Last week’s episode of HBO and George R.R. Martin‘s Game of Thrones had a controversial scene between Jaime and Cersei that had the Internet and Monday morning water-cooler conversation buzzing. Now George R.R. Martin has weighed in on the scene and the differences between the television show and the books it is inspired by. (more…)
Now that’ve we’ve gotten the first big death of Season Four out of the way, it’s time to move on and remember that Westeros is a big place, with seemingly every corner stuffed with stories.
‘The sprawl’ is one of the biggest attractions to Game of Thrones’ unconventional style of story-telling, and also what makes it somewhat frustratingly impossible to sum up in an easy fashion. After the longest prolonged scene in the series’ history last week (which concluded with us saying goodbye to one of its most hated characters), Benioff, Weiss & Martin’s proverbial omnipotent camera doesn’t just zoom out in Episode Four, it proceeds to pull a full-blow Don Siegel-style helicopter shot, in which we get a God’s Eye view of many goings-on. Despite resolving the cliffhanger we were left on by ‘The Lion and the Rose’ in its initial scene, ‘Breaker of Chains’ is a (possibly healthy) reminder that the world is what take precedence in Game of Thrones, not a singular, easy-to-circumscribe narrative arc.
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Of all the visceral emotions Game of Thrones evokes in its viewers, ‘relief’ is rarely amongst them. George R.R. Matin’s dragon-filled soap opera is often cruel and treats even its biggest fans with borderline contempt. First, Ned Stark was beheaded at the behest of sniveling King Joffrey while his daughters helplessly watched. The road to avenging his death seemed like it was well paved for young Robb Stark, King of the North, until he, his mother and pregnant wife were massacred by the Lannisters at the now infamous ‘Red Wedding’. The modus operandi for both the novels and the series seems to be providing a sliver of false hope for those willing to immerse themselves in the sex and violence stuffed world to cling to; a hero that stands tall as many snakes slither in the grass at their feet. Only when those snakes strike, Martin (along with show-runners David Benioff & D.B. Weiss) seem to revel in watching your champion die a slow, painful death, knowing full well that you’re in just as much agony as the fictional character you’re mourning. It’s a mean-spirited streak not found in most mainstream media, black-hearted to the core and a big part of what makes the HBO series so special (or despicable, depending on your threshold for suffering).
But what happens when one of the villains finally gets their just desserts? Is it such a shock that the story would finally give us what we want? Or are there strings attached, as Martin & Co. just can’t help but add a caveat to our catharsis? Ladies and gentlemen, I present The Lion & The Rose, a detailed guide to how Game of Thrones doles out justice for its audience.
With season four of Game of Thrones just starting, fans are eagerly waiting to see what happens next (or, perhaps more appropriately, who dies next). But George R.R. Martin’s Song of Fire and Ice is a long-ass series. So, naturally we’re going to need more than four seasons. Well, fear not! For the folks at HBO have officially renewed the show for two more seasons. (more…)
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All men must die.
The tag line for Game of Thrones’ fourth season doesn’t read like a warning so much as it does a maxim of inevitability. Last season saw the end of Robb Stark, along with his mother, Catelyn, his wife, Talisa, and an army of Stark banner-men, as they were slaughtered by Walder Frey and Roose Bolton (with a nice tactical assist from the Lannisters) at the now infamous “Red Wedding” (the second event, after the beheading of Ned Stark, that launched a thousand hilarious YouTube “reaction videos”). The Stark rebellion has been crushed, it seems, and there are no more imminent threats to the Iron Throne (unless you count that pesky “Mother of Dragons”, who still needs to cross a vast ocean in order to make a serious play). For once, the characters in the show (as well as the folks who root for them from their couches) can finally sit back and relax — nobody’s going to die anytime soon, it seems. The Lannisters are all in King’s Landing, settling into their domestic roles and midlife crises as their sneering boy king plans for his wedding.
But all men must die. And all peace, as well as the comfort that goes along with it, is only temporary.
As the April 6th premiere date for the fourth season of HBO and George R.R. Martin‘s Game of Thrones keeps creeping closer and closer, we’re getting some fantastic looks into the characters involved, as well as some great behind the scenes looks at the series. This time there’s one about the Bastards of Westeros and the costumes of season four. (more…)
The latest trailer for George R.R. Martin and HBO‘s Game of Thrones season four has hit the Internet and it promises that there are many more people besides the Lannisters pay their debts. The kind of debts that gold can’t pay, but only through pain, suffering, and blood. (more…)
With the season four premiere date, April 13th, fast approaching for HBO and George R.R. Martin‘s Game of Thrones, we all expected to see at least one interesting, out of the box, marketing gambit to increase the already immense fan base watching the show. HBO’s latest attention grabbing twist was to gather a talented group of Hip-Hop and Rap artists to create mixed musical tracks about the show. Now you can hear all the tracks for free! (more…)
A lot of guys, and some girls too, would agree that Emilia Clarke is a pretty stunning woman, which is why the actress, better known to millions of fans as Game of Thrones‘ dragon queen Daenerys Targaryen, is sometimes called upon to “bare it all” on the show. Of course, taking all your clothes off in front of the camera can be nerve-racking for even the most confident of actresses, but in a new interview Clarke says that there is one thing more disconcerting to her that being in her all-together in front of a film crew. (more…)
Don’t expect HBO to let up on the barrage of Game of Thrones material anytime soon. The series returns on Sunday April 6th which makes March the longest month of the year! To help build anticipation – and a sense of dread – here’s a bevy of new characters posters, the official Season 4 poster (which is totally creepy!), and a few teasers featuring the Stark, Lannister, and Targaryen factions. (more…)