“Who lives? Who dies?” Varys’ Season 2 riddle, which doubled as a pontification on the nature of power, is also a question that can be stated and approached from a mathematical point of view. We’ve already seen superfan BryndenBFish ponder when The Winds of Winter is statistically likely to arrive on bookstore shelves, and now two students at the Olin College of Engineering have explored the Westerosi people’s ultimate chances of survival–at least through the end of the book series.
As most Game of Thrones fans know by now, the coming season will take viewers to Dorne, the southernmost kingdom of Westeros, where the sun’s always shining and vows of sexual fidelity are only loosely enforced. Oberyn Martell, the free-loving fan favorite whose head was last seen splattered across a hot stretch of Kings Landing pavement, hailed from Dorne, and his three bastard daughters—Obara, Nymeria, and Tyene Sand, collectively dubbed the Sand Snakes—will feature heavily in Season 5. Jessica Henwick and Rosabell Laurenti, who respectively play Nymeria Sand and Tyene Sand, recently sat down with The Telegraph to give fans a glimpse into this new world.
We are a paltry 13 days away from the Season 5 premiere of Game of Thrones. Of course, by now, most of you have seen all four of the previous seasons, and are fully caught-up on the goings on in Westeros and Essos. However, if you’ve somehow forgotten all the details of past seasons (And by lovely I totally mean details that are soaked in the bloody viscus that is left of our hearts after our favorite characters die), then Lovereading has got the fix for you.
See what exactly a Game of Thrones Catch-Up machine is, after the jump
Over the last few weeks there has been an onslaught of Game of Thrones news, starting around the time the second trailer dropped during the surprise HBO Now announcement a few weeks ago. When you’re drinking from a fire hose like this, it’s hard to catch everything as it whizzes by your head, let alone think too deeply about the things people are saying about the show.
But one thing that came out during the big Entertainment Weekly deluge stuck with me. It’s something I haven’t been able to shake since I first read it: the news that showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss nearly cut Dorne completely from Season 5.
This news was tucked away in the middle of a wide-ranging interview with Benioff and Weiss, plus producer Bryan Cogman, in which they talked about where all the characters we knew and loved stood on the cusp of Season 5. I pulled it out at the time because it seemed like a crazy idea: “How could you cut Dorne?”
If you’re a Game of Thrones fan and happen to live near Tampa, Florida, it may be worth it to gather a bunch of your friends together, pile into a car, and drive to the Marshall Student Center’s Oval Theater on the University of South Florida (USF) campus tonight. In a twist of fate that is cruel to all those not situated in the Tampa area, USF students will get to see Game of Thrones’ fifth season premiere nearly two weeks ahead of its official air date, the result of a Faustian pact between HBO and USF Housing and Residential Education. The two organizations have partnered to bring HBO Go to USF students. Why did HBO choose to partner with USF and bring this boon to students who already get to pursue their higher educations in a balmy paradise where seagulls sing them to sleep each night when other parts of the country have experienced freak snowfalls well into March? Because life is not fair. That’s why.
When the Queen says she would like a role on your show, it is perhaps advisable to find her one.
Helen Mirren, best known for…do I really have to list it all out? Let’s just go with “a long and storied career.” As one who crossed the divide from television to movies to playing the currently reigning Queen of England on Broadway, she’s one of the creme de la creme of the BBC stable from which Game of Thrones draws the bulk of its talent. During a recent interview with the Daily Mail, she admitted to watching Game of Thrones, and suggested that she wouldn’t mind a role on the hit show.
We fantasy cast Dame Helen Mirren below!
Canal+ has been a font of information throughout this off season. The premium cable channel, based out of France, is not a partner with HBO in the area–that would be Orange France–but they do have rerun rights. You wouldn’t know they aren’t the first run channel, though, the way they’ve been able to get photos and footage all throughout the filming of Dorne in Seville. Now they’ve got a brand new special that includes interviews with the cast (which are dubbed over in Spanish), plus brand new footage we haven’t seen yet.
The video, plus a breakdown of the new stuff we haven’t seen yet, is below.
The title may be poetic, but it’s also slightly misleading. James Hibberd of Entertainment Weekly doesn’t just spend 240 hours in Westeros, he spends a decent chunk of that time in Essos too. The huge cover story–the one we’ve been seeing all those quotes drop from over the last week or two–is finally online, and it’s as huge as you might expect. There’s everything from actor interviews to dialogue snippets to casual mentions of certain scenes that should probably have the words SPOILER ALERT hovering over them.
A couple of highlights from the magnum opus that we’re previously released are below…
Petyr Baelish, better known as “Littlefinger,” is one of the cleverest characters in Game of Thrones; his calculating approach to Westeros’ escalating political conflicts is evidence enough of his intelligence, particularly when it comes to war. So it’s fitting that Aidan Gillen, the actor behind Petyr, will soon be narrating one of the oldest, most well-known texts on warfare in history: The Art of War by Chinese military general Sun Tzu.
The audiobook will be released tomorrow through Audible, one of the largest providers of audiobooks out there. Sun Tzu’s philosophies have often been boiled down to simple aphorisms, such as “all warfare is based on deception” and the well-known “know your enemy,” but the text as a whole, as it has been passed down and translated worldwide, has guided all manner of leaders—military and non-military alike. Of course, the text is preambled by Sun Tzu saying that not fighting is preferable to fighting; to me, that seems more like Varys’ game than Littlefinger’s, though the two are definitely cut from the same cloth. And no, Sun Tzu did not originate the phrase “chaos is a ladder.” As far as I know, that’s a Game of Thrones original.
Hey, Game of Thrones fans. The fifth season premiere is rapidly approaching, and we’re looking for someone to help us write episode recaps/reviews during the season—one per week, each one posted within a reasonable amount of time after the episode is over. Specifically, we’re looking for someone who enjoys the show but hasn’t read the books. Our office is packed with dorks who have devoured the books, which makes it impossible for us to provide an unvarnished perspective.
And the pre-season premiere interview barrage continues. This time, The Daily Beast sat down with Nathalie Emmanuel, who plays Missandei the former slave, to talk about the new season of Game of Thrones, among other things.
We are just a couple of weeks away from the Season 5 premiere of Game of Thrones. The hype is building each day, as interviews, red carpet affairs, photo-ops, and new teasers are spreading across the the Internet like wildfire across Blackwater Bay. There have also been plenty of rumors, some of which are too juicy not to discuss.
What follows, after the jump, are possible huge SPOILERS for those who’ve not read the books. This is your warning, Unsullied, heed it well and enter at your own risk.