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It's a known fact that the Iron Throne that was created for HBO's Game of Thrones pales in comparison to the throne that George R.R. Martin made up in the pages of his popular book series. However, even fans of the books haven't been given a completely clear understanding of the Iron Throne, at least according to Anne Groell, who recently worked with Martin as the editor for the illustrated edition of A Game of Thrones. In fact, the way the Iron Throne is actually supposed to look may not be what you have been visualizing in your head.
Anne Groell said the artists were having trouble getting the drawings correct, and so she began poring through each book in Martin's A Song Of Ice and Fire series to figure out what everyone was missing. Apparently, however, the way the Iron Throne was supposed to look hadn't been adequately described by Martin. Here's what she had to say:
Anne Groell also told Vanity Fair there are depictions that are closer to what George R.R. Martin is looking for out there. In fact, one pretty famous painting by Marc Simonetti has actually been touted by the author as being pretty similar to his vision. You've probably seen it around the internet, but just in case:
That version has the steps, it has the more precarious placement of the swords that is mentioned in the books and it has the height off of the ground that Groell mentions. It's totally different than the cool-looking but rather rinky dinky (in comparison) throne that HBO's fantasy drama has given us. So, when you are reading the books or even watching the series in the future, try to keep in mind that if the TV budget had had no restrictions, we might have gotten a much bolder Iron Throne.
Game Of Thrones is already wrapping up on HBO. The seventh series is just now going into production, and HBO and the creative team has already announced its intention to end the series after Season 8. To find out what we know about what's going on with the Iron Throne and the rest of the drama on Game of Thrones, check out what we know about the upcoming episodes.