April 16, 2011 10:15 PM

No-holds-barred ‘Game of Thrones’ holds court on HBO

Fantasy author George R.R. Martin is a savage god. “He does terrible things to his characters,” screenwriter David Benioff says. And yet, Martin’s books are beloved by many, including Benioff and D.B. Weiss, who have adapted Martin’s “A Game of Thrones” for HBO’s latest Sunday night drama.

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