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If you’re an avid watcher of Game of Thrones – and I hope you’re an avid reader of our reviews, too – then you better be following HBO‘s Inside the Episode features released after every new episode. They contain invaluable information about what the characters are truly thinking, what their motivations are, and how the creators of the series, David Benioff and Dan Weiss, visualized these epic confrontations.

And after this week’s stunning episode, especially those final minutes, you must be dying to learn more. Give a watch,

I get chills just thinking back on Dany and her badassery. That moment is my favorite from the entire series and they realized it perfectly!

Winter is Coming have also unearthed a few quotes from James Hibberd’s interview with Benioff, Weiss, and Emilia Clarke that speak on the importance of her sacking of Astapor. Read ’em below the cut.

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When it comes to book adaptations, HBO’s Game of Thrones is one of the best. The first season was basically flawless, and even in the second and now third season the changes from the source material have been minimal. More often than not any changes the show employ are for the audiences’ benefit, usually by condensing characters and sometimes plots. And I mean, hey, if you wanted the full, rich experience that is George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire, you’d have read or are reading the books.

As the third season moves along there’s only going to be more and more of those condensed characters and plots. We already mentioned a fan favorite, Strong Belwas, won’t be appearing due to Barristan Semly’s reappearance story line getting condensed, and now with these new episode synopses from Spoiler TV hint at more of the same.

Spoilers for the television series as well as the books below the cut, but, I’m sure you already put that together.

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After Sherlock’s first two very successful seasons, you can understand that there’s a lot of anticipation about the now-shooting third season of the BBC series. Anticipation is so huge that the London locales where the new episodes are being shot are being inundated with fans. Fans armed with cellphone cameras and a willingness to post those pictures online and thus creating a spoiler-frenzy.

Well, Sherlock producer Sue Vertue has had enough of that. She posted a special request to Sherlockology, a Sherlock fan site, asking that if fans could maybe chill out a little and maybe enjoy the anticipation a bit more.

Hi, Sue Vertue here.

As many of you are aware, we’ll soon be embarking on our first London leg of filming for series 3.  I’m also aware that there is quite a lot of speculation about where we’re shooting when.  I can’t stress how  much we the Producers and Benedict [Cumberbatch], Martin [Freeman] and the rest of the cast appreciate your love and dedication to our show – we’ll endeavour to live up to your expectations for Series 3.

What I am nervous about is that our London shooting schedule is punishing and will really give us very little time to interact with you.  The actors really hope you understand that.

Also, and I know this is probably asking a lot, the majority of fans and indeed ourselves would REALLY appreciate it if you didn’t post pictures or spoilers or ideally our daily locations.

Thanks for your understanding.  Sue x

She maybe whistling Dixie on that account. This is always the issue when a fan-obsession shoots out on the real-life streets, but hey, I guess it can’t hurt to ask. And who are we at Nerd Bastards to tell people that they can’t spoil stuff? It’s kind of our bread and butter after all.

Source: The Mary Sue

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We’re two episodes in to Game of Thrones‘ third season and the intrigue is already building. Adding to that intrigue is the swell of new characters already poppin’ up in Westeros and beyond. In a new video from HBO the cast and crew discuss all those new faces and what we can expect from their interactions with existing characters. Slight spoilers ahead if you want to know nothing about what’s coming this season.

“We’re still casting more than we’re killing.” Ha! Too funny, Dan. Anyway, Season 3 has a lot of great, new characters to look forward to. We’ve already met Olenna Tyrell (Dianna Rigg), that BAMF featured above, and I cannot wait to see her go toe to toe with Tywin (Charles Dance). I’m also excited for the Reeds (Thomas Sangster, Ellie Kendrick), their arrival will really allow Bran’s (Isaac Hempstead-Wright) storyline to start developing. Which of all these newcomers are you most excited to meet?

Sadly, even with so many new cast members being added all the time not every character makes it from page to screen. Strong Belwas, a former arena fighter and bona fide ass kicker was a definite fan favorite among book readers, but George R.R. Martin has recently confirmed via his blog the character will not be appearing in the show. With Barristan Selmy (Ian McElhinney) already back with Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) – originally in the novels he disguised himself as Arstan Whitebeard and his companion was Belwas – the plot line has been simplified and Belwas had to go. It’s a shame because Belwas is so much fun and becomes a great asset to Dany, but in a way I’m okay with this decision. Whoever they would have cast probably couldn’t live up to what I imagined, anyway.

Game of Thrones airs Sunday nights on HBO at 9pm EST. We’ve been posting advance reviews for each episode – “Valar Doharis” & “Dark Wings, Dark Words” – so come back sooner than later to read a spoiler-free review of what’s coming in episode three, “Walk of Punishment.”

Sources: Bleeding Cool, io9

‘Lost Girl’ Precap – Hale to the Chief

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Last week’s episode delivered both  some old school frivolity and some dangerous implications for the last few episodes of the season. The stakes are getting huge, but who, or what, might be the biggest danger of all to the Fae right now?

But right this minute – or last week anyway – someone seems to be killing grey-flannel dads in a posh suburb. Lisa, a comely and innocent babysitter has a vision of man hanging from the staircase at a home she’s babysitting in, and then watches as the man turns to ash before she’s awoken. The vision feels disturbingly real, so who is she going to call? Fortunately, she finds the answer in a black-and-white flyer tacked to the bulletin board at the laundromat.

Bo and Kenzi eagerly get on the case and pose as a pair of sisters looking to make a fresh start by moving into the Wisteria Lane-looking neighborhood where the disappearances have taken place. Bo makes easy friends with Caroline and Susan who turn out to be, of all things, witches. These witchy housewives though, unlike the original witchy housewife Samantha from Bewitched, don’t use their powers to keep their men happy, but to get payback against those that offend them. And they’re weapon of choice is Lisa the babysitter.

It turns out Lisa is a Fae and didn’t know it. A dead Fae at that. She reappears every hundred years or so and the witches have manipulated her into being their little killing machine, making her a “Dead Killer Babysitter,” as Kenzi put it. The witches want to use Bo’s power to give Lisa a super-charge, but Bo’s able to make the witches implode and free Lisa from their control. But it might be too late for Lisa sadly. Running on the last of the witches’ chi, Lisa doesn’t have much time, and if she can’t be human than she doesn’t want to live, er, be living dead anymore. She asks to take the last of her energy and destroy her magical resurrection necklace, and Bo obliges with regret.

Wanderer Clue of the Week: That Dion song got a re-arrangement as the music playing at a carousel in the local park, but was that real or was it in Bo’s head? Tough call.

In other news last week, Lauren struggled with the post-break-up from Bo (or just break depending on who you ask). While reporting to the about-to-be-minted as Ash Hale, Lauren requests a sabbatical, which Hale swiftly denies. Hale really lowers the boom on Lauren and tells her, basically, to suck it up and take the weekend off. “Power doesn’t change people,” Lauren tells Hale, “it reveals them.” But Issac returns to sweep Lauren away with promises of big science and breakthroughs, and she’s initially hesitant because of Bo, her connection to the Fae and her mysterious past. Through Issac we learn that Lauren has a criminal past as “Karen,” and to prove that he doesn’t care, Issac says he’ll help Lauren put the past to rest if she comes work for him. After her conversation with Hale, and feeling even more distant from Bo than ever, Lauren eventually takes Issac up on his offer.

But the biggest news of all may have been in an ongoing case that inferred our succubus heroine was on a killing spree. Dyson and a very clearly in the tank (read: drunk) Tamsin uncover a killing field where several Fae, both Light and Dark, are buried. Someone’s been hunting the Fae, and they have eyes on the mass grave and know that they’ve been discovered.

Phew. So where does this leave us going into the penultimate episode of the season? Let’s dive into the precap.

1) Case of the Week – It’s Hale’s inauguration as the Ash, but it’s not wall to wall celebrations. There’s still the small matter of the mass grave Dyson found and the one or ones who are behind it. And Hale invited The Morrigan to his inauguration, so you know she’s going to be up to no good…

2) Familiar Science – Lauren is getting down to work with Issac and his team, already securing a major breakthrough in heart disease research. But how does Issac come by his biological samples? The answer will probably not surprise you.

3) Tamsin Spiral – Tamsin seems to be getting more worse for wear as time goes on. After catching Bo in a compromising position, Tamsin manages to sober enough later on to help Bo search for the missing Lauren and in the process Bo learns that Tamsin’s friendliness (and also her drunkenness) may have a very specific, Bo-related reason.

4) A Friend in Need – Kenzi’s kind of left out in the cold again this week with all the Fae fussing over Hale, who she’s still mad at, but she hasn’t escaped the notice of a Fae named Massimo, who naturally – probably – has a secret agenda.

5) X-Men United? – We also learn more about Issac’s motivations this week, and to give you a hint think of Brian Cox’s character in the second X-Men movie, and the blowback from the Fae may definitely make Magneto proud.

6) It’s That Kind of Week – The episode will feature more than one kidnapping by its end, as well as one very big spontaneous admission of love. Also, somebody gets shot, someone else gets arrested and there’s one very surprising return.

7) Burning Questions – “Do you always bathe with weapons?” “You just keep getting better and better, don’t you?” “Which one was about the haircut that gives you cancer?” “So one of your exes took out the other?” “Why are you still here?”

8) How Does It End? – “Where’s my daughter?!!”

NEXT WEEK: The End!… Of Season 3.

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First, let’s get the obvious out of the way, HBO has renewed Game of Thrones for a fourth season. As if we had any doubt. The series has been breaking records both for the network and with its illegal downloads, HBO would be insane not to renew. Here’s the word from their official press release,

According to early data, GAME OF THRONES’ season three premiere March 31 on HBO topped the series’ highs, with record viewership for both the 9:00 p.m. (ET/PT) airing and gross audience across the three plays. At 9:00 p.m., it averaged 4.4 million viewers, outperforming (+4%) the previous high of 4.2 million viewers from last season’s finale. GAMES OF THRONES improved 13% in comparison to last season’s premiere of 3.9 million viewers. Across the three plays for the night, 6.7 million viewers tuned in, surpassing last season’s debut night of 6.3 million viewers by 7%. Last season, GAME OF THRONES had an average gross audience (HBO linear plays + HBO On Demand/HBO GO + DVR) of 11.6 million viewers.

That’s a lot of viewers. And again, let’s not forgot all those pirating the premiere. Torrent Freak reports once the first Game of Thrones torrent hit the net 163,088 were people were sharing that single file. And it’s been growing ever since.

Hit the jump for two behind-the-scenes videos that’ll take you inside the premiere (Read our advance review!), “Valar Dohaeris“, as well as two awesome characters guides to help you keep everyone and their allegiances straight.

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Season 3 is coming – this weekend! It’s been nine months since we last saw the struggle between the noble families of Westeros as they fight for control of the Iron Throne, and things are looking quite grim for the people beyond The Wall. In preparation, we’ve picked some of our favourite pieces of Games of Thrones fanart from around the net just for you, so until Sunday rolls around lets all enjoy!

Above: This how a lot of people are hoping Game of Thrones ends once the books are finished and the series is filmed, Tyrion Lannister on the throne. Bobby Chiu, one half of imaginism with Kei Acedera, thought so anyway and put together this perfect representation of the true king. He even recorded the entire process start to finish. [Deviant Art]

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Good grief, winter is leaving. Adams Pinto put together this awesome Peanuts/Game of Thrones mash-up, originally for sale on t-shirts, but we wanted to show it off while not on someone’s body. It might not be available anymore, but at least it looks nice. [The Mary Sue]

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The stuff of northern legends, White Walkers are the one race that could frighten even the toughest of men, and Caner Inciucumakes them look awesome. Accompanied by a pair of Wights, or zombies, their icy blue stare makes everything a bit creepier. [Deviant Art]

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This isn’t the throne you’re looking for, it’s a bit more explosive. Created by Styerd in a piece called “Game of Clones” this Star Wars/Game of Thrones mash up is pretty dang cool, but even with all those blasters that trooper couldn’t hit the broad side of an Imperial cruiser. [GeekTyrant]

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Light and shadows make anything cool in the right light and Robert Ball nailed it with these Game of Thrones head shots. Featuring several of the cast in a series of light and dark shots is a clever way to show both sides of a character. Needs more Hodor, but we have that covered. [The Mary Sue]

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You simply can not do a Game of Thrones art appreciation with out Brandon Stark and Hodor featured at least once. This very Calvin and Hobbes styled drawing by  shows off one of the finer points of the series. Sure, he only says one word, but if he could speak more he totally would. [Roaches Have Wings]

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While we can’t got to places like Winterfell or Dragonstone, considering even with our technology we’d be screwed, at least we can show off our favourite locations at home. These Game of Thrones location posters created by Harshness are great ways to show off the size of some of the Seven Kingdoms’ nest known locations. [The muffled sounds of SCIENCE in the distance]

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There’s not really much that we can say about this without bringing up the shrouded past of Tony Stark and his history in Westeros. What we can tell you is that Zach Jordan really knows how to keep an Iron Man joke from dying. [Deviant Art]

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Daenerys Targareyen doesn’t have time for clothing, she’s the mother of dragons and she’s out to rule. One of the finest 2D drawings out there, TeiIku’s art should be on one of the covers of George R.R. Martin‘s books. [CGHUB]

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Finally, we apologize for the sheer size of this beast, but we couldn’t ignore joscomie‘s massive Game of Thrones anime scroll. Featuring 49 of the characters from the television adaptation all packed onto one giant scroll in a sweet Japanese anime style. What a great way to show off the scale and scope of the show’s production. Bring on Season 3! [io9]

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When the third season of Game of Thrones returns this weekend the most noticeable difference will be the size of Daenerys’ dragons. No longer are they small and cute and capable of chillin’ on Dany’s shoulder. No no, these dragons are growing, and this latest promo for Thrones offers our best look at them yet,

How cool is that final shot of them souring above, I believe, Astapor, the city where she’ll seek to purchase an army of slaves. They look fantastic, don’t they? I knew these dragons had to get bigger for this season as they become a much more valuable weapon in Dany’s arsenal, but I wasn’t sure how far HBO would go. Doesn’t look like they’re pulling any of their punches, these dragons look fierce!

Hit the jump for another video of David Benioff and Dan Weiss chatting more about what’s coming in Season 3, plus a hilarious historical recap of the Targaryen family.

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Sooner rather than later the HBO series will begin work on Season 7, which is where I’m guessing we’ll see the events from A Song of Ice and Fire‘s sixth book, The Winds of Winter, begin to transpire. And while such a season may seem a ways off – Season 3 of Game of Thrones airs this Sunday at 9pm EST – that date is ever encroaching on author George R.R. Martin. It’s as if he can see David Benioff and Dan Weiss in the rear view mirror and he’s still stuck first gear trying to finish book six. At least GRRM’s aware of the problem, recently telling Mashable,

So I need to write faster. The last two books took a really long time, so I’m hoping this one [the Winds of Winter] will go a little faster. But I make no promises. I found out long ago that when you look at the overall task, the cathedral you have to build, it looks so daunting that you just give up and sit down and play a video game.

George, no video games! No more side projects! I want you working on nothing else but ASOIAF until The Winds of Winter is published and in my hands. Even then it’s only a short break before you need to bust out A Dream of Spring. And don’t even begin thinking about needing to split the seventh book into the seventh and the eighth. Just how much time do you think you have?!? The fans need an ending, HBO needs an ending.

And speaking of HBO, they’ve release yet another on set video for Season 3 of Game of Thrones, this one exploring “the wildlings,”

Hey, George. I saw you in this video. What are you doing recording commentary about the new characters and places we’ll be visiting in Season 3? Get back to your computer! Back to work on that draft!

Sources: Screen Rant, Winter is Coming

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What? You’ve gone a couple days without anything new from Game of Thrones? Let’s change that. As the hype builds HBO has released another teaser to do just that, tease us with scant, quick clips from Season 3. And tease us they do, they damn near titillate us with that all too quick glance of Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) taking a bath in one of the series’ most popular scenes.

There’s also quick glimpse of Daario, a new “acquaintance” of Daenerys for Season 3, plus more Ygritte, Talisa, and Margaery. I think Natalie Dormer is going to be a scene stealer this season, I’m so excited!

Last week, the cast of Thrones was all over Entertainment Weekly, this week it’s TV Guide. There’s three covers available, one for each of three main houses: Stark, Lannister, and Targaryen, plus some truly stunning, black and white photos of the principal cast. Take a look through the gallery below.

When they took these beautiful photos, TV Guide also recorded some interviews with Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Michelle Fairley, Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke, Richard Madden, and Kit Harington. Check it out!

Game of Thrones returns March 31st!

Sources: Winter is Coming (2), Huffington Post