And the ways to watch the new season of Game of Thrones just keep coming. According to Variety, subscribers to Sling TV will now also be able to watch the show through the over-the-top streaming platform, which has been available for just under two months.
At the end of last season of Game of Thrones, in what now passes for an uplifting moment on this show, Arya Stark boarded a ship bound for the trade city of Braavos and sailed away from the continent where she’d suffered so much pain and lost so many people close to her. Those who have read A Feast for Crows and A Dance with Dragons, the two books from which Season 5 will draw much of its material, know that Arya will be spending a lot of time in Braavos this year. Non book-readers may remember that Stannis Baratheon visited the city during Season 4 to ask for a loan from its Iron Bank. That particular subplot was not included in the books, and may have been a clever way for the producers to familiarize audiences with Braavos so they’d be ready for Arya’s adventures there.
When Stannis sailed into Braavos, his ship passed under its famous Titan, an enormous statue that could totally take the Statue of Liberty in a fight. HBO recently uploaded a video about the construction of that shot to its official YouTube channel, in case anyone missed it on the Season 4 Blu-ray extras. Watch it below.
Vanity Fair and 1A4 Studio are back with the 6th and 7th installments in their Game of Thrones Quick Draw. We’ve already seen The Life of Ned Stark, The Life of Khal Drogo, The life of Joffrey Baratheon, The Life of Robb Stark, and The Life of Ygritte. Joining that hallowed pantheon of deceased Game of Thrones characters are Catelyn Stark and The Hound.
Watch the Lives of Catelyn Stark and The Hound, after the jump.
One of the striking things about the original A Song of Ice and Fire series is the young age of many of the protagonists. Although Ned Stark, Catelyn Stark, and Tyrion Lannister are all full-grown adults (even though Tyrion can be rather immature when we first meet him), the rest of the main characters are children. Bran Stark is 7 in the novels. Arya is 9, Sansa is 11, and Robb and Jon Snow are both all of 14. Joffrey Barantheon is 12. At 19, Theon is the oldest.
Now, due to the books’ content (and our pesky modern morals), the producers behind the show chose to age many of these characters up. For instance, they made Robb and Jon and Theon all of an age. Joffrey is slightly older in the series, but not by much. Bran is pushed up to the ripe old age of 10. But Sansa and Arya needed to stay the ages they were for plot reasons (Sansa can’t have hit puberty, Arya needs to be able to pass for a boy). That meant that Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams were kids when they were cast–13 and 12, respectively. Since then, they’ve spent their teenage years growing up on the hit show, and according to their joint interview in the NYT today, they’re still extremely close.
Check out what they had to say about growing up on Game of Thrones, below! Plus, Kerry Ingram (Shireen Baratheon) discusses what’s in store for her character in Season 5, and Aimee Richardson (formerly Myrcella Baratheon) talks about what it’s like to find oneself recast.
Though the big news around here is that there are now only 12 days until the premiere of Game of Thrones, elsewhere on the Internet it’s crazy pranks day. ThinkGeek, makers of toys and specials and nerdy fun, is famous for going all out every year on April 1st with gag products, a few of which have, over the years, actually become real products (TaunTaun sleeping bag anyone?).
With Game of Thrones so heavily on the geek hive mind, it only makes sense that one of the products released today would center around the show, and the one they chose was pretty big. “Clue: The Game of Thrones Edition.” And no, that doesn’t mean that Wadsworth is going to show up at the Red Keep, though Tim Curry in Westeros doesn’t sound like a bad notion.
No really, according to the “product specs”: Epic game board measures 4 ft. x 2 ft. Also Includes Game Board, 48 Player Pieces, 48 Weapons, 126 Cards (Suspect, Weapon, and Location), 2 d6, Confidential Folder, Inspector Pads, and Instructions.
Check out the video below.
Dorne has always considered itself separate but equal. According to the histories of Westeros, when the Andals invaded and defeated the First Men, they avoided Dorne completely. As did Aegon I Targaryen, when he and his sisters invaded on the backs of dragons and conquered the continent. After a fly over and a warning, they initially skipped Dorne. When they decided to go back for it in 4 AC, dragons did not help, and after a gorilla campaign where the Targaryens took ugly losses, including Queen Rhaenys, they retreated. It wasn’t until Dorne agreed to marry into the Targaryen clan generations later that the region became the seventh of the Seven Kingdoms. (For those who always wondered why Rhaegar was married to Ellia Martell instead of wedding brother to sister as Targeryens so famously did, he was upholding the tradition of keeping securing Dornish loyalty through marriage.)
One might therefore expect that the Dornish characters who are joining the cast this year would bring an aloof and haughty air to their interviews. Not so! In fact, in talking to the Toronto Sun, they all seem to be quite excited about it.
Check out what they had to say below!
“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!