- Peter Dinklage graces the May 24, 2012 cover of Rolling Stone. Now available on newsstands everywhere!
- Amrita Acharia spoke with SeattlePi about last week’s unexpected twist, Irri’s relationship with Daenerys and shares details about a filmed scene that we did not see- yet.
- Carice van Houten talks to the L.A. Times about playing the red priestess Melisandre, her new fame, and the unusual hair piece needed for her eye-popping birthing scene:
I basically walked around making jokes,” she said. “Making fun of the merkin. This may sound weird, but we had great fun taking pictures of me and the merkin.
- Richard Madden discusses Theon’s betrayal and the mystery woman Talisa in a new Access Hollywood article.
- Rose Leslie talks to Access Hollywood as well, about wildling woman Ygritte and her connection to Jon Snow:
I think she’s totally bewildered by Jon. She hasn’t ever come across somebody like him before in her whole life. All the boys, all the men that she’s ever known have always tried to come on to her or tried to steal her, ‘cause she’s incredibly like, sexual as well. And she just cannot figure him out.
- A Forbes article crowning “HBO’s ‘Game Of Thrones’ On Track To Be Crowned Most Pirated Show Of 2012,” kicked off a debate about premium cable business models and piracy.
- Forbes contributor Erik Kain shared his views on the piracy problem, claiming HBO had “only itself to blame.”
HBO co-president Eric Kessler said that cord-cutting has been “minimal” and largely the result of “macroeconomic” conditions in an interview at the VideoShmooze: NYC Online Video Leadership Forum.
Kessler did not refer this “cord-cutting” as a fad or a temporary phenomenon as has been misreported, following the initial blog postings.
- In a follow-up post on Forbes.com, Kain amended his opinion to say that HBO did have itself to blame “but only because piracy isn’t actually a threat to their business model at this point.”
- Blogger Dustin Curtis has a rebuttal examining Eric Kessler’s interview, which explains why in the premium network’s opinion, “moving to internet distribution would deal a fatal blow to HBO’s business.”
It’s a complicated issue, and one that’s caused a great deal of frustration for Game of Thrones fans with limited or no legal access to the show. Here’s hoping that a more flexible model can be developed that makes everyone happy in the near future.