July 24, 2013 | 6:00 a.m.
“Game of Thrones” fans are in for an epic upcoming season of HBO’s lavish series, according to ensemble star Kit Harington, who plays Jon Snow, a sworn brother of the Night’s Watch. Speaking about Season 4 with Hero Complex at Comic-Con, Harington offered a glimpse at the premium channel’s adaptation of George R.R. Martin’s ”A Song of Ice and Fire” book series. Viewers last saw Jon betraying the Wildlings, the “free folk” he was embedded with north of the realm’s towering Wall. After he joined them on a raid over the icy Wall in the direction of Castle Black, his refusal to kill a horse breeder led the Wildling raiders to question his allegiance to their cause. During the betrayal, Jon also broke the heart of a feisty Wildling woman named Ygritte (Rose Leslie) in order to fulfill the larger part […]
July 22, 2013 | 10:15 a.m.
As part of our Comic-Con International coverage this year, Hero Complex reached out to a select group of actors and writers, asking them to document their experiences in San Diego. Deborah Ann Woll, star of HBO’s “True Blood,” shared what it takes to survive the convention. Check out the gallery above and the silent videos below to see snapshots of the actress’ experiences, with captions written by her. The panel day for “True Blood” is quite an amazing experience. Here’s a guide for getting the most out of the day and surviving the chaos: 1. Stock up on Advil and breath mints at the TV Line interview. Two very important essentials for surviving Comic-Con. You don’t want to turn away a fan with your bad breath, and any girl will tell you all day in heels will make you rush […]
July 21, 2013 | 4:43 p.m.
With San Diego’s Comic-Con International expanding nearly every year, the annual pop culture convention has also accommodated the flourishing nightlife. “I understand that San Diego Comic-Con is like the Detroit Auto Show,” said “Banshee” actress Lily Simmons. “Sure, other places can have an auto show, but it’s not the Detroit Auto Show. “ While the city’s boisterous Gaslamp Quarter bustled with convention-goers and other Saturday night patrons, Hollywood took on its fair share of lavish events. “It’s just kind of insane,” said “Game of Thrones” actress Esme Bianco. “I think there’s a scale of everything that’s kind of amazing to me. A couple people have warned me that it’s big. Everyone’s right!” FULL COVERAGE: San Diego Comic-Con 2013 Bianco, who played the upward-climbing courtesan Ros on the HBO series, said she party-hopped quite a bit over the weekend, starting off […]
July 19, 2013 | 8:38 p.m.
So, Peter Dinklage, just what is the best part of starring on HBO’s lavish fantasy series “Game of Thrones”? “It’s amazing. I get to be on T-shirts,” the award-winning actor told a rapt Comic-Con International crowd as the show’s stars and creators took the stage Friday afternoon to reflect largely on the recently completed Season 3. And, yes, there was a great deal of talk about the infamous Red Wedding. (Those who are not caught up on their “Game of Thrones” might be advised to stop reading now; spoilers ahead.) Appearing on stage with Dinklage were Michelle Fairley, John Bradley, Kit Harington, Rose Leslie, Richard Madden, Emilia Clarke and author George R.R. Martin, on whose novels the show is based. Joining them were showrunners D.B. Weiss and David Benioff. Richard Madden, whose character Robb Stark lost his life in the […]
June 09, 2013 | 11:15 p.m.
The third season of HBO’s lavish fantasy “Game of Thrones” concluded with a stunning finale Sunday — though it would be difficult for anything to live up to the gut-punch impact of last week’s “The Rains of Castamere” and its depiction of the Red Wedding, one of the most harrowing set pieces from the George R.R. Martin “A Song of Ice and Fire” novels that inspired the series. Among the many interesting turns of events in the season’s concluding installment, “Mhysa” — and anyone who did not see the finale might want to stop reading now: Jaime Lannister finally returned to King’s Landing. His homecoming, however, might have been somewhat less auspicious than the kingslayer once would have expected. “Finally he’s back,” Danish actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau said in an interview with Hero Complex late last week. “I think that moment, he […]
June 08, 2013 | 8:00 a.m.
For Kit Harington, the young English actor who plays Jon Snow in “Game of Thrones,” the show is a coming-of-age story — his own. Though Harington had acted on stage before the HBO fantasy series, which wraps up its third season Sunday, “Thrones” marks his first role in front of a camera, and it’s a big one. Jon Snow plays an increasingly significant part in “Thrones” and George R.R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” books, on which the sprawling TV show is based. “By the time it goes the distance, it will be years and years,” said Harington, 26, over drinks at the Four Seasons hotel’s Windows Lounge in Beverly Hills earlier this spring. “It will be most of my 20s, really. You look at it in those terms, and that’s a big portion of my life that […]
June 03, 2013 | 12:33 a.m.
Even before the third season of “Game of Thrones” debuted in March, D.B. Weiss, one of the showrunners of HBO’s lavish fantasy series, intimated that major characters would die. “I think we’re heading into the negative population growth phase of the show,” he said in an interview with Hero Complex. Sunday’s episode, written by Weiss and his creative partner David Benioff, delivered on that promise in a massive way — and anyone who missed the season’s penultimate installment, “The Rains of Castamere,” might want to stop reading right now. Major spoilers are ahead. One of the most memorable events from all of George R.R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” novels, the Red Wedding, unfolded on screen Sunday, claiming the lives of Robb Stark (Richard Madden), his pregnant wife Talisa (Oona Chaplin) and his mother Catelyn (Michelle Fairley), victims […]
May 05, 2013 | 10:41 p.m.
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau made an appearance over the weekend on “Saturday Night Live,” turning up at the end of a sketch that saw host Zach Galifianakis dressed in a dragon costume in a parody of the obsessive nature of the “Game of Thrones” fandom. In the skit, “The Hangover Part III” star played one of three fans competing on “Game of Game of Thrones,” a quiz show with categories devoted to such topics as the Lannisters, the Night’s Watch and, also, geography — correct answers earned 10 silver stags. Actual fans of the HBO series adapted from George R.R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” saga most likely would have had no trouble answering such questions as “Who killed Qhorin Halfhand behind the Wall?” The faux contestants certainly had no trouble either. But when it came to real-world facts, like, say, […]
April 25, 2013 | 4:14 p.m.
The Hound is alive and well in the North. At least for now. Rory McCann, known to fans of HBO’s “Game of Thrones” as Sandor “The Hound” Clegane, strolls into the parking lot of a popular climbers’ haunt in the heart of town. The large Scotsman looks every bit the rugged outdoorsman coming in from a Highland winter, dressed in layers of wool, goose down and tweed. Yet his demeanor warms when he smiles, explaining the morning’s adventure in his native Scottish brogue. “My car won’t start. I had to park it back there on a hill so I can get it going on the roll,” he said. “I may need a push.” Born and raised in Glasgow, McCann, 44, is home in the northern Scottish Highlands, even mooring his sailboat in a region known as Wester Ross — almost […]
April 22, 2013 | 8:00 a.m.
Fans of HBO’s lavish fantasy series “Games of Thrones” all seem to love plucky Arya Stark for her fearlessness and her brash, outspoken ways. But Maisie Williams, the 16-year-old British actress who plays the youngest daughter of House Stark, says she thinks that if her screen alter ego really wanted to survive the brutal world of Westeros and make it back safely to her family home of Winterfell, she perhaps should be just a bit more strategic about her behavior. “Her ability to tell people what she thinks gets her into trouble a lot, and it’s kind of unnecessary, but it’s the way she is,” Williams said in an interview last month. “That’s one of the things I don’t like about her. Her ability to just tell people what she thinks, it makes her a likable character but it doesn’t mean […]