Sand Snakes spotted on set!

By Ani Bundel on

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In our excitement this week to finally see the Dornishmen in costume, there’s one group of newcomers we haven’t gotten a glimpse of yet: Oberyn’s bastard daughters, known as the Sand Snakes. Finally, this has been remedied. Unlike Thursday’s pics, these photos from gameofthronesfan are not on set, but we have a few lovely up close shots of whip rehearsal action.

If you’re wondering why there are more than three, that’s because these photos include Keisha Castle-Hughes, Jessica Henwick and Rosabell Laurenti Sellers, as well as their stunt doubles. More pictures below.

WiC Weekly: October 12th-18th

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It’s time for another Saturday roundup of some of our best and most popular posts of the week.

More filming photos from Osuna and Jaime Lannister

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News is breaking fast out of Osuna, Spain, where Game of Thrones has taking advantage of the location to film what looks will be some of the most dramatic scenes of Season Five. Today, we bring you more from the Juego de Tronos facebook page.

The WiCnet Awards: Best Performance As A Villain in Season 4

By Ani Bundel on

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It’s time once again for the WiCnet Awards. Last week’s Best Death ended up being fight between Joffrey and Oberyn, with the Dornishman ultimately taking the crown. This week’s category is somewhat related. Now that we’ve had Best Death in Season 4, let’s have Best Performance As A Villain.

Everyone loves a good villain, and Game Of Thrones is full of them. Who’s your favorite? Vote early, argue it out in the comments and let’s find out.

Five ways that Game Of Thrones changed fantasy (And three ways it really didn’t)

By Rowan Kaiser on

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Last week’s New York Comic Con had a handful of Game Of Thrones events and panels–including the Rave Of Thrones–but one in particular on “How Game Of Thrones Changed Fantasy” with a few famous fantasy authors caught our eye. We asked freelance contributor Rachel Kolb to write it up.

At the 2014 New York Comic Con, Game Of Thrones fans didn’t have a lot of choices as far as panels or events. This might explain why the writer’s panel “How a Game Of Thrones Changed Fantasy…or Did It?” was at full capacity with another room full of people wanting to get in. Fortunately, I was one of the lucky ones who got a seat in the room.

The panel included writers Seth Fishman (The Well’s End), Robin Hobb (Fool’s Assassin), Gail Z. Martin (War Of Shadows), Garth Nix (Clariel), Patrick Rothfuss (The Slow Regard Of Silent Things), and Cinda Williams Chima (The Sorcerer Heir), and was moderated by David J. Peterson (Living Language Dothraki). Together, they broke down the ways that Game Of Thrones has changed fantasy and examined ways that people think GOT changed fantasy but may not have. The conversation spanned from writer deadlines to character deaths and came back around to the relationship between fans and writers. According to the esteemed panel, here are five ways that Game Of Thrones changed fantasy and three ways it didn’t really.

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Osuna’s bullring hosts big Season 5 scene

By Cameron White on

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Filming is now underway in Osuna, and some fans have snapped some photos of the action. These come to us courtesy of an unofficial Facebook fan page for Spanish Game of Thrones fans.

Have a look first at this shot of some green-screen magnificence in a bullring in Osuna, then join us after the jump for a couple fan photos, a surprise visitor, and speculation about the bullring scene….

Two new characters cast on Game Of Thrones with Lost, Misfits alums

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The Hollywood Reporter has announced that Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, best known as Mr. Eko from Lost, Simon Edibisi on Oz, and the Dark Elf Kurse in Thor 2: The Dark World has joined Game Of Thrones. He was a fan favorite on both Oz and Lost, so it’ll be interesting to see what he does in GOT role.

For now, all we have is speculation on that role. It’s been announced only as “Malko,” a new character for the HBO series. Given the increasing number of locations in Westeros and Essos in Season 5, like Dorne, more Braavos than a single room, and Pentos, it’s almost impossible to say–if you have any more information, we’d love to hear it.

Meanwhile, another new role we’ve already discussed may have been filled as well….

WiCnet Awards: And the Best Death Scene winner is…

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I would like a little appreciation for not going full-on squashed head with the top pic.

The winner of the WiCnet Award for Best Death Scene in Season 4 is…Oberyn Martell! He joins Catelyn Stark and Ser Rodrik Cassel as a winner in this category.

Any category that Oberyn Martell (Pedro Pascal) is in in this year’s WiCnet Awards, he’s going to win. That’s science. Sorry, Tywin, Ygritte, Joffrey. You might have won in any other year. But Season 4 belonged to Oberyn.

Personally, I was pretty worried about this scene for two reasons. The first one is obvious: I love Oberyn, and watching “The Mountain and the Viper” knowing that Gregor Clegane would defeat him at the end of it was sheer torment. (The fight itself, as written about in more detail when it won Best Action Sequence, was a masterpiece of tension.) Oberyn brought a much-needed change in perspective to King’s Landing, reminding the Lannisters—and the viewers—that even among the rich and politically powerful, no one in Game of Thrones is entirely safe from retribution for past wrongs. And boy, are there a lot of past wrongs in Westeros. The Lannisters always pay their debts, and Oberyn was here to collect. His quest for justice might not have ended well for him, true, but no one in Game of Thrones should be taking a victory lap quite yet (Tywin).

The second reason I was on-edge had to do with the death itself….

A day in the life of a Game Of Thrones extra

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During filming in Croatia, an extra approached us wanting to talk about his experience. “Mark” had signed a non-disclosure agreement, so we didn’t want to publish particular details, but we were curious about the experience of being an extra, and he was happy to oblige.

Winter is Coming: How did you find out about Game of Thrones?

Mark: I’ve read the books in one breath and from that moment my mind lives in Westeros and Essos. When they started filming Season 2 in Dubrovnik I was so happy because it’s a perfect place for King’s Landing and great promotion for Croatia. I wanted to apply for Season 3 and 4 but I had to work during summer (no free days). When I saw that they were looking for extras for Season 5 I applied immediately.

WiC: How did you sign up to be an extra on the show? Were you paid for your role?

Jaime Lannister Dressing Like A Dornishman For Season 5

By Ani Bundel on

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I said this morning, all I needed was to see Alexander Siddig in costume and my life would be complete. Take me now. (Though I am guessing Prince Doran is barefoot on screen. Somehow I don’t think those green and yellow flip flops are part of the costume design.) Still, it is everything I was hoping for. Oberyn’s look, writ older and glamorous.

But that’s not actually the big spoiler in this post. Below, we have a very important question. Is Cersei’s other half going native?

Rave of Thrones: A Night with Hodor

By Andrea Towers on

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What would Jon Snow, Daenerys Targaryen and Hodor do if they found themselves together in a night club in the middle of Manhattan? That was the question I found myself asking when I stepped into the legendary B.B. Kings for Rave of Thrones, the New York Comic Con event focused on Game of Thrones‘ own Kristian Nairn.

As most of the world knows, when he’s not Hodor-ing around Westeros with Bran Stark, Nairn performs as a professional DJ — a trade he’s been practicing for years, well before he was cast in the HBO series. Friday night’s Rave of Thrones event served as the kick-off for the North American leg of Nairn’s tour, which will take him from Toronto to Alaska to San Fransisco. And it’s only right that his first stop would coincide with a place where there would be lots of support in the form of direwolves, Lannister queens and White Walkers.

Game Of Thrones producers confirm flashbacks in Season 5

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At a public meeting in Sevilla, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss said that, five seasons into Game Of Thrones, they would finally be adding the third of the narrative devices they’d wanted to avoid after prophecies and dreams: flashbacks.

Most of the news on the interview reports their answers in Spanish–here’s Los Siete Reinos in their native tongue, and the Google translation. We’ve yet to find a site that reported what D+D said in English directly, so some of the subtler questions and answers are difficult to parse, but “Así que sí, esta temporada por fin habrá flashbacks” translates fairly directly.

In other news from the meeting, Benioff and Weiss described the bridge in Cordoba as a model for the Long Bridge of Volantis, as opposed to a shooting location in and of itself. Other Spanish newspapers, meanwhile, reported primarily on Benioff and Weiss’ coy, mildly evasive but also somewhat positive responses about whether they’d film in Spain for Season 6.

Flashbacks are the big news, though. This is a massive structural change for Game Of Thrones. From the beginning, the show has preferred to rely on error-prone human memory and cognitive bias to frame the past. King Robert is utterly convinced that his rebellion for Lyanna was justified, and the Targaryens pure evil; Thoros of Myr describes himself as a terrible priest, given the blessing of resurrection as an accident. Flashbacks, on the other hand, have to be explicitly depicted as subjective or else they’re treated as true depictions of the past. Game Of Thrones hasn’t just ignored that in the past, it’s deliberately shoved it away.

But what might those flashbacks be? Some more pics and a bit of speculation below the jump….



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