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.

Costume designer Michele Clapton to appear at Metropolitan Museum of Art

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If you’re live in New York City, or happen to be visiting in a few weeks, you can stop by the Metropolitan Museum of Art and whet your Game of Thrones appetite.

On Tuesday, Dec. 2, the museum will host a night with Michele Clapton, Thrones‘ resident costume designer. Clapton, along with artist Miya Ando and Met curator Pierre Terjanian, will appear to talk in depth about designing armor and costumes for your favorite Westeros characters.

The event – Dressed to Kill: Arms and Armor from Medieval Knights to Game of Thrones – is part of Met’s program series, which “gathers artists and thought leaders to engage in unscripted, surprising, and engaging conversation.”

Visit this link for more information and to buy tickets. Event ticket includes Museum admission.

The WiCnet Awards: Season 4′s Best Dramatic Moment

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We’re back with this week’s WiCnet Awards poll! Last week, we had the “Best Performance As A Warrior in Season 4.” The WiCCiE winner, once again, was Oberyn. I suppose since he won’t be eligible next year, it only makes sense that he’s cleaning up this season. This week, we’re following it up with the Best Dramatic Moment for Season 4.

And the WiCnet Award for Best Performance as a Warrior in Season 4 goes to…

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Oberyn Martell. It feels a bit like Oberyn is walking away with many of this season’s WiCnet Awards, but there’s a reason for that. Pedro Pascal’s performance in the one short season he was in was so electrifying, so riveting that there were times when it was like he was sucking all the air out of the production whenever he exited the scene.

And, then, of course, he has That Fight Scene. When it comes to one on one combat, Game of Thrones has had its fair share, from Bronn championing Tyrion the first time, to Brienne vs the Hound at the end of episode 10. But we’ve never one where the focal point was so strong the entire episode was named for it. Never one that overshadowed the rest of the episode so completely.



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