Power struggles seem to be omnipresent in every field of human endeavor, extending all the way up and down society. We assume that power has a certain reality. Apart from comic books, where Superman has the power to fly, the only power real human beings have is the power they think they have. You see that sometimes in the collapse of a society. Why did the Soviet Union fall? Because one day the Kremlin gave orders and the soldiers said no, and the whole thing fell apart. It’s a fundamental truth that I think Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. , hit on, that power depends on the obedience of the less powerful. A leader is powerful only when he says jump and people jump. He has no actual power to make them jump. It’s their belief that he has power. It’s an illusion, a shadow on the wall. And sometimes people stop jumping, and then the world changes. — George R.R. Martin (x)

Ive never really done acting before, cause dancing was my first love. And then, I sort of fell into it from a talent competition and never really looked back.” -Maisie Williams

A man’s worth is not marked by a “ser” before his name.

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" Chaos isn’t a pit. Chaos is a ladder. Many who try to climb it fail and never get to try again. The fall breaks them. And some are given a chance to climb, but they refuse. They cling to the realm, or the gods, or love. Illusions. Only the ladder is real. The climb is all there is.

“Renly’s made his own Kingsguard,” the onetime smuggler explained, “but these seven don’t wear white. Each one has his own color. Loras Tyrell’s their Lord Commander.” 

It was just the sort of notion that would appeal to Renly Baratheon; a splendid new order of knighthood, with gorgeous new raiment to proclaim it. Even as a boy, Renly had loved bright colors and rich fabrics, and he had loved his games as well. “Look at me!” he would shout as he ran laughing through the halls of Storm’s End. “Look at me, I’m a dragon,” or “Look at me, I’m a wizard,” or “Look at me, look at me, I’m the rain god.” 

The bold little boy with wild black hair and laughing eyes was a man grown now, one-and-twenty, and still he played his games. Look at me, I’m a king.


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"Sometimes Old Nan would tell the same story she’d told before, but we never minded, if it was a good story. Old stories are like old friends, she used to say. You have to visit them from time to time." (Bran, ASOS ch 24)

Winter is coming


“These Tyrells are only Lannisters with flowers.” Ser Dontos Hollard (A Storm of Swords)

I wanted to make a strong mother character. The portrayal women in epic fantasy have been problematical for a long time. These books are largely written by men but women also read them in great, great numbers. And the women in fantasy tend to be very atypical women… They tend to be the woman warrior or the spunky princess who wouldn’t accept what her father lays down, and I have those archetypes in my books as well.

However, with Catelyn there is something reset for the Eleanor of Aquitaine, the figure of the woman who accepted her role and functions with a narrow society and, nonetheless, achieves considerable influence and power and authority despite accepting the risks and limitations of this society.

She is also a mother… Then, a tendency you can see in a lot of other fantasies is to kill the mother or to get her off the stage. She’s usually dead before the story opens… Nobody wants to hear about King Arthur’s mother and what she thought or what she was doing, so they get her off the stage and I wanted it too. And that’s Catelyn.

- George RR Martin on Catelyn Stark (via fatpinkcast)

Not that I think that being a mother is a lesser role than anything else, but notice how Martin mentions the whole Eleanor of Aquitaine thing BEFORE being a mother? And when he DOES mention Cat’s motherhood it’s about how he wanted to treat it DIFFERENTLY than how it’s usually treated?

There are many more interesting and important things to Cat’s character besides “she really loves her kids.”

(And if someone takes that statement to mean that I’m dissing moms who love their kids a lot, I’m going to explode.)

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“I mean The Sopranos was a great, great, great show. Marvelous writing, marvelous acting. But about a mafia guy in New Jersey. I’m a guy from New Jersey. I wasn’t in the Mafia, but you know they got all the New Jersey stuff right, but I don’t know if in Slovenia, and India, and Singapore they’re that interested in guys in New Jersey and what their problems are.” — George R.R. Martin on the internationality of Game of Thrones vs. other successful HBO shows. I Just thought this was hilarious. (via fire—power)
We spend a lot of time getting drunk together

Michelle Fairley when asked about Richard Madden 

Sydney Game of Thrones Q&A 2013

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We’re under no contractual restrictions with regards to the storytelling. It’s just that we pursued these books—and pushed for the show’s green-light—for almost four years before we got to shoot the pilot. We gave up other opportunities because we love these books and want to do them justice. So for us, it’s about adapting the books according to our notions of justice—which won’t mesh with the fundamentalist book fans’ notions. Which is fine with us because if the fundamentalists were running the show, there wouldn’t be a show. — Benioff & Weiss in a new Mother Jones article