April 30th, 2012
09:35 AM ET
[This post contains spoilers for the April 29 episode of HBO's "Game of Thrones," as well as the George R.R. Martin "Song of Ice and Fire" novels upon which the series is based.]
You saw the note about spoilers, right? If you haven't seen Sunday's "Game of Thrones" and don't want a big plot point given away, flee to the hills now.
OK ... now that it's just us ...
One of the catchphrases of the series is simple and direct: "When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die." Ned Stark learned it last season, and with Sunday's episode we learned (as readers of the novels know) that main characters biting the dust is sometimes the rule, not the exception.
April 23rd, 2012
09:59 AM ET
[Note: This post contains spoilers for the April 22 episode of HBO's "Game of Thrones," and the George R.R. Martin "Song of Ice and Fire" novels upon which the series is based.]
Forget for a moment that on Sunday's "Game of Thrones," Peter Dinklage provided more Emmy-worthy moments as Tyrion, the black-sheep “imp” coming into his own as a power player in the cutthroat titular game.
Let's also momentarily put aside that poor Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) finally got her rag-tag band of followers out of the desert – albeit landing in the city of Qarth, where the two-legged variety of vipers appeared to be as common as the sort slithering through the sand outside.
No, the scene from Sunday's episode that’s sure to have folks talking is its final one – in which the shadowy (hooray for double entendre!) fire priestess Melisandre gets involved in the game in a big, and creepy, way.
April 2nd, 2012
10:33 AM ET
Editor's Note: This post contains spoilers for the April 1 episode of HBO's "Game of Thrones," as well as season 1 of the show and the George R.R. Martin novel of the same name.
A little incest, a little bloodshed and a whole bunch of folks scheming to sit on an uncomfortable steel chair - welcome back, "Game of Thrones."
The season 2 premiere, "The North Remembers," starts and finishes by driving home a point most viewers probably were already well aware of: new King Joffrey is a rotten little bastard (literally).
The episode begins with Joffrey celebrating his "name day" (think "birthday in a place where they're not sure babies are going to live") by making his loyal subjects fight to the death for his amusement. After his servant, The Hound, tosses an opponent to his death, Joffrey decides aging, drunken Ser Dontos would be more amusing with a funnel stuffed down his throat, literally drowning in wine.
January 30th, 2012
09:58 AM ET
After whetting fans appetites with a few teasers for the second season of "Game of Thrones," HBO's ready to unleash the real thing.
The network unveiled a more complete trailer for "Game of Thrones" over the weekend, one that includes glimpses of Daenerys, King Joffrey, and Peter Dinklage's Tyrion, who declares before the clip ends, "I understand the way this game is played."
Even though it's just a minute long, no doubt many of you agree with Cinema Blend that the second season is "poised to be even grander than last year."
December 30th, 2011
09:36 AM ET
This was the year that TV and Twitter truly joined forces.
Hashtags could be seen during shows like "Glee," "Fringe" and "The Voice," and CBS, Fox and USA were among the networks where actors live-tweeted while episodes aired.
One doesn't just watch TV or DVR their favorite shows anymore. They interact about what they're viewing on social media (and encouraging live tweeting certainly doesn't hurt ratings).
Let's take a look at the shows and moments that set Twitter on fire this year:
October 21st, 2011
11:19 AM ET
Writer George R.R. Martin didn’t just create the books behind HBO series “Game of Thrones,” he’s also highly involved in the small screen adaptation. New York Magazine's Vulture got the famous fantasy author to spill on which actors he thinks are really working for the show.
It turns out Martin, 63, has a few top choices. “Certainly Peter Dinklage did an amazing job with Tyrion, who is one of my favorite characters in the books,” the author reveals, adding, “we always wanted Sean [Bean] and he was incredible in that role.”
Martin also praises the show’s “three terrific" child actors.
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