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It was going to be hard to match last week’s kickass, balls to the wall, super awesome dragon action third act of Game of Thrones. After all, we finally got to see Danny going to war with the Lannisters herself, riding on top of Drogon, and setting countless soldiers ablaze. She also had that massive Dothraki horde as well. Every single frame of that episode was epic and really upped the ante for a show that has consistently amazed us as each episode continues since its beginning. So with such a massive episode last week, how did this week’s episode of Game of Thrones go?

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It’s not even the last season of the show (let alone the last episode of the penultimate season) and Game of Thrones keeps getting better and better. Last week we saw the long-awaited meeting of Daenerys and Jon Snow. Unfortunately, things did not go as well as Jon had planned in their first awkward encounter. Daenerys did allow Jon to mine for dragon glass in her ancestral home in the hopes of the two forming an alliance. Sansa and Bran reunited in Winterfell. Unfortunately, Bran is now not really Bran and with his Three Eyed Raven powers have become someone else and not really able to know how to relate to his sister (evidenced by the fact that he tells her how beautiful she was on the night she was raped). It looks like it’s the last time we will see the San Snakes of Dorne as Cersei gave Ellaria’s daughter a poison kiss and forced her to watch her die. Lastly, Daenerys’ Unsullied army took Casterly Rock, but the Lannister army wasn’t really there as they took over Highgarden where Jamie came face to face with Olenna Tyrell who gave him the ultimate shade with her dying breath. As we are not almost halfway through the seventh season (why is there only 7 episodes?!?), how did this week of Game of Thrones end up?

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Last week on Game of Thrones, Danny finally got dealt her first taste of defeat. Her allies, the Greyjoy siblings, as well as the San Snakes of Dorne, suffered a sneak attack at the hands of Euron’s crazy self. This caused the kidnapping of Dorne’s queen Ellaria and her only living daughter Tyene to be Euron’s gift Cersei. Sam played the most ruthless game of “Operation” as he attempted to heal Jorah from his Gray Scale, while Arya also reunited with her long lost direwolf Nymeria while en route North to unite with Sansa and Jon. Of course, Jon decided to head south to meet Daenerys to cop a plea for an alliance against Sansa’s wishes (will all the Stark kids ever officially reunite?), but he overruled her and made her the temporary Queen of the North in his place. With all sorts of pieces in motion, how did this week of Game of Thrones end up?

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Last week marked the beginning of the end of Game of Thrones as all the pieces are moving into place. Cersei is shoring up alliances as she knows Daenerys will be coming for the throne. That means partnering with Euron Greyjoy and his massive fleet. After trying his best to insult Jamie, Euron promises a gift for the queen worthy of marriage. Arya is continuing her quest for vengeance, having taken out all the Freys. Jon finds out that his own sister might be a thorn in his side as King of the North. Sam learns the hard end of trying to become a master in The Citadel, cleaning up a lot of crap and the others not hearing him out on things. Of course, Daenerys finally lands at her ancestral home. Once again, the throne is up for grabs to whoever plays this game the best! So how did this week go?

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At this point, Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss can pretty much write their own ticket. The HBO show based on George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Fire and Ice novels (still waiting for you to finish them George!) is in its 7th season and going strong after this week’s season premiere. As this is Game of Thrones’ penultimate season before the big climactic conclusion of the much-loved show, everyone is wondering what is next for the famed duo. After all, they managed to give us Martin’s brilliant work and have millions of people absorbed in the world of Westeros. Whatever they do next will have to be something just as big (and just as good).

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Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ Watchmen comic is a timeless classic. The limited series graphic novel has a rich history as being one of the greatest graphic novels ever created. The alternative history murder mystery surrounding former superheroes employed by the government was a deconstruction of the idea of the superhero and was infused with politics as well as the idea of a “dark side” to heroes and has always been heralded as a perfect story. For a long time, the series was deemed “unfilmable” by its creators. Zack Snyder did a fairly accurate film adaptation of the comic back in 2009 that was met with mixed results. Some thought it was too much like the comic and others thought that the ending didn’t ring true to the original (changing the surprise at the end). The Director’s Cut of the film helped flesh it out even more than the theatrical cut. Either way, it was a worthy effort. Recently there have been talks about a reboot for the comic and it looks like we might get a TV adaptation.

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True Blood Season Five Trailer Hits the Internet

 

HBO has premiered the full trailer for True Blood Season Five. This NerdBastard hasn’t really watched much, but the addition of Christopher Meloni to the cast has gotten me interested. All you True Blood fans . . . is it worth a re-look?

 

The new season begins on June 10th.

True Blood” takes place in the not-too-distant future, when vampires have come out of the coffin, thanks to the invention of mass-produced synthetic blood that means they no longer need humans as a nutritional source. Alan Ball created and executive produces the show, based on the best-selling Sookie Stackhouse novels by Charlaine Harris.

Bon Temps is all shaken up! If you thought last seasons ending was a shocker, then think again. News has just hit the web that Alan Ball, the man who brought Charlaine Hariss’ addictive Sookie Stackhouse novels to the cable network HBO, will be stepping down  from his position after True Blood Season 5.  HBO gave Hollywood Reporter the following statement in response to the announcement:

When we extended our multiyear deal with Alan Ball in July 2011, we always intended that if we proceeded to True Blood’s sixth season that Alan would take a supervisory role on the series and not be the day-to-day showrunner. If we proceed to season six, the show will remain in the very capable hands of the talented team of writers and producers who have been with the show for a number of years.  This is the best possible world for both HBO and Alan Ball. Alan will remain available as executive producer to consult and advise on True Blood and he will be free to develop new shows for both HBO and Cinemax. Banshee, on which Alan serves as executive producer, is the first in house series for Cinemax and is expected to begin production this spring.

This of course sends me, and I’m sure other die-hard fans of True Blood,  in a worm-hole of shock. Even though the show has had its ups and downs plot-wise, it tried to stay true to the essence of the story line. We’ve all grown to love and hate different characters that stay in our memories, especially those off the wall sex scenes. (yummy) Alan Ball was reported to being “drained of energy” for the show after this last season and had this to say about his decision to leave:

True Blood has been, and will continue to be, a highlight of not only my career but my life,” Ball said in a statement. “Because of the fantastic cast, writers, producers and crew, with whom I have been lucky enough to work these past five years, I know I could step back and the show will continue to thrive as I look forward to new and exciting ventures.”

Alan Ball is already getting ready to leave the sci-fi realm for a different project for both HBO and Cinemax, one of which is titled Banshee which he will be executive producer and the other  being “Wichita, an hour-long medical drama in development at HBO about a Kansas surgeon who inadvertently becomes the focal point of a contemporary political, cultural and ethical war surrounding late-term abortions.” While these new projects he plans to focus on are great, will his departure from the show ‘hurt it in the long run or is new blood needed to bring an invigorating spice and allure back to the show?

Dark Tower Movie Trilogy Morphs Into HBO Series

Producer Brian Gazer revealed in an interview with MTV that HBO has agreed to the televison series part for the epic Television/Movie combination of The Dark Tower!

“We’re going to do [‘The Dark Tower’] with HBO. We’ll do the TV with HBO, and we’ll do the movie with… to be determined. We’ll do it right.”

With past successes like Rome, The Sopranos, Boardwalk, Oz, and many others, HBO is a great place for this production to land. Of course the expectations will now only grow in fans so Ron Howard is really going to have to reach deep to bring something amazing to the production values.

Universal passed on the movie side of the project so director Howard and producer Gazer are currently hunting for another movie studio to take on the project. The news of locking down HBO will certainly help in that search. Full steam ahead for The Dark Tower, what do you think about HBO stepping up?

 

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