The fantasy author claims mailmen stole "Game of Thrones" episodes. But to what end?
Conspiracies wrapped in conspiracies: No matter how hard “A Song of Ice and Fire” writer George R.R. Martin tries to ingratiate himself back into the hearts of his fickle fans since his delayed “Dance of Dragons” made his loyal followers into turncoats, he seems to be thwarted at every turn. His publishers had to warn readers away from Internet forums about the books, in case some spoilers of “Dragons” had leaked before the book’s official release date. Trying to respond directly to his critics during a Google interview resulted in more resentment. And now Martin has to contend with the malicious force of the U.S. Postal Service, whose employees he claims stole scripts from the first season that were supposed to go to charity.
From Martin’s Livejournal:
“We had hoped to bring a couple of signed scripts from the first season of the HBO series GAME OF THRONES with us, and the good folks in Belfast were kind enough to donate them. Dan Weiss sent them across the pond (registered and priority, signature required). All that arrived was a battered envelope and Dan’s cover letter. The US post office delivered the envelope in a plastic baggie with a pre-printed note apologizing for the “damage.” But this was no error in handling. The envelope was torn open at one end, and both scripts were gone, though Dan’s letter remained. I am convinced the scripts were stolen.”
Now Martin has sent his ravens all across the Internet to alert his followers to be on the lookout for these valuables, which include the final shooting scripts of two episodes of “Game of Thrones” from Season 1, autographed by two of the show’s writers.
“Whoever sold these scripts will presumably try to cash in at some point. So if any of you ever see scripts fitting this description turn up on ebay, one of its competitors, or on some dealer’s table — notify me at once, and report the stolen property to whatever local authorities are appropriate.”
There are so many questions here: Why would these shooting scripts be worth that much money, if they had yet to see Martin’s signature? The episodes being donated — “Baelor” and “Fire and Blood” — have already aired, and teleplays of TV shows are not that hard to come by. (In fact, one reader on BoingBoing already claims to have found one of the scripts on eBay, though it’s the wrong episode.) Secondly, if these manuscripts were so valuable, why didn’t Martin’s associates think of a better way to send them than by regular mail, especially since it had to travel internationally? Why not FedEx?
And why should the blame be limited to the U.S. Postal Service? Martin says in his post that “We believe the package made it across from Belfast relatively unscathed,” but is there any proof of that? Did the scripts go through customs?
In all likelihood, the scripts were stolen, but Martin is making some pretty big leaps as to the culprits and their motive. As he said, no one would be able to put these scripts on eBay without being detected, and their relative worth without Martin’s signature is pretty nominal, especially when compared to the risk of getting caught. (Tampering with mail is still a federal crime, yes?) At least there is solace in knowing that whoever the culprit is probably ended up disappointed with the contents of the package, which they must have assumed contained valuable Martin paraphernalia. Or perhaps it was taken by a super-fan, who believed he had found the last manuscript in Martin’s six-series tome.
At any rate, this seems like a problem easily solved: HBO must have another shooting script from the series it can use to get the signatures again (maybe this time get a tracking number as well), and the charity in question can still benefit from a “Game of Thrones” auction. Or, as another BoingBoing commenter suggested, “The appropriate solution is to get Brienne of Tarth to wander around for hundreds and hundreds of pages looking for them.”
More Related Stories
- Cannes: Directing 101 with James Franco
- Welcome to the jungle: The definitive oral history of '80s metal
- Burt Bacharach opens up on daughter's suicide
- Steven Spielberg to produce "Halo" television series
- Amazon set to launch fine-art gallery
- Twitter torches Dan Brown's "Inferno"
- Brad Pitt keeps breaking his silence on how boring marriage to Jennifer Aniston was
- Lars von Trier's "Nymphomaniac" to use porn star body doubles
- New Beyoncé single leaked
- The sweet, sure to be short-lived "The Goodwin Games"
- Damon Lindelof admits barely-clothed scene in "Star Trek" was "gratuitous"
- Justin Timberlake: I'm a mediocre folk singer!
- Ray Manzarek, founding member of The Doors, dies at 74
- Beware of book blurbs
- Did a Salon excerpt ruin Penn Jillette's chance to win "Celebrity Apprentice"?
- Zach Galifianakis to take formerly homeless woman to "Hangover 3" premiere
- Seth MacFarlane will not host Oscars again
- "SNL's" uncomfortable Garner/Affleck moment
- "Celebrity Apprentice" finale ratings hit a new low
- Worst National Anthem fails
- The truth in Kanye's anti-prison rap
Featured Slide Shows
The week in 10 picsclose X
- 1 of 11
Lisa Montgomery embraces her nephew Thursday after a tornado tore apart her home in Cleburne, Texas. The twister killed six people and destroyed entire swaths of the North Texas town.
Credit: AP/LM Otero
Jack McMahon, the defense attorney for abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell, speaks outside the Criminal Justice Center in Philadelphia Tuesday. His client was convicted of killing three babies in his clinic, and will serve multiple life sentences.
Credit: AP/Matt Rourke
A photo taken Monday captures Vice President Joe Biden's response to a Milwaukee second-grader's innovative proposal to end America's epidemic of gun violence. This guy!
Credit: AP/Jenny Aicher
Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., flanked by a grouper-eyed Michele Bachmann, addresses the IRS' admission that it targeted Tea Party groups in advance of the 2012 election. In an op-ed for CNN Thursday, the Kentucky senator slammed the president for his faux outrage.
Credit: AP/Molly Riley
Ousted IRS chief Steven Miller is sworn in on Capitol Hill Friday. Miller testified before the House Ways and Means Committee on the extra scrutiny the agency gave conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status.
Credit: AP/J. Scott Applewhite
Attorney General Eric Holder pauses as he testifies on Capitol Hill before the House Judiciary Committee Wednesday. Holder is under fire, among other things, for the Justice Department's gathering of phone records at the Associated Press.
Credit: AP/Carolyn Kaster
O.J. Simpson sits during an evidentiary hearing at Clark County District Court in Las Vegas, Nev., Thursday. Simpson, who is currently serving a nine-to-33-year sentence in state prison for armed robbery and kidnapping, is using a writ of habeas corpus to seek a new trial.
Credit: AP/Las Vegas Review-Journal/Jeff Scheid
Major Tom to ground control: On Sunday astronaut Chris Hadfield recorded the first music video from space, a cover of David Bowie's "Space Oddity."
Credit: AP/NASA/Chris Hadfield
When it rains it pours. President Barack Obama speaks during a news conference Thursday with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, inexplicably inspiring an #umbrellagate Twitter meme.
Credit: AP/Jacquelyn Martin
A smoke plume rises high above a road block at the intersection of County A and Ross Road east of Solon Springs, Wis., Tuesday. No injuries were reported, but the the wildfire caused evacuations across northwestern Wisconsin.
Credit: AP/The Duluth News-Tribune/Clint Austin
Recent Slide Shows
- 1 of 11