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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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  • John anticipates conflict, Sansa tries to approach Theon, Brienne waits for a sign, and Stannis remains headstrong.

  • Jorah and Tyrion run into slavers. Trystane and Myrcella make plans. Jaime and Bronn come to a destination.

  • Dany makes a difficult choice in Meereen. Jon seeks the help of an unexpected ally. Brienne searches for Sansa. Theon remains under Ramsay‚Äôs control.

  • The Faith Militant become more and more aggressive. Jaime and Bronn go south.

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'Game of Thrones' Recap: Season 5, Episode 5 - 'Kill the Boy'

There was a lot less jumping around this week from location to location, as we didn't even check in once at King's Landing, Dorne or Braavos. Rather, all the action took place in just four spots. Meereen We begin the week where we left off: in Meereen, where Daenerys mourns the death of Ser Barristan. Daario suggests setting up a base of operations and clearing out the city of the Sons of the Harpy, but Dany has another, more extreme idea. She rounds up the head of every major family in the city and brings them down into the vault where she locked up her dragons.

'Game of Thrones' Recap: Season 5, Episode 4 - 'Sons of the Harpy'

The season has been slow thus far, setting things up here and there in anticipation of what will likely be a second half full of big moments. However, this week's episode had plenty of action in it, both of the political and swordfighting variety. King's Landing The crown is in a bit of money trouble, so Cersei sends her new Master of Coin to the Iron Bank in Braavos to negotiate better terms. Her council is pretty much just her now, which we're guessing is how Cersei likes it.

Here's Sansa Stark from 'Game of Thrones' as Jean Grey from 'X-Men: Apocalypse'

She's played a lady of Westeros, now she's about to be a mutant! "X-Men: Apocalypse" director Bryan Singer has shared the first photo of Sophie Turner, who plays Sansa Stark in "Game of Thrones," in costume as a young Jean Grey. In the photo, Turner poses with Lana Condor, who is also in costume as classic X-Men mutant Jubilee, who looks very accurate to her original comic book costume, yellow jacket and all! Of course, both girls look excessively 80's as the movie, which is a direct sequel to "X-Men: Days of Future Past" and "X-Men: First Class," is set somewhere in the decade.

'Game of Thrones' Recap: Season 5, Episode 3 - 'High Sparrow'

We open the week in Braavos, where Arya has finally gotten into the House of Black and White. Jaqen H'ghar is being all Mr. Miyagi on Arya though, making her sweep floors and answering her questions in riddles. "There is only one god," he tells Arya. "A girl knows his name. And all know of his gift." Death, btw. He's talking about the god of death. When another girl starts picking on Arya and Arya claims she's reading to become "no one," Jaqen makes a point: she's still surrounded by Arya Stark's things, so how could she be anything other than Arya Stark? So Arya throws her possessions into the water, but when it comes to getting rid of Needle, she can't bring herself to do it.

'Game of Thrones' Recap: Season 5, Episode 2 - 'The House of Black and White'

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' Sets Ratings Record Despite Leaked Episodes

"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.

'Game of Thrones' Recap: Season 5, Episode 1 - 'The Wars to Come'

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.

'Game of Thrones': First Four Episodes Leak Online Before Premiere

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.

Let Key & Peele Catch You Up on 'Game of Thrones' and 'The Dinkles'

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.

Catch a Sneak Peek at 'The Winds of Winter!' George R.R. Martin Posts an Excerpt from the Upcoming Book!

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.

'Game of Thrones' Cast Drops Big Hints About Season 5!

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.

'Game of Thrones' TV Show Is Going to Start Spoiling the Books

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.

Watch the 'Game of Thrones' Cast Sum Up the Show in 30 Seconds

"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.

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