Martin Shows Off the Real and Much Larger non-TV Iron Throne
HBO has made George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series a household name due to the success of its live action drama based on the rich worlds that the books have defined. For the most part the HBO show runners have done a masterful job bringing Martin’s universe to life, but that doesn’t mean they’ve nailed everything about it perfectly.
In a recent post on his blog, Martin unleashed an artist’s rendering of the actual Iron Throne as he sees it in his mind while he pens the last few entries in the franchise. The artist who finally captured George’s vision is Marc Simonetti, and you can see his version of the Iron Throne after the break.
Martin went on to describe this version of the Red Keep’s high seat as being the new standard that all artists and fans should use when imagining scenes that take place in the storied throne room:
“From now on, THIS will be the reference I give to every other artist tackling a throne room scene,” Martin said. “This Iron Throne is massive. Ugly. Asymmetric. It’s a throne made by blacksmiths hammering together half-melted, broken, twisted swords, wrenched from the hands of dead men or yielded up by defeated foes… a symbol of conquest… it has the steps I describe, and the height. From on top, the king dominates the throne room. And there are thousands of swords in it, not just a few.
“This Iron Throne is scary. And not at all a comfortable seat, just as Aegon intended.”
Quite frankly, I can’t disagree with his take. The HBO Iron Throne is solid, but this new Martin approved rendition epitomizes what this infamous seat is truly like to behold.
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