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Game of Thrones‘ is only halfway through its sixth season, but there have already been some memorable moments. The HBO series, which airs Sundays at 9pm, keeps a grueling schedule as it can take up to a month or more to completely shoot episodes for the hit show. This is due to travelling to locations, schedules of the actors, and just who is involved in the scenes to be filmed.

Jack Bender, director of ‘Game of Thrones’ season six episodes “The Door” and “Blood of My Blood,” recently spoke with Vanity Fair about his work on the series and he revealed a point of interest regarding next season. Bender claims that next season will only consist of seven episodes. (more…)

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I was really hoping that someone had photo-shopped an Iron Throne made out of Emmys instead of swords because it would be very apropos to Game of Thrones virtual sweep last night at the 67th Annual Emmy Awards. The HBO series grabbed 12 Emmy Awards last night, breaking West Wing‘s (1st Season) 9 Emmy award wins in 2000 for a single season. Game of Thrones had earlier won 8 Emmy awards at the Creative Arts Emmys which celebrates technical and other similar achievements in American television programming. Which four did the series win last night to push them over the top? (more…)

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The flashback is a well-worn device in modern TV storytelling. Some series do it well, like most of the first season of Lost, and some series do it poorly, like practically every flashback on Arrow. That may be my opinion, but I think a lot of the appeal of Game of Thrones is that it keeps the storytelling in the here and now. (Of course, here and now is relative when it comes to the fictional world of Westeros.) But according to the two guys that guide the show, that’s all about to change in the next season of the show. Put on your tie-dye and sweatbands because we’re about to go back in time. Although that’s probably not the dress code of the Westeros of the past. (more…)

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Word is out that the producers of George R.R. Martin and HBO‘s hit series Game of Thrones has cast an important role that is pivotal in the storyline of the upcoming season four: the Red Viper of Dorne. Pedro Pascal (Graceland, Red Widow) has been brought in to play the Dornish prince Oberyn Martell.

This marks the first introduction of a Dornish character to the series and those that have read the book can attest to Dorne becoming a major player in the struggle for the Iron Throne.

Showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss said:

“This was a tough one. The Red Viper is sexy and charming, yet believably dangerous; intensely likable, yet driven by hate. The boys love him, the girls love him, and he loves them all back. Unless your last name is Lannister. We found a fellow who can handle the job description and make it seem effortless. He wasn’t easy to find and he won’t be easy to stop.”

Add another spoon to stir up trouble in Westerous, the Red Viper of Dorne is sure to make things happen and get characters out of their comfort zone when season four begins next year.

Via: Blastr

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I’m a bit behind on Game of Thrones, did anything big happen in the last episode? Kidding. But while fans revel in the awesomeness of the great Red Wedding scene in last week’s episode, a kettle of fish about the portrayal of violence on TV seems to have once again been opened.

Game of Thrones producer Dan Weiss weighed in on the debate via The Hollywood Reporter, and called the network TV approach to violence “sanitized,” and that it’s desensitizing the kids of the America. Here’s what Weiss had to say:

“Violence in the real world is awful to witness. But it’s the sanitized versions of violence on TV that are worse … On network TV, people die in droves in a way that’s clean and easy to watch and fun. It’s more like an old video game… 

Especially with the gore, there’s a line beyond which it starts to work against itself and… looks like The Evil Dead 2 – it becomes a splatterfest.”

He’s got a point. Half the shows on network TV start with a hooker being found in a dumpster, and it’s almost always bloodless. In fact, there was more blood on M*A*S*H then there is on the average episode of CSI. But I digress, where do you Bastards weigh in on this?

Source: Blastr

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Reporting live from Westeros – I wish – here’s the latest news concerning the quest to rule the Seven Kingdoms and sit upon the Iron Throne. Daenerys Stormborn, or rather, Emilia Clarke has demanded of George R.R. Martin to know who the final victor will be come the end of A Song of Ice and Fire, the book series that spurred HBO‘s wildly successful Game of Thrones. Speaking with Metro News, Clarke said,

I’ve said to George ‘come on, tell me who wins, please!’ And he thinks I’m joking and I say, ‘no, no, I’m deadly serious! His lips are sealed. And I’m sure that David [Benioff] and Dan [Weiss] know but they don’t tell anyone –I’ve got them drunk and they still wouldn’t tell me.

I’ve been pleading with them, ‘tell me who wins!’ And they won’t say a word. They’re under lock and key! But I care passionately about what happens to Dany. How could I not?

I hear ya, girl. My money’s on Dany. I mean, come on, woman’s got dragons, how could she not win? We’ll continue to see Dany and her dragons as Game of Thrones is very likely continuing for a fourth season. It’s kind of a no brainer, Thrones is HBO’s most successful show, ever, why not keep it going? And we know Benioff and Weiss had already planned to split the events of the third book, A Storm of Swords, into two seasons. It’d be a crime to leave us hanging after what they’ve got planned for the third season. But if you’re looking for confirmation, Tywin Lannister, Charles Dance, said this during a press conference for Season 2’s release on DVD/Blu-ray,

We’re about to start season four aren’t we? This year. We get scripts pretty early on, much earlier on than in similar series, usually you get perhaps one episode and you just have to trust that what’s going to come in subsequent episodes is going to be as good as the one you’ve got, but in this I think there are six scripts already written, and we will probably be able to see them with more than adequate time to prepare before we start shooting.

Which basically seals the deal, Game of Thrones will return for a fourth season, even if HBO hasn’t officially made a statement saying so. Would the Hand of the King lie?

No, but he doesn’t bat an eyelash at “kinky fuckery.” Here’s the venerable actor reading an excerpt from 50 Shades of Grey, in case you missed it,

Hit the jump for more Game of Thrones news, including “The Bear and the Maiden Fair”, an awesome interactive map from Direct TV, and look at this, it’s Cersei’s dream coming true,

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