Game of Thrones
April 13, 2015 | 5:13 p.m.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, 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 […]
March 23, 2015 | 3:56 p.m.
The new season of “Game of Thrones” already had its British premiere at the Tower of London and will have its North American premiere starting at 6 p.m. Pacific time on Monday at the War Memorial Opera House in San Francisco. You can watch coverage from the red carpet below. For the rest of us, the show doesn’t return on HBO until April 12. To those jonesing for some more dragon action, that can seem like a lifetime away — especially in terms of brutally short Westerosi lives. But just because you can’t see the new season early, doesn’t mean there’s nothing you can do to prepare. If past seasons have taught us anything, it’s that the narrative of this HBO series is so densely packed and richly layered that any amount of additional information will allow the story to pass […]
March 20, 2015 | 3:19 p.m.
“Game of Thrones” fans won’t be able to attend the show’s fifth season premiere event in San Francisco — they can’t even go to Westeros — but they can do the next best thing and watch the event on their computers. Or in an open flame, if they’re a priest or priestess of R’hllor. Pretty sure prophetic flames also get Facebook. The event will be held March 23 at the War Memorial Opera House in San Francisco and will be live-streamed on Facebook at facebook.com/GameofThrones at 6 p.m. Pacific. Fans will also be able to ask questions of the stars, including Alfie Allen, Ian Beattie, Dean-Charles Chapman, Gwendoline Christie, Emilia Clarke, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Liam Cunningham, Peter Dinklage, Nathalie Emmanuel, Jerome Flynn, Aidan Gillen, Conleth Hill, Keisha Castle-Hughes, Michiel Huisman, Michael McElhatton, Hannah Murray, Iwan Rheon, Sophie Turner, Carice van Houten […]
March 19, 2015 | 11:52 a.m.
The fifth season of HBO’s “Game of Thrones” premiered at the Tower of London on Wednesday for a select audience. Now, the rest of us have new trailers and photos for the 10-episode season to ponder until the show hits the small screen April 12. The new material spotlights characters such as Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage) and Jon Snow (Kit Harington) and their upcoming all-out war not only for the coveted Iron Throne, but for the land of Westeros. The images feature a couple of characters that have not played a large part in the series so far: Princess Myrcella Baratheon (Nell Tiger Free), the younger sister of hated King Joffrey sent away seasons ago, and Tyene (Rosabell Laurenti Sellers), the third oldest of the Sand Snakes, daughters of Oberyn Martell. Also included are images of Jon Snow and Mance […]
Feb. 27, 2015 | 3:48 p.m.
The new key art for the “Game of Thrones” fifth season has arrived to help promote the upcoming fifth season of HBO’s epic fantasy. Set to premiere April 12, the new season of the wildly popular series adapted from the work of author George R.R. Martin will introduce a large roster of new characters as it continues to follow the mixed fortunes of the key houses of Westeros. The provocative image shows the looming figure of a dragon in the mist looking down over Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage) aboard a ship. A recent trailer for the season showcased an interesting conversation between Tyrion and Varys (Conleth Hill), suggesting that the disgraced dwarf might help the Seven Kingdoms install the right monarch on the Iron Throne. “The Seven Kingdoms needs a ruler loved by millions with a powerful army and the […]