Westeros’ intercourse and betrayal is ripped straight from pages of actual historical past, says George R.R. Martin


With all of the backstabbings, trysts, assassinations, and purple weddings, it might take probably the most epic of all sequence finales earlier than we lastly see peace amongst Westeros’ seven households. But as lurid as Game of Thrones has been over its seven-season run, it’s actually not so totally different from actual life, says creator George R.R. Martin.

Speaking with The Wall Street Journal for a glance into how he will get his artistic juices flowing, Martin mentioned he initially conceived the A Song of Ice and Fire e-book sequence on which GoT relies as a stylized model of the Wars of the Roses — Britain’s 15th-century battle between feuding House Plantagenet rivals the Lancasters and the Yorks.

What amazes him, although, is the information hole between what followers know concerning the historical past of his fictional world and that of the true one on which it’s primarily based.

“It astonishes me that today there are tens of thousands, maybe hundreds of thousands, of kids all over the world who know more about the Starks and the Lannisters than they know about the Yorks and Lancasters,” he mentioned.

Not that he doesn’t get it: Martin confessed that historical past — a subject he’s at all times been fascinated by — can get super-dry super-fast, until it’s retold with the personalities and motivations of its real-life characters in thoughts.

“The way history is taught today… more socioeconomic trends and things like that, which… I don’t know if it’s more valid or less valid, but it’s certainly more boring,” he admitted, including that the attract of historical past lies in “the wars and the betrayals, who stabbed who in the back, who was having an affair with whom, and to me that’s the juicy stuff of history. That’s what makes history fun.”

It’s actually a giant a part of what’s made Game of Thrones such enjoyable — and, fortunately, Westeros nonetheless isn’t fairly completed telling its personal story. Season eight makes it long-awaited debut on HBO in April 2019.

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