Telltale releases Game of Thrones trailer today, game tomorrow

By Rowan Kaiser on

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Depending on what game system you’re using, Telltale Games’ Game of Thrones adventure game is releasing over the next few days–see the precise schedule here. The game will focus on the Northern House Forrester and take place from the end of Season 3 to the start of Season 5. If you have more questions about Telltale and how the game will probably play, we’ve written a FAQ.

Telltale has already released one trailer narrated by Lena Headey which focuses on setting the stage for the game’s story. This trailer shows more characters and more action. Check it out after the jump….

A Game of Thrones Gift Guide: Holiday parties are coming

By Ani Bundel on

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Christmas is around the corner, and we here at WiC are ready to help you nerd out for the holidays. Today’s installment of our Game of Thrones Gift Guide focuses on gifts for the home, so you can be ready for a Thrones-themed Christmas party.

The Small Council: Who’s your pick for Best Politician in Season 4?

By WiC Staff on

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In this week’s Small Council, we discuss the most recent WiCnet Award vote: Best Performance as a Politician in Season 4. Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, voting has been extended to Monday night. Check out our picks, and vote below!

Rebecca Pahle: Stannis (The Mannis) Baratheon isn’t Westeros’ best political player. Not by a long shot. He seems fundamentally incapable of realizing a fundamental truth of politics–that it’s tough to get people on your side if you’re an asshole. I’m a Stannis fan, so “He’s the only King who’s shown any interest in dealing with the ice zombie situation!” is pretty much my rallying cry, but if Stannis ever ascended the Iron Throne (which he won’t), Westeros would fall apart in like five minutes flat. I can admit that. I’m secure in my Stannis love.

So. Stannis is a shit politician. Pretty good that this category is about best performance as a politician, awful or not, then, eh? If there’s a chance for me to wax rhapsodic about Stephen Dillane, then sweet boiled lobster, I am going to take it! What sets Dillane’s performance apart from all the other political performances from this season–not what necessarily makes it objectively better, because a lot of the nominees are absolutely flawless in different ways–is that he does not seem to care at all whether people like Stannis….

What is The War of the Five Kings?

By Rowan Kaiser on

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Winter Is Coming wants to be the central location for Game of Thrones fans–including explanations and analyses of the show’s story and the world of Westeros. First up: “The War of the Five Kings”!

What is the War of the Five Kings?

The War of the Five Kings is the in-world name given to the civil war that dominates the story of Game of Thrones in its first few seasons. The fragile peace enforced by King Robert Baratheon comes to an end, and several contenders emerge for his crown, or attempt to declare independence. The war can be understood as starting with Robert’s death, and ending with the Red Wedding—although actions both before and after directly relate (see detailed chronology, below).

Who are the five kings?

  • Joffrey Baratheon(-Lannister), Robert’s acknowledged heir who sits on the Iron Throne, though in actuality the bastard son of Queen Cersei and Jaime Lannister.
  • Stannis Baratheon, the middle Baratheon brother, and the rightful heir–if Joffrey’s true parentage is known.
  • Renly Baratheon, the ambitious youngest Baratheon brother.
  • Robb Stark, the would-be King in the North.
  • Balon Greyjoy, the would-be King of the Iron Isles.

So what happened? (short version)

The Starks start defeating the Lannisters, until the Greyjoys rebel and take much of the North from them….

Game of Thrones Black Friday deals!

By Cameron White on

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With Thanksgiving behind us, winter is coming, and with it, presents! (Possibly also White Walkers.) Retailers across the internet are dropping prices today. We’ve collected some of the best deals we could for DVDs, Blu-rays, reference books, the novels, and soundtrack CDs. Check those out after the jump.

If you’re interested in Game of Thrones stuff beyond the most obvious licensed merchandise, we are too! Over the next couple of weeks, we’ll be posting the best, most interesting, and weirdest Thrones-related gift ideas we can. If you’ve got suggestions or have found a great deal, drop it in the comments!

But first, today’s deals….

Telltale’s Game of Thrones release dates announced!

By Rowan Kaiser on

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Happy Thanksgiving to our USA-based readers! As part of the traditional ritual of announcing anticipated video games on Turkey Day, Telltale announced the release dates for “Iron from Ice”, the first episode of their Game of Thrones adventure game.

Those release dates are:

  • December 2nd: PC/Mac, PS4 (US) – note–the Mac version appears to have been delayed
  • December 3rd: Xbox One & 360, PS4 (Europe)
  • December 4th: iOS
  • December 9th: PS3
  • Unannounced: Android

We’re pretty excited about this game. Some of our earlier coverage includes Frequently Asked Questions about the game and Telltale, including whether it’s likely to be good for non-gamers. There’s also plot, setting, and chronological details about the game which focuses on the Northern House Forrester. Telltale recently also announced the members and retainers of House Forrester, five of whom will be the game’s playable characters. Finally, they had some screenshots leaked (including of the four confirmed cast members who’ll be in the first episode), and recently put out a trailer, voiced by Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister–check it out after the jump!

“The North Remembers”: WiC Remembers Season 2, episode 1

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Game of Thrones’ second season premiere has one of the more difficult tasks in recent television history, although that’s not immediately apparent. Although the first season had several different plot threads coursing through it, it also had two things tying it together. First, Ned Stark was directly connected to almost every major character, and closely indirectly connected with the few he wasn’t. Second, based largely on the understanding that Ned Stark was the hero of the story, the first season seemed to present a relatively straightforward story of a lost heir invading a broken kingdom. Then Ned got captured, Drogo got poisoned, and all hell broke lose on storytelling expectations.

Thus the second season not only needed to start out good on its own, but it also needed to re-establish what and who the story is about now, as well as where it is. Which actors is Game of Thrones centered on, which characters have the power, what sets are they on, and who are they interacting with? These issues faced the second book, A Clash of Kings, as well, and I’m not sure it entirely resolved them. But television has its own set of issues, just in terms of how much time it’s able and willing to put characters on-screen.

Here’s how “The North Remembers” deals with this issue….

HBO reveals new Season 5 teaser, Three-Eyed Raven website

By Ani Bundel on


Last night, HBO launched a brand new website called “The Raven Brings The Sight,” it told us. Then they proceeded to give us a new teaser trailer for Game of Thrones Season 5.

That trailer, and mild speculation, below.

Jerome Flynn talks Game of Thrones auditions, insistent fans, and new Ripper Street series

By Ani Bundel on

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Jerome Flynn is out promoting Series 3 of his other costume drama, Ripper Street, and interviewers are also keen to hear about his role on Game of Thrones, and landing the role of Bronn, which returned him to acting after a long hiatus.

For those who might not be aware, Flynn was once part of Robson and Jerome, one of Simon Cowell’s first success stories. But fame didn’t agree with Flynn, and he retired to a run down Georgian Pembrokeshire estate to find himself spiritually. He was so determined not to return to the limelight, when offers came in–like being a judge on the original UK XFactor–he turned it down.

But, according to an interview with The Independent in the UK, he decided he was ready“[I]t was partly financial, and partly because I felt like I needed to get back out there. I hadn’t been on screen for 10 years. My agent didn’t give up on me completely, even though I was handed around among people. I think I was probably quite a frustrating client to have.”

Find out how he altered his appearance for his Bronn audition, more about his role in Ripper Street, and why he’s partial to being famous in London, after the jump….

Michelle MacLaren to direct Wonder Woman; Robb Stark is Prince Charming

By Cameron White on

Hollywood continues to snatch up the talented Thrones cast and crew, and today brought some pretty fantastic news. After previously hinting that Michelle MacLaren was back on the shortlist, The Hollywood Reporter officially confirms that television director Michelle MacLaren will be directing and developing Warner Bros. and DC Comics’ Wonder Woman film. She’ll be working to develop the film alongside producers Zak and Deborah Snyder, producers of Watchmen and 300. MacLaren herself is well-known for her work on Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead; she also directed “The Bear and the Maiden Fair”, “Second Sons”, “Oathkeeper” and “First of His Name” for seasons 3 and 4 of Game of Thrones. She’s an excellent pick; I wish her the best of luck.

Wonder Woman won’t be out until 2017, but in the meantime, Robb Stark is getting a second shot at love…

Game Of Thrones returns to Littlefinger’s big brothel

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According to Making Game of Thrones, the production will not be giving up its philandering ways for Season 5. A city still needs a brothel, and the show may still need its sexposition.

Apparently they don’t need protection though.

Set discussions involve how many “naughties” should be arrayed across a couch versus how many on the floor. And whether we shouldn’t see some period-appropriate prophylactics on hand (in a manner of speaking). Namely, sheep bladders or sheepskin sheaths. Sadly, our props department doesn’t keep any of those in stock.

Personally, I would be more concerned about protection against spies working for the competition.

The question for me is: why are we returning to Littlefinger’s brothel? After all, at this point, most of his best customers from the previous seasons have exited the show in all sort of creative manners, or at least King’s Landing.

Telltale’s Game of Thrones adventure game FAQ

By Rowan Kaiser on

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As you’ve probably noticed this week, news about Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series adventure game has been coming regularly, with its release scheduled for the next few weeks. Video game fans may be excited, but if you’re more into the Thrones than the games, should you be? Here are answers to some frequently asked questions:

What is Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series? 

Here’s what we know for sure: the game will be released in six episodes, with five different playable characters. It’ll focus on minor Northern house, Forrester, and take place between the end of Season 3 and the start of Season 5, and in locations in both Westeros and Essos. The first episode is called “Iron from Ice” and is scheduled for release in 2014. Telltale has released a trailer, character bios and pictures, and has had screenshots of both show and game characters leaked.

I’m not much of a gamer, but I’m interested. What kind of games does Telltale make?

Telltale Games is known for making traditional-style point-and-click adventure games like sequels to the Monkey Island and Sam & Max series. Some of the most famous examples of the genre are King’s Quest, Space QuestGrim Fandangoand The Longest Journey (and, depending, Myst). Adventure games tend to be focused on exploration, puzzles (usually via picking up and using items), and conversation, with little or no combat. This has made them a preferred genre for adaptations of shows and books, as they tend to be good styles of games for lots of story and a low barrier to entry for non-gamers.

In the past two years, starting with their Walking Dead series, Telltale has changed the form dramatically. The Game of Thrones game is likely to follow that model.

What does The Walking Dead model of adventure games entail?

More ethical choices, fewer puzzles, and slightly more action sequences. The first part is by far the most important–the challenge of modern Telltale games (which also includes The Walking Dead: Season 2 and the Fables game The Wolf Among Us) is personal. It presents you with difficult, no-win choices and you have to choose, and deal with the consequences….

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