Game Of Thrones fans are about to get so much Dorne, they won’t know whether to fight or throw orgies. Enigmatic lover, family man and fearsome fighter Oberyn Martell was a fantastic addition to last season’s consistently unpredictable forays. With Spain playing the part of his homeland, we’re going to see a ton of his homies and kin. But it’s not all about Dorne, we’ve got a couple other Westerosi to contend with too. Book readers are sure to froth over some of these mentions and we finally find out which of the Red Viper’s daughters Keisha Castle-Hughes is playing. Here’s a quick hint: all our guesses were wrong. And to commemorate our failure, HBO provided us with two videos to watch with varied levels of satisfaction.
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Although season four just ended, people are already dying for season five of Game of Thrones. The hit HBO show has become must-see TV. In fact, I don’t think I know anyone who doesn’t watch the show. With good reason too! While GoT may have a weak storyline or character here or there, it’s always engrossing, always exciting and – more times than not – usually pretty upsetting.
Many don’t know what’s coming in the next season but we do know who will direct it. HBO has revealed the directors for season five and it’s a mix of newcomers and seasoned pros, but mostly newcomers. It’s a small group of guys (and only guys – more on that later…) but you have to remember the show only has ten episodes a season. But these five men will be getting quite a fill because they are all taking on double duty.
So who will be bringing the bloodshed and battles and boobs next season? Let’s have a look. (more…)
Season 4 of Game of Thrones introduced a fascinating new character in Oberyn Martell. The Prince of Dorne also had a second name: The Red Viper. A lascivious scoundrel on a quest for revenge, Prince Martell took on Ser Gregor Clegane, the most brutal man in the land of Westeros in an episode entitled “The Mountain and the Viper.” Some thought the story would end there, but House Martell stands to issue a second weapon next season: The Dornish Sand Snakes. Who and what are they? Where there’s one viper, others cannot be far behind, and we know who’s the first “Snake” to be cast. (more…)
The other day, we reported on George R.R. Martin making what has now become famous as his “middle finger to fans”. The issue in question was that people are afraid the A Song of Fire and Ice author might kick the bucket before he provides us with an ending to the series. Apparently, the folks at HBO are just as unconcerned as Martin himself, because their plans are focused on how to deal with the time when the Game of Thrones television series catches up to the books. And, of course, whether or not they’ll be including a movie in the overall scheme of things. Read on to hear what they have to say about it. (more…)
It’s one of the big concerns among fans of George R.R. Martin and his A Song of Fire and Ice series – that the 65-year-old writer is going to run out of steam and bite the big one before he manages to finish the final installment. It happened with Robert Jordan and The Wheel of Time, so we’re naturally a bit worried that history may repeat itself. As a result, people scream and complain that he’s not writing fast enough. “Where’s the damn sixth book?!” echoes through the halls of the Internet on a regular basis. Now, Martin himself is stepping up to fire back at his paranoid fans. (more…)
“Happy fucking Father’s Day.” — The Season Four Finale of Game of Thrones
The TV adaptation of George R.R. Martin’s A Storm of Swords has now come to a close and, at the end of it all, what is the overall lesson this tale has taught us? Really, it’s the same overarching message that the climax of nearly every slasher film ever made has attempted to hand down: don’t count your opponent as being out of the fight until you are setting fire to his breathless corpse. Though Joffrey may have fallen, Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage, whose work this year has been damn near transcendent) found himself at the mercy of the cruelest members of his family. For a moment, Tyrion believed he may have discovered a sliver of hope in his trial-by-combat “champion”, until Prince Oberyn of Dorne wasted one too many seconds taunting his downed foe before he found himself on his back, Ser Gregor Clegane’s thumbs deep in his eye sockets. But tonight, Tyrion got to dole out a few teachings of his own to his tyrannical father, as the imp was once again underestimated by those who look down their nose at him. The resulting patricide is one of the most heart-wrenchingly sad moments in Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire saga, and show-runners D.B. Weiss and David Benioff have translated it into the perfect capper for what may be the series’ strongest season. (more…)
Contrary to what you make assume from the title of this article, George R.R. Martin is in no way attached to the writing of the upcoming Magic: The Gathering film. The writer in question is one that works on penning the Game of Thrones television series, not the original books. Thus, the name of the man we are referring to is Bryan Cogman. Read on for even more information on this glorious development. (more…)
Any time an epic literary tale gets converted by the folks in Hollywood so that it fits a television or movie format, problems will result. The fact of the matter is that giant books just don’t fit into the usual 45-minute/2-hour formats without losing a little something-something along the way. Game of Thrones is one such television project and, while most people seem completely happy with the way the show has turned out thus far, those of us that read and loved the books know that there’s plenty that got left out, for better or for worse. Now, the Song of Fire and Ice scribe himself, George R.R. Martin, is stepping up to address some of the problems he’s experienced with the show. (more…)
Holy Neil Marshall, ladies and gentlemen.
If you’re going to have someone direct your big, broad, totally gory Helm’s Deep knockoff Episode, it might as well be the director of Dog Soliders, The Descent and Centurion (not to mention the mastermind behind Season Two’s epic, “Blackwater”). Marshall doesn’t just get to go really HUGE (sporting what appears to be a much bigger budget than his previous set of war games), but is also tasked with delivering a reminder that Game of Thrones can actually be “fun”. Despite being mostly effective from a storytelling perspective (Jaime’s weird rapeiness aside), this season has seen probably one too many grim moments; an emotional barrage that has left a good portion of the audience (readers and non-readers alike) slightly jaded. Marshall’s injection of the fantastical (giants! wooly mammoths!) is a much-needed breath of fresh air and a welcome respite from the seemingly all-encompassing cloud of gloom that has hung over much of Season Four. (more…)