June 16, 2014 | 8:00 a.m.
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” 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 09, 2014 | 4:15 p.m.
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.
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.
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 […]
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 […]
May 05, 2014 | 3:07 p.m.
“Game of Thrones” is now halfway through the fourth season, and judging by last night’s relatively low body count, HBO’s sprawling drama is pacing itself — for the moment. Twitter fans tamed their blood lust and praised Sunday’s episode for its clever plot machinations. Of course, moderation only goes so far where George R.R. Martin is concerned: “First of His Name” didn’t skimp on the grisly details. Brain skewers, anyone? (Ahem, now would be the time to stop reading: spoilers ahead.) Westeros already seems a little kinder, now that Tommen Baratheon (Dean-Charles Chapman) is officially king. As he sits smiling in the Iron Throne, his mother calls him “a good boy, a decent boy,” seemingly the opposite of his late rageaholic brother Joffrey. Cersei (Lena Headey) and Margaery (Natalie Dormer) have a friendly chat about all the weddings (a.k.a. bloodbaths) coming up. She hints that Margaery, once her competition, wouldn’t be a bad sidekick for […]