A new photo of the chaos in Daznak’s Pit

By David (Razor) Harris on

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We seem to be inching along toward the April premiere of Game of Thrones Season 5. We won’t get to see the official Season 5 trailer until Thursday the 29th, when it airs in IMAX theaters, but luckily there is always Reddit, to which a picture was posted by user Legazpi_ which shows another angle of the chaos from the floor of Daznak’s Pit.

See who is in the picture, after the jump, and beware of spoilers.

Contribute to Winter is Coming

By Rowan Kaiser on

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Hello, readers! I’ve made some slight adjustments to our About page–you can check that out at the top of the screen. Most importantly, I’d like to call attention to the Contribute to Winter is Coming page.

As we get closer to Season 5, we’re looking to get more, better content here at WiC. So if you’re a writer, editor, podcaster, video essayist, and you’re interested in appearing on WiC, click that link and give us an email. Thanks!

WiC Weekly January 18th-25th

By Ani Bundel on
IMAX Game of Thrones teaser, Tyrion

IMAX Game of Thrones teaser, Tyrion

Happy Sunday everyone. It’s time for our regular end-of-the-week round up. Here are our Top Ten Posts of the Week.

 

 

Ranking each Game of Thrones season’s trailer

By David (Razor) Harris on

Game of Thrones Season 1

In five days (January 29th), the first official trailer for Game of Thrones Season 5, will be shown in all its IMAX glory. For me, the anticipation that has been slowly building since that official announcement, has been palpable to say the least.

With that in mind, I’ve gone back through the Game of Thrones YouTube channel and re-watched each season’s trailer, with the thought of ranking each one…and it’s not as easy as one might imagine.

See how I rank each trailer after the jump

Thrones stars follow each other into TV, film projects

By Cameron White on

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The talented Thrones cast continue to spread their wings and fly, and this week has provided even more news on the “what are they up to now?” front.

First off, the Sean Bean-headed ITV crime drama series Frankenstein Chronicles will feature an ensemble cast that includes Kate Dickie, known to us as Lady Lysa Arryn of the Vale. The series is set in 1827 and stars Bean as one Insepctor John Marlott who discovers a corpse that fits the description of Frankenstein’s monster–in case the title didn’t give it away, this series is indeed a period drama reimagining of Mary Shelley’s seminal sci-fi classic Frankenstein, or Modern Prometheus. (Also, one hopes Ned Stark’s investigative skills are a little faster and sharper here than they were in Westeros.) Filming starts January 26th; the series will air on ITV Encore, ITV’s new subscription channel service, though no official start date has been announced yet.

Meanwhile, Daario Naharis’s journey for Daenerys Stormborn’s heart may be taking him to new and exciting places with another Thrones queen…

Game of Thrones almost chose to film in Scotland

By Cameron White on

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One of the most impressive aspects of Game of Thrones is its use of a wide range of locales to double for George R.R. Martin’s sweeping fictional landscapes. But it appears that the show almost chose to film in Scotland instead of Northern Ireland.

So what exactly happened? Well, according to Drew McFarlane of Equity Scotland (an entertainment industry trade union), the producers were scared off by “a lack of infrastructure” pertaining to Scotland’s ability to handle large-scale film productions. Specifically, the artistic and economic branches of the Scottish government, Creative Scotland and Scottish Enterprise, were not cooperating to help bring film and television productions to the country, leading the show to ultimately pick Northern Ireland–with the very stable Northern Ireland Screen providing many filming incentives–instead.

More after the jump…

Bryan Singer confirms Sophie Turner as Jean Grey in X-Men: Apocalypse

By David (Razor) Harris on
X-Men: Apocalypse Sophie Turner cast as Jean Grey

X-Men: Apocalypse Sophie Turner cast as Jean Grey

Earlier this month we talked about the news that Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark), might be portraying mutant Jean Grey in the next X-Men movie, X-Men: Apocalypse. At the time, there was no confirmation, and Sophie faced some pretty stiff competition from Hanna star, Saoirse Ronan.

Well, it seems that Fox and Bryan Singer has made their decision, and Sophie has been officially confirmed as the newest Jean Grey, via Singer’s Twitter account…..

Making Game of Thrones: The cold of The North

By Ani Bundel on

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Well of course it’s snowy at The Wall

Day 77: From the bottom of a quarry, our VFX supervisor looks up at the ridge above us and shakes his head. As we all shiver in 4°C shadow, he’s praying the sun won’t rise over the ridge and bathe us in its loving warmth. Because we have some serious VFX elements in this scene and shadows are much easier to match than light. For VFX, hell isn’t other people – it’s the sunlight on their faces.

Even though Dave Hill is coy about which Quarry they’re exactly in for this shot, the assumption is that this is a shot from filming in Magheramorne Quarry, which has doubled for Castle Black and The Wall. Even though the temperatures have fallen during this filming sequence, don’t be fooled–much of the “snow” we see was sprayed on.

What are they doing there? Our best ideas, after the jump….

Game of Thrones: A Telltale Game Series Episode 2 Trailer “The Lost Lords”

By David (Razor) Harris on
Game of Thrones: A Telltale Game Series "The Lost Lords"

Game of Thrones: A Telltale Game Series “The Lost Lords”

Telltale Games has released the trailer for the 2nd episode in their Game of Thrones: A Telltale Game Series, entitled “The Lost Lords.” Telltale’s first episode in the six-part episodic game series, titled “Iron from Ice” was released in December of 2014.

Watch the trailer after the jump

Game of Thrones’ ending according to Parks and Recreation

By Cameron White on

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“Khaleesi is marrying Jack Sparrow!” Straight from Leslie Knope’s mouth, we now (sort of) know how Game of Thrones will end, and that it will end in 2017. This reference came during this week’s “Leslie and Ron” episode, one of the very last Parks and Recreation episodes ever (sadly).

With Game of Thrones becoming one of TV’s biggest cultural touchstones in a long while, it makes sense that other shows would want to reference it, in passing if nothing else. (As an example, if you’ve been watching ABC’s comedy musical Galavant, you may have noticed references to locations like Winterfell and Castle Black.) But Parks and Recreation, the optimistic little sister of NBC’s adaptation of The Office, has been ahead of the class in terms of Game of Thrones references, thanks in large part to Adam Scott’s Ben Wyatt, aka “TallTyrionLannister.”

Check out its best references after the jump….

Game of Thrones nominated for GLAAD Media Award

By Rowan Kaiser on

Oberyn and Ellaria

GLAAD, the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, announced the nominations for their 26th Annual GLAAD Media Awards. The awards “”recognize and honor media for their fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the LGBT community and the issues that affect their lives.” Thanks to increasing visibility for LGBT people in media, GLAAD has expanded their nominees from five to 10–and Game of Thrones is a beneficiary, getting a nod for “Outstanding Drama Series.”

But this was also Thrones‘ best season for LGBT representation…

Casting news: Maggy the Frog

By David (Razor) Harris on
Maggy the Frog (art credit Matt Olson)

Maggy the Frog (art credit Matt Olson)

Back in October, we told you about D.B. Weiss and David Benioff announcing that Season 5 of Game of Thrones would have its first ever flashback scene. And, earlier this month, a new actress joined the Game of Thrones cast, specifically for that flashback. Now it seems the flashback has another key piece, as Jodhi May (Strike Back) has taken a role in Season 5.

Find out who she is after the jump, with some mild spoilers



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