King of Fantasy: George R. R. Martin

New Jersey Monthly April 2013

Sex, gore, dragons, sex, political intrigue and…did we mention sex? This is the juicy stuff that has made Game of Thrones a hit for HBO.

The medieval fantasy series, which enters its third season on March 31, is based on a best-selling series of novels by Bayonne-bred author George R.R. Martin. The TV series unfolds in a world where large, noble families—called Houses—manipulate and murder their rivals to seize the Iron Throne, the seat of absolute power in Martin’s mythical realm. The war scenes are graphic. The depictions of incest, prostitution and rampant drunkenness are equally shocking. It is no big deal to see undead roam an arctic landscape or flying dragons hatch from fossilized eggs.

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