Game of Thrones fans are quite familiar with the Iron Throne. After all, it is the sole object of desire for practically everyone on the show. However, apparently that the way the throne appears on the show isn’t quite how its creator, George R. R. Martin, had envisioned it.
“The HBO throne has become iconic,” writes Martin on his blog, Not A Blog, “and yet... it's still not right. It's not the Iron Throne I see when I'm working on THE WINDS OF WINTER. It's not the Iron Throne I want my readers to see. The way the throne is described in the books... 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... my throne is a hunched beast looming over the throne room, ugly and assymetric... The HBO throne is none of those things.”
So what should the Iron Throne look like?
According to Martin, the closest approximation he’s seen of the throne is a newly unveiled painting by artist, Marc Simonetti, who painted it for Martin’s upcoming coffee table book, The World of Ice and Fire. You can see the image at Martin's blog (or a bigger version here).
Martin's version of the throne is certainly more menacing than what we’re familiar with on GoT, and looks considerably less comfy. While the new throne looks awesome, we can kind of see why HBO went in the direction they did. Seriously, who would even want to sit on that thing?!
Source: George R. R. Martin's Blog