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Dumping more napalm on the burning flame of desire for a female-led superhero movie, Game of Thrones director Neil Marshall has said aloud that he’s all for bringing a solo Black Widow movie to cinema’s everywhere, and it’s actually his Marvel dream project. The chorus has grown steadily louder for Marvel Studios to give the Russian spy-turned Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.-turned-Avenger her own adventure, and Scarlett Johansson seems more than up to the task of carrying her own comic book adventure (her current pregnancy notwithstanding), but why does Marshall want to make his Marvel movie Black Widow-centric? He recently explained his rationale in a new interview… (more…)

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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…)

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Last week, Empire reported Neil Marshall was coming back to direct the finale of Season 4 of Game of Thrones, but their claim was thrown into question when Winter is Coming warned fans not to get too excited as they hadn’t heard the same confirmation from their sources. Today, though, everyone’s on the same page as Variety is confirming Empire’s original claim, only with one, little detail changed.

Marshall will be returning to direct, it just won’t be the finale, but rather the one before the finale, Episode 409. And honestly, that’s all the better. As Season 1 through 3 have proven, the ninth episode is where the shit hits the fan: Ned’s beheading, the Battle of the Blackwater, The Red Wedding. What happens in the ninth episode of the fourth season? Book readers know there’s another big battle on the horizon, and since Marshall directed “Blackwater” with such aplomb, I can think of no one better to helm the episode containing that battle.

Excited to have Marshall back in the director’s seat for what will likely be Game of Thrones Season 4’s most bombastic episode?

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Can you feel that buzz in the air? We are two weeks out from San Diego Comic Con and every nerd, whether they be attending or not, is in a frenzy. Even the creators coming to share their wares at the con are getting a little antsy. George R.R. Martin, you may know him from HBO‘s hit television show Game of Thrones and that guy people yell at on the street to, “WRITE FASTER!”, has shared his Comic Con plans on his blog,

The next convention on my calendar is the San Diego Comicon.

My dance card is already almost full. Yes, there will be a GAME OF THRONES panel, and I’ll be on it. It is scheduled for Friday, July 19, 2:50 to 3:45, in Hall H To be followed by an autographing at the WB booth. Of course, I’ll be joined on the panel by half a dozen cast members (no, don’t know which ones yet) and David and Dan.

He provides some hints at what we can expect from Game of Thrones, like a panel in Hall H on Friday with David Benioff, D.B. Weiss, and as of yet unannounced members of the cast. (What do you know? UPDATE! John Bradley, Emilia Clarke, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Peter Dinklage, Michelle Fairley, Kit Harington, Rose Leslie, and Richard Madden will be in attendance.) Surprised? No way! After last season and all those records they broke of course the series was going to get a prime time and placement.

GRRM also has some comments for those concerned about the recent casting announcement of The Red Viper, and there are rumors Neil Marshall is returning to direct Season 4’s finale. Hit the jump!

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For all the acclaim Game of Thrones has received for being a sensational drama, full of spectacle, there’s one element everyone remarks on: the nudity and sex. If you’ve read George R.R Martin‘s novels you’ll know these are not chaste tales, but being books most of the kinky stuff is left to the imagination. Not so with the TV series. It’s all there and now we know why.

Director Neil Marshall, the man responsible for that epic “Blackwater” episode, recently spoke to ScreenCrush about what it’s like working for HBO. As you know, they’re tagline is ,”It’s not TV, it’s HBO,” which should really be changed too, “We’re not basic cable, bring on the titties!” Marshall explains,

The weirdest part [of directing Game of Thrones] was when you have one of the exec producers leaning over your shoulder, going, ‘You can go full frontal, you know. This is television, you can do whatever you want! And do it! I urge you to do it!’ So I was like, ‘Okay, well, you’re the boss.'”

This particular exec took me to one side and said, ‘Look, I represent the pervert side of the audience, okay? Everybody else is the serious drama side, [but] I represent the perv side of the audience, and I’m saying I want full frontal nudity in this scene.’ So you go ahead and do it.

Ha! Yes, I’m the head of Pervert Relations for HBO. What a job!?!

But seriously, HBO knows what sells and it’s teh sex. What do you think? Is there too much tits, ass and rampant sex on Game of Thrones or do you find they hold back before becoming too gratuitous?

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It’s not a spoiler there’s sex on Game of Thrones, but what is chocked full of spoilers is this incredible map tracking the journey of every major character throughout A Song of Ice and Fire. Ye be warned. Hit the jump the check it out!

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Game of Thrones looks to be in good directorial hands for season two. George R. R. Martin posted to his blog that Neil Marshall, director of the cult horror hit The Descent (NOT TO BE CONFUSED WITH The Descent II), is slated to direct two episodes of The Game of Thrones including the one Martin is scribing. The news only gets better though, directors Alan Taylor, David Nutter, Alik Sakharov, and David Petrarca are also on the directing list for season two.

Taylor has an impressive resume of TV experience on shows like The West Wing, LOST, and Mad Men, but he’s also dabbled in most of HBO’s other great shows. Taylor worked directing episodes of The Sopranos, Oz, Six Feet Under, Sex and the City, Carnivàle, Deadwood, Rome, Big Love, In Treatment, Bored to Death, Boardwalk Empire, and two episodes of the first season of Game of Thrones, “Fire and Blood,” and “Baelor.”

The other gentlemen have also done work directing for HBO as well; Nutter worked on Band of Brothers, The Sopranos, The Pacific, and Entourage. Sakharov worked on Rome. And Petrarca worked on Hung, Big Love, True Blood, and Boardwalk Empire.

It’s good to see Game of Thrones is getting the best talent and backing HBO can provide.

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