Five flashbacks I’d like to see in Season 5

By Ani Bundel on

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During the filming of Game of Thrones in Spain last month, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss made major news by telling a panel of Spanish film makers and local production people that they would be breaking a long standing tradition of the show after four seasons and adding flashbacks, along with the prophecies and dreams we saw in Seasons 3 and 4. The flashback in question seems to be assumed to be the one related to Cersei. Casting rumors support this theory.

In a story where the books rely hard on flashback, prophecy and future visions, it’s a little odd that when the show finally broke their rule against these tropes, it would be for something that is more about establishing the mental state of a single character than enlightening the over all narrative. When the news first suggested we’d be seeing a Young Cersei, my reaction was to be upset. Why, of all the flashbacks, this one?

If the show is going to break the flashbacks barrier and start bringing in memories and dreams and visions, there are so many other possibilities, ones that would enhance the story for all the characters, instead of just one. Here are my top five suggestions for flashbacks we could see in Season 5.

Note: the following includes details and speculation for things that haven’t appeared on the show, and may not. Be warned!

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

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In this week’s installment of The Small Councilwe cast our ballots for the WiCnet Award for Best Dramatic Moment from Season 4. We also welcome Yi Li, who wrote a great piece for us on GOT’s adolescents, with more to come.

Rebecca Pahle: On paper, there are far more dramatic scenes in season four than the “I’m going to have to eat every fucking chicken in this room” scene from the premiere. Daenerys chaining her dragons. Tyrion’s speech at the trial. Oberyn volunteering to be Tyrion’s champion. These all have wide-ranging effects on the plot of the season, while Sandor’s love of poultry is just a really, really good character moment….

Telltale reveals story and setting details for Game of Thrones game

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After several weeks of vague teaser images, Telltale Games has finally given fans some hard facts about the story, setting, and structure of their upcoming Game of Thrones adventure game, on their official blog. It’s exciting stuff, so let’s get right to it.

The first teaser image indicated that players would take on the role of the Northern House Forrester, which has been confirmed. “Caught up in the events of The War of the Five Kings, they are placed in a precarious position where members of the household must do everything they can to prevent the house from meeting its doom.”

Game of Thrones–A Telltale Games Series will take place all over the map, including both Westeros and Essos. This first reveal, and likely the first episode, focuses on House Forrester’s home, Ironrath–shown in the above picture.

“The Forresters are seated at Ironrath, an imposing stronghold surrounded by towering ironwood trees. Built over fifteen hundred years ago by Cedric Forrester and his triplet sons, Ironrath is a testament to the strength and endurance of Ironwood.  The Forrester house words are ‘Iron from Ice’, which echoes their belief that–like the ironwood itself–the adverse conditions and unforgiving landscape of the North only makes them stronger.”

Read on, for more on when the game will be taking place, and who you’ll be controlling….

New video shows Game of Thrones’ musical variety

By Cameron White on

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Ramin Djawadi continues to be one of Game of Thrones‘ best assets. As the composer of the show’s music (including that catchy theme song that nobody can get enough of), Djawadi strikes the perfect balance of evoking the emotions of the scenes without being excessive or overbearing.

We previously pointed out Youtube user Linake, who skillfully pulled together the various musical themes associated with each family house into one video; that video is now updated and re-edited to include themes from the third and fourth seasons as well. After the jump, watch the video and discuss some of the new additions.

“Inside HBO’s Game of Thrones Seasons 3+4″ Out Today

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Just in time to add to your Black Friday shopping list, HBO’s second volume of their Inside Game of Thrones series comes out today. Written by Cat Taylor, known as the official “keeper of scrolls,” (and also the head writer for the Making Game of Thrones blog,) this 192 page companion book takes us behind the scenes of the creation of Seasons 3 and 4.

Below, we’ve got the press release, plus some images from the book. We’ve also just received it, and will be bringing you more later in the week.

Natalie Dormer reveals she didn’t originally audition for Margaery Tyrell

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Natalie Dormer is likely to be all over our television screens in the next couple of weeks as she makes the rounds to promote the upcoming third entry in the Hunger Games film saga. She’s already appeared on The Jonathan Ross Show on ITV in the United Kingdom, where she made a startling revelation: she originally auditioned for another character on Game of Thrones! Hit the jump for more details.

Postcards from Dorne: Leftover Props

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Filming from Sevilla was a mainly locked-down affair, as the production used the gates and wall of the Alcázar to their advantage, keeping prying eyes away from spoiling the new setting for Season 5. But one of our enterprising Dornish tourists managed to get a few pictures from the inside. Taken the morning after filming ended, these pictures of not-yet-struck props and set dressing give us a glimpse of what it will look like in Dorne.

Who does Game of Thrones tourism, and why?

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Abby Waysdorf is a PhD candidate studying film and television-inspired tourism.

Fort Lovrijenac looks the part, a stone fortress looming over the sparkling blue water of the sea framing Dubrovnik. It has thick stone walls, small windows, the city motto carved over the entrance. Within, it’s easy to recognize the spot where Cersei confronted Littlefinger, even without the draped fabric and potted plants. Standing there, on top of the aged white stones, everything seems strangely close.

Of course, in other ways, Lovrijenac doesn’t feel right at all–it’s small and empty, and much more stark and squat than the section of the Red Keep it’s supposed to portray. Gone are the tall tower, the decorations, and of course, the rest of the royal castle itself–Fort Lovrijenac, while solid, is a small fort, designed to hold mercenaries and their equipment rather than a king and his court. Still, though, it feels real.

It’s experiencing that sense of “realness” that brings people to visit filming locations….

Games of Throne: George R.R. Martin-style themes of tragedy and ambition strengthen Dragon Age: Origins

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There were plenty of clues that 2009’s Dragon Age: Origins took inspiration from A Song of Ice and Fire. Some were small—knights called “ser” instead of the customary “sir.” Some were larger, like an ancient Night’s Watch-like order called the Grey Wardens, dedicated to fighting off surges of supernatural evil called “Blights.” But there was a single moment, early in the game, that made me take notice and say “These developers have been reading their George R.R. Martin.”

Much like Game of Thrones, it seems a conventional fantasy story. There are evil creatures invading, heroic kings, steadfast allies, and your character, the unconventional hero. The good guys line up on one side, the bad guys line up on the other, and then….and then much like Ned Stark’s execution, something totally unexpected happens, and it becomes clear that the rules that are supposed to govern heroic fantasy aren’t applicable here. Dragon Age is not a simple story of supernatural conflict, but one of human ambition and treachery. Much like Game of Thrones, the people in power are unable to put their personal motives behind them in order to serve a greater purpose.

These themes pervade Dragon Age: Origins, making it feel, in many ways, like an epic Game of Thrones role-playing game. Also, Dragon Age has a much more important kitten named Ser Pounce than Game of Thrones….

WiC Weekly: November 2nd-8th

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Did you miss anything this week? We’ve got you covered, with no shocking twists!


News from the Bolton-controlled North

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We have confirmation that the Bolton story line will get a decent chunk of next year’s screen time. Charlotte Hope, who plays the character Myranda, has confirmed she will be in four episodes next season, which is a big jump up from the one and two episodes she was in in Seasons 3 and 4 respectively.

We won’t be seeing her right away though. The directors she lists for her episodes include Mark Mylod and Jeremy Podeswa, who we know are directling episodes three through six. The other director she lists is David Nutter, who is doing the crucial final episodes. Thanks to Juego de Tronos for the tip!

A bit of spoilery speculation below.

WIC Live Host Adam Rady Debuts Season 2 Of Walking In Circles

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Earlier this year, Winter Is Coming launched a new Game of Thrones review show called Winter is Coming Live. Each week, host Adam Rady brought a panel of Game of Thrones fans together to discuss where the HBO series has been and where it was going.

When Adam isn’t watching, thinking about, reading and dreaming about Game of Thrones, he also has written, directed and acted in his very own fantasy web series, Walking in Circles.

Adam and his team have recently released the second season of the series and we wanted to give everyone here at WIC a heads up to check it out.

If you are looking for a fantasy fix, Walking in Circles definitely provides a binge-worthy experience that could appeal to Adam’s fellow Thrones fans, despite being a weeeeeeee bit less dark than GOT.

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While on the surface Game of Thrones and my series, Walking In Circles, are vastly different; the first being a very serious drama, while the latter is more of an adventure comedy; I believe that fans of Game of Thrones will find some similarities they will enjoy. The most important of which is that in both series people find themselves invested in the characters. While the setting, tone, and events help compose the scene, it’s the characters that are always at the heart of things. This type of character depth is what works so well in Game of Thrones and also works exceptionally well in comedy, because the more that you care about the characters, the more the humor finds a way of paying off in unexpected ways. Additionally, it doesn’t hurt that we have some pretty awesome actions sequences. Regardless, I hope everyone will give it a shot, as there is a lot of time we have to wait for the next season of Game of Thrones, and Walking In Circles can be a fun and entertaining change of pace during the wait.

More about Walking in Circles and links to where you can catch both seasons, after the jump. 
If the trailer has you sold, check out the official website for Walking in Circles.

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