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HBO's Game of Thrones has brought epic fantasy into the mainstream. With interweaving storylines shot in multiple countries, this show is proving that magic and dragons can be sophisticated. Viewers love the complex plot, gorgeous backgrounds and ample nudity so typical of HBO shows.
Every week, Game of Thrones manages to shock viewers with incest, murder and betrayal. As five would-be kings battle for a single throne, royalty is killed, innocent men are tortured and dark magic is created in shadows. Heroes discuss assassinating teenage girls, monarchs kills infants and noble girls disguise themselves as pageboys. Even fans of the book series on which the show is based have been surprised by dramatic twists created by the show's producers.
Part of fans' love for Game of Thrones is due to the show's attention for detail. Producers hired a conlinguist to create a fantasy language for one set of characters. Lavish costumes and set pieces bring the medieval world to life. Truly ugly actors are cast for parts that demand unsightly appearances. A little person is one of the most popular characters. HBO truly brings the Game of Thrones world to life.
Magic is common on the show. Zombies and ice creatures threaten from the North. Dragons and a powerful princess are growing strong across the Narrow Sea. Face-changing assassins are penetrating the kingdom, and the Lord of Light's devotees are bringing fire and death to the capitol city.
Despite the dragons, shadow assassins and magical priestesses that populate Westeros, adults are enthralled by Game of Thrones. HBO's decision to gamble on a series of fantasy novels is paying off as the network infuses the show with frequent nudity and violence to keep viewers hooked.
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Cersei fears for her daughter's safety in Dorne as Ellaria Sand seeks revenge for Oberyn's death. Stannis tempts Jon. An adviser tempts Dany.
In the Season 5 premiere, Varys discusses a conspiracy with Tyrion; Daenerys' rule faces a new threat; Jon finds himself between two kings; and Cersei and Jaime try to move on from Tywin's demise.
The fourth season comes to a close after an unexpected arrival north of the Wall alters the situation. Danny must face difficult realities, Bran discovers more about his destiny, and Tyrion finally sees the truth.
Jon Snow and the Night's Watch face the most dangerous challenge in the Wall's history.
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Braavos We open with Arya, who finally arrives in Braavos and heads to the House of Black and White looking for Jaqen H'ghar. She's greeted at the door by an old man who claims there's "no one here by that name," and basically tells her to scram. She sits outside and repeats what remains of her list (Cersei, Walder Frey, The Mountain, Meryn Trant) before giving up and tossing her coin into the water. For a while, Arya gets by killing pigeons before the old man shows up again.
"Game of Thrones" has a message for pirates: we're doing just fine. The HBO drama aired its season five premiere this past Sunday, reaching a new record high in ratings for a premiere episode. "The Wars to Come," the first episode of the fifth season, drew an average of 8 million viewers throughout the night, an increase of roughly 1.4 million over last year's premiere. The 8 million viewers also sets a series high for "Game of Thrones," topping its previously most-watched episode by about 800,000 viewers.
New season, new location in the opening credits: Pentos has been added to the map. That's not where we start, though: instead, we start with a young Cersei as she wanders through the woods with a friend, taking her to the hut of a fortune teller. Or witch, if you want to be mean about it. "Tell me my future or I'll have your two boring eyes gouged out of your head," Cersei says, showing us that her personality hasn't changed much in 20 years. Cersei learns three things from the seer: "You'll never wed the prince, you'll wed the king," she says.
Internet pirates are having a good day today; HBO is not. The first four episodes of "Game of Thrones" season 5 have leaked online, showing up on torrent sites hours before tonight's premiere. Already, fans have started downloading and watching the episodes through illegal means. It's especially bad news for HBO as the premium network had worked to get their standalone service, HBO Now, available before the "Game of Thrones" premiere so that those who don't have cable could still watch with the rest of the cable crowd.
In case you forgot, "Game of Thrones" returns this Sunday. We're assuming you didn't forget. We're assuming you've been obsessively counting down the days. So have the valets from "Key & Peele" apparently, as the two star in a new sketch that will catch you up on "Game of Thrones" before Sunday. In the video, the two "Key & Peele" characters talk about their favorite moments in "Game of Thrones" thus far...namely, the deaths.
April 12th is coming. In just ten more days, we can finally return to enjoying (crying, screaming, and gasping over) our favorite HBO series, "Game of Thrones." HBO certainly hasn't been shy about drumming up a frenzy of anticipation. Now the author of the series, George R.R. Martin, has joined in to tease fans. Via his website, the popular author has posted a sneak peek at a chapter from the upcoming The Winds of Winter, the sixth book in the series A Song of Fire and Ice.
HBO certainly knows how to titillate! And we're not just talking about all the boobs and gore... Devoted fans have to wait until April 12th to revel in the glory of a fifth season of "Game of Thrones," but with photos and trailers dropping all around, HBO is still managing to whip up a frenzy! Book readers and show watchers already know they may soon be at odds, with the television series set to overtake the (unfinished) novels. Now there may be even more issues for devoted series readers: major discrepancies between the story they know and what they'll see on screen.
The tables are about to turn on "Game of Thrones" book readers. Up to this point, those who read the George R.R. Martin novels have been ahead of those who only watch the TV show, story-wise. Since the show is based on the books, it has been drawing from them and only deviating slightly in order to retain accuracy. However, there's a problem: Martin has not finished the seventh book in the series, and doesn't look to be close to doing so anytime soon. Meanwhile, the show continues to chug along at a comparatively quick pace.
"Game of Thrones" is a complicated show. There are all kinds of plots and schemes and different storylines going on, not to mention how many different characters there are to remember. So, summing up the first four seasons of the show in 30 seconds or less isn't necessarily the easiest feat. Nonetheless, Entertainment Weekly asked some of the show's cast members to do just that, and the result is pretty adorable. Maisie Williams (Arya) posits that the whole show is just a cycle of murder and revenge, which is pretty accurate.
On the list of things that people love about "Game of Thrones," Tyrion and dragons are near the top. In the newest trailer for "Game of Thrones" season five, it looks like the two are going to meet. That's just one juicy tidbit of the epic new trailer, which begins with Danaerys' speech about breaking "the wheel" of the ever-rotating balance of power between the major houses of Westeros. We also see some of Stannis Baratheon's plan (which is, apparently, to take the North), a bit of Arya's new life, and some of Jon Snow advocating for working with the Wildlings.
If you're one of the many cord-cutters who were looking forward to HBO's standalone streaming service, you now have a few more details to get excited about...or dislike. At today's Apple conference, HBO made their own presentation about HBO Now, which will be available without needing the cable subscription that the current model, HBO Go, requires. The service will cost $14.99 a month, roughly the same cost as HBO when it's added on to a cable subscription, and will be available to early-bird subscribers in time for the release of the new season of "Game of Thrones" in early April.
It's easy to think of "Game of Thrones" as a very serious show full of sorrow and misery, what with all the deaths of the characters that we've just started to love, thank you very much George R. R. Martin. This special video for "Game of Thrones" fans shows us a different side of Westeros, though, one where people laugh and act silly everyone once in a while. Yes, the "Game of Thrones" season four blooper reel is out (or at least a minute and a half of it), and it's pretty great.
You might not recognize the name Hafthor Julius Bjornsson, but you probably know him by his other name: The Mountain. Bjornsson joined the cast on last season of "Game of Thrones" as the Mountain, taking over for another actor who had played the role briefly in previous seasons. In doing so, he became part of one of the most talked-about scenes of the entire series thus far, as the Mountain took on Oberyn Martell to decide Tyrion Lannister's fate. Bjornsson, as his character's name indicates, is huge.