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What The Game of Thrones Iron Throne Really Looks Like According To George R.R. Martin

Posted By: Matt McGloin
Wed, 07/10/2013 - 11:32

George R.R. Martin took to his blog to offer his take on the Iron Throne from his novel and TV series Game of Thrones.

Turns out his vision doesn't exactly resemble that of the hit HBO series.

George R.R. Martin actually views his Iron Throne as being much more brooding as well as larger than the HBO version.

Here is what he offered:

The HBO throne has become iconic. And well it might. It's a terrific design, and it has served the show very well. There are replicas and paperweights of it in three different sizes. Everyone knows it. I love it. I have all those replicas right here, sitting on my shelves.

And yet, and yet... it's still not right. It's not the Iron Throne I see when I'm working on THE WINDS OF WINTER. It's not the Iron Throne I want my readers to see. The way the throne is described in the books... HUGE, hulking, black and twisted, with the steep iron stairs in front, the high seat from which the king looks DOWN on everyone in the court... my throne is a hunched beast looming over the throne room, ugly and assymetric... 

The HBO throne is none of those things. It's big, yes, but not nearly as big as the one described in the novels. And for good reason. We have a huge throne room set in Belfast, but not nearly huge enough to hold the Iron Throne as I painted it. For that we'd need something much bigger, more like the interior of St. Paul's Cathedral or Westminster Abbey, and no set has that much room. The Book Version of the Iron Throne would not even fit through the doors of the Paint Hall.

The writer also included the following rough image from French artist Marc Simonetti:


We can see the difference when compared to the following HBO Game of Thrones poster: