HBO has been an exclusive, subscriber only channel since its inception. It’s cable plus, cable supreme, a channel so elite you need dozens of crap channels just to access it. And that’s worked out swell for HBO and cable companies–that is, until internet piracy became the way of the world. (more…)
Today HBO announced True Blood‘s next season will be its last, finally burying their long-standing, vampy smut fest after seven years. And there’s no denying it was a good seven years. Continually, True Blood would bring in incredibly good ratings, and up until Game of Thrones came along the series was HBO’s flagship drama.
HBO’s president of programming Michael Lombardo,
True Blood has been nothing short of a defining show for HBO. Together with its legions of fans, it will be hard to say goodbye to the residents of Bon Temps, but I look forward to what promises to be a fantastic final chapter of this incredible show.
It also survived a turbulent period where showrunner Alan Ball left the series before it came back for the sixth season, bringing into question whether or not that sixth season would happen at all. But under the guidance of new showrunner, Brian Buckner, the series has re-surged with some calling this season one of its best, yet. Plus, it’s been confirmed all major players (Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Alexander Skarsgard, etc.) will be returning for True Blood‘s final season.
Personally, I stopped watching early on last season as I couldn’t handle its dive from the delightfully ridiculous to the outright ludicrous, but the news next season will be its final has certainly intrigued me to catch up. You?
Don’t fret, it’s not anyone to whom you’ve become extremely attached. At least, I wouldn’t figure. Not yet, surely. And besides, at this point it’s still technically a rumor, though one Winter Is Coming seem confidant enough about to share.
And since this recasting rumor will SPOIL upcoming developments, I’ll include it beyond the cut.
When Game of Thrones unleashed The Red Wedding fans across the internet cried, sobbed, and loudly expressed their outrage over what happened (to the glee of author George R.R. Martin). Fans of the books were there to help console, knowing the anguish fans of the television series were feeling. It was a very depressing time for the fandom, a time many are only now recovering from.
That all being said, if you haven’t yet seen “The Rains of Castamere” and its infamous Red Wedding, TURN BACK NOW. There be major spoilers ahead.
Originally screened at SDCC 2013, this deleted scene from HBO‘s Game of Thrones is a fantastic look at two of the series characters and how they both operate in George R.R. Martin‘s fantastic world of fire and ice. There’s the all-powerful head of the Lannister family Tywin (Charles Dance), who always gets things the way he wants, when he wants them and bugger anyone who gets in his way; and the other, Grand Maester Pycelle (Julian Glover), the much quieter, yet just as deadly player working behind the scenes in the power struggle that is the Game of Thrones.
Take a moment and watch the video, you won’t be disappointed. If a series can be graded by the quality of its deleted scenes, GOT would definitely make any top ten list. Season 4 of GOT will hit the airwaves in the Spring of 2014, get a quick fix for that GOT itch and let us know what you think in the comments section below.
Via: Comic Book Movie
Son of the Queen of Thorns, Lady Olenna, father to Loras and Margaery, and head of the House Tyrell. He’s a big man, both figuratively and literally, and a big man is needed to fill the role. Look no further than Roger Ashton-Griffiths, an actor you probably recognize immediately but can’t quite place. That’s because he’s in virtually everything, from Brazil to King Ralph to A Knight’s Tale to Gangs of New York. And those are only his more high profile, film roles, he’s also appeared on dozens upon dozens of British television shows. So, y’know, this guy’s no amateur.
It’s simply another triumph in casting for HBO‘s Game of Thrones. Author George R.R. Martin made the announcement on his blog, Not a Blog, yesterday afternoon,
He’s a father, he’s a son. He’s been a bishop, a cardinal, a prior, a friar, a vicar, a knight, a lord, a mayor, a director. There’s one born every minute, but by any other name he’d smell as sweet. Yes, it’s the fine British character actor Roger Ashton-Griffiths, who has been cast in the role of Mace Tyrell, son to the Queen of Thorns, and father of Loras and Margaery.
With every new role cast for Season 4, the more excited I am. To bring you up to date we have: Pedro Pascal as The Red Viper, Indira Varman as Ellaria Sand, and Mark Gatiss in some mystery role. I know many of you solely-TV viewers can’t imagine it, but where the story goes from here is even more epic than where we left everyone in Season 3. And these characters, especially those from Dorne, will be a big part of the coming excitement. What do you think of all this recent casting?
With filming begins for Season 4 of Game of Thrones very soon, the casting announcements just keep rolling out. Especially for all these new Dornish characters we’ll be meeting. Book readers, you know what I’m talking about, and now it’s time for TV viewers to experience the mixture of excitement and frustration we felt over so many new faces.
Mark Gatiss has been cast in an as-of-yet unknown role (though, I’m thinking it’s Doran Martel), Pedro Pascal has already been cast as The Red Viper, and today we learn Indira Varman (Luther, Rome, Torchwood) has scored the role of the Viper’s “sexually adventurous paramour,” Ellaria Sand. Oooh. Kinky. (Note: Sand, like Snow or Rivers, is the bastards surname of Dorne.)
Not only is Ellaria a fascinating character, but she along with the “Sand Snakes” – the Viper’s many bastard daughters who are totally kick-ass and awesome! – will introduce viewers to the feisty women of Dorne. See, down south in Dorne, women are recognized as (almost) equals, unlike the rest of Westoros where the women are constantly fighting injustice. Not that Game of Thrones is lacking in strong, independent women, but let’s just say Arya, Yara, and Brienne would be far more welcomed and respected were they Dornish.
Entertainment Weekly, which broke the casting news, also spoke with showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, and they seem confidant Season 4 will surpass Season 3 in its epic-ness,
We got more action, which is obviously more time consuming. It’s a brutal shooting season ahead. But if we can make it through, yeah, I think it’s going to surpass season three. The last 3 episodes, there’s so many scenes we’ve been waiting for so long to do. And it just gets more and more fun to write for these characters. After three years of doing it, we have that much more comfort to make everything uncomfortable for them. We’re very excited for it.
Me too! It just stinks we’ve got to wait another eight to nine months before we can see it. Season 4′s cast is really shaping up nicely, and while I’m sad for those we’ve lost, I couldn’t be more pumped for some of these new characters coming our way, are you?
Source: The Mary Sue
With all the madness of San Diego Comic Con about to burst – Psst! Follow our SDCC coverage here – you’d think they could have held off on the announcement of the Primetime Emmy nominations by at least a week. I mean, come on, don’t they realize we have toy exclusives to report on!
But announced them they have, and as expected, a few standout series are leading the pack. Game of Thrones has nabbed 16 nominations including Best Outstanding Drama Series, Peter Dinklage for Outstanding Supporting Actor (Still supporting!? What does this guy gotta do to get recognized as a lead actor!?), Emilia Clarke for Outstanding Supporting Actress (Okay… beginning to think no one from GoT is considered a lead, and that’s bullshit.), Outstanding Guest Actress for Dame Dianna Rigg, and Outstanding Writing for “The Rains of Castamere” by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss.
Sadly though, Thrones didn’t get the most noms, that title goes to American Horror Story: Asylum with its 17 nominations. Other big nomination earners were Breaking Bad with 13, Mad Men and Downton Abbey with 12, Homeland with 11, and Boardwalk Empire with 10. Netlflix’s House of Cards, proving you don’t need to air on television in order to get nominated, picked up nine.
On the comedy side of things, SNL leads with 15, followed by 30 Rock with 13, Modern Family with 12, and The Big Bang Theory with eight.
You can find the complete list of nominations of the Emmy’s website. Who’d you like to see win? Who do you think got snubbed?
Oh man, did EW just reveal what will likely be my favorite news of the day, or what!? I make no secret of being a huge Doctor Who and Sherlock fan, and I’m a big admirer of Mark Gatiss‘ work on and off-screen. And today I learn he’s been cast in Game of Thrones! BEST. NEWS. EVER!
What role, though? That’s a secret because showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are just big ‘ole meanies. ‘Course, this also means it’s time for one of my favorite activities: blind speculation! He could be Margaery’s father, Mace Tyrell? I’d have expected someone more, uh, massive, but it wouldn’t be the first time the show altered a character’s appearance to fit their preferred actor. Or perhaps it’s Doran Martell? Actually, I like that choice a lot more, and the Martell’s and Dorne will be playing a larger role in the next season. It’s got to be someone major, otherwise, why be so secretive?
Unless they’re just waiting for their Comic Con panel, Friday at 2:50pm PST in Hall H, to make the big reveal. Gatiss will be in San Diego this weekend, appearing on both the Sherlock panel, Thursday at 2:15pm PST in Ballroom 20, and the Doctor Who panel, Sunday at 12:30pm PST in Hall H. So why not make a surprise appearance at the Game of Thrones panel, eh?
Who’d you like to see Gatiss play in Game of Thrones?
Make sure you stay glued to Nerd Bastards all weekend as we’ll be covering SDCC non-stop! Expect a report on Gatiss’ secret role the minute we hear it.
Just when you thought it was safe to go back to the beach after the Sharknado, a giant 40 foot dragon skull was discovered on the Charmouth Beaches of West Dorset, England’s Jurassic Coast. Forget about running into dragons on the beach, what about whatever ate that dragon to the bones? That’s what everyone should worry about.
The whole thing is an interesting marketing celebration of the addition of third season of Game of Thrones to the movie and TV streaming services of Blinkbox, on July 15th.
Ben Ayers of Blinkbox had this to say:
Game of Thrones is easily the most talked-about TV show of the moment, we wanted to mark its arrival on Blinkbox with a spectacle every bit as dramatic as this amazing series.
I love the whole idea, take a look at the gallery below to get an idea of the size and workmanship that went into the project. The Dragon Skull was created by a team of three and took over two months to construct and place.