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TV Blog Buzz: 'Game of Thrones'' new Iron Throne; 'Downton Abbey''s Isis issue

The throne on the set of the Game of Thrones TV series.
Image Credit: THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Peter Morrison
November 02, 2014 - 7:26 PM

"Game of Thrones" fans can finally see what the infamous Iron Throne is really supposed to look like.

As much as author George R. R. Martin has approved of the hit TV series that was inspired by his "A Song of Ice and Fire" books, he says the show's producers didn't nail the look of the massive, imposing throne.

It needed to be even bigger and creepier, he says.

For his new book, "The World of Ice & Fire: The Untold History of Westeros and the Game of Thrones," Martin worked with artist Marc Simonetti to create a painting that finally brought his vision to life.

"He and I went back and forth a half dozen times to get something I could say, 'Yeah, this is absolutely right,'" said Martin, according to Business Insider, which has a picture of the painting.

"I said repeatedly the Iron Throne is huge. It towers over the room like a great beast. And it's ugly. It's asymmetric. It's put together by blacksmiths, not by craftsmen and experts in furniture manufacturing. You have to walk the iron steps, and when a king sits on it he's like 10 feet above everybody else ... He's in this raised position looking down on everyone."

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Poor Isis the dog.

"Downton Abbey" may be saying goodbye to Lord Grantham's pooch now that the word Isis — which is also the name of an Egyptian goddess — has become synonymous with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.

The Hollywood Reporter says "Downton Abbey" may be joining other shows such as "Archer" and "Doctor Who" in scrubbing content or characters that remind viewers of ISIS' bloody tear across Iraq and Syria.

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The Cartoon Network almost marked a major milestone with its new show "Clarence," but must have got cold feet at the last minute.

The show's writer Spencer Rothbell says that two gay characters were supposed to share a kiss on the show, E! Online reports.

Instead, when the episode aired, viewers only saw a chaste peck on the cheek.

"Originally the guy had flowers and they kissed on the mouth," said Rothbell, who added that he is still pleased that the characters had the less-passionate moment.

"It's such a minor throwaway moment but I guess it's better than nothing," he posted on his Tumblr blog.

"Maybe one day the main character can be gay and it won't be a big deal."

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