Some highlights from the interview. Most of the changes fans of the series have seen between the TV series and the books have been money based. Examples were removing the chain, bridge of boats and the 3 whores (trebuchets) from the Battle of Blackwater episode. Apparently Martin also has not so much influence on the show which is another big reason for the changes. On a question as to how he sucks in so many people... His reply (tongue in cheek) "Sheer Brilliance" and he openly admits that making us enjoy a character and then crippling or killing them is to mess w/ our heads. Why? Because he hates predictability and it's hard to make things unpredictable w/ today's audience. The example he gave was the new Twilight Zone. People were figuring out the plots early on no matter how much they tried to give a surprise ending. As to the stories themselves, he calls himself a 'Gardener'. He knows the basic plots and major events but the specifics and details come up while he's writing. His favorite characters to write about? Tyrion and Arya.
(Update: Podcast here. Huffpo article here. My question is at the 1:05:00 mark)
I got to ask a question and got what I consider to be the sarcastic answer of the day. I asked just how unstable is the orbit of the GOT world. The reply.... "It's FANTASY.... Orbital Mechanics do not apply... The moon is made of green cheese." The side answer by Maureen Ryan of Huffpo was "The seasons are as long or short as George wants them to be." That made my day.
I hit the huckser's room to do a little shopping and ran into an old friend. We chatted for a few hours then I started wandering again. Picked up another t-shirt, some old AD&D modules and the complete Uncle Remus anthology.
Fire team of 'Colonial Marines' from Aliens (I also saw these guys dressed up as Jedi's, Imperial Snowtroopers and several other characters but wasn't able to get photos):
Got served drinks by Ming the Merciless:
And I got to hang out w/ GRRM at the fan club group: