Anatomy of a Throne: The Lion and the Rose

By Marc N. Kleinhenz on

HBO’s Game of Thrones brandishes a consistent and high degree of fidelity to the nearly 5,000-page-long source material of George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire novels, but there still, of course, are differences. While most of these gaps from the page to the screen are small and detail-oriented, it is nonetheless the case that the most subtle discrepancies often hold the biggest insight into the adaptation process, into the demands of filmmaking, and into the rigors of the literary narrative.

This, then, is the anatomy of a key scene of Thrones – not because of its dramatic importance or visual effects whizbangery, but because of the telling nature of its realization.

The North Remembers: Series premiere

By Hear Me Roar on

WiCnet Alternate LogoYes, the title of the post says it all. April 17th marks exactly three years since the first ever episode of Game of Thrones aired on HBO. What a ride it has been! And it’s nowhere near the end yet.

Alfie Allen, John Bradley, and Pedro Pascal take the Pop Culture Personality Test

By Lightbringer on

It’s been a very purple week, and in an effort to cheer everyone up Entertainment Weekly has released some fun videos of Game of Thrones cast members taking their Pop Culture Personailty Test.

First up is what turns out to be the dynamic duo of Alfie Allen and John Bradley. The pair talk Spice Girls, The Sound of Music, and Showgirls, with many embarrassing moments to be witnessed.

Michele Clapton and Kevin Alexander detail Royal Wedding costumes and hairstyles

By Lightbringer on

Fashionista has debuted their new weekly feature, “Fashion of the Realm,” which will be inspired by each new episode of Game of Thrones. In their first feature they talk with costume designer Michele Clapton and hair designer Kevin Alexander to get the details on Margaery’s gown, and the ladies’ wedding hairstyles.

Spanning nearly 6 weeks and 3 fittings, inspired by the Tyrell House Sigil, Margaery’s wedding gown was created with painstaking detail.

Fashionista: How did you craft all the roses?
Michele Clapton:
They were hand rolled and stitched. And there were a lot! The thorns were also hand-made in leather.

Any symbolism in the dress?
The fabric is a linen silk mix and has leaves woven into it. This led beautifully into my idea of a creeping  briar rose that, although pretty, will draw blood if you catch yourself on its thorns and can end up smothering its host. Pretty but dangerous!

What about that crown?
The idea of the briar rose is continued into the crown where it wraps around the Baratheon antlers [Joffrey's sigil]. This was to show her creeping influence, which is not lost on Cersei.

Game of Thrones Purple Wedding sets new piracy record

By Lightbringer on

Social media wasn’t the only thing buzzing after Sunday’s new episode of Game of Thrones. Torrent Freak has reported that The Lion and the Rose broke the record for the largest BitTorrent swarm ever, as people from all over the world clamored to see what all of the fuss was about.

The episode was downloaded by roughly 1.5 million people in its first day of release, but even more impressively, had close to 200,000 people sharing a single file a few hours after it appeared online.

Torrent Freak explains, “the tracker reported that 193,418 people where sharing one single torrent. 145,594 had a complete copy of the episode and continued to upload, while 47,824 were still downloading the file. These are unprecedented numbers – never before have 193,418 people shared a single file simultaneously.”

The Lion and the Rose stole the throne from, well, themselves. The previous record was held by the finale of Game of Thrones Season 3, with 171,527 people sharing on a single tracker. The premiere of Season 4 garnered about 140,000.

Player of Thrones: Melisandre The Red Priestess

By Thoros on

Welcome once again to the Player of Thrones.

Player of Thrones posts will be utilized to highlight new characters from HBO’s Game of Thrones, and also return to some familiar faces.

I encourage you to discuss what role you think this character plays in the Game of Thrones. If you do choose to talk about the character with spoilers, please remember to use our spoiler veil of magic.

With that being said our second feature is focusing on a player that we are all familiar with. After hearing some of your comments on my twitter page @WiCThoros I have been enlightened to bring you a feature on The Red Priestess Melisandre. 


Weapons of Westeros: Ice

By WiC Staff on

Television Game Of Thrones

Winter is Coming Live chat “Maester” Bryan Forrest is a pretty talented dude. When he isn’t fielding your questions during WIC’s official Game of Thrones recap show, Bryan is an actor, stuntman and a blacksmith!

That is why we knew we were lucky to get Bryan to help out on WIC Live. Recently, we decided to start filming a short new segment called “Weapons of Westeros” where Bryan could talk a little bit about some of the weaponry used in Game of Thrones.

After the jump, check out the first edition of “Weapons of Westeros” where Bryan takes a look at the ancestral sword of House Stark.

Video Recap Roundup: The Lion and the Rose

By Bex on

For those of you who like your recaps/reviews to be a bit more…animated, here are some video wrap-up and discussions, based on your own recommendations. In these posts, we will compile a collection of video reviews and recaps with varying degrees of irreverence (and length!).

Many thanks for helping sort the written recaps; your comments have been invaluable. For now, categories for videos will be Book Readers, Unsullied or a combination of the two.

Sandrine’s Face says it all in recap with AxeChucker: Show Watcher and Book Reader

SourceFed Nerd hosts discuss the shocks and surprises of episode 2. Show Watchers, Moderated by Book Reader.

Purple Reign: The Lion and the Rose ReTweeted

By Fire And Blood on

twitter-bird3-purple-300x300Rejoice, Tweepies! Revenge is a dish best served cold, preferably at the hands of one’s loyal cupbearer!

You know what time it is! It’s Twiiiiiitter tiiiiiime agaaaaaain! (For a taster-sized version of some of this episode’s epic tweets, check out this Twitter post from Sunday night!)

These sweet Tweets were culled from George R.R. Martin’s wildly popular episode “The Lion and the Rose.” Directed by Alex Graves, this sucker’s gonna go down as one of the better ones. At the very least on the strength of that last half hour.

So I, the amiable @Axechucker, along with my partner in crime @The_Rabbit01, greedily collected thoughts and feels from around the globe. And here we have them for you!

My all-stars for this episode: @TaraGiancaspro, @duckandcover, and @BlackGirlNerds respectively. Take a bow, ladies! (And y’all can follow ‘em on Twitter if you so desire!)

(An extra special star to any #FakeWesteros people playing Joffrey on Twitter. There was some epic Joffers stuff from them.)

No more pussyfooting around! Let’s git it awn!

Charitybuzz and David Benioff offer a trip to the set of Game of Thrones Season 5

By Lightbringer on

Charitybuzz is in the habit of making dreams come true while making a difference with their online charity auctions, and they’re about to make some Game of Thrones fans very happy.

Ballintoy Harbour of Northern Ireland transforms into Dragonstone for Game of Thrones Season 4

Currently up for auction, and generously donated by David Benioff, is a trip to the set of Game of Thrones Season 5 in Northern Ireland. The winning bidder will be one of the first to see the drama unfold before their eyes, and as an added bonus will get to spend one hour with Thrones co-creator David Benioff. (Plenty of time to squeeze spoilers out of him!)

More Purple Wedding reactions from fans and the cast

By Ours is the Fury on

Much like the Red Wedding in season 3, the spectacular death of King Joffrey in “The Lion and the Rose” has inspired a new rash of reaction videos on the internet. Only the tone of the Purple Wedding reaction videos is decidedly different.

Here’s a compilation of fan reactions, put together by one Youtuber:

Director Alex Graves on The Lion and the Rose and setting up for a grand finale

By Lightbringer on

After his stellar work on Game of Thrones Season 3, Director Alex Graves was told by the powers that be that in Season 4 “we’ll give you all the big stuff.” The big stuff started off with a bang, with his Season 4 directorial debut of The Lion and the Rose including what was sure to be one of the year’s most talked about scenes.

In a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter Alex Graves discusses the challenges of creating a truly monumental event, the Purple Wedding.

“The Purple Wedding took six months to prepare. It was a show-wide, gigantic effort on everybody’s part — from the design of the set to the costumes to the circus performers. There was a lot of pressure I put on myself. It was a 32-page scene that was actually 18 scenes, and it involved an enormous number of the cast, who were going to hang out for five days in Croatia while we put on dwarf shows and allowed jailed birds to literally go free. We had the death, and almost more important, we had Tyrion’s humiliation in the middle of it. It was a lot for five days — especially with rain.”

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