April 21, 2014 | 2:42 p.m.
Anyone who watches HBO’s lavish fantasy series “Game of Thrones” understands that it’s not easy for any character to live in the cutthroat world of Westeros, defined as it is by treachery and death. But navigating the brutal environment can be especially fraught for the women who have a central role in the narrative. (If you missed Sunday night’s episode, “Breaker of Chains,” you might want to stop reading now.) In the latest installment of the hit show, Mother of Dragons Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) arrived at the city of Meereen with her army of Unsullied at her back, determined to continue to free the slaves in the cities of the East. But even as she wins the affections of the underclass, she’s also making powerful enemies. QUIZ: Test your ‘Game of Thrones’ knowledge Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) finally escaped […]
April 09, 2014 | 10:24 a.m.
“Game of Thrones” heroine Daenerys Targaryen takes the spotlight on the cover of the latest issue of the Hero Complex print magazine, available now. In a detailed interview, actress Emilia Clarke reveals how her approach to playing the Mother of Dragons on the hit HBO fantasy has evolved over the lifespan of the sprawling series, based on the bestselling novels of George R.R. Martin. “I’ve been growing with her, which is the exciting part,” Clarke said. “Man, she’s got more strength than I have, that’s for sure. Getting to be with her throughout this growth process is so exciting as an actor. While she’s pushing herself, I get to push myself and my acting every season.” (Click through the gallery above for a look at Season 4 of “Game of Thrones.”) The issue also features new interviews with “Godzilla” director […]
April 07, 2014 | 2:25 p.m.
“Game of Thrones” returned to HBO last night and the 8th kingdom of Twitter took notice. The fourth season premiere of the sprawling fantasy series adapted from George R.R. Martin’s bestselling novels delivered blood, guts and Valyrian steel to its devoted fan following — an average of 6.6. million total viewers turned in to watch the episode, according to Nielsen, giving HBO its biggest audience since 11.9 million viewers watched the finale of the mob drama “The Sopranos.” There was so much demand to watch the premiere online that the network’s online streaming service, HBO GO, crashed. Technical difficulties aside, it was a sweet homecoming that included a number of memorable moments — anyone who has not yet seen the episode might want to stop reading now. Among the highlights? Arya proved herself in battle alongside the Hound; Daario (now […]
April 06, 2014 | 12:57 p.m.
English actress Emilia Clarke describes her role as Daenerys Targaryen on HBO’s epic fantasy “Game of Thrones” as her first “proper job,” which is a rather remarkable fact considering the commanding power of her performance as the mother of dragons. But it’s true that Clarke was fresh out of drama school when she entered the cutthroat world conjured by author George R.R. Martin in his “A Song of Ice and Fire” novels, which show runners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss translated for the screen to considerable acclaim. (Clarke herself was nominated for a supporting actress Emmy for her work on the show.) As Season 4 opens Sunday, Daenerys finds herself far away from the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros, having conquered many of the great cities of Slaver’s Bay with the help of her army of Unsullied. While the newly freed […]
April 04, 2014 | 6:00 a.m.
BELFAST, Northern Ireland — It’s a winding two-lane road in the Northern Irish countryside that leads past grazing cattle to the open fields of Clandeboye Estate, a placid locale famed for its dairy products and its wedding receptions. But as sunset arrived on a mild September evening, the property hosted a ceremony of another kind. HBO’s lavish fantasy “Game of Thrones” had come to shoot a tricky fight scene for an episode of its fourth season, which begins its highly anticipated 10-show run Sunday. Inside the cramped confines of a rustic wooden structure, actor Kit Harington, clad in the Night’s Watch black of his noble character Jon Snow, was on the receiving end of troubling blows. Candles cast a warm, golden glow and magnificent shadows over the action inside the set, as Harington, blood painted onto his cheeks, and his […]
April 03, 2014 | 8:50 a.m.
HBO’s “Game of Thrones” returns to the small screen Sunday night to begin its fourth season, which will follow much of the action in the latter half of “A Storm of Swords,” the third novel in George R.R. Martin’s sprawling literary fantasy. Though the epic show is known for its slow builds, word on the streets of Westeros suggests that swords will be drawn swiftly and without mercy. So where did we leave off? In a nutshell, the Lannisters were up and the Starks were very down. After the bloodbath of the Red Wedding, where matriarch Catelyn, her son Robb and his pregnant wife were all knifed to the tune of “The Rains of Castamere,” few members of clan are left alive. However, bloodthirsty Arya Stark just might be the one to exactly revenge, even if she must wait to mete out […]
March 18, 2014 | 8:27 p.m.
The return of “Game of Thrones” is just weeks away, and the final trailer teasing Season 4 features a tantalizing amount of political intrigue, swordplay and hints about the direction the sweeping narrative might take. Premiering April 6, the upcoming season of HBO’s massively popular and critically acclaimed political fantasy series, based on George R.R. Martin’s bestselling “A Song of Ice and Fire” books, promises to explore the fallout from the infamous Red Wedding, which claimed the lives of prominent members of the Stark clan. Season 4 is expected to follow the events of the second half of Martin’s third book in the series, “A Storm of Swords,” but also introduces occurrences and characters from other novels, including the Dornish Prince Oberyn Martell (Pedro Pascal), the so-called Red Viper who comes to King’s Landing seeking vengeance. He’s not the only one. As cruel […]
March 10, 2014 | 11:28 a.m.
The return of “Game of Thrones” is just weeks away, and a new trailer suggests that the infamous Red Wedding promises to have great impact on the surviving characters as Season 4 unfolds. In the latest promotional clip for HBO’s massively popular and critically acclaimed political fantasy series, based on George R.R. Martin’s bestselling “A Song of Ice and Fire” book series, Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) asks her husband Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage), “Do you know what they did to my brother — and my mother? I lie awake all night thinking about how they died.” Death, of course, is all too common in the world of Westeros, but the Red Wedding, the event that helped draw Season 3 to a close with the gruesome murder of several important members of the Stark clan, unquestionably ranks as one of the series’ […]
Feb. 16, 2014 | 11:06 p.m.
The return of “Game of Thrones” is still two months away, but on Sunday, HBO released a second trailer for the show’s fourth season, highlighting the search for justice and vengeance that will motivate the characters in the world of Westeros this year. The political fantasy series, which returns April 6, is based on George R.R. Martin’s bestselling “A Song of Ice and Fire” books and has become a marquee attraction for HBO — and a critical darling. In addition to being nominated for outstanding performance by an ensemble in a drama series at January’s Screen Actors Guild Awards, with star Peter Dinklage also nominated for his individual dramatic performance, “Thrones” has developed a massive and devoted fan following. The new clip begins with Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) ominously naming her enemies, those she most ardently wishes to kill, as […]
Feb. 09, 2014 | 7:40 p.m.
The return of “Game of Thrones” is still two months away, but on Sunday, HBO released a sneak peek at Season 4 in a new featurette titled “Game of Thrones: Ice and Fire: A Foreshadowing.” The political fantasy series, which returns April 6, is based on George R.R. Martin’s bestselling “A Song of Ice and Fire” books and has become a marquee attraction for HBO and a critical darling. In addition to being nominated for outstanding performance by an ensemble in a drama series at January’s Screen Actors Guild Awards, with star Peter Dinklage also nominated for his individual dramatic performance, “Thrones” has developed a massive and devoted fan following. The upcoming season is expected to chart the events chronicled in the latter half of Martin’s sprawling third book in the series, “A Storm of Swords,” but will also introduce […]