According to George R.R. Martin, This Is What the Iron Throne Looks Like

According to George R.R. Martin, the TV show Game of Thrones doesn't do a good job of depicting the coveted Iron Throne. This painting by Marc Simonetti shows it more accurately:

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. It's big, yes, but not nearly as big as the one described in the novels. And for good reason. We have a huge throne room set in Belfast, but not nearly huge enough to hold the Iron Throne as I painted it. For that we'd need something much bigger, more like the interior of St. Paul's Cathedral or Westminster Abbey, and no set has that much room. The Book Version of the Iron Throne would not even fit through the doors of the Paint Hall.

Link -via Nerd Bastards


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That's great because they specifically joke about it in the show, saying something along the lines of "there's no way there are 50,000 swords in this throne." This makes a lot more sense as to how there would be that many swords
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