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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
This past Monday, the actors and producers behind Game of Thrones walked the
red black carpet at San Francisco’s War Memorial Opera House before sitting down to watch the show’s fifth season’s premiere. During the course of the event, many of them offered insights into the upcoming season, as well as their thoughts on the development of the show. One of the more diverting interviews was given by George R.R. Martin himself, who had some interesting thoughts regarding the importance of spoilers.
Even on Game of Thrones, a show that’s overflowing with excellent actors, Lena Headey has distinguished herself. Cersei Lannister is not an easy person to like, but Headey has managed to showcase the vulnerability and insecurity that underlie so much of her loathsome behavior, making her a little more relatable even as she does horrible things. Headey, looking alarmingly brunette, recently sat down with MORE magazine for an interview and shed some light on why the role is a good fit for her.
Continuing their hilarious 60 second Quick Draw take on the more memorable deaths in Game of Thrones, Vanity Fair has recently published the Life of Ygritte. Directed by Fill, Ilya Skotinin, and Anasstassia Koroleva, and produced by Vassily Chagin, The Life of Ygritte pretty much hits on all the important highlights of her short but unforgettable stint on the show, including that famous line, “You know nothing, Jon Snow.”
Watch the video after the jump.
We’re catching up on all the relevant interview footage from the Game of Thrones red carpet that happened earlier this week. And though reviews, both spoilery and non-spoilery, say that Season 5 is looking to be darker than ever, one actor says that it’s her favorite season, according to Entertainment Weekly.
“It was my favorite season so far,” said Gwendoline Christie, who plays Brienne of Tarth on the series. “It’s definitely my favorite.”
Why is this coming season Gwendoline Christie’s favorite? And what does the season have in store for Brienne? Check out the answers below.