“Have you ever seen the Iron Throne? The barbs along the back, the ribbons of twisted steel, the jagged ends of swords and knives all tangled up and melted? It is not a comfortable seat, ser. Aerys cut himself so often men took to calling him King Scab, and Maegor the Cruel was murdered in that chair. By that chair, to hear some tell it. It is not a seat where a man can rest at ease.”
Allies are hard to find in Westeros. In a world where everyone plays the game of thrones, altruism is a means to an end, and the only person really looking out for your best interests is you. Telltale drives this point home with episode 3 of their ongoing Game of Thrones series, “The Sword in the Darkness.” From the icy Wall to the fiery cavern of Drogon (!) to the fateful wedding of Joffrey and Margaery, House Forrester is desperately searching for friends to save their besieged family.
A lot of the conversations and decisions in this episode revolve around this theme: Asher tries to broker peace between Malcolm and Breskha; Mira is trapped in the den of vipers that is King’s Landing and its politically-motivated residents; Rodrik finds an unexpected friend in the Whitehill home; and even Gared must make peace with Finn and Cotter if he is to survive the far north’s endless chills. All the while, the Whitehills bear down on the weakened Forresters, confident that their support of Roose Bolton secures them the freedom and safety to do as they please.
Interestingly, Mira’s story continues to be the most fascinating part of the game. There are two main reasons why…
Last week, Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss confirmed a few things a lot of fans had been fearing for a while: 1) Unless George R.R. Martin completes the final books in the Song of Ice and Fire series far sooner than expected, it’s all but guaranteed that the show will wrap up before the book series does; 2) While the show will arrive at the same basic endpoint as the book series, a lot of little things will be changed along the way; and 3) the show won’t be able to help spoiling the ending of the book series.
With the forthcoming fifth season of the show expected to diverge from the books to a greater extent than ever before, the issue of adaptation is on many fans’ minds. This week, the Small Council will tackle that issue by considering whether it matters that the Game of Thrones TV show will likely outpace the A Song of Ice and Fire book series.
Following his star turn in the poorly reviewed Pompeii (aka Jon Snow versus the Volcano), Kit Harington will take another swing at movie stardom with a leading role in Spooks: The Greater Good, a movie continuation of Spooks (called MI-5 in some countries), a long-running British TV series.
With only a matter of days between now and the premiere of Season 5, all of the main cast of Game of Thrones are rushing through a flurry of interviews about their upcoming roles, as well as their various other projects. That’s where the trouble starts.
One of the “big” stories of this season has been, “The death you won’t see coming.” It’s been hyped in various ways through various actors and outlets since January, mentioned by everybody from Richard Madden on his Cinderella tour to Martin himself to the WiC staff in this speculative post. Entertainment Weekly compounded the question by reporting that a longtime actor who thought he would survive the season would be offed, but that’s not necessarily the shocking death that’s promised.
A couple of Game of Thrones cast members have inadvertently taken themselves off the death watch by casually mentioning that they’re scheduled to film Season 6. Who is definitely not on the chopping block for Season 5? So far….
Emilia Clarke admitted in her one of her red carpet interviews this week that she’s still able to fly under the radar, and doesn’t get recognized by fans the way you might think. The subject came up again during her cover story interview for The Hollywood Reporter this month, but that doesn’t make her any less of an A-Lister among the 20-something set. “Being A-List, it still feels like an alien to me,” she says in that interview. “[But] I get to play other roles without the comparison of being Daenerys, which I think is so lucky.”
Check out behind-the-scenes video at her photoshoot, where Clarke reveals one of her most embarrassing moments on set, below. And which A-list level role did Game of Thrones afford her to be able to turn down?
It’s Always Sunny In King’s Landing? Well, I suppose when it’s not snowing, that is.
But all jokes aside, it looks like Benioff and Weiss have taken the Lannister creed of always paying one’s debts (in Hollywood) to heart. A couple of years ago (2013 to be exact) the showrunners got a chance to take a break from the marathon that is Game of Thrones and try their hand at something a little more contemporary, and with far fewer British accents: the comedy It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. The Season 9 episode they penned, “Flowers for Charlie,” was a standalone story based on the classic story Flowers for Algernon (the movie version of which was simply called Charly.) It was a decent hit at the time, and is now considered something of a classic episode.
At the time it aired, Charlie Day, who was the star of the episode, said he and fellow cast member Rob McElhenney would have to return the favor and appear on Game of Thrones. David Benioff and Dan Weiss apparently haven’t forgetten that. Check out what they had to say below.
The Walking Dead will have its season finale this Sunday, and of course, everyone seems to be chiming in on how Rick and the group of survivors will make it through the Season 5 finale. Game of Thrones creator and author of A Song of Ice and Fire, George R.R. Martin, has some thoughts on how to survive a zombie outbreak.
See what George has to say, after the break.
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!