Game of Thrones Season 5 Rumors: To Griff or not to Griff

By David (Razor) Harris on

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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.

Harry Lloyd (Viserys Targaryen) will participate in a Reddit AMA

By Dan Selcke on

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Harry Lloyd, the actor best known to Game of Thrones fans for playing Viserys Targaryen, the silver-haired, golden-crowned brother to Daenerys Targaryen (you could, but probably won’t, call him the Uncle of Dragons), will be participating in his own Ask Me Anything (AMA) session over at Reddit, under the subreddit /r/IAmA.

During the AMA, fans will be able to ask Lloyd anything and everything that comes to mind. For example, they might ask him about his work in The Theory of Everything, in which he starred alongside Eddie Redmayne, who won an Oscar for Best Actor for his portrayal of physics luminary Steven Hawking. They might ask him about his ongoing role as scientist Paul Crosley on Manhattan, WGN America’s new drama about the creation of the atomic bomb. But we expect the AMA feed to look something like this:

“Why were you so mean to Daenerys Targaryen?”

“Did you ever feel bad about being so mean to Daenerys Targaryen?”

“What happened in your life that made you want to be so mean to Daenerys Targaryen?”

And so on. The AMA will commence this Thursday, April 2, at 3:00 PM EST.

Kit Harington talks Game of Thrones Season 5, his hair, and the show ending

By Dan Selcke on

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In advance of the rapidly approaching Season 5 premiere of Game of Thrones, Kit Harington sat down with The Irish Examiner to discuss a range of important topics, starting first and foremost with his hair. “I get slightly annoyed, being asked about my hair and the beard,” Harington said after the Examiner asked him about his hair and beard. “I like to think of myself as more than a head of hair. Maybe I’m not. Maybe I am just a hair cut.”

We’ll just let that one lie there, because the actor shortly got into meatier topics, like Jon Snow’s relationship with Stannis Baratheon, who showed up at The Wall at the end of last season to rout Mance Rayder’s wildling army.

“What’s interesting about Jon this season, is that he has yet another older male figure come in his life — Stannis Baratheon [Stephen Dillane]. I thought it would tell me I was special and he could see something in me, because that’s what he’s had the whole time. But what’s interesting is this season is that he refuses to listen to him, becomes his own person and makes his own decisions.”

As if we didn’t already know, this indicates that the show will get into the simmering tension between Stannis and Jon Snow that runs throughout A Dance with Dragons. This tracks with what Liam Cunningham (Davos Seaworth) told Access Hollywood about “worlds colliding” during the upcoming season.  “It could be termed, ‘slightly dark,’ some of this stuff,” Cunningham said, since the show up until now had been so bright and cheery. “Some of the stuff is very dark this year,” he continued.

“The worlds colliding thing is very interesting. I mean, ours already did at the end of [Season] 4 with getting up to Castle Black and bumping into Jon Snow and all that… but, at the same time, on a positive note, Team Stannis is in probably the best position we’ve been in since we showed up on the show. We’ve got an army, we’ve had a bit of success and I think it’s time we made a play for King’s Landing.”

Harington also weighted in on the topic of the show ending, which has been roiling around the fan community for a couple of weeks now. Basically, he’s putting himself into the hands executive producers David Benioff and Dan Weiss. “I have no doubt that George RR Martin has a very clear plan of how this thing ends, and I have no doubt that David and Dan know that plan, and they’ve worked it out together,” Harington said. “I’ve always felt in safe hands with this series, and I’ve never doubted the genius of those three men and their ability with narrative to conclude it in a way which is going to be satisfying. I genuinely believe that. I think it’s going to be a really interesting ending and I can’t wait to see it.”

Finally, the actor talked a little about his non-Game of Thrones projects, which should become increasingly important now that the end of Game of Thrones is coming into focus. Harington has been trying to break into films for a while now—he nabbed the leading role in the poorly reviewed Pompeii and will shortly be starring in Spooks: The Greater Goodbut as for the immediate future, he’s looking forward to some downtime. “I have nothing lined up,” he said. “I’ve said ‘no’ to lots. I need that time and space in my head for my own creativity, for my own sanity, and I’m going to go travelling again.”

Now that he’s famous, does he think it’s possible to travel without being recognized? “I can if I shave this off,” Harington said, rubbing his beard. “Honestly, if I got rid of this, I’m quite unrecognisable.” It always comes back to the hair with him, doesn’t it?

Season 5 Premiere in San Francisco Was An Apple Centric Decision

By Ani Bundel on

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I wasn’t the only one who noticed that the US premiere red carpet live stream was full of “superfans” who looked like they stepped out from behind the Apple Genius Bar, but at the time I chalked it up to holding the event in San Francisco. After all, these are the people who invented the Apple Genius bar concept to begin with, so it only makes sense that they’d dress like that. And with the Live Stream being held at 6pm PST, it also stood to reason that most of these “A-Lister fans” who spent the extra money to get up close and on camera were probably middling to high-level tech employees who came straight from work.

But it turns out that the “Genius Bar” look was, in fact, probably intentional, as was the entire choice to hold the US premiere in San Francisco, instead of an entertainment capital like New York or LA. It was all part and parcel with HBO’s choice to do the exclusive (well, mostly exclusive) HBO Now deal with Apple.

For more, including a causal mention of the exact roll out date for HBO Now, check out below.

Maisie Williams to Guest Star on Doctor Who

By Ani Bundel on

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My two favorite shows merge again. Earlier this year, we reported that the late Thoros the Red Priest, aka Paul Kaye, would be taking himself to visit the good Doctor in series 9 of the long running BBC show. But now the Doctor will be having a run in with an arguably deadlier character–Arya herself.

According to the just released statement:

Having landed back in the UK fresh from touring the US, today Maisie Williams sets foot on the Doctor Who TARDIS to take up a guest role in the hit BBC One show that returns to our screens this Autumn.

Check out more details, including what Maisie had to say about crossing the fandoms like this, below.

Pictures from Game of Thrones Season 5 Beverly Hills Presser

By Ani Bundel on

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Last week, post US Season 5 premiere in San Francisco, several members of the cast–Lannister and Stark mostly–sat down for a group press conference at the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills on the upcoming season. The interview quotes that will be used over the next two weeks as the publicity wave crests. Kit Harington’s have already come out on Australia’s News.com.au, and most amusingly, his big issue is how hard is is out there for a hunk.

“To always be put on a pedestal as a hunk is slightly demeaning,” laments Kit Harington, 28, who stars as Jon Snow on the award-winning hit TV series, Game of Thrones. “It really is and it’s in the same way as it is for women. When an actor is seen only for her physical beauty it can be quite offensive,” says the London-born actor.

Check out more from Kit, plus pictures of the rest of the cast who attended below.

Khaleesi Plays It Straight in New Terminator Spot

By Ani Bundel on

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Emilia Clarke fans were excited to see our first Game of Thrones star poised for a break out turn in a major film, with the cleverly plot twisted trailer for Terminator: Genisys. In it, Clarke turns everything we assumed about her take on the iconic Sarah Conner character with a hell of an entrance, delivering the famous line once said to her all those sequels ago: “Come with me if you want to live!” One could almost imagine her saying the same to the Unsullied, though there she’d say it from the back of a dragon instead of the cab of a truck.

This week’s new clip shows the same intensity of character, but this time, she’s playing the straight man to other’s baffledly funny reactions.

Check it out, and what new co star she’s picking up, below.

New Game of Thrones Teaser: The Wheel Remixed

By Ani Bundel on

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This is billed as a new Game of Thrones Season 5 preview. It’s set to the same speech as the second trailer “The Wheel,” and starts out basically in the same manner with the shots of Lannister, Baratheon, Stark etc. But then as the speech goes on we have several new images and shots. Some of them are expanded from what we’ve seen elsewhere, some of them are brand spanking new.

Check the teaser out below.

WiC Weekly: March 22nd-28th

By Ani Bundel on

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Two more weeks! 14 days! Who else is massively excited? It’s been crazy busy here at WiCnet, with tons of stories and news and thinkpieces in the continuing run up to Season 5. Did you miss anything? Don’t worry, we’ve got the Top Ten posts of this week rounded up for you right here!

Check out the rest of this week’s big stories, below!

Game of Thrones Remixed: Save Our Sons

By David (Razor) Harris on

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Sometimes Game of Thrones needs a musical element. I’m not talking about the excellently scored music from industry leaders like Ramin Djawadi and Varèse Sarabande. No, I’m talking a good old-fashioned auto-tuned musical accompaniment to Season 2, Episode 9, Blackwater. Kind of like Chicago, but with swords….and blood, and less real vocals.

Watch the video after the break.

Game of Thrones: HBO Nordic’s Q&A with Nikolaj Coster-Waldau

By David (Razor) Harris on

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The International Game of Thrones Exhibition was open at  Kungsträdgården (Swedish for King’s Garden), in Stockholm, Sweden. The exhibit was held from March 7th-11th, and as part of the whole experience, Jaime Lannister himself (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), held a fan Q&A  with HBO Nordic as part of the network’s coverage of the exhibition.

Watch the video, and see a cryptic spoiler from NCW, after the jump.

George R.R. Martin won’t write an episode for Season 6, either

By Dan Selcke on

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Last year, George R.R. Martin revealed that he wouldn’t be writing an episode for Season 5 of Game of Thrones, despite having written one episode during each previous season. He wanted to concentrate on writing The Winds of Winter, he said, and fans who had been waiting years for that book generally approved of his decision to take the extra time.



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