, that is for sure). And then, Game of Thrones. HBO President of Original Programming Sue Naegle came up front to introduce the panel…
“Last year for Boardwalk Empire, HBO recreated the Atlantic City Boardwalk as it looked in the 1920s. This year we have taken on an entire world. In April, we are so excited to premiere an epic ten episode series called Game of Thrones based on the best selling book series A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin, Game of Thrones dvd transports viewers to a fantastical continent of Westeros, a land of kings, queens, barbarians, direwolves, black magic, palace intrigue, bloody wars, and it’s all woven together into an intricate tale of fantasy, history and imagination. A dedicated cast and crew came together on the island of Malta and in the misty forests of Northern Ireland to help bring this world to life. Let’s take a look at another trailer. ”