RECAP/REVIEW – Game of Thrones – Season 4, Episode 10: “The Children”

- 06-16-14Featured, reviews, TV Posted by Jacob Knight

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“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…)

‘Magic: The Gathering’ Movie Taps ‘Game of Thrones’ Writer for Script

- 06-12-14Film, Nerd Culture Posted by Jason McAnelly

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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…)

George R.R. Martin Talks Problems of Taking ‘Game of Thrones’ to Television

- 06-12-14TV Posted by Jason McAnelly

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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…)

RECAP/REVIEW – Game of Thrones – Season 4, Episode 9: “The Watchers on the Wall”

- 06-09-14TV Posted by Jacob Knight

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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 SolidersThe 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…)

For a Mere $20,000, You Too Can Be a Beetle George R.R. Martin Crushes With a Rock!

- 06-06-14TV Posted by Jacob Knight

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In this past week’s Episode (“The Mountain and the Viper”), Tyrion Lannister relayed a story to his brother Jaime about their cousin, Orson Lannister*. Orson was a simple boy, dropped on his head and left mentally handicapped, who delighted in smashing beetles in the garden. The speech served for some fans as not only a commentary on the relentless cruelty the people of Westeros face on a day-to-day basis, but also a critique of the seemingly heartless nature of George R.R. Martin’s storytelling. For those folks, Orson was a stand-in for Martin — a God-like simpleton avatar the show’s creators made up to analyze the writer’s barbaric death-dealing. And now, thanks to the glory of crowd-funding, fans can donate to Martin’s favorite charities for a chance at becoming a “Martyr”. In short, $20,000 will earn you a place in an upcoming Song of Ice and Fire novel, where you can become one of these beetles Martin gleefully smashes with a rock. (more…)

‘Game of Thrones’ is Now Officially HBO’s Most Popular Show of All Time

- 06-06-14TV Posted by Jacob Knight

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Bad news for those who hate dragons, sex, dragon sex and/or dismemberment. It doesn’t look like Game of Thrones is going to be leaving HBO anytime soon, as a new ratings report indicates that the divisive fantasy series has officially become the most popular show in its history, beating The Sopranos, Sex and the City and everything else the critically acclaimed network has put into production. (more…)

Eight Books for ‘Game of Thrones’ Series?

- 06-03-14Nerd Culture Posted by Jason McAnelly

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We’ve all been waiting patiently for damn near three years now for George R.R. Martin to finish up the sixth book in his Song of Ice and Fire series. People are somewhat concerned that, at the pace Martin is going, he may pull a Robert Jordan and up-and-die on us before we get to read the end. Now, some rumors, hearsay and general sewing-circle chatter is suggesting that Song of Ice and Fire may actually end up being eight books instead of just seven. Scroll on for more. (more…)

Did Lena Headey Just Drop Another Massive ‘Game of Thrones’ Spoiler?

- 06-03-14TV Posted by Jacob Knight

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Lena Headey (a/k/a Cersei Lannister on HBO’s hit fantasy series Game of Thrones) is the queen of dropping spoiler hints via her Instagram account. That major death that just occurred this week? Yeah…she spoiled that TWO MONTHS AGO (with quite the cutesy little pic of Pedro Pascal). Now she’s at it again, blowing the spot of what I’m guessing to be the final shot of Season Four. Read on…if you dare. (more…)

‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ Adds Academy Award Winner Lupita Nyong’o and ‘Game of Thrones’ Regular to Cast

- 06-02-14Film Posted by Jacob Knight

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Two Star Wars posts before noon (Central Time)! Lordy Lordy!

While you were scanning those recent set pics, JJ Abrams & Co. committed a casting coup right under your nose. As if attempting to answer the overwhelming cries for ‘more diversity’ amongst the castEpisode Seven added Academy Award Winner Lupita Nyong’o and Game of Thrones series regular Gwendoline Christie (a/k/a Brienne of Tarth) to the already impressive cast. Is June 2nd, 2014 the day Star Wars: Episode VII actually became interesting? I’d definitely say so. (more…)

RECAP/REVIEW – Game of Thrones – Season 4, Episode 8: “The Mountain and the Viper”

- 06-02-14Featured, reviews, TV Posted by Jacob Knight

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A trial by combat.

While the title of this is week’s Episode tells you all you need to know in terms of what to expect narratively-speaking, to focus only on the brutal one-on-one battle that occurs between Oberyn “The Viper” Martell and Gregor “The Mountain” Clegane would be doing the rest of Season Four’s eighth hour a grave disservice. Yes, the two duel to the death in an adequately shot and cut bit of medieval warfare (more on this in a minute), but the rest of “The Mountain and the Viper” is made up of thrilling moments of dogged birth and re-birth. Not only does Sansa Stark get to come into her own and finally use her family name to actually improve her status, but Ramsay Snow earns the moniker of his father and “Reek” is able to slip back into the skin of Theon Greyjoy, even if for a chilling moment of murderous complicity. Unfortunately, not all ends well for some of our favorites, as Episode Eight contains yet another grisly, shocking moment sure to upset even those who knew it was coming.  (more…)