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‘Being looked after’: George RR Martin skips ‘House of the Dragon’ world premiere after contacting Covid-19

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In a video published on YouTube, the author announced that he is in isolation and will miss several events due to the deadly virus

Acclaimed author George RR Martin, who took the world by storm with the books ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’, has tested positive for Covid-19 and missed the star-studded world premiere of upcoming fantasy series ‘House of the Dragon’ from HBO. . The glamor even took place in Los Angeles and saw all the cast walk the red carpet with sparkling eyes.

However, the man who is the brains behind everything that has happened in the Game of Thrones universe could not be present after coming into contact with the deadly virus. It is reported that Martin contracted the virus after performing in Hall H at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con. The author confirmed the news by posting a video on YouTube, which he also shared on his official Twitter account.

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The author also noted that the positive test would force him to miss several events in Los Angeles related to “House of the Dragon.” Martin added: “My symptoms are obviously minor. I am well taken care of. I’m on the drugs (medication) and I should be fine.”

The news that the author had been exposed to the virus was also later confirmed by Casey Bloys, the chief content officer of HBO and HBO Max. While speaking at the premiere, Bloys revealed the news of Martin’s positive test. However, he assured everyone that the author was “doing fine” and had nothing to worry about. He added: “I wanted to start today by introducing George RR Martin and telling you how great it is to have George on our journey. Unfortunately George got Covid at Comic-Con so he’s not here. I think he’s feeling fine, so no need to worry.”

Bloys praised Martin for his writing and for being the “architect” of this extraordinary world. HBO’s CCO added, “I wanted to tell you what a joy it is and how fortunate we are to have the architect of this world on this journey. He was fantastic.”

This is the second time in the last 24 hours that the pop culture world has been rocked by the news that Covid is wreaking havoc. It was recently announced that production of The Witcher Season 3 has been put on hold following a Covid scare. It is reported that Henry Cavill, who plays Geralt of Rivia on the show, has been diagnosed with the Covid-19 virus and is in isolation. Netflix announced that production was “paused” and would be “opened” once it was safe to do so.

House of the Dragon explores the world of House Targaryen and sees them embroiled in civil war as they decide who will rule the kingdom after King Viserys I.

House of the Dragon premieres August 21 exclusively on HBO and HBO Max.

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