D.B. Weiss

At this point, Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss can pretty much write their own ticket. The HBO show based on George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Fire and Ice novels (still waiting for you to finish them George!) is in its 7th season and going strong after this week’s season premiere. As this is Game of Thrones’ penultimate season before the big climactic conclusion of the much-loved show, everyone is wondering what is next for the famed duo. After all, they managed to give us Martin’s brilliant work and have millions of people absorbed in the world of Westeros. Whatever they do next will have to be something just as big (and just as good).



As you’re undoubtedly already aware, there are only 13 hours of Game of Thrones left, and they will be spread out over two seasons to prolong the agony of fans. With an endgame in mind for the series, it should come as no surprise that HBO would be looking for a way to keep this lucrative franchise going in some way after the series finale, and one of the ways to do that would be with some kind of prequel series. The show, and the books it’s based, refer back to a rich history in the imaginary land of Westeros, just don’t expect the guys behind the current show to want to come back and explore it further. (more…)


The finale for HBO‘s Game of Thrones sixth season blew the roof off the series ratings record from the fifth season finale with 800,000 more viewers setting the new record at 8.9 million for the on air broadcast. When HBO tallies the numbers for those that watched the finale on DVR, encore, On-Demand, and those that streamed the finale on HBO GO and HBO NOW estimates put the number at 23.3 million total viewers. That’s enough people to make up the entire population of Taiwan. There’s no doubt the show is popular and with two seasons left, and only 15 episodes between them, fans are excited to see what’s coming. Showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss had a couple of things to tell fans about the upcoming two seasons. (more…)


Yesterday, HBO announced the return date for the Emmy Award-winning series Game of Thrones (that’s Sunday April 24 in case you missed it). Today, the talk is about the more distant future, life for Thrones beyond season six, and the talk is fairly certain that there’s still a lot of life left in this show. And why wouldn’t there be? It’s one of the most popular shows on television, it’s got a huge fan base, the adulation of TV critics, lots of awards consideration, and on top of it all, its the most pirated show on the internet. For all those reasons, and more, HBO isn’t ready to give up Game of Thrones yet. (more…)


On the eve of launching the highly anticipated fourth season of the HBO fantasy series Game of Thrones, series creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have been talking about the end. The series is a mad success for the network, and everyone even remotely associated with it, but the series, and its source material, A Song of Ice and Fire series by author George R.R. Martin, are building towards an end. When will that end be? In a new interview, Benioff and Weiss reveal that they have a semi-specific idea. (more…)


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


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.


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!



If we’re not discussing who’s going to be the next Doctor, we’re talking about The Red Wedding. It’s what the internet– nay, the entire nerd world has been abuzz about since Sunday night when Game of Thrones‘ most shocking episode aired. And if you haven’t yet seen said episode, I’d go click your way somewhere else. Believe me, you don’t want to be here. What follows will not only spoil what is a genuinely great surprise, it will also sink you into a depression so deep not even back to back to back editions of Sexy Cosplay of the Week could save you.

Okay, we’re all square with discussing the big turn of events from last week’s episode, “The Rains of Castemere“, yes? Good.

Let’s begin with what is easily the most adorable and hilarious reaction to The Red Wedding, and it comes from GoT‘s own Arya, Maise Williams (caution: auto play),