season one

The internets are all abuzz with this still from the season one finale of Game of Thrones, which features a fake latex bust of George W. Bush as one of many heads on pikes. Some people are – perhaps understandably – a bit up in arms about this.

  • This was not done as any kind of political statement at all.
  • Indeed, production just needed severed heads, and the prop department had a Bush head laying about.
  • As you can tell from the pic — which is a severe close-up of part of the shot where Joffrey makes Sansa look at her dad’s head on a pike and not an actual shot in the show — they put a wig on it and turned it away from the camera to minimize the chance anyone could tell it was Bush.
  • In fact, no one would have even know it was Bush except that showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss mentioned that it’s Bush in episode 10 director’s commentary track.

I find it hilarious that Benioff and Weiss brought this on themselves, and I guess they wrote it off as a kind of a joke. But… In these highly politicized times, people read dual motives into everything and thus just saying that the make-up department had this old W. head lying around and they decided to use it doesn’t fly.

But hey, why did the make-up department have a W. head lying around? One of life’s mysteries, I guess.

Anyway, HBO has apologized, and made Benioff and Weiss apologize. (Probably not) The end.

Source: Topless Robot

One of the things that makes Game of Thrones, and the book series it’s based on, so fascinating is the rich world building and history created by George R.R. Martin. You could study Westeros as if it were a real point in history because, hell, we know more about it than we do actual points in history!

Included in the special features on Game of Thrones Season One Blu-ray is an awesome collection of featurettes which explain in detail the complicated history and mythos of Westeros. There are features on the different houses and their lineage, the religions, certain orders and important events. Basically, if you’re watching the show and need to understand how groups of people relate to each other, or don’t understand why one family loathes another, here’s your homework.

Thanks to Youtuber Will & Grace, all these featurettes have been uploaded and collected in one excellent playlist. Get crackin’! Test on Friday.

Psst! Have you read out review of the latest episode, “The Old Gods and The New“?

Source: io9

Know how Netflix has been acting all weird lately, splitting their services up and such? Plus they raised their prices and pissed a lot of customers off? Well, good news, they finally did something right! Netflix has secured a deal with AMC to stream the first season of The Walking Dead, starting today, and, “additional seasons of The Walking Dead, as well as certain future AMC and Sundance Channel programming, will be streaming instantly to Netflix members just prior to the premiere of subsequent seasons.” Suh-weet.

Netflix has already added previous seasons of Breaking Bad and Mad Men to their instant offerings, making them a go to source for some of the best, critically acclaimed television. Suck it, Hulu.

The Walking Dead‘s second season premieres October 16th at 9pm on AMC. Meaning, you’ve got nine days to fit in a season one marathon. I think that’s easily done with only six episodes.

Source: The Mary Sue