Game Of Thrones

The road to Game of Thrones Season 8 has been hard on viewers.  Taking an emotional – and to some a physical – toll. Death, despair, a cyclone of political machinations, copious amounts of violence…oh and did we mention death? Lots and lots of death! Seeing beloved characters find their demise while villainous vultures continue to find victory (*cough* Cersei *cough*) , has almost been too much to bear. One would teeter on being a real masochist to have held on for this long. But that’s GoT for you, a show that defies convention. There is nothing quite like it and there may never be again. And here we are, the beginning of the end for one of the biggest, most ambitious, ground-breaking entertainment franchises ever.

After 7 seasons of war and individual hardships, the sprawling story has dwindled itself down to but a handful of characters. The fight for the (Iron) Throne remains, but so does the threat of the Night King and the horde of white walkers. Unless differences are put aside and lasting alliances forged, the fate of Westeros hangs in the balance.

Below is a SPOILER FREE take on the premier episode. Alludes, implies, and discusses, but never spoils.

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For the past seven years, Game of Thrones dazzled countless fans and became a culture-wide phenomenon. Legions of people from all walks of life are dedicated to the show, its stories, and all the characters fighting for the Iron Throne. As the final season begins, fans are excited and devastated all at once. They’ll finally know who claims Westeros, but the series that kidnapped their attention will end.

I, on the other hand, am just grateful that it’ll finally be over.

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Game of Thrones Season 8 is only hours away. Fans across the world are shivering with antici… Well. You know. So how should fans get their GOT-fix before the next season starts? They’ve binge-watched all the previous seasons. They’d read every interview and watched every exclusive “sneak peek”. And yet they still can’t get enough. So NerdBastards scoured YouTube to find the best Game of Thrones parodies to soundtrack your life while you anxiously await the start of Season 8. Queue up your playlist and get ready to nod your head and sing-out-loud to some wonderfully nerdy Game of Thrones parodies.

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(Photo credit Jeff Kravitz)

Kristian Nairn  is a Northern Irish actor and DJ. He is best known for his portrayal of Hodor in the HBO fantasy series Game of Thrones. Fans are still reeling at Hodor’s demise in “The Door” from season 6. There, he perished after holding a door closed against an onslaught of White Walkers feverishly focused on dismantling Bran and Meera apart as they escaped the Three-Eyed Raven’s cave. Though his character spoke very little and language reduced to one word “Hodor”, his presence was large. And not just because the actor is a (really) large man (6’10) but because of his sweet, simple, gentle, and fatherly nature. In person, Kristian is just as humble and caring.

We caught up with Kristian at a GoT media event at Boston’s AT&T flagship store ahead of the Season 8 Premier (4/14). We talked World of Warcraft, the culture of Game of Thrones, fan rage and a few other subjects to which he offered insight and humor.

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There’s a new and last season of this TV show starting soon. You may have heard of it. Game of Thrones. Sound familiar? Well, in case you haven’t heard of this little show with little more than a cult following, HBO has some promotional events to help with might be moderate hype. #ForTheThrone features three ways to get hyped for Season 8, and the biggest of three could get you a crown of your own. Would you quest, bleed, or create for the throne? HBO hopes so. Creating a website and posting to YouTube and Facebook, HBO and the GoT actors are giving hints at the location of hidden Iron Thrones throughout the world. And the first of six has already been found!

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Gaming companies come and go. But few downfalls come as much of a shock to fans as learning on the demise of Telltale Games. With big name titles under their belt, more titles announced for the next year, and hiring as recent as a month ago, fans and employees alike were caught off guard by the announcement that Telltale would be closing its doors. The downfall of Telltale is a cautionary warning to those who work in the gaming industry and a sign that the way the industry does business needs to change. What led to Telltale’s closing, what does it mean for its employees and future games? As fans and industry pros let it all sink in, here’s a list of 5 games you probably didn’t know Telltale created.

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The long winter that is Game of Thrones‘ hiatus is upon us, and it’s only getting colder, guys. While there is some comfort in re-watching old episodes — “Battle of the Bastards” is an actual masterpiece — it’s also nice to tune in to something brand new that’s capable of getting you just as hyped as the action in Westeros does. There are quite a few shows out there that are perfect for Game of Thrones fans (think Rome, Vikings, and the early seasons of The Walking Dead), but most of them have been around so long that you’ve probably already seen them.

If you’re looking for a show that’s new and just as intense, brutal, and exciting as Game of Thrones is, then this is the list for you. None of these nine shows are exactly like the hit HBO series, because let’s face it, there’s nothing quite like it on TV. However, each one of these series create intricate and dangerous worlds that viewers can’t look away from.  (more…)

The Best Cosplay Pics From New York Comic Con

Whether you come to comic-con looking for toys, panels, or to raid the back issue bins in search of those books that you need to fill your collection, you can’t miss the breathtaking cosplay that fills the show floor. Homemade costumes that took months of nights spent losing fingerprints to a glue gun or hundreds (and sometimes thousands) of dollars spent on pro made props that help to blur the line between fan film grade — both were all over the Jacob Javitz Center for New York Comic Con this past weekend. And while no one could capture all of the wildly imaginative and incredibly geeky looks, we did pull a few selections from our time there for you to see. Rick and Morty, Negan, Game Of Thrones, and a few surprises — hopefully there’s something for every single fan.

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Last week’s penultimate episode of Game of Thrones continued the series long tradition delivering a jaw dropping episode. In last week’s episode, the “magnificent seven” went north of The Wall to secure a wight for the purpose of convincing Cersei and everyone that their beef over the iron throne pales in comparison to the real war. It was epic as they faced off against a horde of the dead. Lucky for them, Daenerys was able to come in and save their butts courtesy of her three dragons. Unluckily for her, the Night King used an ice spear to take down her dragon Viserion and later on reanimate him as an undead dragon. As they sailed to King’s Landing for the summit, Jon decided to finally bend the knee to Danny. But was their trials and sacrifices worth it? How did this week’s episode of Game of Thrones go?

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