Meet the new editor of Winter Is Coming

By Rowan Kaiser on


WIC Editor, Zack Luye, will no longer be leading the site. Zack had to step away because of scheduling issues that will prevent him from giving his full attention to WIC.  A really special thanks to Zack, who did an awesome job managing WIC the last six months. While we are sad to see Zack depart, we are excited for Rowan Kaiser, the site’s new editor, to introduce himself.


Hi, everyone. I’m Rowan Kaiser, and I’m extremely excited to begin my watch as the new editor of Winter is Coming on August 25th. Game Of Thrones and A Song Of Ice And Fire are some of the best and most fascinating stories being told in popular culture today. Being able to work with one of the biggest sites and communities for both the books and show is, in many ways, a culmination of my life and career as a reader, fan, and critic.

“Such a splendid tale and such a fantistorical! I read my eyes out!” This was my first encounter with A Game Of Thrones, an Anne McCaffrey quote used by the Science Fiction Book Club to advertise A Game Of Thrones. I’d never heard the term “fantistorical” before, but figuring out its meaning wasn’t difficult: this was a story about human conflict and political power, instead of a hero’s journey to save the world from evil wizards, as most fantasy I read at the time was. So I bought it. And it blew my mind about what fantasy could be. It blew everyone’s minds about what fantasy could be.

Then I devoured the second book. And the third. Along the way, I named my new family cat “Imp” after Tyrion. (He’s sixteen years old now, still adorable, less impish.) In the last couple years, the HBO show brought it all back. A Song Of Ice And Fire is still the type of story I want to discuss, share, and love. If there’s one thing I’ve learned in the past four years, it’s that I’m not alone. You all—we all—have found something compelling in these stories.

I’ve been working as a television critic for the past several years, primarily at The A.V. Club, where I’ve reviewed shows like Veronica Mars, Babylon 5, The Originals, and Bob’s Burgers. I’m also a video game critic, currently writing a book about the Mass Effect trilogy of games, and I’ve been published at sites like Ars Technica, IGN, Joystiq, and many others. If you’d like to see a full portfolio, here you go.

My Game Of Thrones-specific work includes this Storify on the show’s geography and military strategy, and this American Prospect piece on how the Red Wedding reinforced the story’s analysis of patriarchal systems. I also reviewed the second season of the show at Indiewire Pressplay.

As editor of Winter Is Coming, I’d like to make two things happen. First, I want to reinforce this site’s existing strengths. This is one of the top Game Of Thrones sites on the Internet, and it got that way for a reason. Let’s make sure that what has made this site great stays around.

Second, I want to take that foundation and build on it. I want more. I want more interviews, analysis, feature writing, explaining, news, debates, reviews, and more. I want Winter Is Coming to be the home of Game Of Thrones and A Song Of Ice And Fire conversations of all kinds. I want those discussions to be ongoing here. I want this to be a site that examines this dense and fascinating series from as many different angles as it can support—and it can support a lot. Toward that end, there are a few regular features I’d like to announce immediately.

  • Starting next week, I’m going to review every episode of Game Of Thrones up to the end of the fourth season on Tuesdays—so there will be a “Winter Is Coming” review on August 26th, if you want to watch along.
  • I’m also planning to start a weekly series of Game Of Thrones debates as soon as we can work out the schedule, with questions like “Is it bad if the TV show gets ahead of the books?”
  • Finally, I’d like more expansive discussions of Game Of Thrones, what influenced it, and what it has influenced, which may include conversations about other TV shows, fantasy novels, video games, films, and more. (Oh yes, we’re gonna talk about Dragon Age: Inquisition.)

And now my watch begins. Let’s game some thrones, everyone!

New Game of Thrones season 5 set photos

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Game of Thrones season five is currently filming in various parts of the world and thanks to a loyal reader, we’ve got a new batch of set photos.

These come from Split, Croatia.

From reader Goran:

Hey guys. Here are some pics from the new GoT set in Split! :) This is in front of an abandoned hotel “Zagreb” on the “Duilovo” beach. That is located on the eastern part of the city of Split. Enjoy. :)

More photos after the jump.

Game of Thrones Season 5: New Structures Being Built In Dubrovnik

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Season five of Game of Thrones is currently filming and we’re starting to learn more and more about the story that will be involved and what characters will face certain challenges as the season unfolds.

The latest bit of story filming news comes from our friends at  Englishman in Dubrovnik (spoilers at the link) who passed along some photos of new potential set structures being constructed. 

Paid Editor Gigs Available With FanSided

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FanSided, WIC’s parent company, is looking to add writers and editors to a number of our entertainment and lifestyle sites. Editor gigs are paid opportunities. XxeIHl86_400x400

Below is a list of openings we are currently trying to fill. Interested candidates should fill out the FanSided application here and indicate their site(s) of interest and please mention that you were referred from WIC.

FanSided enables fans a platform to blog about their passions and to get paid for it. (editor, paid)

Covering the latest and best apps across all platforms. News and reviews. (co-editor, paid)

FanSided’s technology news, reviews and opinion site. (co-editor, paid)

Horror movies, TV and entertainment.

A new fan site dedicated to covering HBO’s The Leftovers.

More after the jump.

George R.R. Martin: Some Fans have guessed ending to Game of Thrones

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George R.R. Martin may be the only person who truly knows how the A Song of Ice and Fire series will end, but the author has recently admitted that some fan theories have correctly predicted his endgame.

Speaking recently at the Edinburgh International Literary Festival, Martin confessed that he ceased reading online fan theories when he realized some fans had accurately guessed where the series is heading.

Said Martin:

So many readers were reading the books with so much attention that they were throwing up some theories and while some of those theories were amusing bullshitt and creative, some of the theories are right. At least one or two readers had put together the extremely subtle and obscure clues that I’d planted in the books and came to the right solution.

More, after the jump.

Game of Thrones wins 4 Creative Arts Emmy awards

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The Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards were held yesterday in Los Angeles and Game of Thrones dominated, winning in four categories.

The Creative Arts Emmy Awards generally go down a week before the live Primetime Emmy Awards telecast and focuses mainly on technical and behind the scenes efforts. We expect HBO will take home even more hardware next week but for now, the network is off to a good start.

Thrones took home awards for:

1. Special and visual effects for episode “The Children”

Joe Bauer, Joern Grosshans, Steve Kullback, Adam Chazen, Eric Carney, Sabrina Gerhardt, Matthew Rouleau, Thomas H. Schelesny, and Robert Simon.

2. Art direction for a contemporary or fantasy series forThe Laws of Gods and Men/The Mountain and the Viper

Deborah Riley, Paul Ghirardani, and Rob Cameron.

3. Costumes for a series

Michele Clapton, Sheena Wichary, Alexander Fordham, and Nina Ayres.

4.  Prosthetic makeup for a series, miniseries, movie or special

Jane Walker and Barrie Gower.

HBO destroyed all of the other networks, taking home a total of 15 awards, four program and 11 individual.

Game of Thrones is nominated for 20 Emmys in all. A full list is available after the jump.

George R.R. Martin on how his life has changed, the pressure to write, and a bittersweet ending

By Lightbringer on

George R.R. Martin continues to blaze the press trail before he takes some long awaited and well deserved time at home to work on the next book in his series.

While in Edinburgh for their International Book Festival he spoke at length with The Guardian about how his life has changed since the huge success of A Song of Ice and Fire, the pressure he feels to finish, and more.

On how his life has changed, and what he’d like to do to camera phones:

“It does seem unreal at moments. I’m constantly forgetting that my life has been transformed. I think Rowling was a different case because they were her first books. For me, I’d had 20 years of fantasy and science fiction books that had done well, but not like this. And there’s part of me that makes the unconscious assumption that I’m still that person and can live that kind of life. And then I’m reminded that I can’t because Game of Thrones has become such a phenomenon and I’ve become a celebrity. There are nice things about it and not so nice.

I can’t go out any more; I can’t walk the streets. And it’s great to have all these readers and fans who, for the most part, are very nice people, saying they love the books and the TV show. But there are so many of them and it just doesn’t end. Oh, and ‘selfies’! If I could clap my hands and burn out every camera phone in the world, I swear I’d do it!”

He won’t let the pressure to finish get in the way of writing a great book:

“My publishers want the [next] book, so do HBO, so do my readers. And nobody wants it more than I do. But, when I weigh that pressure, I have to be aware that the books are what I’ll finally be judged on. If the novels are still being read in 50 years, no one is ever going to say: ‘What’s great about that sixth book is that he met his deadline!’ It will be about how the whole thing stands up.”

Preparations for Game of Thrones Season 5 continue in Kaštel Gomilica and Split

By Lightbringer on

Grada Kaštela, the portal that revealed Kaštel Gomilica as a new location for Game of Thrones Season 5, has now released a number of new pictures of the preparation taking place around Kaštilac, and some new information on the filming that will happen there.

Not only are materials being burned to clean the area in preparation, but sets are also being constructed. The most notable addition are some backdrops representing House Lannister and Baratheon, similar to the ones used at the Purple Wedding reception. The architecture of the surrounding area was being altered with the addition of some archways, stone facades, heavy wooden doors, and clay tile roof awnings.

Emmy-Nominated Director Neil Marshall details his work on the Battle of Castle Black

By Lightbringer on

In less than two weeks we’ll find out if Neil Marshall will take home an Emmy for his work on the penultimate episode of Season 4, The Watchers on the Wall.

Marshall once again delivered one of the most action packed and visually stunning episodes of Game of Thrones to date, arguably topping his work on Blackwater. In a bit of a refresher course before the big night, he breaks down the most difficult, exciting, and heartbreaking moments of the Battle at Castle Black in a new interview with Buzzfeed.

Marshall had nine weeks to complete the episode, with 4 weeks dedicated solely to pre-production. Marhsll admits that one of the most difficult elements of the entire episode was simply getting the mammoths right.

“Given that these scenes involved multiple elements — the live-action plates, the giants (real eight-foot tall guys shot against green screen), and the mammoth itself, 100% CGI — making sure when you add these elements together they line up correctly … these were easily the most complex scenes I’ve ever shot.”

More from George R.R. Martin, a Titanic expansion, and Game of Thrones torrenting by state

By Lightbringer on

George R.R. Martin had a busy visit to Edinburgh for their International Book Festival, in addition to his two Q&A sessions, he also sat down to speak with Sky News, and BBC Radio.

In his interview with Sky News he discusses the popularity of Game of Thrones and how it filled the void for an adult epic fantasy series. He comments on the fact that many of his fans would rather he be at home writing than at a book festival, and talks more about reading fan theories in the late 90’s that had guessed the future of his story correctly, but says that he doesn’t read them anymore. He admits that he is reluctant to identify his series as feminist in case he offends anyone, but that he tries to portray a wide variety of females in his work, and addresses the controversy over the Jaime and Cersei sept scene.

Game of Thrones Season 5 reported to film in Kaštel Gomilica near Split

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A new location for the filming of Game of Thrones Season 5 has been uncovered by Total Split. We learned earlier this year that Šibenik would be added to the list of locations in Croatia, and Kaštel Gomilica looks to be added as well.

Today, a local portal, grada Kaštela, informed the public that on August 14, there would be several hours of controlled burning of trash and other fine materials along the sealine in Kaštel Gomilica, opposite of a fortress known as Kaštilac. The announcement came with one other special note – it was to prepare for the filming of Game of Thrones.

Kaštilac is an ancient fortress within Kaštel Gomilica, a small settlement just miles from Split. Kaštilac lies on an island 40m from the shore, connected by a stone bridge, and is one of the original seven castles of Kaštela.

Game of Owns: Fight and Flight

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Episode 234 – Fight and Flight

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Arya Stark is back, and leaving Harrenhal in a hurry. Hot Pie and Gendry struggle to match the pace of this episode’s hero, but GOO is here to see it to the end.

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