No matter what traditions you and your family have around the holidays, even if one of those traditions includes making cute little gingerbread houses, they will never live up to this exquisitely detailed and masterfully created gingerbread Iron Throne.
The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies hit theaters this past week, and in that movie, the fate of the dragon Smaug, is played out. Back in September of this year, some very enterprising fans crafted a very cool Dragon Chart, which compares Smaug to other popular dragons, including Game of Thrones’ dragons, Balerion and Drogon.
By now, you’ve probably seen the HBO 2014 yearender, which featured a quick sneak-peek at Game of Thrones season 5. If you haven’t, you can check out what our Ani Bundel has to say about it, here. Of course, you will have to wait until the 1:40 mark to get that tasty morsel of Game of Thrones goodness, so we’ve taken that cut and broken it down in 4 nifty little GIFs. Beware, there will be some minor spoilers for the show.
Two weeks ago, the official twitter account for George R.R. Martin started a cute little “12 Days of Westerosi Christmas.” We brought you the first six entries here. Yesterday was the last day of the countdown. Which Westerosi families were featured in the back half of the countdown? We’ve got the tweets below.
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If you’re looking for some holiday binge-watching to satiate your Game of Thrones addiction, Netflix have their fingers crossed you’ll turn to Marco Polo. The series–originally intended for Starz before Netflix and the Weinstein Company swooped in–uses its thirteenth century setting to present a historical drama that’s been widely compared to Game of Thrones. The surface similarities are there: grand political posturing in the court of Kublai Khan (Benedict Wong), fierce medieval battles between the Mongolian and Northern Chinese armies and, perhaps most importantly, comparable production values (Marco Polo reportedly cost $90 million to produce).
Netflix is no doubt hoping to lure Game of Thrones devotees to their new series. They’re also hoping to attract fans of the recently-completed Starz series Spartacus, which is perhaps a greater influence on Marco Polo. Each show centers on a real historical figure that your average audience member knows so little about that they might as well be a fantasy character (Spartacus mostly known for “I am Spartacus!” from the Kubrick film; Polo mostly known for “Marco? Polo!” from the swimming pool game). Combined with a capable cast, this combination of warfare, intrigue, history (and, perhaps unsurprisingly, copious nudity) seems like a winning formula–why then is Marco Polo so disappointing?
“Words are wind” is a common phrase in A Song of Ice and Fire, usually used to say “talk is cheap.” But that’s a view that underestimates both the power of words and wind themselves. In the “Words Are Wind” column, contributor Scott Andrews discusses some of the more important words in the world of Game of Thrones. For the winter solstice, Scott takes a look at the embodiments of Westeros’ chill….
“They wasn’t gone, old man. They was sleeping. And they ain’t sleeping no more.”
—Osha to Maester Luwin, Season 1, Episode 7
Now that winter is upon us (at least in the North), it’s time to explore the terrifying creatures so intimately connected with it — the White Walkers. We saw a glimpse of a White Walker in the very first scene of the Game of Thrones pilot. Prior to that, the Walkers hadn’t been seen for 8000 years. No wonder Ned didn’t believe that poor deserter.
Be advised: some links below may contain spoilers for the novels, but the text does not…
As is tradition, HBO’s End of Year promo looking ahead to 2015 includes new footage from the Game of Thrones Season 5. Even better–those glimpses are completely new. There’s no Black and White Doors, like we’ve now seen in two out of three of the Three Eyed Raven promos, or anything like that.
The video, and a run down of what we see, below the cut. Minor spoilers, etc.
WiC weekly time! First up: was Tywin Lannister right to end a war by breaking the rules and murdering his enemies? http://t.co/t15IFkF4RU
— Winter is Coming (@WiCnet) December 21, 2014
The Red Viper bounces back quick after a gruesome and painful death. According to TheWrap, Pedro Pascal is currently in talks to join a film by Chinese director Zhang Yimou about the famous Great Wall of China. The film is currently untitled, but it has Matt Damon attached to it, so whatever the conflict is, Jason Bourne and Oberyn Martell will be on the case.
The screenwriter of the Bourne saga, Tony Gilroy, also wrote the screenplay for this film. (All that’s missing now is some shaky-cam, free-running stunts and we have the genuine next Bourne film on our hands.) Pascal is just the latest in a line of actors who have been attached to the project, which was initially to be directed by Ed Zwick. It’s probably good that the project is in Zhang Yimou’s hands, though. Yimou has directed a number of great films, particularly 2002’s Hero (a Rashomon-style film starring Jet Li set in in the Warring States era of China’s history), and was also the director of the Beijing Olympics’s opening ceremonies.
The film is set to open sometime in 2016. In the meantime, Pascal is still currently attached to MGM’s Ben-Hur remake, so no matter how many films he ends up taking, Dorne’s adventurous prince won’t be leaving our screens anytime soon.
Last week, HBO announced Game of Thrones: The Compendium, a fansourced collection of art and writing on the show. Submissions open today, and will remain open through March. (UPDATE: The countdown has been pushed back until Monday.) If you submit, your work will be judged by a fascinatingly eclectic group of editors they’re calling their Council, and if they like it, you’ll be published and receive a copy of the book.
But should you submit? That’s turned into a somewhat controversial question….
The big entertainment news of the past day, has been about Seth Rogen and James Franco’s film The Interview, which has been pulled from theaters by Sony Pictures after the hackers responsible for gaining access to confidential Sony documents threatened violence to any theater chains that went through with the film’s planned Christmas Day release. Pretty much everyone who’s anyone in both politics and entertainment has had an opinion on the matter–including A Song of Ice and Fire author George R.R. Martin.
When news hit that Sony would be pulling the film, Martin took to his “Not a Blog” to chastise everyone involved in the decision, calling it an act of “corporate cowardice.” To wit:
It’s a good thing these guys weren’t around when Charlie Chaplin made THE GREAT DICTATOR. If Kim Jong-Un scares them, Adolf Hitler would have had them shitting in their smallclothes.
But Martin isn’t just offering angry words…
Entertainment Weekly has pictures of Arya Stark’s costume design for Season 5, as well as quotes from Maisie Williams and costume designer Michele Clapton. It’s a major change–EW calls it an extreme makeover–for the youngest Stark daughter, who’s spent the past three seasons in dirty road clothes.“For so long she had to look like a boy. Even when [the disguise] was no longer necessary, it made no sense to change it [because] she was on the road,” said Clapton.
We’ve seen some photos of Arya Stark’s Braavosi costume during filming, but they were largely from a distance. Check those out below, with some more quotes…