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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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  • An inside look at the creation of 'Game of Thrones'.

  • 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.

  • Unanticipated visitors come to Mole’s Town; Littlefinger’s motivation seems questionable; Ramsay works to prove himself to his father; Tyrion’s fate is determined.

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This Hodor vs. Groot Rap Battle Goes About How You'd Expect
'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.

New 'Game of Thrones' Trailer: Tyrion Meets a Dragon

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.

HBO's Standalone Service Will be $15/mo, Available First on Apple TV

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.

Check Out the Hilarious 'Game of Thrones' Season 4 Bloopers

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.

Netflix Reportedly Developing 'Legend of Zelda' Live-Action TV Series
Watch 'The Mountain' from 'Game of Thrones' Break a 1,000-Year-Old Weightlifting Record

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.

'Game of Thrones' Season 5 Trailer Leaks - Watch Now!

It's here! The first official trailer for "Game of Thrones" season 5 is here...even though the means of release wasn't quite so official. The trailer posted to YouTube is a leaked copy, recorded off of a screen. The quality isn't the best, but we can still get a pretty good idea of what's going on, and what to expect from the upcoming season. In the trailer, we see the continuing stories of a few of our favorite (and least favorite) characters. Tyrion has a pronounced beard and seems to be back to wallowing in wine instead of reveling in his freedom from both his imprisonment and his father's shadow.

'Game of Thrones' Star Cast in Upcoming 'X-Men: Apocalypse'

Ladies and gentlemen, meet the newest members of the X-Men: First Class. "Game of Thrones" star Sophie Turner is one of three new cast members added to the upcoming feature film "X-Men: Apocalypse," the follow-up to "X-Men: First Class" and "X-Men: Days of Future Past." Turner, who plays Sansa Stark on the hit HBO series, has been cast as a young Jean Grey, one of the mutants in Charles Xavier's academy. Famke Janssen took on the role in the original trilogy of X-Men movies.

'Game of Thrones,' 'Veep' and 'Silicon Valley' Set 2015 Premiere Dates

"Game of Thrones" fans, you now have a date to count down to. HBO has set official premiere dates for three of its biggest series: "Game of Thrones," "Veep" and "Silicon Valley" will all premiere on the same night, April 12. That potentially puts a lot of pressure on HBO Go, which announced last year that it would be implementing a version of the streaming service that users could sign up for without needing a cable subscription. It was widely assumed that HBO would attempt to get that service up and running before the premiere of "Game of Thrones," seeing as it's the networks biggest—and most pirated—show.

'Game of Thrones' Is Coming to IMAX Theaters

Pretty soon, you'll be able to watch TV's most epic show in entertainment's most epic format: "Game of Thrones" is coming to IMAX. HBO and IMAX have announced a partnership to screen select episodes of the hit series in IMAX theaters starting this month, along with a special sneak peek at the season 5 trailer. There will be two episodes screened, which will be remastered versions of the final two episodes of "Game of Thrones" season 4 adjusted to fit the IMAX format.

And the Most Pirated TV Show of the Year Is...

HBO's "Game of Thrones" is officially the winner of an award that it might not want, three years in a row. The hit series has been named the most pirated TV series of the year, according to torrent site TorrentFreak. This is the third year in a row that "Game of Thrones" has earned the title of the most illegally downloaded series. "GoT" earned 8 million downloads of its finale, a number that surpasses even the 7.1 million viewers that tuned in to watch the episode on TV.

Maisie Williams of 'Game of Thrones' Disses Emma Watson's Version of Feminism

Maisie Williams plays Arya Stark in "Game of Thrones," a character who laments the gender role she's been assigned as the daughter of a lord. But it seems that Arya's point of view doesn't necessarily reflect Maisie's. In an interview with The Guardian, Williams lamented "first-world feminism" and criticized Emma Watson's efforts as a UN ambassador with her #HeForShe campaign. "There are creepy things that people say online that I shouldn't have to read," Williams said, "but there are bigger things going on in other countries.

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