[Warning: this story contains spoilers through the season seven finale of HBO's Game of Thrones.] Frozen prophecies. Brutal battles. Sacred sites brought to ruin in a single act of fiery destruction. These are just some of the major events seen throughout the Game of Thrones season finales. In the first few years of the show, these finales were typically utilized as opportunities to come down from the rollicking highs of the season's penultimate episode, traditionally the most action-packed episode of any given year. In recent seasons, the past two especially, there's been a sea change in how the finales operate, loaded with as much action and intrigue as any episode nine (or episode six in the case of season seven) that came before. With seven finales under our belt, and only one more to go (and who knows when we'll see that final episode), here are our current rankings of the Game of Thrones season enders: 7. "Valar Morghulis" (Season Two) It's possible that this episode receives … [Read more...] about Every ‘Game of Thrones’ Season Finale, Ranked
From a subway premiere in Moscow and White Walkers in London to a "marathron" in Italy and a show of water, fire and more in Dubai. With Game of Thrones kicking off season 7 on HBO in the U.S. this weekend, fans worldwide are gearing up for the return of the hit show to see the latest twists and turns in the battle for the Iron Throne. HBO already brought winter to downtown L.A. for the season premiere. And networks around the globe have been promoting the launch date of the new season, some with marketing stunts using key characters of the drama based on George R.R. Martin's best-selling book series. Here is THR's look at some of the promotions and events tied to the season 7 launch in various countries. Britain - White Walkers hit London Winter arrived early in Great Britain. Fans and passersby in London may have shocked this week when they spotted The Night King descending on the capital on horseback from Hadrian’s Wall, joined by a troop of White Walkers. Sky, which airs the … [Read more...] about ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 7: How Its Launch Is Getting Promoted Outside the U.S.
As the second season of HBO‘s Game of Thrones gets ready to wrap up, news about who will be joining the epic cast of characters has started arriving by raven. Or just the internet. But I think news-via-raven is way more exciting. Anyway, readers of George R. R. Martin‘s books know that some characters were left out of the second season, which drew from the second book, A Clash of Kings. But let’s be honest — those books are pretty dense and have quite a few characters in them. However, there are two characters from that book who will definitely be showing up next season. After the jump, see who they are and see who else is joining one of television’s biggest casts. Two major characters who were missed by fans this past season were Jojen and Meera Reed, siblings who arrive in Winterfell to show their support for the Starks. Jojen, who is a 13-year-old boy in the book, has “greensight,” or prophetic dreams. One of those dreams revealed the day he … [Read more...] about Guess Who’s Coming to Winterfell: List of Characters Revealed For Game of Thrones Season 3
You probably know by now that George R.R. Martin created extra long seasons for his A Song of Ice and Fire book series. That’s why winter is always coming but still hasn’t actually hit the HBO show. But we’ve got some excellent news to share today – Game of Thrones Season 3 is getting extended episodes. You may remember, the Season 2 finale episode got a bonus ten minutes. Of course it flew by considering how great the episode was, but we were thankful to have it. Writers/producers David Benioff and Dan Weiss spoke with Entertainment Weekly about the upcoming season and dropped a pretty cool bomb. The duo are currently in production on Season 3 which is going to cover the first half (give or take) of A Storm of Swords. Weiss said, “There’s almost another full episode’s worth of extra minutes spread across the season. One of the great liberties with HBO is we’re not forced to come in at a specific time. We can’t be under 50 minutes … [Read more...] about Vital Information: Game of Thrones Season 3 Will Have Extra-Long Episodes!
Thanks to a recent production diary, we already know the dragons from HBO’s Game of Thrones are growing fast, but is that a good thing? And what about those giant direwolves, how much bigger can we expect them to get? Showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss tell all. For me at least, Daenerys’ dragons are one of the best parts of Game of Thrones. I’ve read all of George R.R. Martin’s books so I at least know what’s coming but it’s exciting to see them brought to life on screen. In Season 3, the cast and crew relied on a model dragon to get their shots, and eyes, straight for filming. According to Entertainment Weekly, they’re now the size of medium dogs. Here’s what the showrunners told EW. “This is an interesting time for the dragons,” Benioff says. “When they were born they were adorable. Last season, as you say, they were still kind of cute. But now they’re turning into proper flying dragons. One of the … [Read more...] about Why Dragons Get Bigger But Direwolves Stay The Same Size In Game of Thrones Season 3
Two big things happened on Easter a few days ago: The Walking Dead season 3 finale and the Game of Thrones season 3 premiere aired at the same time. One of the two was exceptionally good and involved death, swinging blades, and beleaguered humanity, while the other broke a bunch of pirating records. Specifically, the Game of Thrones premiere was uploaded to the Internet and, within a few hours, a tracker reported 163,088 simultaneous downloads of a single torrent of the episode. People sure do like to not pay for things they love! They’ve never hit numbers like that before. And now the Game of Thrones season 3 premiere has been downloaded in total well over a million times. Before this, it was a Heroes premiere that topped the charts. Yes, a Heroes premiere. The website TorrentFreak essentially cites two reasons for all this Westeros torrenting: The fact that the Game of Thrones premiere didn’t air everywhere yet. Waiting for HBO to get their act together apparently … [Read more...] about Game of Thrones Season 3 Premiere Sets Piracy Records, HBO Doesn’t Care
The first four episode titles for HBO’s Game of Thrones Season 4 have been revealed and actors from the show have been ramping up their press appearances. What have we learned? Read on to find out. First off, here are the episode titles. Episode 1: “Two Swords” Episode 2: “The Lion and the Rose” Episode 3: “Breaker of Chains” Episode 4: “Oathkeeper” The title for episode one speaks to a moment in the novels I won’t spoil here but episode two, written by George R.R. Martin himself speaks to the impending nuptuals of Joffrey and Maergery. Episode three is a reference to Daenerys most likely (new favorite episode pending) and episode four sounds like it may be Kings Landing-heavy. What do you think? (Please make sure to mark spoiler comments with [SPOILER].) Meanwhile, the wonderful Gwendoline Christie spoke to USA Today about Brienne’s place this season. “Brienne finds herself throughout Season 4 in situations … [Read more...] about What Can We Learn From The Game Of Thrones Season 4 Episode Titles & Actor Hints?
At the end of last year, HBO's hit series took home the title of "Most Pirated TV Program" for the third year in a row. That's not the greatest title to have or keep, though some will argue piracy can actually help. However, last Saturday the first four episodes of Season 5 (the same episodes sent as screeners to press) were uploaded to the internet and massive file sharing began on torrent websites. HBO released a statement early the next day which said, "Sadly, it seems the leaked four episodes of the upcoming season of Game of Thrones originated from within a group approved by HBO to receive them… We're actively assessing how this breach occurred." TorretFreak said the episodes had "been downloaded more than 100,000 times in just three hours" and later updated to say "After 18 hours there were more than a million downloads for the first episode." And well, that's incredibly shitty. Especially when you consider: 1.) It was someone from the press who chose to upload them (HBO … [Read more...] about Game of Thrones Season 5 Premiere Sets Ratings Records Despite the First 4 Episodes Being Illegally Uploaded
Fantasy epic makes strong case for being one of TV's best series. At their best, genre series tend to be creative and fun and compelling, but held up to the standards of great dramas, they tend to lack gravitas. This is especially true in the science fiction and fantasy categories, where The X-Files broke the mold and received a best drama Emmy nomination four consecutive seasons from 1995 to ’98 but never won. Lost was nominated four times, winning in its first season (2005) in a battle with the unquestionably great Western series Deadwood (which itself only managed one nomination in three seasons). Perhaps the last sci-fi or fantasy series to be truly taken seriously was the now-defunct remake of Battlestar Galactica, which never received a nomination. And despite Lost’s victory, the series is unlikely to ever be considered among the truly great dramas of the past 20 years (nor will True Blood, inexplicably nominated for best drama in 2010). PHOTOS: 'Game of Thrones' … [Read more...] about ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 2: TV Review
"It's like a brush fire," says Michelle Fairley. "You don’t expect a show to have that kind of worldwide following." Given a choice between attending the Oscars, Prince’s show at SXSW, their own wedding or the premiere of Games of Thrones’ third season, fans of HBO’s hit series would choose in a heartbeat being at Grauman’s on Monday to learn what’s new with the Barratheons, Lannisters and the exquisite Daenerys’ fledgling dragons. PHOTOS: 'Game of Thrones' Season 3 Premiere "It’s the Lord of the Rings of cable TV," said guest Jay Roach. "The epic range of light and darkness is on that level." Aside from the cheering fans who lined Hollywood Boulevard's south side, there were other touches of fandom, like Glee’s Kevin McHale wearing a T-shirt with the words House of McHale written in Thrones script. "It’s like a brush fire," said Michelle Fairley, or as fans would call her, Lady Stark. "You don’t expect a show to have … [Read more...] about ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 3 Premiere: HBO Stars, Irish Politicians, Total Fandemonium
War may not be coming as soon as Jon Snow (Kit Harington) would like it when HBO's Game of Thrones returns Sunday for its second season. Following the death of his father, Ned Stark's (Sean Bean) bastard son was last seen deserting -- and being returned -- to the Night's Watch as he sought to immediately avenge the death of the man who raised him. PHOTOS: 'Game of Thrones' Season 2 Preview The following morning, when Lord Commander Jeor (James Cosmo) informs him that he's aware of Snow's attempt to leave the Watch, he (finally!) gives his steward more to do when the duo venture out beyond the Wall. But there's a rub: Joffrey Lannister (Jack Gleeson) -- the newly crowned king who ordered Ned's head -- isn't on their radar. "The whole Night's Watch is going beyond the wall and he's forsaking any kind of chance at revenge right now that he may get to avenge his father's death," Harington tells The Hollywood Reporter. "The next season, he has to forsake his family; he has to go to a … [Read more...] about ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 2: Kit Harington Previews Jon Snow’s Inner Battle
HBO's Game of Thrones ended its second season with another high note Sunday night. The extended broadcast, which ran an additional 10 minutes, pulled in 4.2 million viewers during its inaugural broadcast at 9 p.m. ET. With additional airings that night, the episode already averages a total 5.1 million viewers. PHOTOS: 'Game of Thrones' Season 2 Sunday night's ratings mark a 38 percent jump over the first season's finale. That episode brought in 3 million, a series record at the time, after growing all season from its 2.2 million series premiere. Most recently, Game of Thrones' penultimate episode of the season, Memorial Day weekend's hyped "Blackwater," earned just shy of 3.4 million viewers with a 1.6 rating among adults 18-49 -- topping all nonsports cable broadcasts for the night. Game of Thrones has been averaging 10.3 million viewers per episode for a gross audience (linear plays, DVR, HBO Go and HBO on Demand), topping last season's 9.3 million average and making it the … [Read more...] about ‘Game of Thrones’ Season Finale Pulls Record 4.2 Million Viewers
Now that Game of Thrones costume designer Michele Clapton has an Emmy under her belt for the HBO series, she finally feels like the category of fantasy costume has been validated. "It’s enormous," she tells THR of the award, when we recently caught up with her on the heels of GOT's March 31 season 3 premiere. "I had my doubts that it would win because of the fantasy element. I'm really pleased that they [the voters] got it, really. All the awards we received confirmed that the show is being taken seriously and the wins take it out the fantasy arena. The first season the show was more of a curiosity but in season two people were much more involved in the story." Obsessed is more like it. Especially when it comes to British actress Emilia Clarke, who is quickly cementing herself as a fashion star off-screen, with recent winning looks including a striking blue Victoria Beckham gown at her show'sL.A. premiere as well as a cool-kid Dries Van Noten ensemble worn while traipsing … [Read more...] about Game of Thrones Season 3 Costume Designer Michele Clapton Reveals Subtle Color Clues Video
[Warning: Spoilers ahead for Sunday's Game of Thrones season finale, "The Children."] Director Alex Graves unveiled his Game of Thrones finale on Sunday. After directing four episodes this season and tackling some of the year's toughest scenes, he says the deaths of Shae and Tywin were the "hardest emotionally" for him. "They are scenes you know about the moment you get involved with the show. That's such a key, famous sequence," he tells The Hollywood Reporter. "When you find out you are going to direct it you go, 'Oh God. I hope I don't blow it.' " PHOTOS 'Game of Thrones': 20 Best Quotes He also says Daenerys is headed for a rocky road in season five. "You are very much setting up next year, laying out that she is now alone," Graves says. "Everyone she had on the way up has been banished or sent away. She is in a very, very dark place that's going to lead into next year." Here, Graves breaks down The Hound's painful death scene, teases where Arya is headed next year and reveals what … [Read more...] about ‘Game of Thrones’: Season 5 Goes to ‘Dark Place’
Game of Thrones' season five is going to be a worldwide event. HBO announced it will simulcast its season five episodes across 170 countries during the ten-episode run. Viewers in New York will be able to see the episode as the same time as fans in Europe or Africa (and freak out about those Red Wedding moments in real time). In previous seasons, episodes were time shifted for other territories, or even delayed weeks or months. See more 'Game of Thrones': 20 Best Quotes “We are thrilled to see our international partners jumping on board to bring Game of Thrones, one of the most universally loved television shows in the world, to global audiences at the same time it airs on HBO in the U.S.,” said HBO president of programming Michael Lombardo in a statement. “It’s going to be a great season.” The action begins Sunday, April 12 at 9 p.m. ET, with the season five premiere airing across HBO branded networks including HBO Asia, HBO Canada, HBO Europe, HBO Latin … [Read more...] about ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 5 Set for Global Day-Date Release
How far is Game of Thrones season five willing to go? Among the most hotly discussed topic among A Song of Ice and Fire book readers is the certainty that the HBO series will conclude before George R.R. Martin's book series — and what that means for some of the series' big reveals. The HBO series took a major step ahead of the books last year when it revealed what the White Walkers do with Craster's babies. Season five still has plenty of material to draw from, with much of Martin's fifth book, 2011's A Dance With Dragons, not having yet been depicted on screen. Showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss do say the season continues a trend of making tweaks when adapting the ever-more sprawling books. See more Game of Thrones': 20 Best Quotes "I think it's fair to say every season diverges a bit more from the previous one," Benioff tells The Hollywood Reporter. Season one was the most faithful direct adaptation of a book, following Martin's 1996 novel A Game of Thrones closely. … [Read more...] about ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 5 Spoilers: Book and TV Show Differences Revealed
[Warning: Spoilers ahead for Sunday's episode of Game of Thrones, "The Wars to Come."] The game is afoot. Game of Thrones' season premiere put events in motion that has big implications for the rest of the year — and likely the rest of the series. Here are biggest moves from Sunday's episode: Jon Snow disrespects Stannis. Jon (Kit Harington) gives Mance Rayder (Ciaran Hinds) a merciful death by shooting him with an arrow rather than letting him burn. It's an incredibly risky move, because it's a public act of defiance against King Stannis (Stephen Dillane), who does not take such things lightly. Jon is potentially risking his life with this act. See more 'Game of Thrones': What Happens After You're Killed Off? Tyrion and Daenerys are on a collision course. Varys (Conleth Hill) reveals he and his associates have been plotting to put a Targaryen back on the throne dating back to the days of King Robert (Mark Addy). Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) agrees to seek out Daenerys (Emilia … [Read more...] about ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 5 Premiere: The Biggest Moments
[Warning: The following story contains spoilers from the Game of Thrones season five finale, as well as from The Walking Dead episode 607.] "Jon Snow is dead." It's a statement that's as direct as it is devastating, taken straight out of the synopsis for the first episode of HBO's Game of Thrones season six, called "The Red Woman." But even death isn't keeping the 998th Lord Commander of the Night's Watch's name out of the conversation, as Harington's name remains in the opening credits for the sixth season of HBO's Emmy-winning fantasy series, as revealed during Sunday's Hollywood premiere of the new episode. Harington's continued presence in the iconic Thrones title sequence brings to mind the absence of Steven Yeun's name in the Walking Dead title sequence early on in season six. In episode 603 of AMC's zombie drama, called "Thank You," Yeun's Glenn Rhee appeared to die, eviscerated by a group of flesh-hungry walkers. Yeun's name was removed from the opening credits for subsequent … [Read more...] about ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 6 Jon Snow
[Warning: This story contains spoilers through season six, episode nine of HBO's Game of Thrones.] "The Winds of Winter" is almost upon us, though not in the way many book readers anticipated. The final episode of Game of Thrones season six shares its name with the upcoming sixth installment of George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire novel series on which the show is based — a book that as of yet does not have a release date, and a book saga that's now several storylines behind the pace of the TV series. As of Sunday night's "Battle of the Bastards," however, fans finally caught their first glimpse of the show's version of "The Winds of Winter," thanks to the preview for the episode … and with it comes all the frosty ferocity promised in the title. The preview begins in King's Landing, as Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) and Margaery Tyrell (Natalie Dormer) dress themselves in isolation. The High Sparrow (Jonathan Pryce) speaks out: "Are you prepared to stand trial and … [Read more...] about ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 6 Finale Spoilers
When Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) set sail for Westeros at the end of the season six finale, Game of Thrones fans were left with the hope that the Mother of Dragons would scorch her political rivals in short order. And then they learned they would be waiting more than a year for her arrival in the Seven Kingdoms. Indeed, the time between seasons six and seven of the Emmy-winning HBO epic has felt about as long as the winter destined to hit Jon Snow (Kit Harington) and his fellow Westerosi, though there's now an end to the wait in sight: July 16, 2017, the official premiere date of Game of Thrones season seven. With a release date (and first teaser) officially on the board, it's worth taking stock of where things stand as we look forward toward season seven. Here's what we know so far: • First and foremost, as if the long wait between seasons wasn't torturous enough, get ready for some more difficult news: when Game of Thrones returns, it will be with a shortened episode … [Read more...] about ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 7: All the Details (So Far)