George R.R. Martin on His Favorite Game of Thrones Actors, and the Butterfly Effect of TV Adaptations

LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 18: George R. R. Martin arrives at HBO's Annual Emmy Awards Post Award Reception - Arrivals on September 18, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images) Photo: Michael Buckner/Getty Images

If George R.R. Martin thought he had a rabid fan base before, when each book in his best-selling fantasy series "A Song of Ice and Fire" was devoured by impatient readers, the success of the HBO adaptation Game of Thrones has raised the stakes considerably. We talked with Martin as he settled in after a long PR tour and got back to work on the next book in the series, The Winds of Winter.

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