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July 25, 2014 | 7:34 p.m.

Comic-Con: ‘Game of Thrones’ panel tackles Arya’s future, male nudity

Actors Kit Harington, Rose Leslie and John Bradley attend HBO's "Game of Thrones" panel and Q&A during Comic-Con International 2014 at San Diego Convention Center. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
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.

‘Game of Thrones': Jonathan Pryce, Alexander Siddig among 9 new actors

Jonathan Pryce will star as the devout and pious crusader High Sparrow in Season 5 of "Game of Thrones." (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)
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.

Comic-Con 2014: George R.R. Martin says he’s the first comic book fan

George R.R. Martin (HBO)
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.

Twitter morbidly celebrates Father’s Day with ‘Game of Thrones’ finale

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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 | 8:00 a.m.

‘Game of Thrones': Sibel Kekilli talks Shae and meeting her maker

Sebil Kekilli plays Shae in "Game of Thrones." (Helen Sloan / HBO)
Sibel Kekilli has known for a long time that her days on “Game of Thrones” were numbered. Though the German actress consciously avoided the George R.R. Martin novels on which the hit HBO series is based, over the last four years she couldn’t avoid friends and fans who hinted at the eventual fate of Shae, her character on the series. “I ran into so many people, even my friends, who said to me, ‘I know what happens to your character,'” she said during a recent phone call from her home in Germany. “I always thought, ‘Oh God, I don’t want to hear it.’ But I knew from the beginning there wouldn’t be a happy end.” In Sunday night’s Season 4 finale, “The Children,” that fate finally came to pass. Tyrion (Peter Dinklage), aided in a last-minute escape from execution by his brother Jaime […]
June 16, 2014 | 7:00 a.m.

‘Game of Thrones’ director Alex Graves: Season 4 finale, Tyrion’s revenge

Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage) protests his unfair trial. (Helen Sloan / HBO)
“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.

‘Game of Thrones': Fantasy author George R.R. Martin joins Twitter

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 09, 2014 | 4:15 p.m.

‘Game of Thrones’ actress Rose Leslie on Ygritte’s last act

When Scottish actress Rose Leslie landed the role of the Wildling warrior Ygritte in “Game of Thrones,” she immediately turned to the George R.R. Martin novels that inspired the hit HBO series, a saga known as “A Song of Ice and Fire,” to learn more about the world she would inhabit on the show. Meaning that she had fair warning that her character, a member of a proud tribe that resides in the uncharted lands beyond the Wall, would eventually meet with a grim fate. Her character finally joined the show’s many departed souls in this Sunday’s episode, “The Watchers on the Walls,” the ninth installment of Season 4. “I was well aware that Ygritte’s death was going to happen,” said Leslie. “I was secretly rather pleased that it was going to be in the penultimate episode because you know […]
June 08, 2014 | 11:00 p.m.

‘Game of Thrones': Neil Marshall details ‘Watchers on the Wall’ strategy

A scene from "The Watchers on the Wall," the ninth episode of Season 4 of HBO's "Game of Thrones." (Helen Sloan/HBO)
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 | 9:08 p.m.

‘Game of Thrones': Watch Tyrion Lannister take lion’s share of best lines

The bravest lion in the Seven Kingdoms has roared. Sunday’s episode of “Game of Thrones,” titled “The Laws of Gods and Men,” saw Peter Dinklage, the esteemed actor who plays Tyrion Lannister, the cunning black sheep of Westeros’ ruling family, deliver his most showstopping, awards-worthy speech yet. (He already has an Emmy and a Golden Globe for his work in the series.) 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 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. (Those not current with the show might be advised to stop reading […]
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