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All season long viewers continued to be teased about the “door” and the “valley beyond.”  The final episode of season two finally revealed what they really were.  But those story points are overshadowed by a few other reveals.

This week sees the answer about who won the race to the Forge, gave us a truth about who really was running things behind the scenes, and in a post credits scene answered the question about whether William (Ed Harris) was a host.

The title of this episode is ‘The Passenger’ and that is explained as well, but a better name might have been ‘All Hail Dolores!!!’ (that will make sense later).

Spoilers abound!!!

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Ford (Anthony Hopkins) muses when addressing Maeve that “mankind is poised midway between the gods and the beasts” in this penultimate episode of the season.  The embodiment of that statement is William (Ed Harris) who gets the bulk of the screen time in this episode that, ironically on father’s day, spent time showing how bad a father William was to Emily.

We finally get a better look at his world outside the park that helped to make his character so interesting.  We see his wife, Juliet (Sela Ward) and daughter Emily (Katja Herbers) when they were still a family but were beginning to unravel.  We also get hints and revelations about what has really been going on in the park.

As per usual, SPOILERS!!!!

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The title of this week’s episode is Les Écorchés.  It translates from the French to mean “a painting or sculpture of a human figure with the skin exposed to display the musculature.”  In this case, it seems to refer to the reveal of the purpose of the park and the creation of Bernard.  This episode could have been called “In Memoriam” and it would have been just as appropriate.

Here is a quick recap filled with SPOILERS!!!!

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First Look at Jonathan Nolan’s ‘Westworld’ for HBO

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Jonathan Nolan may be better known for penning screenplays like The Dark Knight, The Prestige and Interstellar, but he’s been doing damn fine work on TV too as the creator and showrunner for Person of Interest. A series monstrously overlooked, likely because it’s on CBS (where the dishonored go when they die), POI deal serious with issues involving privacy, the surveillance state and artificial intelligence in ways that big screen movies like Transcendence and Chappie only wish they could. Well, Nolan’s getting a broader pallet to explore these issues in a new series called Westworld for HBO. The show’s been delayed until 2016, but San Diego Comic Con gave us a good, long initial look at the show. (more…)

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Congratulations to the three of you who got that joke in the headline. But now that it’s out of the way, it’s time to get serious about the third film in The Hunger Games franchise, Mockingjay Part 1. Six new character posters have been released to promote the film, featuring a look, but not a vast look, at the formally mythical 13th District of Panem. There’s a definite aesthetic to design of these posters, and even not so careful observers will see that there are a couple of characters missing from this collection. What do I mean, and who’s missing from this latest round of posterization? Check out the gallery below. (more…)

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Returning triumphantly to San Diego this weekend will be The Hunger Games‘ second installment, Catching Fire. They’re already scheduled for a panel in Hall H on Saturday at 1:35pm PST, and today Yahoo has revealed what we can expect from the panel. For one, we’ll definitely be getting a new trailer, which is precisely what we’ve come to expect from any film presenting at Comic Con with a release date this year. The good news is, those of us not at Comic Con will get to see the trailer once it’s released online during the Hall H panel. Hooray, no wait! So make sure you’re here Saturday around 2:oopm PST/5:00pm EST when the new Catching Fire trailer goes live. Oh, and there’s this new pic, seen above. Hmm, for Hunger Game champions both Katniss and Peeta look pretty dour, huh?

In addition to the new trailer, Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Lenny Kravitz, Willow Shields, Jeffrey Wright and director Francis Lawrence will all be in attendance. Get your questions about Peeniss ready now. What? That’s the official ship name of the Peeta/Katniss relationship. I’m serious! Look it up.

There’s also been a string of character posters released featuring all of the tributes of the Quarter Quell – think Hunger Games: All-Stars –  in their sleek wetsuits. Why the wetsuits? Remember how last film the Games were held in a forest arena? This time it’s a more tropical arena, and it’s infinitely more awesome, and more deadly.

Hit the jump to check out the posters!

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As a nice tie-in with the opening events of The Hunger Games‘ sequel, Catching Fire, which feature the winners of the 74th Hunger Games parading through the districts on a victory tour, Lionsgate have released these victory portraits of Elizabeth Banks’ Effie Trinket, Stanley Tucci’s Caesar Flickerman, Woody Harrelson‘s Haymitch Abernathy, Lenny Kravitz’s Cinna, and of course, Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss.

UPDATE! The Hob has unveiled the portrait of Beetee (Jeffrey Wright).

UPDATE #2! Moviefone shared the portrait of Johanna (Jena Malone).

UPDATE #3! ET Online has finally released two of the most eagerly awaited portraits, Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) and Gale (Liam Hemsworth).

UPDATE #4! Ladies and gentlemen, the latest portrait has been released via MTV and it’s sure to have fans everywhere swooning, Finnick Odair (Sam Claflin).

UPDATE #5! Another portrait hits the web via Yahoo! Movies, this one of President Snow (Donald Sutherland),

I think they’re stunning, what do you think? And is that Katniss’ Mockingjay dress or another?

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire begins as Katniss Everdeen has returned home safe after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games along with fellow tribute Peeta Mellark.   Winning means that they must turn around and leave their family and close friends, embarking on a “Victor’s Tour” of the districts.  Along the way Katniss senses that a rebellion is simmering, but the Capitol is still very much in control as President Snow prepares the 75th Annual Hunger Games (The Quarter Quell) – a competition that could change Panem forever.

Directed by Francis Lawrence and also starring Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Donald Sutherland, Toby Jones, Jena Malone, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amanda Plummer, Lynn Cohen, Patrick St. Esprit, Meta Golding, Bruno Gunn, Alan Ritchson, E. Roger Mitchell, Maria Howell, Stephanie Leigh Schlund, and Sam Claflin.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire opens November 22nd, 2013.

We’ll update as more portraits are released!

Source: Geek Tyrant

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