Furthering the expansion of Race for the Iron Throne into yet more forms of media, I appeared on the Boiled Leather Audio Hour alongside Sean T. Collins, Rolling Stone’s Game of Thrones blogger and operator of boiledleather.com, and Stefan Sasse, co-host on the Boiled Leather Audio Hour and renowned essayist for Tower of the Hand. The topic of our discussion:
…the graphic-novel adaptation of A Game of Thrones by Daniel Abraham and Tommy Patterson, a comic Stefan reviewed for Tower of the Hand and I reviewed for The Comics Journal. Spoiler alert: None of us liked it! Our explanations as to why tackle issues of adaptation, the strengths of comics as an art form, George R.R. Martin’s experience and interests in the field, the Dunk and Egg comics, the flourishing of alternative-fantasy comics, and Catelyn Stark’s nude scene.
But our main topic, which kicks off around the 15:51 mark, is prophecy—what it is, how many different kinds there are, how it works as both a plot device and literary technique, what it means for the free will of the characters, reader reaction (in some cases overreaction), and (inevitably) what we think is going on with Azor Ahai, the Prince That Was Promised, the House of the Undying, and all that good stuff. When you’re a big ASoIaF fan this topic is sort of like crystal meth, so take a big freaking hit of the blue with us, won’t you?