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Feuer kann einen Drachen nicht töten: Game of Thrones und die offizielle, noch unbekannte Geschichte der epischen Serie

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  821 ratings  ·  145 reviews
The official, definitive oral history of the blockbuster show from Entertainment Weekly’s James Hibberd, published with HBO’s official support.

It was supposed to be impossible. George R.R. Martin was a frustrated television writer who created his bestselling A Song of Ice and Fire fantasy novels to be an unfilmable saga bound only by the limits of his vast imagination. Th
Hardcover, 464 pages
Published 2020 by penhaligon
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I would've appreciated a bit more objectivity and perhaps some answers to questions the showrunners never addressed, but Hibberd just continues with the uncritical tone he displayed as a reviewer at Entertainment Weekly, letting the showrunners, actors, producers, crew, etc., talk to their heart's content and 'explain' (away) things, including the colossal fuck-ups they had, with little if any counterarguments or critique of his own. It's essentially just a court transcript type of book, in whic ...more
CF Dracarys
Wow. I gotta admit that I had a lot of negative feelings towards the final season of Game of Thrones. I actually had come to terms with Daenerys's ending (she's my ultimate favorite character ever created) and even can say that I liked it. I had other feelings about other aspects of the show (Bran being king, Cersei and Jaime's deaths, Sam Tarly somehow surviving, the rushed tone) that were generally negative and while I still think I have my perfect ending in mind were I "showrunner", reading t ...more
Oct 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I imagine readers of this book may fall into two camps: those who go, “He’s a Dan and Dave apologist!” and those who go, “What a terrific behind the scenes look!” Count me firmly in the latter category.

I flew through this in three days, loved revisiting the show and discovering how it came about from a development standpoint, and loved learning about the obstacles faced by the show runners, cast and crew, particularly in terms of the comparatively low budget first two seasons (necessity really
Adam Whitehead
Game of Thrones is the most successful show in the history of HBO, rising from humble beginnings in 2011 to become the biggest TV drama on the planet. In 2019 the show wrapped after eight seasons and 73 episodes to deliver one of the most negatively-received final seasons in recent memory. Journalist James Hibberd, who was allowed on set of the show every year from the second season onwards, has written a behind-the-scenes account of the commissioning, writing and making of the show, referring t ...more
Oct 27, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It's mainly a light puff piece. There's very little new or unknown, it's *very* defensive over the ending and instead of telling the story of behind the scenes stuff, it more than once goes 'and I'm not going to tell you about that' (only a slight paraphrase).

Reminds me of how good the show once was and how good a majority of the cast were and so many moments but overall.... well I guess it needs an 'unofficial' version to actually be allowed write things up.

Oh well.

A slight title update might
Didn't say anything we didn't already know. All cast, crew and especially D&D are under the delusion S8 will be considered "good" years from now. No. ...more
Micaila Blankenship
I can probably count on one hand the number of tv shows I love. I’m just not a tv show kind of person, but Game of Thrones... I was OBSESSED with it. It’s by far my favorite show of all time (except the 8th season which I am really conflicted about).

So, I was extremely interested when I found this book in the store and it didn’t let me down. Fire Cannot Kill a Dragon gives a ton of interesting behind the scenes information on the filming, cast, and crew and showed some of the interesting challe
Feb 06, 2021 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

What did I like about this book?
The beginning! I liked to hear how the show was brought to life originally, and I really did enjoy reading about how all of the actors became friends, how they began to really connect with their characters, and how they filmed certain things. That was fun insight!

What did I not like about this book?
The complete lack of information about the score. I think Ramin Djawadi did a phenomenal job with the music, and it elevates so many scenes I think
Oct 28, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Came here to learn more about dramatic structure, artistic choices and direction behind Game of Thrones show, first seasons of which I liked so much. What I've found is 90% of self-praise and narcissism. At some point it became disgusting. ...more
Zella Kate
Overall, this was an interesting behind-the-scenes look at the show, featuring interviews with almost all of the cast and many of the crew. I knew quite a bit of the material already from watching commentaries and reading articles, but I still gleaned some new facts, and the oral history aspect of it was well done.

I do think it might have benefitted from further distance in years from the show. There is a slightly defensive tone from the cast and crew and the writer in trying to defend the more
C.W. Schultz
Nov 13, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Inaccuracies and pretentiousness galore! At least I could finish Season 8.

The interviews didn't really offer anything new or, more importantly, interesting. It was a bunch of self-congratulatory tripe. This isn't just applicable to the heavily criticized showrunners D&D, but also everyone else who nodded yes along the way (including the cast).

I finally had enough at page 96, when author James Hibberd says that Olenna Tyrell, Tormund Giantsbane and Walder Frey join the cast in Season 2. The forme
reading this book is like watching game of thrones. At first you’re like “oh wow!!! this show WAS good at the beginning!!! maybe I should rewatch???” And by the end you’re like “THE HUBRIS OF THESE MEN” (you are also like that at the beginning. I’m glad I read it, it made me laugh out loud at points and the actors are all delightful. But there is so much to unpack in the things that were said (and now said) about a lot of the stuff that happened.
Oct 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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4 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐

4 stars for the Kit Harington content alone and I guess for the love I have for the show

-1 star cause I did get occasionally annoyed & pissed off plus a lot of old stuff was used.
It turns out my feelings about Game of Thrones are still far too complicated to give this book a real review
Dec 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There are some books that when you pick up and you can feel the weight of its contents, the passion, the history and the legacy that it leaves behind. Sure Fire Cannot Kill A Dragon is a hefty book physically but when you flick through the pages you can sense the sheer magnitude of effort it took to bring Game Of Thrones to a television audience.

Before I get into my review I just wanted to give acknowledge the fact that James Hibberd thoroughly explored both the unbelievable highs and the soul-c
Jan 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I miss Game of Thrones so very much (and yes I loved the last season). Fire Cannot Kill a Dragon was a delightful easy read where I got to feel like I was listening to the cast chat. I think Hibberd was wise to make so much of the book lengthy direct quotes, because it was more interesting (no offense to him, I'd say this about any author) to engage with what the cast and creative team actually said than it would be to have it written with their words woven into a traditional narrative. It was e ...more
Daniel Pitterman
Unlike the many millions, I didn’t spend the decade with GOT. I finally just watched it this year and holy shit did I love it! I had been told that the ending wasn’t so great but I have to say I didn’t think it was awful. Whatever your thoughts about the ending, it was one hell of a ride.

This book is like looking at a photo album of a favorite vacation. It brings back so many memories and emotions. I loved reading it. Obviously it is biased towards the positive aspects of the show but, ya know
Feb 13, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So nice to dive back into the world of ASOIAF, even if it is not through Winds of Winter. I started this book thinking it would be a chill, low-maintenance read to pass the time. I ended up being gripped by the excitement of seeing new sides of my favourite characters, learning about how the actors reacted to their death scenes, and all the juicy behind the scenes stories that I didn't know I wanted so badly. There were definitely a few areas where I wish Hibbard could have dived in a little dee ...more
John Adams
A collection of interviews (with actors, directors, writers, and producers) stitched together (sometimes awkwardly) into a mostly linear narrative of the production of the show, making for an easy and fairly enjoyable read. While many of the anecdotes are engaging or amusing, there's not a lot of depth; on controversial questions, D&D and GRRM offer the familiar defenses and excuses rather than acknowledging the validity of concerns, very little about the technical aspects of the production, and ...more
Oct 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a fun accounting of the making of Game of Thrones - my favorite show of all time. The actor anecdotes were great and the behind the scenes stories provided great insight into just how much work it took to take GRRMs incredible books and turn them into must see TV. Highly recommend.
Not amazing. Would probably be better as a documentary. Some nice quotes from cast members and a few nice Behind the Scenes pictures but didn't really provide much for me in the way of new content. It did make me love Liam Cunningham even more though 😂 ...more
Katie Diana
Oct 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
A great read for got/asoiaf fans!
Kieran McAndrew
Oct 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An excellent behind the scenes look at HBO's groundbreaking fantasy series 'Game of Thrones'.

Well written, with some great interviews of key staff, this will be of interest to fans of any television series.
Dec 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Such a fun, interesting look behind the scenes of HBO’s Game of Thrones.
Krystal Fay Huston
A nice, comprehensive oral history of the show. It made me have nostalgic feelings.
Ashley Valliere
Oct 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Made me really appreciate the work and thought that went into making this show. Also, now I’m trying to find the DVDs so I can rewatch it! Miss it!
Oct 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I just love this show and after reading this, I think I’ll start a rewatch.
Oct 13, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I wish this book was written by journalists like Mallory Rubin and/or Jason Concepcion. Because I love the world of Game of Thrones and the early seasons of the show, I was also one of the people who felt the last seasons were way too rushed to actually tell a meaningful story. And I dare anyone to say otherwise. After the fact I have also started listening more to the critics who had problems with how this show portrays women, especially with so much focus on nudity and frequent use of rape sce ...more
Oct 25, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
It’s just a compilation of articles and quotes previously released, making this book a skeevy money grab.
Nov 12, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
You know what can kill a dragon? Season 8. Season 8 can kill a dragon right dead!
I was a little leery of this book. I saw that it was written by an Entertainment Weekly contributor and I wasn’t really interested in wading through a haphazard collection of “Greatest Hits” articles written for the magazine. The author might have had that in mind, as well. He makes sure to mention right in the introduction that he did a whole bunch of new interviews for this book. It turns out that Fire is a prett
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James Hibberd is an award-winning entertainment journalist who has written thousands of stories covering the business of Hollywood across nearly two decades. He's currently editor at large at Entertainment Weekly and was previously TV editor at The Hollywood Reporter. Prior to covering entertainment, Hibberd made headlines in 2001 while a staff writer at Phoenix New Times when he risked imprisonme ...more

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