“Game of Thrones” author George R.R. Martin took some time off writing his much-awaited novel “Winds of Winter” this weekend. He spent his time sitting on the Iron Throne instead. This isn’t just any Iron Throne, but one made out of baseball bats. It was made for a minor-league baseball promotional event in Staten Island, New York, called "Game of Thrones Night."
On Saturday, Martin took to Twitter to share a photo of himself as he sat on the baseball throne. “Had a great time at the Direwolves game tonight, check out their cool throne made of baseball bats!” he said.
In the photo, the best-selling author could be seen making double peace signs as he sat wearing a Staten Island Direwolves hat on his head. There isn’t really any team called the Staten Island Direwolves, of course. For a special pre-season game, the Staten Island Yankees changed their name as part of a “Game of Thrones” promotional theme night. A Direwolf is a mystical creature in Martin’s world.
The “Game of Thrones Night” was held at Richmond County Bank Ballpark, near the St. George ferry terminal. The Staten Island Direwolves played the Hudson Valley Renegades, in an evening filled with many other activities and attractions related to the HBO show. Both teams wore special jerseys inspired by the popular TV series.
“Game of Thrones” is based on the “A Song of Ice and Fire” novels written by Martin. He took time off from writing the sixth installment of the book series in order to attend the event.
Martin admitted in an interview during his break that he feels the immense pressure to finish the book. The highly anticipated book, titled “Winds of Winter,” will also be the basis for the TV show’s sixth season. There is no release date scheduled for “Winds of Winter” but the show is expected to return in the spring of 2016.