‘Game of Thrones’: George R.R. Martin Shares His First ‘Wow Moment’

by | April 24, 2011 at 10:31 AM | Game of Thrones

George R.R. Martin on the set of Game of Thrones (HBO)

George R.R. Martin on the set of Game of Thrones (HBO)

Although George R.R. Martin never imagined his epic fantasy book series would make it to the small screen, he’s thrilled with the way HBO’s adaptation of “Game of Thrones” has turned out.

For Martin, the biggest “wow moment” came in seeing the towering icy home of the Night’s Watch come to life. “The Wall is perhaps the setting that is most iconic for my books,” Martin told us on a recent conference call. “It’s the one that everybody remembers, and it’s the one that no other fantasy series really has. [It] Is uniquely mine.”

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After watching a rough cut of the pilot last year, Martin said he was initially afraid The Wall would look “fakey” [sic] due to unfinished graphic effects. Now, he finds the enormous glacial structure “breathtaking.”

Other favorite locations from the series include the realization of Winterfell and King’s Landing, both of which he calls “gorgeous.”

But what Martin is most looking forward to is the last shot in the season finale. It’s a magnificent scene – without spoiling too much – involving the birth of dragons.  Martin hasn’t viewed the episode yet, but admits he’s eagerly awaiting the result from executive producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss. “That’s something very challenging from a CGI standpoint – to do them [dragons] well,” he said. “I’m very anxious to see what they’ve made of it.”

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