HBO reveals new Season 5 teaser, Three-Eyed Raven website

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Last night, HBO launched a brand new website called “The Raven Brings The Sight,” it told us. Then they proceeded to give us a new teaser trailer for Game of Thrones Season 5.

That trailer, and mild speculation, below.

Jerome Flynn talks Game of Thrones auditions, insistent fans, and new Ripper Street series

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Jerome Flynn is out promoting Series 3 of his other costume drama, Ripper Street, and interviewers are also keen to hear about his role on Game of Thrones, and landing the role of Bronn, which returned him to acting after a long hiatus.

For those who might not be aware, Flynn was once part of Robson and Jerome, one of Simon Cowell’s first success stories. But fame didn’t agree with Flynn, and he retired to a run down Georgian Pembrokeshire estate to find himself spiritually. He was so determined not to return to the limelight, when offers came in–like being a judge on the original UK XFactor–he turned it down.

But, according to an interview with The Independent in the UK, he decided he was ready“[I]t was partly financial, and partly because I felt like I needed to get back out there. I hadn’t been on screen for 10 years. My agent didn’t give up on me completely, even though I was handed around among people. I think I was probably quite a frustrating client to have.”

Find out how he altered his appearance for his Bronn audition, more about his role in Ripper Street, and why he’s partial to being famous in London, after the jump….

Michelle MacLaren to direct Wonder Woman; Robb Stark is Prince Charming

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Hollywood continues to snatch up the talented Thrones cast and crew, and today brought some pretty fantastic news. After previously hinting that Michelle MacLaren was back on the shortlist, The Hollywood Reporter officially confirms that television director Michelle MacLaren will be directing and developing Warner Bros. and DC Comics’ Wonder Woman film. She’ll be working to develop the film alongside producers Zak and Deborah Snyder, producers of Watchmen and 300. MacLaren herself is well-known for her work on Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead; she also directed “The Bear and the Maiden Fair”, “Second Sons”, “Oathkeeper” and “First of His Name” for seasons 3 and 4 of Game of Thrones. She’s an excellent pick; I wish her the best of luck.

Wonder Woman won’t be out until 2017, but in the meantime, Robb Stark is getting a second shot at love…

Game Of Thrones returns to Littlefinger’s big brothel

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According to Making Game of Thrones, the production will not be giving up its philandering ways for Season 5. A city still needs a brothel, and the show may still need its sexposition.

Apparently they don’t need protection though.

Set discussions involve how many “naughties” should be arrayed across a couch versus how many on the floor. And whether we shouldn’t see some period-appropriate prophylactics on hand (in a manner of speaking). Namely, sheep bladders or sheepskin sheaths. Sadly, our props department doesn’t keep any of those in stock.

Personally, I would be more concerned about protection against spies working for the competition.

The question for me is: why are we returning to Littlefinger’s brothel? After all, at this point, most of his best customers from the previous seasons have exited the show in all sort of creative manners, or at least King’s Landing.

Telltale’s Game of Thrones adventure game FAQ

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As you’ve probably noticed this week, news about Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series adventure game has been coming regularly, with its release scheduled for the next few weeks. Video game fans may be excited, but if you’re more into the Thrones than the games, should you be? Here are answers to some frequently asked questions:

What is Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series? 

Here’s what we know for sure: the game will be released in six episodes, with five different playable characters. It’ll focus on minor Northern house, Forrester, and take place between the end of Season 3 and the start of Season 5, and in locations in both Westeros and Essos. The first episode is called “Iron from Ice” and is scheduled for release in 2014. Telltale has released a trailer, character bios and pictures, and has had screenshots of both show and game characters leaked.

I’m not much of a gamer, but I’m interested. What kind of games does Telltale make?

Telltale Games is known for making traditional-style point-and-click adventure games like sequels to the Monkey Island and Sam & Max series. Some of the most famous examples of the genre are King’s Quest, Space QuestGrim Fandangoand The Longest Journey (and, depending, Myst). Adventure games tend to be focused on exploration, puzzles (usually via picking up and using items), and conversation, with little or no combat. This has made them a preferred genre for adaptations of shows and books, as they tend to be good styles of games for lots of story and a low barrier to entry for non-gamers.

In the past two years, starting with their Walking Dead series, Telltale has changed the form dramatically. The Game of Thrones game is likely to follow that model.

What does The Walking Dead model of adventure games entail?

More ethical choices, fewer puzzles, and slightly more action sequences. The first part is by far the most important–the challenge of modern Telltale games (which also includes The Walking Dead: Season 2 and the Fables game The Wolf Among Us) is personal. It presents you with difficult, no-win choices and you have to choose, and deal with the consequences….

Game of Thrones nominated for two ASC Outstanding Achievement Awards

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For the third year in a row, Game of Thrones has been nominated for the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) Outstanding Achievement Award in Television. This is the second straight year second year they’ve garnered two different nominations in the Regular Series One-Hour Television Award category.

The first nomination for this year goes to Fabian Wagner for his work on the eighth episode of Season 4, “Mockingbird”. The second nomination goes to Anette Haellmigk, for her work on the series’ finale “The Children”. Haellmigk was previously nominated for her work on the program last year for Season 3′s “Kissed By Fire”.

WiC Weekly: November 16-22

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Time for another round of our best and most popular articles of the week! Make sure you didn’t miss anything….


The WiCnet Awards: Season 4′s Best Performance as a Politician

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The WiCnet Awards continue! Last week’s Best Special Effect went to an absolutely jaw-dropping over-the-Wall shot from the epic penultimate episode. This week, we’re looking at the season’s Best Performance as a Politician. Find your inner Machiavelli when you vote this week.

This week’s poll will run a little longer than usual thanks to the long American Thanksgiving weekend; we’ll be closing it at midnight EST on Monday, December 1st. Vote early and argue often, as always.

Telltale reveals new characters for Game of Thrones adventure

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In addition to releasing their trailer for “Iron from Ice” yesterday, Telltale Games also included character information, with a different reveal being given to a different game or entertainment site, for a total of 13 characters associated with House Forrester. Combined with the four characters from the show revealed in the screenshots and trailer (Margaery, Cersei, Tyrion, and Ramsay), the cast is starting to look quite crowded–although I doubt all of them will be included in the first episode.

One of the revealed characters, over at Game Informer, is Asher Forrester. He appears to be a hotheaded youth: “His life took a dark turn when, at age seventeen, he fell in love with Gwyn Whitehill, the eldest daughter of his father’s bitter rival. Bloodshed ensued and Lord Forrester faced a grim choice: go to war, or exile Asher across the Narrow Sea.

Given that Telltale has promised that the story would span the Seven Kingdoms and Essos, it seems reasonable to assume that Asher will be one of the five playable characters. Check out the other twelve reveals after the jump….

And the WiCnet Award for Best Special Effect in Season 4 goes to…

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…the over-The-Wall shot from “The Watchers on the Wall”! It joins the wildfire explosion from “Blackwater” and the dragon attack from “And Now His Watch Is Ended” as winners in this category, and fits marvelously alongside those.

There are two things you need to do a good battle scene. First, it needs to be impressive. Quality stunts, good costuming, sense of scope, great effects. Second, it needs to be comprehensible. Viewers need to be able to grasp who’s fighting, where, and what the goals are. What is the story of the battle, beyond simple fighting and killing?

As the battle is joined early in “The Watchers on the Wall”, Game of Thrones manages to accomplish both of these in less than a minute with a single magisterial shot….

First trailer for Telltale’s Game of Thrones released

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Telltale Games has released a trailer for the first episode of its Game of Thrones adventure game, “Iron from Ice”! There are three big pieces of news to go along with it as well.

First, the trailer is fantastically narrated by Lena Headey, whose Cersei Lannister inflections prove to be superb for voice work as she sneers and bites the end of each word. The announcement also includes the news that Peter Dinklage, Natalie Dormer, and Iwan Rheon will be voicing their characters from the show–and it promises more authentic show characters to come. This is a big change from the last major narrative Game of Thrones game, a role-playing game which had just Conleth Hill (Lord Varys) and James Cosmo (Jeor Mormont). Theoretically, it’s fantastic news for making sure that the game feels like part of the show’s world–but we’ll have to see if the great on-screen actors are also able to be great voice actors.

Second, the trailer confirms that the leaked screenshots from earlier this week are authentic. It would have been a surprise had they not been, given how they aligned with Telltale’s previous work. This is also confirmation that the guy I’d pegged as an untrustworthy Frey-looking creep is, in fact, untrustworthy Frey-aligned creep Ramsay Snow.

Finally, and most excitingly, Telltale usually releases trailers like this a week or two before the game episode comes out. My birthday falls in that span, and I would be delighted to have this as a present!

Check out the full trailer after the jump….

The Reality of Filming Dragons

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According to A Wiki of Ice and Fire: Dragons are magical creatures, which existed on the continents of Westeros and Essos, and up until recently were considered to have been extinct for over one hundred and fifty years. The only remaining traces of the dragons were skeletal remains and dragon eggs which were thought to have turned to stone, until Daenerys Targaryen managed to hatch three of these dragon eggs.

According to The World of Ice and Fire, Dragons most likely were born from the a chain of volcanoes referred to in ancient texts as “The Fourteen Fires.” (The eruption of said chain all at once is the generally accepted theory behind the Doom of Old Valyria.) Though there are other theories as to where dragons came from, including hatching from a second moon that once hung heavy over the planet, the presence of dragon fossils in all parts of both Essos and Westeros suggest that they lived for thousands of years before the ancient Valyrians learned to tame them.

According to Making Game of Thrones, they are “ornery creatures. Some days, no matter how hard you coax them, they just continue to not exist.”

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