Quick Hits: HBO offers bonus video, Dance talks S3, and GoT on The Simpsons
By Winter Is Coming on in Awards, Merchandise.
  • HBO is offering the Complete First Season on DVD and Blu-Ray with an exclusive bonus video called “Creating the World of Westeros.” This is how HBO describes this extra content: “Production Designer Gemma Jackson and her creative team of concept artists, designers and set builders reveal their process of bringing the world of Game of Thrones to HBO. From locations in Malta to the gigantic Paint Hall in Belfast, see how King’s Landing, Winterfell, The Wall, and the Dothraki Sea came to life, from initial designs to finished sets.”
  • Game of Thrones continues to garner its share of mentions in the world of pop culture. The Simpsons have referenced it twice, including last night where they showed a Simpsonizied version of the Iron Throne room.
  • The show has also managed to make an impression on new parents, as the name Aria has sky-rocketed up 291 places to become the 65th most popular girls name this year, which this Zimbio article attributes to Thrones‘ pint-sized heroine Arya Stark.
  • Over at Antenna Blog, TV critic/social commentator Myles McNutt examines HBO’s strategy behind merchandising Game of Thrones. An interesting read.
  • This Charles Dance interview focuses mainly on his career as a whole, but does include a very spoilery mention of Thrones. For those avoiding spoilers, he has this to say about the show, “We finished [filming] season two. I think that will air in February or March of next year, and we will start shooting season three in May or June of next year.” Dance seems to look at season three as a sure thing…
  • Hollywood awards blog Gold Derby gives Game of Thrones a respectable 4/1 shot of taking home best drama series at next month’s Golden Globe awards.
  • Speaking of awards, today is the final day of voting in the People’s Choice Awards. Be sure to go over there and vote for Thrones as often as possible!
  • Lastly, HBO is now offering 20% off all Thrones merchandise at their official online store. The promo is today only, so you have to act quickly. Use promo code HBOGOT20 at checkout to apply the discount.

51 Comments

  1. The Rabbit
    Posted December 5, 2011 at 4:22 pm | Permalink

    Great stuff with Simpsons.
    I like Grey Wind or whoever it very much.

  2. Tar Kidho
    Posted December 5, 2011 at 4:24 pm | Permalink

    what accent did Simpsons-Tyrion have?

  3. Susan C
    Posted December 5, 2011 at 4:25 pm | Permalink

    Why didn’t Tyrion have a Throne? And was that supposed to be Grey Wind or Ghost?

  4. Impi
    Posted December 5, 2011 at 4:31 pm | Permalink

    Sadly, given the spelling, I suspect the Aria name popularity has more to do with the Pretty Little Liars character than it has to do with our little adorable Arya.

  5. MW
    Posted December 5, 2011 at 4:47 pm | Permalink

    Impi,

    I don’t entirely I agree. That’s a show targeted primarily for teenage girls. Most parents with teenage girls probably aren’t having baby girls.

    Aria was on my short list due to GoT. I wouldn’t have spelled it with a Y though. Just like I wouldn’t intentionally misspell names like “Robb” or “Petyr”. I don’t like it when parents do that.

  6. Elena Amici
    Posted December 5, 2011 at 4:48 pm | Permalink

    isn’t Aria the chick from Pretty Little Liars? :D
    (which is amusing, IMO, since “aria” means “air” in italian and i think it’s weird)

    I LOVE the simpsonized throne room!

  7. Lex
    Posted December 5, 2011 at 5:26 pm | Permalink

    LOVE the Simpsons references. Who could have ever imagined ASOIAF would become so mainstream? It still feels surreal.

  8. Ripley
    Posted December 5, 2011 at 6:17 pm | Permalink

    Oh I adore Charles Dance, I will probably develop a crush on Tywin because of him…

  9. Two Feathers
    Posted December 5, 2011 at 6:19 pm | Permalink

    Come on Mr Groening, we all want a full Game Of Thrones parady episode.
    The Simpsons character list is easily long enough to make a feature length movie. But one whole episode would definately be amazing………..Pleeeeaaaasssseee!
    Come on guys back me up on this one.
    Some possible character suggestions………
    House Baratheon………King Robert-Homer
    Queen Cersei-Marge
    Joffery-Bart
    Myrcella-Maggie
    Tommen-Millhouse
    House Lannister………..Jamie-Snake
    Tyrion-Martin
    Tywin-Mr Burns
    House Stark……………….Ned-Ned
    Robb-Rod
    John(Snow)-Todd
    Cat-cat lady
    House Targaryen…………Dany-Lisa
    Drogo-Nelson
    Viserys-Ralf
    What do you guys think? I am sure you will have your own ideas.Feel free to agree or disagree.

  10. Blueberry2
    Posted December 5, 2011 at 6:21 pm | Permalink

    speaking of merchandising, how about a House Mormont t-shirt, HBO?

  11. Fire And Blood
    Posted December 5, 2011 at 7:22 pm | Permalink

    Actually the funniest part of the Simpsons episode was the fact that the network was called “HBOWTIME.”

    You might not get that if you’re not an American football fan.

  12. Ryan E
    Posted December 5, 2011 at 7:30 pm | Permalink

    Two Feathers:
    Come on Mr Groening, we all want a full Game Of Thrones parady episode.
    The Simpsons character list is easily long enough to make a feature length movie. But one whole episode would definately be amazing………..Pleeeeaaaasssseee!
    Come on guys back me up on this one.
    Some possible character suggestions………
    House Baratheon………King Robert-Homer Queen Cersei-MargeJoffery-Bart Myrcella-Maggie Tommen-Millhouse
    House Lannister………..Jamie-SnakeTyrion-Martin Tywin-Mr Burns
    House Stark……………….Ned-Ned Robb-RodJohn(Snow)-ToddCat-cat lady
    House Targaryen…………Dany-LisaDrogo-NelsonViserys-Ralf
    What do you guys think? I am sure you will have your own ideas.Feel free to agree or disagree.

    I think that was great, I was laughing like crazy picturing them.

  13. Knurk
    Posted December 5, 2011 at 7:55 pm | Permalink

    Fire And Blood:
    Actually the funniest part of the Simpsons episode was the fact that the network was called “HBOWTIME.”

    You might not get that if you’re not an American football fan.

    lol, didn’t even look at it that way. Your mind does work in mysterious ways.

  14. Sean Fan
    Posted December 5, 2011 at 8:06 pm | Permalink

    Even though they’re including that bonus feature, HBO’s prices for the DVDs are ridiculous!!! You can get the regular DVD for $38.99 and the Blu-ray for $51.99 over at Barnes and Noble online!!!!! (they’re cheaper than Amazon’s prices also!).

    http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/Game-of-Thrones?keyword=Game+of+Thrones&store=dvd

  15. Knurk
    Posted December 5, 2011 at 8:29 pm | Permalink

    And I’m glad I’m not a neurotic collector, because Amazon.co.uk has a different exclusive bonus disc (‘Creating the Visuals’) and Play.com has an exclusive photobook. Sometimes I think they’re just bullying the true fans.

  16. Joshua Taylor
    Posted December 5, 2011 at 8:48 pm | Permalink

    Slightly off topic but as much as I am getting into Lena as Cersei (there’s an innuendo there somewhere….) Gretchen Mol could have played the role VERY well. If anyone saw Boardwalk Empire last night you will know what I am talking about…..

  17. Thiago Slash
    Posted December 5, 2011 at 8:52 pm | Permalink

    cool “news”.
    specially the Antenna Blog article, despite I didn’t fully understood it, to be honest.

    the Charles Dance interview is awesome!

  18. Clob
    Posted December 5, 2011 at 9:03 pm | Permalink

    Two Feathers: Come on Mr Groening, we all want a full Game Of Thrones parady episode.The Simpsons character list is easily long enough to make a feature length movie. But one whole episode would definately be amazing………..Pleeeeaaaasssseee!

    I’d personally rather have a parody episode by Family Guy if a choice was between the two. MacFarlane routinely takes things steps further than The Simpsons will go occasionally. While their third Star Wars parody film was a rush job, the first was really good and the second was good (imo of course). With all the Indiana Jones side clips they’ve done over the years I’ve been hoping they’d tackle those movies next.

  19. Hilda
    Posted December 5, 2011 at 9:37 pm | Permalink

    My best friend named her baby Aria. She got a lot of comments telling she is spelling it wrong that it is “Arya”,she told everyone that she looked the name up,meaning and all and loved the name.
    Of course she had no clue about GoT and “our” Arya. I had to explain it to her and send her a couple of clips. She still prefered to spell it Aria. But how awesome that “Arya” is a popular name now!

  20. Impi
    Posted December 5, 2011 at 9:39 pm | Permalink

    MW,

    Not to digress too much, but I am a 43 yr old femal who watches PLL and GoT. The ratings for PLL would indicate that a pretty good number of child bearing age women watch it. Ratings for the most recent episode:

    Wednesday’s special “Pretty Little Liars” (8:00 – 9:00 p.m.), the network’s most-watched “13 Nights of Halloween” telecast of all time in Total Viewers (2.5 million) and all target demos, ranked as the week’s No. 1 scripted cable telecast in Females 12-34 (1.5 million/3.3 rating), the No. 2 scripted cable telecast in Women 18-34 (769,000/2.3 rating), and was the No. 1 TV telecast overall in Female Teens (709,000/6.0 rating).

  21. Faelmon Logh
    Posted December 5, 2011 at 10:12 pm | Permalink

    Blu-Ray is a definite buy.

  22. Epic the wonderful
    Posted December 5, 2011 at 10:20 pm | Permalink

    Well, at least the Charles Dance interview is interesting!

  23. Arrogant Bastard
    Posted December 5, 2011 at 10:34 pm | Permalink

    Fire And Blood,

    Took me a while to figure out what you meant, but I guess that could be a reference to the Broncos QB. I thought it was just a combination of Showtime and HBO.

    Joshua Taylor,
    Yes, that was disturbing to say the least.

    Hope Dance is right, not only about season three but the airdate for season two, though I’m pretty sure February is out of the question and March seems unlikely too.

  24. Hexonx
    Posted December 6, 2011 at 12:08 am | Permalink

    There was an episode of Castle a while back where they were investigating a death involving a sword and Castle says something like, “This is so Game of Thrones.”

  25. Fire And Blood
    Posted December 6, 2011 at 1:13 am | Permalink

    Arrogant Bastard,

    Right, I don’t think it was purposeful. Still funny.

  26. Blueberry2
    Posted December 6, 2011 at 1:20 am | Permalink

    Any word on a trailer this Sunday (before the Boardwalk finale)?

  27. G_Lee
    Posted December 6, 2011 at 1:31 am | Permalink

    Hexonx:
    There was an episode of Castle a while back where they were investigating a death involving a sword and Castle says something like, “This is so Game of Thrones.”

    That’s been posted here ages ago ;) You should check WiC.net more frequently ^^
    Great news post guys! I love all the news. Charles Dance is a legend and the Simpsons reference ruled!
    I might just name my daughter (if I ever happen to get one) Arya.
    Or Sansa?

  28. gappybubble
    Posted December 6, 2011 at 3:25 am | Permalink

    Trying to catch up on all things GoT, so thanks for the great news roundup! I’m excited to order my blu-ray and I love the Simpsonized Iron Throne room! Awesome Charles Dance interview, too. Makes me want to check out Neverland now.

  29. Lasair
    Posted December 6, 2011 at 3:28 am | Permalink

    Man I am so glad next year’s exams are in September – I fear S1 had an effect on my June 2011 exams and the obsession’s unlikely to falter in 2012!

  30. Udi
    Posted December 6, 2011 at 4:01 am | Permalink

    I am going to name my son Joffrey…
    NOT!!!

  31. Hear Me Roar
    Posted December 6, 2011 at 4:20 am | Permalink

    Blueberry2,

    Not yet. But there should be one. Otherwise I’ll be seriously disappointed.

  32. Hear Me Roar
    Posted December 6, 2011 at 4:28 am | Permalink

    Check out the Amazon UK #GameofThrones BR description! Audio commentary details, plus audition tapes (as hidden extras?)! So cool.

    Who’s doing what:
    Ep 1 ‘Winter is Coming’ w/ Commentary by Exec Producers/Writers David Benioff & D.B Weiss
    Ep 2 ‘The Kingsroad’ w/ Commentary by Lena Headey, Mark Addy & nikolaj Coster-Waldau
    Ep 3 ‘Lord Snow’ w/ Commentary by Sophie Turner, Maisie Williams & Isaac Hempstead-Wright
    Ep 4 ‘Cripples, Bastards and Broken Things’ w/ Commentary by Bryan Cogman (Writer) and Kit Harington
    Ep 6 ‘A Golden Crown’ w/ Commentary by Pete Dinklage, Emilia Clarke, Harry Lloyd and Daniel Minahan (Director)
    Ep 8 ‘The Pointy End’ w/ Commentary by George R.R Martin (Co-Exec Producer & Author of Game of Thrones
    Ep 10 ‘Fire and Blood’ w/ Commentary by David Benioff & D.B Weiss (Exec Producers/Writers) & Alan Taylor (Director)

  33. Alexander Dubrovsky
    Posted December 6, 2011 at 4:40 am | Permalink

    No commentary for Ep 9? Weird …

  34. Lisa
    Posted December 6, 2011 at 4:58 am | Permalink

    Alexander Dubrovsky:
    No commentary for Ep 9? Weird …

    Ep. 9 is too painful to talk about. ;)

    Looks really cool, can’t wait to watch all the special features. It will probably take a whole weekend on which I won’t leave my flat. And everybody who interupts me will forfeit his life. ;)

  35. Johan Sporre
    Posted December 6, 2011 at 6:00 am | Permalink

    Hear Me Roar,

    That sure is an impressive list of extra content. Now I must now if we in Sweden get any extra disc.

  36. Degausser
    Posted December 6, 2011 at 6:52 am | Permalink

    not to bash on all those parents, but is Aria really the best choice for a kids name?

  37. Winterdark
    Posted December 6, 2011 at 7:06 am | Permalink

    Two Feathers:
    That’s a brilliant idea: this is what I came up with:

    Robert Baratheon – Homer
    Cersei Baratheon – Marge
    Tyrion Lannister – Bart
    Arya Stark – Lisa
    Myrcella Baratheon – Maggie
    Syrio Forel – Akira
    Septa Mordane – Ms Albright
    Tywin Lannister – Mr Burns
    Janos Slynt – Chief Wiggum
    Littlefinger – Fat Tony
    Ned Stark – Ned Flanders
    Catelyn Stark – Edna Krabappel
    Bran Stark – Rod Flanders
    Rickon Stark – Todd Flanders
    Hodor – Barney Gumble
    Grand Maester Pycelle – Dr Hibbert
    Marillion – Krusty
    Renly Baratheon – Lenny
    Loras Tyrell – Carl
    Lysa Arryn – Cat Lady
    Maester Aemon – Rev Lovejoy
    Bronn – Otto
    Joffrey – Nelson
    Illyrio – Apu
    Mirri Maz Dur – Manjula
    Samwell Tarly – Martin Prince
    Ghost/Nymeria/Lady : Santa’s little helper
    Maester Luwin – Princ Skinner
    Varys – Sideshow Bob
    Kevan Lannister – Smithers
    Rodrik Cassel – Moe
    Gregor Clegane – Drederick Tatum
    Viserys – Millhouse
    Robin Arryn – Ralph
    Sandor Clegane – Willie
    Khal Drogo – Rainier Wolfcastle
    Jaime – Artie Ziff

    In terms of Sigils this is what I came up with:
    House Baratheon – Itchy
    House Stark – Santa’s Little Helper
    House Lannister – One of Burns’s Hounds
    House Targaryen – Scratchy
    House Arryn – Snowball

    And of course they should end with Kang and Kodos invading Westeros and either of them sitting on the throne. GRRM has said too many times that they could get the aliens to come down not to use that.

    Hear Me Roar,

    That’s awesome, they got so many castmembers doing commentary (sadly no Michelle Fairley) Though of course in terms of commentary ep 8 will be the best. GRRM allways cracks me up.

  38. Dreamlife
    Posted December 6, 2011 at 7:13 am | Permalink

    Udi:
    I am going to name my son Joffrey…
    NOT!!!

    Hehe!

    I love the Charles Dance spoiler. He’s the last actor I would expect to get confirmation of seasons 3 and 4 from, but there you go! Hopefully no one read the spoilery part of his comment. The interviewer probably should have warned of a major spoiler for those who didn’t see that coming.

  39. Alexander Dubrovsky
    Posted December 6, 2011 at 7:56 am | Permalink

    Lisa,

    IMO, this is THE episode to do a commentary for.

  40. Epic the wonderful
    Posted December 6, 2011 at 10:02 am | Permalink

    I may have to rent this just for the GRRM commentary on ep 8.

  41. the goat
    Posted December 6, 2011 at 10:35 am | Permalink

    Yeah, I’m kinda shocked there is no Episode 9 commentary, but the rest of them look outstanding. I wonder if they planned to have Sean (& probably D&D) do Ep. 9, but he couldn’t work it out with his schedule (too busy getting into legendary bar fights?) Of course, I’m sure D&D will discuss Ned’s death in their Ep. 10 commentary.

  42. Elena Amici
    Posted December 6, 2011 at 11:44 am | Permalink

    Fire And Blood:
    Actually the funniest part of the Simpsons episode was the fact that the network was called “HBOWTIME.”

    You might not get that if you’re not an American football fan.

    I don’t. Can you explain? :D

  43. Two Feathers
    Posted December 6, 2011 at 5:00 pm | Permalink

    Winterdark,

    Really cool list. Love all your choices, I was smiling as I read down, and lol when I got to Willie as Sandor.:)
    Someone commented earlier that the Family guy team would do a better job with GOT. I think that given the adult nature of the story Family Guy could push it a bit further than The Simpsons. And I for one would be all for this. But does Family Guy have enough characters to pull it off? I don`t think so.
    My money is on Matt Groening at least slotting a short story, loosely based on part of a GOT story arc, into one of those Halloween specials.

  44. Knurk
    Posted December 6, 2011 at 6:15 pm | Permalink

    Elena Amici,

    replace the H with the T.

  45. MW
    Posted December 6, 2011 at 6:41 pm | Permalink

    Degausser:
    not to bash on all those parents, but is Aria really the best choice for a kids name?

    What’s wrong with it?

  46. Winterdark
    Posted December 6, 2011 at 10:04 pm | Permalink

    Two Feathers,

    Thanks and yeah a Treehouse of Horror parody seems most likely. Still hoping for that True Blood parody as well, would be perfect for a ToH segment

  47. Degausser
    Posted December 7, 2011 at 7:39 am | Permalink

    MW,

    it’s not easy being that kid with the weird name

  48. Arrogant Bastard
    Posted December 7, 2011 at 8:02 am | Permalink

    Degausser,

    Well, Aria is much better than Daenerys or Cersei.

  49. Knurk
    Posted December 7, 2011 at 9:35 am | Permalink

    Degausser:
    MW,

    it’s not easy being that kid with the weird name

    so you rather see that everyone names their kids Emma, Christy and Chloe?

  50. Peltast
    Posted December 8, 2011 at 8:11 am | Permalink

    Damn right Charles Dance has a spectacular death coming. I can’t wait. :D

  51. Willum's Wife
    Posted December 8, 2011 at 2:56 pm | Permalink

    Degausser: MW, it’s not easy being that kid with the weird name

    You think Aria is a weird name? You don’t spend much time with young kids these days, do you?

    We briefly considered Aria for our as-of-yet unborn child. And we would’ve spelled it Aria, not Arya, because Aria is actually a legit name and I’m not a fan of you-neek spellings.


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