Game of Thrones

May 22, 2015 | 10:19 a.m.

‘Game of Thrones: The Musical’: Watch Coldplay perform with HBO cast

Screenshot of Emilia Clarke performing in "Game of Thrones: The Musical." (NBC)
If you ever wanted to see Jon Snow jamming to the Troggs, “Game of Thrones: The Musical” will not disappoint. Members of the sprawling “Game of Thrones” cast showed off their vocal chops in a comedic collaboration with the band Coldplay. The Chris Martin/George R. R. Martin mash-up sketch was part of the inaugural U.S. version of the U.K.’s live fundraising telethon Red Nose Day. The video (watch it above), kicks off with an abbreviated version of the fantasy show’s elaborate title music before offering Coldplay frontman Chris Martin’s lyrics for the theme song. “There are Starks and there are Lannisters and Kardashians –” “Targaryens,” drummer Will Champion corrects. The sketch also features Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister on “Thrones”) crooning “Man for All Seasons,” a song about his character’s relative longevity; Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jamie Lannister) channeling his inner Bryan Adams as he sings a piano-driven ballad dedicated to his […]
May 20, 2015 | 11:21 a.m.

‘Game of Thrones’ cast takes a break from death and dismemberment to jam with Coldplay

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau performs a song. (NBC)
Longtime fans of HBO’s grisly “Game of Thrones” will tell you that the dark fantasy show is notoriously packed with murder, torture, dismemberment, incest and Coldplay. Wait, what was that last one? In a break from all that violence and dragonfire, the cast of the HBO hit is teaming with Chris Martin and company for a special musical performance this Thursday as part of the inaugural U.S. version of the U.K.’s live fundraising telethon Red Nose Day. “Game of Thrones: The Musical” will no doubt be among the highlights of the event, with several prominent members of House Lannister and House Stark joining Coldplay for tuneful tales of life and death in Westeros. In a teaser for the show (above), Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister on “Thrones”) hams it up in as he croons a short ditty pointing out that, while major characters such as Ned Stark, […]
May 18, 2015 | 11:23 a.m.

‘Game of Thrones’: Fans outraged by brutal Sansa Stark scene

Sophie Turner, left, as Sansa Stark and Iwan Rheon as Ramsay Bolton in "Game of Thrones." (Helen Sloan / HBO)
This post contains “Game of Thrones” spoilers. Poor Sansa Stark can’t catch a break. And fans are taking to social media to express their outrage following the latest atrocity inflicted on Sansa in last night’s episode of “Game of Thrones.” Sansa, portrayed by 19-year-old Sophie Turner, has survived horror after horror in the hit HBO fantasy series. From losing her direwolf Lady, to witnessing the beheading of her father Ned Stark, to suffering the brutality and humiliation inflicted by Joffrey Lannister, to being attacked by a riotous mob, Sansa’s lot only seems to worsen over time. And after fearing sexual assault by Joffrey, by the Hound, by the mob, by Tyrion and potentially even by Littlefinger, Sansa is raped on her wedding night by her new husband, the psychotic Ramsay Bolton, as a tearful Theon Greyjoy, a.k.a. Reek, is made […]
April 24, 2015 | 12:15 p.m.

‘Game of Thrones’: Gwendoline Christie talks Brienne’s journey in Season 5

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In its fifth season, “Game of Thrones” has shown that Westeros is not a kind place for kindhearted people. In this hostile environment, Brienne of Tarth journeys on, her sole focus to fulfill the oath she swore to Catelyn Stark to safely return the Stark girls to Winterfell. Portrayed by actress Gwendoline Christie in HBO’s epic fantasy series, Brienne was first introduced in Season 2, winning her place among Renly Baratheon’s personal guard despite her gender. Since then Brienne has spent much of her time traveling through the Seven Kingdoms after swearing fealty to Lady Stark following Renly’s murder. Lady Stark tasks Brienne with escorting the captive Jaime Lannister back to King’s Landing in exchange for the safe return of Sansa and Arya Stark, and it is this promise that Brienne is struggling to fulfill with Arya and Sansa rejecting her […]
April 13, 2015 | 5:13 p.m.

‘Game of Thrones’ postmortem: Most intriguing moments in the Season 5 premiere

Jon Snow (Kit Harrington), left, as de facto leader of the Night's Watch, planned to assassinate Mance Rayder (Ciaran Hinds), but ended up capturing him with the help of Stannis Baratheon and his army. (HBO)
The fifth season of “Game of Thrones” kicked off Sunday night with a flashback, angry dragons and a grisly death. The premiere episode, titled “The Wars to Come” and co-written by series creators and executive producers David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, offered something of a slow burn, gradually reintroducing fans to the sprawling cast of HBO’s lavish fantasy drama, which is based on George R. R. Martin’s bestselling “A Song of Ice and Fire” book series. Hero Complex examines some of the most intriguing moments in the premiere. If you haven’t seen the episode, read no further; instead, catch up on where we left off in the gallery above. Cersei’s creepy flashback foreshadows more deaths The season began with a flashback to young Cersei Lannister (Nell Williams), some 25 years prior to the events of the show. Cersei and […]
April 10, 2015 | 5:03 p.m.

Paycheck Friday: Throw a ‘Game of Thrones’ viewing party

Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen in "Game of Thrones." (HBO)
Welcome to the inaugural edition of Hero Complex’s new Paycheck Friday series. Every other Friday, Hero Complex will guide you through the vast world of toys, books, games and other geek merchandise and share some of our favorites. With “Game of Thrones” returning for its fifth season on Sunday, it’s only fitting that this week’s paycheck goes to fund a viewing party for the season premiere. Hopefully, these items will help guests get into the proper mood without taking an unpleasant turn the way celebrations often take in the series. First up, we have “A Feast of Ice and Fire: The Official Companion Cookbook.” What’s a Westerosi party without food? Anybody familiar with George R.R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” series knows that Martin’s novels are filled with highly detailed, almost opulent descriptions of the extravagant feasts indulged […]
April 10, 2015 | 3:47 p.m.

‘Game of Thrones’: Lena Headey talks Cersei and her ‘very poor choices’

Lena Headey is photographed in HBO's Santa Monica, Calif., office in 2012. (Brian van der Brug/Los Angeles Times)
Any way you slice it, Cersei Lannister has had a rough year. Last season on HBO’s epic fantasy series “Game of Thrones,” the cunning Queen Regent of the Seven Kingdoms watched her sadistic son and the apple of her eye, King Joffrey, die at his own wedding. His murder created new strain in her, shall we say, complicated incestuous relationship with twin brother Jaime, as did her politically motivated engagement to Loras Tyrell, who happens to be gay. To top it all off, her father, Tywin, was murdered — while on the toilet, no less — by her younger brother, Tyrion. With her mild-mannered youngest son Tommen now installed as king, Cersei is now more powerful than ever. Actress Lena Headey has turned Cersei, a character who in lesser hands might be a campy villainess, into a surprisingly sympathetic figure […]
April 10, 2015 | 7:50 a.m.

‘Game of Thrones’ recap: Before the premiere, here’s where we left off

Conleth Hill, left, and Peter Dinklage star in the fifth season of "Game of Thrones." Click through the gallery for a quick refresher of where we left off. (HBO)
On Sunday, “Game of Thrones” fans will gather in front of their televisions to “do-do-DO-do” along with the show’s opening theme and return to the lands of Westeros and Essos for the fifth season. It’s been several months since Season 4 ended last summer — can they really do only 10 episodes a year? — and with so many tangled story lines to sort out, the brief assortment of “Previously on” clips may not be enough to do the trick. And understanding what happened previously will be more essential than ever this season, as series executive producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have promised that several of the show’s disparate threads, spread across continents, will finally start to come together. With Tyrion Lannister last seen leaving King’s Landing in a ship bound for Essos, can a meeting with Daenerys Targaryen be […]
April 02, 2015 | 1:29 p.m.

‘Game of Thrones’: George R.R. Martin teases ‘Winds of Winter’

Sophie Turner plays Sansa Stark in "Game of Thrones." (Helen Sloan / HBO)
George R.R. Martin keeps his promises. After announcing on his blog that he was scaling back on convention appearances, as well as forgoing scripting any episodes for the sixth season of “Game of Thrones” in order to focus more on writing “The Winds of Winter,” Martin delivered a gift to his “A Song of Ice and Fire” fans in the form of an excerpt from the long-anticipated next installment of his popular fantasy saga. (Those not caught up with series should beware — there are spoilers below.) Martin’s new segment was posted online under the title “Alayne,” the alias Sansa Stark has adopted since escaping from King’s Landing (and her diminutive husband) to the Eyrie with Petyr Baelish, posing as his daughter after the events of the Purple Wedding. Sansa fans can rejoice because this is the first chapter narrated […]
March 30, 2015 | 12:41 p.m.

‘Game of Thrones’ star Maisie Williams joins ‘Doctor Who’ cast

Maisie Williams will guest star in "Doctor Who." (BBC)
“Game of Thrones” star Maisie Williams, who plays fan-favorite character Arya Stark in “Game of Thrones,” is headed to the TARDIS. The 17-year-old actress will guest star in the upcoming season of “Doctor Who,” the BBC announced Monday, though her character remains a mystery. “It’s not possible to say too much about who or what she’s playing, but she is going to challenge the Doctor in very unexpected ways,” the show’s lead writer and executive producer, Steven Moffat, said in a statement. “This time he might just be out of his depth, and we know Maisie is going to give him exactly the right sort of hell.” The sci-fi adventure series, which celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2013, returns this fall for its ninth season since rebooting a decade ago. The show centers around a time-traveling alien known simply as […]
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