George R. R. Martin
July 25, 2014 | 7:34 p.m.
There’s no question that the biggest news to come out of Friday’s “Game of Thrones” Comic-Con International panel was the announcement of the nine new actors who would be joining the cast of HBO’s acclaimed fantasy series in its fifth season. But one of the most intriguing comments made during the hourlong session that focused mostly on audience Q&A was from the lips of Maisie Williams (who earlier in the day had been touted as a potential lead in the upcoming “The Last of Us” movie adaptation). Near the end of the presentation, she was asked about her character Arya Stark’s journey and how she viewed her alter-ego’s evolution. “She is no one,” Williams said, receiving cheers from the audience members familiar with the George R.R. Martin novels that inspired the series. The statement, though seemingly innocuous, suggests that Arya’s […]
July 25, 2014 | 4:16 p.m.
The world of “Game of Thrones” will be seeing some new faces in Season 5, including venerable actor Jonathan Pryce, who will join the series as a religious leader with a devout (and possibly dangerous) following. During the Friday afternoon panel presentation at San Diego’s Comic-Con International, the creators and cast of HBO’s wildly popular series revealed that nine new actors will be joining the ensemble, as the television narrative adapted from author George R.R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” novels expands into the world of Dorne, the homeland of the Red Viper, Oberyn Martell. Alexander Siddig will play Doran Martell, the ruler of Dorne and older brother to Prince Oberyn, who met with a grim fate during the show’s most recent season. Toby Sebastian will play Trystane Martell, Doran’s son, the heir to Dorne who’s betrothed to […]
July 25, 2014 | 8:24 a.m.
His name may be mostly associated with fantasy these days, thanks to HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” but George R.R. Martin and comic books go way back. Way, way back. “I’m actually the first comic book fan,” Martin told the crowd at a Comic-Con panel dedicated to his comic book work on Thursday. As a young comic fan in 1964, Martin attended the first comic book convention ever held in New York City, attended by what he remembers as 30 people. He met Flo Steinberg and Steve Ditko there, but more importantly, he said, he was first in line and received a badge designated “#1.” “All of you are my children,” the author told the crowd. “God help me.” While the discussion never strayed into the current status of “The Winds of Winter,” the highly anticipated sixth book in the “Song […]
June 16, 2014 | 2:26 p.m.
What’s better than giving Dad a tie for Father’s Day? How about a gift (shot) from the heart? (Spoilers, people. Beware if you haven’t yet seen last night’s season finale, “The Children,” for this post will be littered with them.) HBO’s wildly successful “Game of Thrones” has never balked at killing off major characters, but the Season 4 send-off added in a special patricide twist, much appreciated by the revenge-hungry fans on Twitter. Tyrion (Peter Dinklage), finally recognizing that Tywin (Charles Dance) will never show him a sliver of true respect, wastes his father with a crossbow while the old guy’s still in the privy. This deed is done right after Tyrion strangles his former lover Shae (Sibel Kekilli, who spoke about her demise here) with the very necklace he once lovingly bestowed on her. To understand Tyrion’s turn to violence, read Hero Complex’s interview with […]
June 16, 2014 | 7:00 a.m.
“Game of Thrones” has long warned us that all men must die – but they never said all lions. (Here be spoilers: If you haven’t watched last night’s season finale, “The Children,” please bookmark this post for later.) Adapted from the bestselling novels of George R.R. Martin, HBO’s sprawling drama, the most watched in the cable network’s history, is known for ending seasons on a shocking note, and last night’s cap-off to Season 4 was no different. The silver-tongued Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) finally escapes death — but not without paying a price. Ever since Joffrey’s wedding, where Tyrion was blamed for the poisoning of his psychotic nephew-king, the Master of Coin has been heading for a beheading. But in the 11th hour, he escapes from prison with the help of his brother Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau). Not content to leave things be, Tyrion wants to have one last conversation with his […]
June 10, 2014 | 5:06 p.m.
George R.R. Martin has joined Twitter, but as with the characters he writes, it’s probably best not to get too attached. In his first and only tweet, the author, whose “A Song of Ice and Fire” novels serve as the basis for HBO’s blockbuster fantasy series “Game of Thrones,” says, “I don’t tweet all that much” and urges readers to visit his LiveJournal. Martin kicked off that blog nine years ago with a similar warning: “Days, weeks, and even months may go by with no new entries,” he wrote in the first post. “It probably means I’m busy doing stuff.” He titled the blog “Not a Blog,” emphasizing, “I don’t have time” to write one. He was true to his word. The next post went up more than three months later. QUIZ: Test your ‘Thrones’ knowledge In recent months, his […]
June 08, 2014 | 11:00 p.m.
It’s an interesting niche Neil Marshall has carved out for himself in the cutthroat world of HBO’s lavish fantasy, “Game of Thrones.” “I seem to be the go-to guy for battles and extreme carnage and special effects,” said Marshall, who stepped behind the camera for Sunday’s epic installment, “The Watchers on the Wall,” and who previously helmed Season 2′s equally spectacular “Blackwater.” “You’re kept on your toes trying to come up with new ways to kill people.” The director, whose feature film credits include the horror films “Dog Soldiers” and “The Descent” and the wild futuristic adventure “Doomsday,” certainly appears to have found his calling. In “The Watchers on the Wall,” the crushing Wilding attack that Jon Snow (Kit Harington) has been predicting for much of the show’s fourth season finally arrives, and the brothers of the Night’s Watch are […]
May 12, 2014 | 2:11 p.m.
Even for the actors on “Game of Thrones,” spoilers can be a real joy-killer. Take, for example, Pedro Pascal, who plays Oberyn Martell on HBO’s hit fantasy series. When the opportunity came up for Pascal to audition for the role of the fiery Dornish prince known as the Red Viper, the longtime fan of the show was thrilled — but also dismayed to learn some of the twists the narrative would take in the fourth season. “I never associated any kind of possibility of being a part of it as I watched it,” explained Pascal, who had not then read the George R.R. Martin novels that inspired “Game of Thrones.” “When I got the audition, it didn’t seem attainable to me, so really the spoilers in the sides were what I had my first reaction to. I was upset because […]
May 11, 2014 | 1:37 p.m.
“Game of Thrones” is known for unexpected twists in its sprawling narrative. But if there’s one thing it seems safe to assume, it’s that Tyrion Lannister is unlikely to receive a fair trial. HBO’s top-rated fantasy series surprised TV audiences earlier this season by killing off sadistic King Joffrey (Jack Gleeson), who was poisoned at his own wedding feast. Despite protesting his innocence, his uncle Tyrion, played by Emmy Award winner Peter Dinklage, was accused of the crime and banished to a cell to await a trial, overseen in part by his own father Tywin (Charles Dance) — who has long held his dwarf son in open contempt. During an interview to promote his upcoming turn as the villainous Boliver Trask in “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” which arrives in theaters May 23, Dinklage confirmed that justice might be difficult […]
May 11, 2014 | 9:00 a.m.
Cersei Lannister said it best: “When you play the Game of Thrones, you win, or you die.” Since 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, arrived in 2011, numerous characters have been dispatched in all manner of gruesome ways, and the body count seems only to climb higher with every passing episode. Even the tagline for the current fourth-season is a translation of “Valar morghulis,” the High Valyrian phrase meaning “All men must die.” With that in mind, we’ve created a detailed look at how so many deaths on “Game of Thrones” spiraled out from the off-camera passing of Jon Arryn, the former hand to the former king, Robert Baratheon, whose widow Cersei (Lena Headey) spoke those prophetic words to none other than the ill-fated Ned […]