Jaime Lannister Dressing Like A Dornishman For Season 5

By Ani Bundel on

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I said this morning, all I needed was to see Alexander Siddig in costume and my life would be complete. Take me now. (Though I am guessing Prince Doran is barefoot on screen. Somehow I don’t think those green and yellow flip flops are part of the costume design.) Still, it is everything I was hoping for. Oberyn’s look, writ older and glamorous.

But that’s not actually the big spoiler in this post. Below, we have a very important question. Is Cersei’s other half going native?

Rave of Thrones: A Night with Hodor

By Andrea Towers on

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What would Jon Snow, Daenerys Targaryen and Hodor do if they found themselves together in a night club in the middle of Manhattan? That was the question I found myself asking when I stepped into the legendary B.B. Kings for Rave of Thrones, the New York Comic Con event focused on Game of Thrones‘ own Kristian Nairn.

As most of the world knows, when he’s not Hodor-ing around Westeros with Bran Stark, Nairn performs as a professional DJ — a trade he’s been practicing for years, well before he was cast in the HBO series. Friday night’s Rave of Thrones event served as the kick-off for the North American leg of Nairn’s tour, which will take him from Toronto to Alaska to San Fransisco. And it’s only right that his first stop would coincide with a place where there would be lots of support in the form of direwolves, Lannister queens and White Walkers.

Game Of Thrones producers confirm flashbacks in Season 5

By Rowan Kaiser on

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At a public meeting in Sevilla, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss said that, five seasons into Game Of Thrones, they would finally be adding the third of the narrative devices they’d wanted to avoid after prophecies and dreams: flashbacks.

Most of the news on the interview reports their answers in Spanish–here’s Los Siete Reinos in their native tongue, and the Google translation. We’ve yet to find a site that reported what D+D said in English directly, so some of the subtler questions and answers are difficult to parse, but “Así que sí, esta temporada por fin habrá flashbacks” translates fairly directly.

In other news from the meeting, Benioff and Weiss described the bridge in Cordoba as a model for the Long Bridge of Volantis, as opposed to a shooting location in and of itself. Other Spanish newspapers, meanwhile, reported primarily on Benioff and Weiss’ coy, mildly evasive but also somewhat positive responses about whether they’d film in Spain for Season 6.

Flashbacks are the big news, though. This is a massive structural change for Game Of Thrones. From the beginning, the show has preferred to rely on error-prone human memory and cognitive bias to frame the past. King Robert is utterly convinced that his rebellion for Lyanna was justified, and the Targaryens pure evil; Thoros of Myr describes himself as a terrible priest, given the blessing of resurrection as an accident. Flashbacks, on the other hand, have to be explicitly depicted as subjective or else they’re treated as true depictions of the past. Game Of Thrones hasn’t just ignored that in the past, it’s deliberately shoved it away.

But what might those flashbacks be? Some more pics and a bit of speculation below the jump….

More Actors Spotted In Spain, Osuna Contingent Arrives

By Ani Bundel on

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Our cast has been spotted in Osuna!

As the lockdown in Sevilla draws to a close, the next leg of Game of Thrones’ Spanish Filming Tour revs up. Our Old School Essos contingent of the show have arrived in the city. This picture, via ABCSevilla, shows Emilia Clarke, Iain Glen and Nathalie Emmanuel posing with a fan.

After the jump, we’ve got a shot of rehearsal around San Arcadio park, next to the Plaza de Toros de Osuna, and a shot of Alexander Siddig….

“You Win Or You Die”: WiC Remembers Season 1, episode 7

By Rowan Kaiser on

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“You Win Or You Die” is a monumental episode of Game Of Thrones, perhaps the defining hour of the show until “Blackwater” if not the Red Wedding. There are several story reasons for this: Drogo’s speech, Ned’s confrontation with Cersei, Robert’s death, Jon’s brief fit of petulance, and Littlefinger’s betrayal are all among the most notable of the series so far. But I don’t want to focus on those specifically as story. Instead, I’d like to look at just why these scenes are so stunning: they’re fantastic to simply watch.

The opening scene of the episode may be its, and one of the show’s, very best. Jaime Lannister visits his father’s tent, and for the first time, we meet Tywin Lannister. Now, at this point, the show has set up two prime villains: Jaime and Cersei Lannister, with Jaime’s application of direct violence shaping him as the primary threat. Thus Nikolaj Coster-Waldau waltzes into that tent, with his gorgeous floppy hair and customary sneering tone (“Poor Ned Stark. Brave man. Terrible judgment.”), and our expectations get flipped. The expected big bad guy of the series is dressed down by his father almost immediately, in a way that disorients expectations of how the story should progress.

It’s not just what’s done in the scene, it’s how it’s done….

HBO to launch stand-alone streaming service in 2015

By Andrea Towers on

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It seems that the raven has finally made its way to HBO–and we’re betting Game Of Thrones fans couldn’t be happier.

At the Time Warner Inc. Investor Meeting today, Richard Plepler, chairman and CEO, announced that HBO will offer stand-alone streaming service starting in 2015. This is relatively big news for a company that, thus far, has only made their content available by paying for package subscriptions or premium cable.

It is time to remove all barriers to those who want HBO,” Plepler said. “So, in 2015, we will launch a stand-alone, over-the-top, HBO service in the United States. We will work with our current partners. And, we will explore models with new partners. All in, there are 80 million homes that do not have HBO and we will use all means at our disposal to go after them.”

Maybe this means that the Internet won’t have another epic breakdown when Game Of Thrones premieres next year, since there are likely to be less people pirating their friends and family’s HBOGo accounts. Then again, one should never underestimate the power of George R.R. Martin…

Update: The Verge went through HBO public statements about streaming over the past five years and I think it’s a pretty good read

Video Roundup: An elegant animated summary, also, bastards, and wine

By Cameron White on

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This was a good week for Game Of Thrones fan videos. Here’s a quick roundup of the ones we saw, including an epic animated short and two (count ‘em!) supercuts of some of the show’s favorite subjects: alcohol and illegitimate children.

First, an animation team known as Blackmeal crafted this piece, a fluid visual mixtape of some of the show’s iconic moments. Watch Bran’s fateful fall, Dany’s conquest of Meereen, the Red Wedding and more, all beautifully animated and set to the instrumental version of “The Rains of Castamere” (called “A Lannister Always Pays His Debts” on the Season 3 soundtrack). As the video says, “#gotseason5 is coming,” as if we needed more hype.

Game Of Thrones, an animated journey – #gotseason5 is coming from BlackMeal on Vimeo.

Next up: booze!

Postcards from Dorne: New characters spotted in costume

By Ani Bundel on

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The Alcázar de Sevilla is still locked down like a fortress for Game Of Thrones filming, but our intrepid fans are still managing to get photos. Above we’ve got a lovely shot of Areo Hotah, played by DeObia Oparei in full dress via Facebook. That’s Indira Varma as Ellaria Sand with him. Clearly, from her outfit, she’s in mourning.

More pictures below of a few other of the new/recast characters….

The Small Council: What’s your pick for Best Death in Season 4?

By Rowan Kaiser on

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In this week’s incarnation of The Small Council, our contributors examine the current WiCnet Award being voted on: Best Death Scene in Season 4 of Game Of Thrones.

Rowan Kaiser: There were a ridiculous number of major deaths this season, rendering this a highly competitive category for my vote. After watching the sadistic Joffrey prance around with increasing impunity over three-plus seasons, seeing him receive his comeuppance was a cathartic–and slightly guilty, thanks to Jack Gleeson–pleasure. Meanwhile Oberyn’s death scene was one of the absolute highlights of the season both in narrative and craft.

But in terms of a death scene, the one I keep coming back to, oddly, is Ygritte’s. Why is that odd?

Dark Horse Comics announces new Bran/Hodor Game Of Thrones figure

By Cameron White on

Conventions are typically a flurry of activity, and New York Comic Con was no different this year. Among the many cool things announced was this Game Of Thrones combo Bran/Hodor action figure. Coming to us from Dark Horse Comics–suppliers of manga, Hellboy, and an endless stream of comic book series based on Joss Whedon shows–the prototype was on display at their NYCC booth, with a planned release date of April 15th, 2015. Details and more pics below…

New details of Jaime Lannister’s story in Season 5

By Ani Bundel on

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Our intrepid eyes on the ground in Sevilla have been doing their best to get photos of filming, but the high walls and lock down of the historical building have made it harder than we feared to get anything so far. But tipster Jon Phillips did manage to get a few shots we can share with you.

Another source, though unable to get pictures, has told our brave companions at Los Siete Reinos all about a scene they saw filmed, and it involves one of the larger changes the show is making to the original books.

I mentioned yesterday which book plotline I thought Jaime might be fulfilling. The spoilery description of what he’ll actually be doing is below, plus a bit of speculation.

Game of Thrones Filming at Roman Bridge of Cordoba

By Ani Bundel on

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The Spanish leg of the Game of Thrones Season 5 tour expanded today, as filming moved to a new location. According to Cordopolis, this Roman Bridge of Cordoba was cut off this morning to accommodate the production. No word if this is part of filming Essos or Dorne, both of which are being filmed in the country, with Dorne focused around Sevilla and Essos around Osuna.

We’ve got pictures from production set up below. No spoilers!



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