Rory McCann on The Hound, too much ale, and two killers riding off into the sunset

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rory1Without a doubt, The Hound started off Season 4 with a bang. Working his way into our hearts with some of the best one liners the show has seen, and serving up brutality to those most deserving. Rory McCann tells Rolling Stone, that he was definitely feeling the love from the crowd at Season 4’s New York Premiere.

“That reaction! You’re wondering if the comedy worked, or the tension, but then you could feel the crowd respond. Bear in mind, this is made for people watching it in their living rooms, but there was a packed-out cinema; they were howling and shouting and screaming. Some of the lines they’ve given the Hound this year are incredible.”

Rory is surely happy to know that all of his hard work has payed off. And it was hard. Drinking countless liters of ale on command can be more than a little taxing, on Rory and the new set assistant alike.

“When I had to drink in that tavern scene, that’s David and Dan going “Give him another beer! Fill it right up to the top! Can you down another?” I was really fit at the time, wasn’t drinking, working out, there was definitely no sugar in my body — and suddenly I had six or seven liters of flat ginger beer that day. I had to go off into the woods to make myself sick. They had this new helper, I didn’t know who he was, and they told him ‘We’ve lost the Hound! We’ve lost the Hound!’  I’m on my hands and knees with my fingers down my throat trying to get this bloody soda out of me. He came up like, ‘Are you — ‘  [growls] ‘FUCK OFF!’ [Laughs] He ran away into the woods. [high-pitched, scared helper voice] ‘He told me to fuck off!’”

Anatomy of a Throne: “Two Swords”

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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.

Pictures from Season 4, Episode 2 ‘The Lion and the Rose’

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Pictures from this Sunday’s new episode of Game of Thrones, “The Lion and the Rose,” have been released. The batch includes three new shots of the happy couple, Joffrey and Margaery, on their big day (including our first high-res look at the wedding gown, zoom away), as well as a new angle of Stannis and Davos. It also includes some pictures we’ve seen before, but gives an idea of what we can expect to see in the episode besides the opulent royal wedding.

Gwendoline Christie on Brienne of Tarth’s stay in King’s Landing

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The premiere of Game of Thrones Season 4 found Brienne of Tarth in an uncomfortable place: King’s Landing. Despite her noble birth, she feels very much an outsider in the capital city, with her closest ally, Jaime Lannister, being a bit distracted. In a new interview with Access Hollywood, Gwendoline Christie talks about how Brienne has been handling herself so far.

After all they have been through, Jaime would like to slip back into some normalcy, but Brienne is making sure that he doesn’t forget the promise that he made to Catelyn Stark.

“It’s been such an extraordinary arc, it’s been such an incredible journey that they’ve gone on together, and they’ve both evolved so much as human beings that I think that she wants him to maintain that… In light of Catelyn Stark’s death, they both now are united through the experience they’ve had in [Season] 3, but then, both now united in a sense – the mission now is to carry out the wishes of Catelyn Stark, which is to keep the daughters safe. And I think that Brienne is motivated by a dedication to the greater good. It’s a very pure, altruistic, moral sensibility, and so, I find it quite inspiring because in light of things not being evident in the material physical world, it’s still upholding honor.”

Player of Thrones: Oberyn Martell, the Red Viper of Dorne

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Welcome to a new featured post on Winter is Coming, 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 post favorite quotes about the characters that we meet and hold discussions based on what we know already about the Featured Player. 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 first character does not disappoint, Oberyn Martell.

Emilia Clarke covers Hero Complex Magazine

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Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen is featured on the cover of the Spring issue of LA Time’s Hero Complex Magazine. In a detailed new interview Emilia talks about growing alongside Daenerys over the years, speaking High Valyrian, Season 4, and more.

In the premiere episode of Season 4, we find Daenerys and her army marching towards Meereen, her largest conquest yet, in hopes of freeing its people from slavery. Emilia believes that what sets Daenerys apart from the other characters on the show is that she does not simply want to sit on the throne, she has a purer goal in mind: equality. “Her ultimate goal is entirely selfless. It feels much more of a bigger idea than simply I want to sit on the throne because I want to sit on the throne. She would like to rule and create an equal world.”

As Daenerys continues on her journey, so does Emilia, who feels like they continue to grow together. “I relate to her more and more, oddly enough. Every season I find more depth to her as a character and, within that, finding more depth in myself. She’s definitely grown and continues to grow from a girl into a woman, and me too, so we’re in it together.”

Season 4, Episode 1 – Two Swords – Comic and Facebook recap

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Azad Injejikian is back with his Comics of Ice and Fire. Here is the first one of the new season:

Maisie Williams on Arya’s killer Season 4 debut: “It’s kind of frightening”

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Arya and The Hound stole the show this past Sunday, as they closed out the premiere episode of Game of Thrones Season 4. We finally got to see the dark turn we’ve been hearing about, as Arya crossed Polliver off of her list, and reclaimed her sword, Needle.

Now that the premiere episode has aired, Maisie Williams can finally talk about Arya’s turn in detail. She tells Entertainment Weekly, “It’s kind of frightening. She hasn’t done much that’s really that effective. In this moment after she’s killed Polliver, she’s realized her own power as well. It was about being in the right pace at the right time. I think she’s also trying to show The Hound too — I got this list and I can do this if I want to. She’s definitely kind of changing and putting on a more brutal approach to things. It’s a lot more risky, as well, she’s not afraid of death.”

Twitterbladed: Two Swords ReTweeted

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twit-largeOne big sword became two smaller swords, but in the end the smallest sword prevailed.

You all know you’ve been waiting for this. It’s Twitter time again!

And by now you know how this goes. I, the fatuous FaB (aka @Axechucker), along with my staunch ally @The_Rabbit01 (no relation to alley Cat) (or Only Cat) and topped off with some added help from my gregarious alter-ego (@KRRCross), gathered from across the ‘verse Tweets worthy of a king. Or a khaleesi.

We grab them during the episode and plop them down here (usually on Wednesdays). We all then get to relive the episode in question. We laugh, we cry, we rail in quiet seething fury.

I mean, assuming it all goes well.

My stars for this episode? Cam is my jam and Lisa Yancy caught my fancy, but Occupy Westeros occupied my heart. Follow ‘em at @Cam_Diesel, @Aerynsunx, and @OccupyWesteros!

No more words. Let’s git it awn!

So people were getting hyped for the show, naturally, but let’s check on with Oona Chaplin and Richard Madden first, shall we…?

Game of Thrones renewed for seasons five and six!

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hbo-logoIncredible news, everyone! The fourth season of Game of Thrones debuted with record ratings on Sunday night, and so a renewal was only a matter of time.

However, we’ve just learned that HBO has renewed the series for seasons five and six!

The official press release from HBO announces:


Season Four Debut Scores Highest Viewership Yet

            LOS ANGELES, April 8, 2014 – HBO has renewed GAME OF THRONES for a fifth and sixth season, it was announced today by Michael Lombardo, president, HBO Programming.

“GAME OF THRONES is a phenomenon like no other,” noted Lombardo. “David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, along with their talented collaborators, continue to surpass themselves, and we look forward to more of their dazzling storytelling.”

How about those Game of Thrones premiere record ratings!

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When I wrote in my previous ratings post that “we can break that 6 million mark this season, perhaps sooner rather than later” I definitely did not dare hoping for such numbers already for the premiere. Not only was six million reached, but well exceeded, and the number of viewers was higher by more than a million compared to the previous high-water mark the show has set. No wonder that HBO Go crashed on the premiere day!

In terms of comparison with other shows, we can now establish that we have firmly left the heyday numbers of True Blood far behind. The premiere episode was also the most tweeted about episode in the history of HBO. As far as average viewership per episode across all platforms is concerned, the updated season three numbers show that Game of Thrones is now level with the most successful HBO show ever, The Sopranos, at 14.4 million (reached during their season four). The current GoT season is well off to breaking even this record, so keep that number in mind.

Winter Is Coming Live Full Episode

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If you missed the stream of Winter is Coming Live yesterday, as promised, we now have the full show available for you to view. We tossed it into a couple of articles last night and the show will also be found in the sidebar on the homepage each week, but we wanted to do an actual post here as well to give everyone a chance to leave feedback.

We’ve got nine episodes to go this season. We are pretty happy with the first run but we also know there is a ton of room for improvement. I’ll be discussing potential changes with the other producers of the show this week so we will be working to shape the show more and more each week, based on what we think is and isn’t working and your feedback.

Some folks wrote yesterday that they wished the show was a little longer. I wasn’t sure if that was something we’d be able to do this season but we may look into expanding the discussion in future episodes.

At any rate, we had a lot of fun putting this together and we hope you will enjoy the rest of the season.

Check out the full show after the jump.

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