Surviving to Season 6: Actors Accidentally Spoil Who Lives

By Ani Bundel on

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With only a matter of days between now and the premiere of Season 5, all of the main cast of Game of Thrones are rushing through a flurry of interviews about their upcoming roles, as well as their various other projects. That’s where the trouble starts.

One of the “big” stories of this season has been, “The death you won’t see coming.” It’s been hyped in various ways through various actors and outlets since January, mentioned by everybody from Richard Madden on his Cinderella tour to Martin himself to the WiC staff in this speculative post. Entertainment Weekly compounded the question by reporting that a longtime actor who thought he would survive the season would be offed, but that’s not necessarily the shocking death that’s promised.

A couple of Game of Thrones cast members have inadvertently taken themselves off the death watch by casually mentioning that they’re scheduled to film Season 6. Who is definitely not on the chopping block for Season 5? So far….

Emilia Clarke Talks Game of Thrones, nudity, and being an A-lister

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Emilia Clarke admitted in her one of her red carpet interviews this week that she’s still able to fly under the radar, and doesn’t get recognized by fans the way you might think. The subject came up again during her cover story interview for The Hollywood Reporter this month, but that doesn’t make her any less of an A-Lister among the 20-something set. “Being A-List, it still feels like an alien to me,” she says in that interview. “[But] I get to play other roles without the comparison of being Daenerys, which I think is so lucky.”

Check out behind-the-scenes video at her photoshoot, where Clarke reveals one of her most embarrassing moments on set, below. And which A-list level role did Game of Thrones afford her to be able to turn down?

It’s Always Sunny In King’s Landing?

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It’s Always Sunny In King’s Landing? Well, I suppose when it’s not snowing, that is.

But all jokes aside, it looks like Benioff and Weiss have taken the Lannister creed of always paying one’s debts (in Hollywood) to heart. A couple of years ago (2013 to be exact) the showrunners got a chance to take a break from the marathon that is Game of Thrones and try their hand at something a little more contemporary, and with far fewer British accents: the comedy It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. The Season 9 episode they penned, “Flowers for Charlie,” was a standalone story based on the classic story Flowers for Algernon (the movie version of which was simply called Charly.) It was a decent hit at the time, and is now considered something of a classic episode.

At the time it aired, Charlie Day, who was the star of the episode, said he and fellow cast member Rob McElhenney would have to return the favor and appear on Game of Thrones. David Benioff and Dan Weiss apparently haven’t forgetten that. Check out what they had to say below.

George R.R. Martin gives survival tips for the zombie apocalypse

By David (Razor) Harris on

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The Walking Dead will have its season finale this Sunday, and of course, everyone seems to be chiming in on how Rick and the group of survivors will make it through the Season 5 finale. Game of Thrones creator and author of A Song of Ice and Fire, George R.R. Martin, has some thoughts on how to survive a zombie outbreak.

See what George has to say, after the break.

Game of Thrones Easter egg livestream, and other ridiculous promotions

By Dan Selcke on

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As the fifth season premiere of Game of Thrones edges ever closer, fans can expect to see a barrage of Thrones-related viral content invade the Internet. Here at WinterIsComing, we see our fair share. Game of Thrones-themed postcards. An elaborate reference on The Simpsons. Hodor rapping (he says ‘Hodor’ a lot). There’s such a high volume of this stuff out there at the moment that much of it must struggle be heard above the noise, but every once in a while a voice breaks through.

India is remaking Game of Thrones: Here’s what we know

By David (Razor) Harris on

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Pakistani news network Ary News has just reported that an Indian version of Game of Thrones is in production. According to Ary, Sony Entertainment TV will broadcast the show, titled Rani Mahal, and it will follow the A Song of Ice and Fire books by George R.R. Martin.

One of the biggest hurdles Sony will have to overcome is the huge budget that HBO has allotted for Game of Thrones, plus the strict censors in India. Still, the show is off to a running start, and has even hired actresses to portray Daenerys Targaryen and Cersei Lannister.

Find out more about the Indian version of Game of Thrones, after the jump.

Here’s the real reason Queen Elizabeth can’t sit the Iron Throne

By David (Razor) Harris on

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Have you ever wondered why Queen Elizabeth never sat upon the Iron Throne, thus depriving the world of the most perfect photo opportunity in history, when she visited Game of Thrones’ the Northern Ireland set last year? Well, Esquire reports that there’s actually a law in place that prevents it. The question came up when Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss stopped by Late Night with Seth Meyers.

Find out why, and watch the video, after the jump.

Cut characters, A Feast for Crows, and why the absence of a certain Lady still matters

By Ani Bundel on

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Recently, Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss were asked about the ongoing absence of a certain popular character from the books. And no, we’re not talking about Strong Belwas. (RIP Strong Belwas.)

There are still people and places that insist that even saying her name in an article is some kind of huge spoiler—and that includes Entertainment Weekly, who asked showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss about it in their latest interview. But I maintain (and you can feel very free to disagree) that we book readers made such a huge screaming fuss over the lack of her appearance at the end of last season that even the most stubborn of Unsullied knows her name. This past off-season has been been one long stubborn insistence that she would appear. Since June, our tip line has received dozens of emails with false pictures of Fairley’s fake head from the Red Wedding, cited as proof she would return. We’ve been spammed over Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr, with various “here’s the proof” theories the producers were just kidding, and she was going to show up. Someone even went to IMDB a few weeks ago and added her to the cast list in the ultimate act of trolling. All this, even though Michelle Fairley had no idea she existed until the morning after the Season 4 finale when everyone started calling her to ask why the character didn’t show up, and when she asked the producers about it, they said: “No. Sorry. Go find work on other shows.”

But you know who are really tired of being asked to talk about this? Benioff and Weiss. Check out what they had to say below when asked yet again. And please be advised:

THERE ARE SPOILERS BELOW!

Martin: “Actors Beg Me Not To Kill Them”, And Other Interview Tidbits

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It’s the last major round-up of red carpet interview videos from the San Francisco Premiere earlier in the week. We’ve embedded interviews with several actors—including Peter Dinklage, Emilia Clarke, Sophie Turner, Maisie Williams, Gwendoline Christie, Liam Cunningham, and Hannah Murray—below. But the main draw is an interview with the Father of Dragons himself, George R.R. Martin.

Check them all out below!

Benioff and Weiss Reference [Huge Spoiler] on Late Night with Seth Meyers

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The Late Night TV bombardment continues. Last night we got a brand spanking new clip from Season 5 on Jimmy Kimmel: Live. Tonight it was David Benioff and Dan Weiss’ turn to hit the couch over at Late Night with Seth Meyers.

As you may recall, the last time George RR Martin was on Meyer’s show, Seth asked to be knighted, and the quiz he and Amy Poehler did with Martin showed them both to be huge fans of the show. So it’s no surprise that Meyers pushes to get some answers out of the executive producers. What’s surprising is that, despite their determination to say nothing, they tell a story that references one of the biggest Book Spoilers of all.

See what HUGE BOOK SPOILER they reference below!

Game of Thrones Casting News: Rattleshirt Recast

By David (Razor) Harris on

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The folks over at Watchers on the Wall have found a little nugget regarding a certain Lord of Bones, and his recasting. According to Spotlight.com, Ross O’Hennessy will be taking over the role previously held by Edward Dogliani in seasons 2 and 3. It also appears that Rattleshirt is only slated for one to two episodes, so his future is looking none too bright.

Find out more about O’Hennessy and another cast member confirmed for Season5, after the jump. Beware any SPOILERS!

Steve Jones of the Sex Pistols catches you up on Game of Thrones

By David (Razor) Harris on

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Nerdist Industries invited legendary rocker Steve Jones, of the Sex Pistols, to help those who haven’t watched seasons 1-4 of Game of Thrones get all caught-up in advance of the Season 5 premiere. Jones (or Jonesy, as he is known by Sex Pistols fans), presents Game of Jones: Season One. New installments will be put up every Wednesday on Nerdist.com.

Watch the video, after the break.



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