by Christopher Miller (Servant on Ice)
INTERVIEW WITH THE LORD OF ANGER
I have been working with a man whose name I do not know, nor need to know. He is a man who is passionate about the fictional series known as, “A Song of Ice and Fire.”
I first heard of him online at a fan-site in 2013. He kept complaining how the show wasn’t the books. I finally replied to his comment with, “Dude, on one cares if
you don’t like the show, stop watching,” He replied, “NO ONE UNDERSTAAANDSSS!”
I first assumed he was mentally ill.
George R.R. Martin also known to boor readers as, “GRRM” has mentioned that some of his fans even frighten him. I thought initially that, “Angry Game of Thrones Fan”
as he is called, was one of the most serious and demented.
However, in dealing with him in personal, real life matters, which I will never discuss on this or any website, he has shown himself all too human, and a supporter of
mine and others, and a real friend, a winter friend.
I’ve always wanted to interview him, and now I have the opportunity to, not in my screen name as the outsider of the “Army of Anger” but as a human like us all, as
INTERVIEW WITH THE LORD OF ANGER
When did you first read, “A Song of Ice and Fire?”
MY FIRST BRUSH WITH THESE SACRED TEXTS WAS MANY MANY YEARS AGO IN HIGH SCHOOL YES THATS RIGHT I WAS INTO THESE BOOKS WHILE ALL YOU LOSERS WERE SMOKIN BEER AND WORRIED
ABOUT WHO YOU WERE GOING THE ENCHANTMENT UNDER THE SEAS DANCE WITH WELL LISTEN UP I DIDNT GO TO NO DANCES IN HIGH SCHOOL!! IN FACT I NEVER DANCED EVEN ONCE AT ALL IN
MY LIFE!! UNLESS YOU COUNT MY SEIZURES
HERES SOMETHING IM GOING TO ADMIT PUBLICLY AND IVE ONLY TOLD TO A FEW PEOPLE AND MAYBE SOME OF THE SMARTER AMONGST EVERYONE HAS FIGURED OUT BUT – I AM GENERALLY NOT A
FAN OF FANTASY NOVELS – SWORD AND SORCERY HAS NEVER BEEN MY THING AND IT CONTINUES THAT WAY IM MORE INTO SCIFI POLITICAL/HISTORICAL NONFICTION THRILLERS MYSTERIES AND
OTHER CURRENT EVENTS AND NOW HERES THE ADMISSION PART
I WAS RESISTANT TO READING A GAME OF THRONES
I THOUGHT IT WOULD BE MORE OF THE SAME CUT FROM STONE GOOD GUYS VS DIABOLICAL BAD GUYS MAGIC POWERS THAT COME OUTTA NOWHERE AND RIDICULOUS NAMES LIKE LORD UEXFINGA
SHAZKABAN THE GRUNDLER GRYTHNOMER THE XSIJNAR OR NICKELBACK
YEARS LATER I LOOK BACK AND LAUGH AT THAT DUMB KID BUT I ALSO REMEMBER HIM WHEN IM TALKING UP THE SERIES TO A POTENTIAL READER AND I THINK BACK TO MY OWN
MISCONCEPTIONS OF ASOIAF AS “JUST ANOTHER FANTASY NOVEL” OR “ITS JUST TOO LONG WITH TOO MANY UNNECESSARY DETAILS” AND I KNOW WHAT TO SAY TO THEM TO HELP THEM LOOK PAST
IT FOR THE AMAZING CHARACTERS AND THEIR TIMELESS STORIES THAT HOLD VALUE FOR ANY READER REGARDLESS OF IF THEY WERE SET IN THE ANCIENT PAST OR ON A DISTANT GALAXY FAR
FAR AWAY (MORE ON THAT MAY 4TH…)
What were your thoughts after you completed the first book?
AS SOON AS I COMPLETED READING A GAME OF THRONES I THOUGHT MY GODS WHERE IS A CLASH OF KINGS!? IT WAS 2AM AND I DIDNT HAVE A COPY OR A CAR OR HORSE AT THE TIME SO I
RAN THE 5 MILES TO MY FRIENDS HOUSE BANGING ON THE DOOR AND SCREAMING UNTIL HIS OGRE MOTHER ANSWERED AT WHICH POINT I SWIM-MOVED HER AND RAN UPSTAIRS TO GRAB CLASH OF
KINGS AND STORM OF SWORDS THEN RUN OUT OF THE HOUSE BEFORE THEY KNEW WHAT HAD HAPPENED AND THE POLICE COULD ARRIVE
THE TWO MOMENTS FOR ME IN AGOT THAT SET THE TONE WERE FIRST WHEN BRAN WAS PUSHED FROM THE TOWER AND ACTIALLY CRIPPLED I REALIZED THIS IS A STORY WHERE CHOICES HAVE
CONSEQUENCES AND CHARACTERS ARE PLAYING FOR KEEPS – ITS NOT A SAFE JAUNT INTO FANTASY MEDIEVAL LAND! THEN WHEN NED DIED I WAS FLOORED! I COULDNT AND STILL CANT BELIEVE
HOW MASTERFUL AND HOW BOLD A MOVE IT WAS TO TAKE THE PRECEDENT THATS BEEN SET FOR OVER ONE HUNDRED YEARS IN WESTERN LITERATURE – THE MAIN CHARACTER DIED IN THE OPENING
ACT OF THE STORY!!! COULD ANYONE IMAGINE HARRY POTTER INDIANA JONES LUKE SKYWALKER ENDER WIGGIN KATNISS EVERDEEN BELLA SWAN ANY SUPERHERO ETC ETC ETC DYING OFF IN THE
FIRST VOLUME OF THEIR SERIES!?! OF COURSE NOT!!! IT WOULD BE THE HEIGHT OF LUNACY AND THOSE SERIES WOULD NEVER HAVE BEEN RELEASED BC THEIR FOCUS IS SOLIDLY CHARACTER-
DRIVEN!! NOT GRRM HE IS TELLING THE READERS FROM THE VERY START THAT IN HIS WORLD IT IS THE PLOT THAT IS PARAMOUNT AND NO AMOUNT OF CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT OR FOCUS WILL
EVER KEEP ANYONE SAFE
What did you think after you completed the A Dance with Dragons?
WELL LIKE EVERYONE ELSE MY FIRST THOUGHT WAS WHERE IS THE REST OF THE BOOKS AND HOW MANY SOULS MUST GRRM CONSUME BEFORE WE GET THEM?!?!?!!?
I AM LOVING READING THIS EPIC STORY THROUGH THE ACT I OF AGOT ACOK AND ASOS THAT REALLY SET THE STAGE AND GAVE US SO MANY PLOT TWISTS TO THE FALLING ACTION OF ACT II
WHICH IS AFFC AND ADWD IN WHICH ALL THE MAIN CHARACTERS THAT ARE LEFT EXPERIENCE FAILURE AND THE STRESSES OF DEALING WITH THAT PAIN AND ALSO A FOCUS ON HOW THE LAND OF
WESTEROS INCLUDING THE SMALLFOLK IS SUFFERING AND THATS WHERE I LOVE HOW THE FAITH IS BROUGHT INTO EVERYTHING AS A RESPONSE AND ALSO A HEALING FORCE – IF THERES
SOMEONE WHO UNDERSTANDS HUMANITY AT THIS LEVEL ITS DEFINITELY GRRM
What is your favorite book in the series and what do you consider the best book?
WELL, MILLER MAN, I DONT ACTUALLY CONSIDER THEM AS 5 SEPARATE BOOKS – AS I OUTLINED ABOVE AND AS GRRM AS STATED SO MANY TIMES THIS IS ALL ONE LONG STORY THAT WHEN IT
IS FINISHED WILL BE INTENDED FOR SOMEONE TO READ COVER TO COVER START TO FINISH EACH OF THE 7 REPORTED VOLUMES TO BE PUBLISHED – OR EVEN MORESO AS THE OVERSEAS
EDITIONS ARE FREQUENTLY BROKEN DOWN INTO SMALLER VOLUMES AS AN EXAMPLE FRANCE IS CURRENLY ON THEIR 14TH VOLUME OF ASOIAF – INTERESTINGLY ENOUGH THEY CALL IT “THE IRON
THRONE” SERIES OR “LE TRONE DE FER” WHICH I FIND VERY GOOD AND I WOULD ENCOURAGE EVERYONE TO LOOK AT THE SERIES AS SUCH – THERE ARE NO WEAK LINKS OR BETTER OR WORSE
BOOKS – ITS ALL ONE EPIC! AND ONCE ITS FINISHED I REST ASSURED IT WILL BE SEEN AS SUCH! SIDE NOTE – I PREFER THE FAN ORDERING KNOWN AS A BALL OF BEASTS AND READING
THAT AS OPPOSED TO THE WAY THE PUBLISHERS IN THE US AT LEAST SPLIT UP AFFC AND ADWD INTO TWO SEPARATE VOLUMES – A BALL OF BEASTS IS THE STORY CLOSER TO HOW GRRM
ACTUALLY WROTE IT! THERE WERE NEVER SUPPOSED TO BE 1 VOLUME WITH SOME CHARACTERS AND 1 VOLUME WITH SOME OTHER SO TO LOOK AT IT THAT WAY LEADS ME TO HOMICIDAL RAGE,
THANKS GREAT QUESTION
What are you thoughts on critics of the book who say there are parts that are too sexual or too violent?
HONESTLY I THINK IF THERES SOMEONE WHO DOESNT LIKE THE KIND OF LITERATURE THAT INCLUDES SEXUAL CONTENT AND VIOLENCE THEN THIS IS NOT THE SERIES FOR YOU – AND I HAVE
FRIENDS LIKE THAT AND I RESPECT THEIR DECISIONS – SOME PEOPLE DO NOT WANT TO BRING THAT KIND OF MATERIAL INTO THEIR LIVES AND ITS AN HONEST POSITION TO HAVE – THAT
BEING SAID, I WOULD ALSO POINT OUT THAT ANY MEDIEVAL SERIES THAT DOES NOT HAVE A REQUISITE LEVEL OF SUCH CONTENT IS SIMPLY DENYING REALITY OR CLEARLY WRITTEN FOR
CHILDREN – HOBBIT FANS, WELL, WHAT CAN I SAY
Who is your favorite character in the series and why?
SANDOR “THE HOUND” CLEGANE HAS BEEN MY FAVORITE CHARACTER FOR MANY YEARS! I LOVE HOW HE SEES THE SOCIETY OF WESTEROS FOR WHAT IT IS AND STRUGGLES WITH IT AND AGAINST
IT AT THE SAME TIME – EVENTUALLY TO THE POINT OF REJECTING IT FOR HIS OWN HUMANITY AND EVENTUALLY FINDING PEACE – HE IS A CLASSIC ANTIHERO, THE BOBA FETT OF ASOIAF –
AND IF WHAT I AND MANY OTHERS SUSPECT IS TRUE HES DOING A LITTLE WORK RIGHT NOW TO GET HIS ARMS READY TO SWING A SWORD ONE LAST TIME…!
Who is your least favorite character and why?
I DONT HAVE ANY SPECIFIC CHARACTER THAT I DISLIKE IN THE SENSE THAT I THINK ALL THE CHARACTERS HAVE A ROLE TO PLAY BUT WHAT I DO DISLIKE IS WHEN PEOPLE THINK THAT
LITTLE-SEEN CHARACTERS ARE ALL PART OF SOME CONSPIRACY OR ANOTHER AND GRRM IS DROPPING HINTS WITH EVERY WORD HE WRITES RATHER THAN INTRODUCING A CHARACTER TO PROPEL
THE PLOT OR BRING OUT SOME REACTION IN A POV CHARACTER
Favorite subplot in the series?
BRACKENS VS BLACKWOODS BC I MEAN CMON!!!
Least favorite subplot?
What made you start the, “Army of Anger?” and what inspired your screen name, “ANGRYGOTFAN?”
SEASON ONE I HAD A LOT OF ISSUES WITH BUT I FELT LIKE I DIDNT REALLY HAVE AN OUTLET FOR MY FEELINGS AND EMOTIONS REGARDING WHAT WAS GOING ON – I TALKED TO COWORKERS
PEOPLE I WAS STATIONED WITH FRIENDS AND FAMILY THAT SORT OF THING BUT ONCE SEASON TWO BEGAN I HAD HAD ENOUGH!!!! THERE WAS NO WAY THE CHANGES AND CUTS AND ADAPTATIONS
THEY WERE MAKING TO THE SOURCE MATERIAL HAD ANYTHING TO DO WITH “STREAMLINING” (AS THEY SAY) OR “MAKING IT WORK FOR THE SCREEN” AND INSTEAD THEY ARE MAKING IRREVOCABLE
ALERATIONS TO FUNDAMENTAL POINTS OF THE STORY! FOR ME BLACKWATER WAS A HUGE LETDOWN BECAUSE OF THE SHEER MASSIVE SCOPE OF THE BATTLE IN THE SERIES AND THE WAY THEY
MADE IT ON SCREEN WAS SO CLEARLY A TV SHOW STUDIO ON A SMALL BUDGET USING TRICKS TO MAKE IT SEEM LIKE A WIDER BATTLE WAS GOING ON – BUT THEN THE HOUSE OF THE UNDYING
SCENE REALLY MADE ME REALIZE I HAD TO DO SOMETHING! I COULDNT LET PEOPLE THINK THAT ALL DANY WAS SUPPOSED TO SEE IN THE HOUSE WAS A SKINNY DROGO AND A BABY! NO! THAT
IS ONE OF THE MOST AMAZING VISUAL SCENES IN THE BOOK AND THERE IS NO WAY ANYONE CAN TELL ME THAT WOULD NOT HAVE LOOKED AMAZING ON SCREEN IF THEY HAD SIMPLY FILMED IT
AS IT IS WRITTEN AND DESCRIBED BY GRRM! I KNEW GOING IN THERED BE ALTERATIONS…BUT THE ENTIRE THING CUT?!
I WAS LIVID I WAS BESIDE MYSELF AND I DIDNT KNOW WHAT TO DO
– THE SAME FRIEND WHO INTRODUCED ME TO THE SERIES SUGGESTED I GIVE TWITTER A TRY BC HE SAID ID FIND PEOPLE ON THERE WHO FELT THE SAME WAY I DID ABOUT HOW THE SHOW HAS
BETRAYED THE HEART OF GRRM’S SERIES – AND THAT WAS SOMETHING I HAD TO TELL THE PEOPLE – THE NAME ANGRYGOTFAN CAME UP RIGHT ON THE SPOT – I AM A FAN BUT I AM ANGRY
ABOUT GAME OF THRONES – IT WAS THE FIRST THING I THOUGHT OF IT HADNT YET BEEN TAKEN – I LEGALLY CHANGED MY NAME TO IT – AND THE REST IS WRITTEN IN THE ANNALS OF THE
What does, “NOONEUNDERSTAAANDS” signify?
IT SIMPLY IS A PHRASE I WOULD SAY OVER AND OVER AGAIN! I WOULD WATCH THE SERIES AND SCREAM IT AT MY NEIGHBORS TV THROUGH THE WINDOW FROM OUTSIDE THEIR HOUSE EVERY TIME
I SAW SOMETHING WRONG ON THE SHOW AND I WOULD SCREAM IT AGAIN AND AGAIN WALKING UP AND DOWN THE STREET BETWEEN MY NEIGHBORS HOUSE AND THE DOWNTOWN PART OF THE CITY
WHERE I WAS LIVING UNDER A BUS
What did you think when you heard that HBO was making a TV series on the book series?
I WAS OPTIMISTIC! IT WAS 2006 AND AFFC HAD JUST COME OUT IT SEEMED LIKE AN AMAZING TIME TO BE PART OF THE FANDOM
What were your thoughts on the first episode that you viewed? Why?
IT WAS CONFUSING, MILLER! THE CHARACTERS’ AGES WERE DRASTICALLY ALTERED AND THAT PLAYS SUCH A BIG ROLE IN THE DECISIONS THEY MAKE IN THE SERIES, YET IN THE SHOW THEY
MADE THEM OLDER BUT STILL MAKING THE SAME CHOICES! ITS RIDICULOUS TO THINK DANY AND SANSA FOR EXAMPLE WOULD ACT AT 30 THE SAME WAY THEY DID AT 13, BUT THATS WHAT HBO
AIRS EVERY WEEK
You are known for your criticism of Daniel B. Weiss and David Benioff, whom you call, “The Book Burners” why such hostility toward them?
THEY ARE THE ULTIMATE BETRAYERS AND ARE PROFITTING IMMENSELY OFF THIS
What would you say to them if you ever could do an open forum meeting with Benioff and Weiss?
I WOULD DO EVERYTHING I COULD TO BRING THEM BACK TO THE BOOKS – THEY HAD TO HAVE SOME REASON TO LOVE THESE BOOKS AT ONE POINT AND I BELIEVE IN MY HEART EVEN AFTER
MULTIPLE HEART EXPLANTS THAT THEY TRULY CAN BE SAVED
I know that you have met GRRM in person, what was that like?
HIS GRACE GRRM IS A CRUSTY OLD GENIUS AND THE ONLY PERSON IVE EVER MET WHO COULD OUT-SCREAM ME
There are other, “Superfans” such as Elio and Linda, Johnny, and Jamal Anderson former football player from the Atlanta Falcons, what do you think about the fandom in
I LOVE INTERACTING WITH PEOPLE WHO HAVE READ THE SERIES AND APPRECIATE IT FOR THE MAJESTY IT IS – IM GLAD THE FANDOM HAS GROWN SO MUCH AND IM READY TO BRING AS MANY
PEOPLE AS I CAN OVER TO THE SIDE OF THE BOOKS! IT DOESNT MATTER IF YOU READ THE BOOKS SINCE 1996 OR YOU WERE BORN IN 1996 – THERE ISNT MUCH MAGIC PERFORMED BY THE
CHARACTERS IN THIS SERIES BECAUSE THE REAL MAGIC IS THE WRITING ITSELF
You have been critical of folks who only watch the show and read internet spoilers, what would you say to those who will never read the books or even listen to an
WHY WOULD YOU HAVE A SLIM JIM WHEN YOU COULD HAVE A STEAK DINNER?
WHY WOULD YOU SWIM IN THE COMMUNITY POOL WHEN YOU COULD SWIM IN THE CRYSTAL BLUE WATERS OF THE CARIBBEAN?
ARE YOU OK WITH ONLY KNOWING THE TIP OF THE ICEBERG OR DO YOU SEARCH A DEEPER TRUTH?
ALSO BRO I WILL GIVE YOU FREE COPIES OF THE BOOKS EMAIL ME ANGRYGOTFAN@GMAIL.COM
Do you see the Army of Anger growing and do you plan a convention or rally?
THERE ARE THINGS IN THE WORKS, THAT’S ALL I CAN SAY RIGHT NOW AS THE ARMY OF ANGER LEGAL DEPARTMENT IS STILL GOING OVER THE DETAILS, BUT WHAT I CAN SAY FOR NOW IS THAT
AS THIS FANDOM AND THIS MOVEMENT HAS GROWN WORLDWIDE…WE ARE PLANNING TO GET A CHANCE TO MEET FACE-TO-FACE AND IN PERSON WITH FANS AROUND THE WORLD
In reality, the show is one of the top shows on the planet right now, what do you think the legacy will be for the show and for the books since the show will end
before the books?
IT WILL BE LIKE THE LOTR AND THE NARNIA MOVIES – ONCE THE SERIES ENDS THE FAIRWEATHER FANS WILL LEAVE AND GO HOME TO THEIR TV DINNERS, AND THE ONLY FANS LEFT WILL BE
THE TRUE DIEHARD THRONERS
A SHOW ENDS BUT A BOOK IS FOREVER
The fandom recently has seemed to turn on each other, what do you think the cause is and what can be done?
THE CAUSE IS CLEARLY HBO’S DECISION TO CUT SO MUCH OF THE PLOT AND RUSH AHEAD OF WHERE THE BOOKS ARE WHEN THEY PROMISED GRRM THEY WOULD NOT DO THAT – IVE BEEN WORKING BEHIND THE SCENES A LOT ON THIS ISSUE BUT SUFFICE TO SAY THERE HAVE BEEN A LOT OF CHANGES MADE AT HIGH COUNCIL LEVELS THAT HOPEFULLY WILL ALLEVIATE
SOME OF THAT – BUT AT THE SAME TIME WE ALL JUST NEED TO TAKE A STEP BACK AND REMEMBER THAT NO MATTER WHAT WAY WE CAME TO THE SERIES OR HOW MANY FOLLOWERS OR FANS OR
LISTENERS OR SUBSCRIBERS WE HAVE IT WOULD ALL BE FOR NOTHING IF GRRM HADNT COME FIRST – AND HE IS THE REAL CREATOR – WE ARE ALL JUST BOTTOM FEEDERS IN HIS WAKE
The biggest criticism GRRM faces is that he should have finished this series years ago, as other complex fantasy authors have done with their, “signature” series, why
do you think folks should cut GRRM some slack or do you think GRRM has, “let down” his fan-base?
THE ENDING WILL BE THE WAY WE KNOW – WE WANT A GOOD ENDING NOT A RUSHED INCOMPLETE ONE
If you were given the ability to write one future episode of the show for either season six or seven, what would you do in the confines of a budget, and other
I WOULD HAVE TWO MAESTERS SIT DOWN AND TELL ALL THE BACKSTORY ELEMENTS THAT HAVE BEEN COMPLETELY MISSING FROM THE SERIES JUST BY READING DIRECTLY FROM THE BOOKS
What do your intimate fans and friends think of your, “Amy of Anger” and fandom persona?
EVERY ONE OF THEM LOVES IT AND IS SO SUPPORTIVE I COULDNT DO THIS WITHOUT THEM! EVEN AT WORK MY CHAIN OF COMMAND LOOKS FORWARD TO EVERY NEW WRITING OR POST WHETHER
FROM ME OR LADY SHELLY OR SERVANT ON ICE OR EVEN THE OCCASIONAL MUTTONFACE JOINT
Is there a Mrs. Angry Got Fan? What type of woman (if you are single) are you looking for?
ALL I WILL SAY IS THAT IS A ROLE THAT HAS YET TO BE CAST – THOUGH I KNOW HOW THE CHARACTER IS WRITTEN – ESSENTIALLY IM LOOKING FOR SOMEONE WHO SHARES THE SAME VALUES
IN LIFE AS ME – THE VALUING OF TRUE SUBSTANCE AND PUSHING ASIDE EXTRANEOUS FLUFF AND NOISE – IM A PRETTY SPIRITUAL GUY I LIKE TO EAT AND LIVE HEALTHY AND IM JUST SHY
OF TEN YEARS SOBRIETY SO THOSE ARE KEY FOR WHO I AM AND QUALITIES AND VALUES I AM ATTRACTED TO – ALSO SHE NEEDS TO HAVE A SENSE OF HUMOR ABOUT BURYING THE DEAD BODIES
BECAUSE IF NOT I AM JUST GOING TO KEEP LEAVING THEM IN MY NEIGHBORS CAR
In closing, what would you like to say to your critics who say you are nitpicking and acting with lack of perspective?
READ THE BOOKS!
UNDERSTAND THE BOOKS!