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'Game of Thrones' author George R.R. Martin says HBO's Iron Throne is 'not right'

"A dozen different artists have done versions of the Iron Throne over the years. Some have been very striking, some less so, but none of them have ever been quite RIGHT," says Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin.

'Game of Thrones' author George R.R. Martin says HBO's Iron Throne is 'not right'

A 2011 promotional poster of Ned Stark seated on the Iron Throne.
A 2011 promotional poster of Ned Stark seated on the Iron Throne.

"A dozen different artists have done versions of the Iron Throne over the years. Some have been very striking, some less so, but none of them have ever been quite RIGHT," says Game of Thrones mastermind George R.R. Martin, who includes HBO's version of the iconic power symbol among the mix of renditions that he sees as incorrect.

Martin took to his blog earlier this week to discuss how he envisions the Iron Throne, which he says is described in the series as "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." It's hard to articulate and physically bring to life a concept birthed in the minds of writers and readers.

The series' depiction of the throne a seat commissioned by Aegon the Conqueror and comprised of a thousand swords pried away from the lifeless hands of his enemies - serves as a terrifying reminder to all those who stand or kneel before it. What HBO's constructed for the popular series is a blackened seat made with approximately 200 swords- a more tame, less "twisted" rendition, as Martin sees it, though the author calls it a "terrific design."

Martin says he understands the network's rendition is what millions of viewers now see as the Iron Throne, though it's simply not the "hunched beast looming over the throne room, ugly and assymetric..." that the author has in mind. The closest throne to what Martin's imagined is featured in the 2013 Song of Ice and Fire calendar- a painting by French artist Marc Simonetti.

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“Marc has come closer here to capturing the Iron Throne as I picture it than any other artist to tackle it,” Martin says. “From now on, THIS will be the reference I give to every other artist tackling a throne room scene.”

"THIS," by the way, is even more terrifying than what we've imagined and deduced from the series. See below:

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