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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 […]
March 23, 2015 | 3:56 p.m.

‘Game of Thrones’: Watch San Francisco premiere; prep for Season 5

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’ premiere event will be live-streamed

“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 […]
Feb. 27, 2015 | 3:48 p.m.

‘Game of Thrones’ key art spotlights Tyrion as a dragon looms in fog

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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 […]
Jan. 30, 2015 | 3:30 p.m.

‘Game of Thrones’: Epic new trailer, 18 images tease Season 5

Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen. (Helen Sloan/HBO)
An epic new trailer for the “Game of Thrones” fifth season has arrived along with a selection of new images from the wildly popular HBO fantasy series adapted from the work of author George R.R. Martin. HBO officially released the trailer Friday after a pirated version had surfaced online just hours after the clip made its debut at special Imax “Game of Thrones” screenings, where digitally remastered versions of Season 4’s final two episodes — “The Watchers on the Wall,” about Jon Snow (Kit Harington) and the Battle of Castle Black, and “The Children,” which sees Brienne of Tarth (Gwendoline Christie) face off against the Hound (Rory McCann) — were shown on the large-format screen. The episodes are currently screening at more than 200 Imax theaters across the country, and are scheduled to play through Feb. 5. The trailer includes a […]
Jan. 14, 2015 | 11:30 a.m.

HBO delays ‘Game of Thrones’ IMAX screenings to add more theaters

“Game of Thrones” fans will have to wait a week to see a Season 5 trailer and two Season 4 episodes in IMAX. The much-hyped IMAX screenings have been delayed to allow more theaters to participate in the big-screen event. Instead of kicking off Jan. 23, as previously announced, the screenings will begin Jan. 29 at 10 p.m. and extend through Feb. 5. More than 200 theaters will be participating, up from the original 150. The showings will feature an exclusive trailer for the upcoming fifth season as well as Season 4’s final two episodes — “The Watchers on the Wall,” about Jon Snow (Kit Harington) and the Battle of Castle Black, and “The Children,” which sees Brienne of Tarth (Gwendoline Christie) face off against the Hound (Rory McCann). The episodes will be digitally remastered into IMAX format. The event […]
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