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April 03, 2014 | 8:50 a.m.

‘Game of Thrones’ Season 4 premieres Sunday: Here’s where we left off

Jamie Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) lost a hand but gained a soul (maybe). He and kindred spirit Brienne (Gwendoline Christie, on the right) finally made it to King's Landing -- where his sister Cersei sees his injury for the first time. (Helen Sloan/HBO)
HBO’s “Game of Thrones” returns to the small screen Sunday night to begin its fourth season, which will follow much of the action in the latter half of “A Storm of Swords,” the third novel in George R.R. Martin’s sprawling literary fantasy. Though the epic show is known for its slow builds, word on the streets of Westeros suggests that swords will be drawn swiftly and without mercy. So where did we leave off? In a nutshell, the Lannisters were up and the Starks were very down. After the bloodbath of the Red Wedding, where matriarch Catelyn, her son Robb and his pregnant wife were all knifed to the tune of “The Rains of Castamere,” few members of clan are left alive. However, bloodthirsty Arya Stark just might be the one to exactly revenge, even if she must wait to mete out […]
April 02, 2014 | 2:57 p.m.

‘Game of Thrones’ quiz: Test your knowledge of the hit HBO series

The fourth season premiere of HBO’s hit fantasy series “Game of Thrones” arrives Sunday after a 10-month hiatus, bringing the world of Westeros back to the small screen. The third season ended with quite a few shake-ups in the Seven Kingdoms, not least of which was the so-called Red Wedding, a massacre that left the Stark clan decimated. Season 4 is expected to bring more of the events included in the latter half of “A Storm of Swords” — the third book in George R. R. Martin’s bestselling “A Song of Ice and Fire” series, on which the sprawling show is based. As the action opens, Jon Snow prepares to defend the Wall against a Wildling invasion, maimed Jaime Lannister struggles to find his place back in King’s Landing, cruel King Joffrey plans to wed Margaery Tyrell despite Cersei’s objections, and […]
March 20, 2014 | 12:13 p.m.

‘Game of Thrones’: Gwendoline Christie on Brienne of Tarth’s beauty

Gwendoline Christie plays Brienne of Tarth, whose sword skills and unusual strength and size set her apart from other young maids. Brienne swore an oath to Lady Catelyn Stark to deliver hostage Jaime Lannister to King's Landing in exchange for the safe return of Catelyn's daughters, Sansa and Arya. (HBO; Kevin Winter / Getty Images)
“Game of Thrones” returns in less than a month, bringing the world of Westeros back to the small screen after a 10-month hiatus. The fourth season of the sprawling HBO TV show, based on George R.R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” fantasy book series, premieres April 6. Judging by the trailers, the season promises plenty of action and, of course, intrigue as the Lannister, Stark and Tyrell clans deal with the fallout of the so-called Red Wedding, which saw a host of main characters massacred. Cruel King Joffrey (Jack Gleeson) prepares to marry Margaery Tyrell (Natalie Dormer), Jon Snow (Kit Harington) prepares to defend the Wall against a Wildling invasion, and Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) continues her conquest of Slaver’s Bay. (If any of this sounds fuzzy, fans can catch up on the show’s third season, now out on Blu-ray — watch an exclusive […]
March 18, 2014 | 8:27 p.m.

‘Game of Thrones’ Season 4 trailer: Secrets, swords, search for Arya

The return of “Game of Thrones” is just weeks away, and the final trailer teasing Season 4 features a tantalizing amount of political intrigue, swordplay and hints about the direction the sweeping narrative might take. Premiering April 6, the upcoming season of HBO’s massively popular and critically acclaimed political fantasy series, based on George R.R. Martin’s bestselling “A Song of Ice and Fire” books, promises to explore the fallout from the infamous Red Wedding, which claimed the lives of prominent members of the Stark clan. Season 4 is expected to follow the events of the second half of Martin’s third book in the series, “A Storm of Swords,” but also introduces occurrences and characters from other novels, including the Dornish Prince Oberyn Martell (Pedro Pascal), the so-called Red Viper who comes to King’s Landing seeking vengeance. He’s not the only one. As cruel […]
March 14, 2014 | 11:30 a.m.

‘Game of Thrones’: New featurette takes cheeky look at HBO fantasy

“Game of Thrones” fans, here’s something fun for your Friday. HBO has released a new five-minute featurette titled “Long Story Short,” which explores how the massively popular and critically acclaimed political fantasy series, based on George R.R. Martin’s bestselling “A Song of Ice and Fire” book series, came to be. Narrated by Charles Dance, who plays the nefarious Tywin Lannister on the show, the featurette has a cheeky feel quite different from the grim and devastatingly serious show in which death lurks around every corner and characters are constantly scheming to betray one another in a quest for power and survival. Show runners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss talk about their long-running friendship, how, seven years ago, they began reading Martin’s books and saw in the sprawling narrative “a chance to tell a human story on an epic scale,” Weiss said. […]
March 10, 2014 | 11:28 a.m.

‘Game of Thrones’ trailer: Season 4 promises conquest, betrayal, dragons

The return of “Game of Thrones” is just weeks away, and a new trailer suggests that the infamous Red Wedding promises to have great impact on the surviving characters as Season 4 unfolds. In the latest promotional clip for 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, Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) asks her husband Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage), “Do you know what they did to my brother — and my mother? I lie awake all night thinking about how they died.” Death, of course, is all too common in the world of Westeros, but the Red Wedding, the event that helped draw Season 3 to a close with the gruesome murder of several important members of the Stark clan, unquestionably ranks as one of the series’ […]
March 03, 2014 | 10:49 a.m.

‘Girls’ creator Lena Dunham to pen 4-part series for Archie Comics

Lena Dunham photographed during the "Girls" panel discussion at the HBO portion of the 2014 Winter Television Critics Association tour on Jan. 9, 2014 in Pasadena, Calif. (Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
“Girls” creator Lena Dunham is venturing into the world of comics. The outspoken writer-director-actress will pen a four-part Archie Comics story set for release in 2015 that chronicles what happens when a reality show begins filming in Riverdale. Dunham has said that she was an avid Archie Comics collector as a child, and it will be interesting to see how her singular sensibility translates onto the paneled page. In both her feature film directorial debut, 2010′s “Tiny Furniture,” and on the hit HBO comedy about four friends making their way in New York, Dunham has revealed a gift for detailing the oddities of relationships and the uncomfortable, awkward moments that attend maturing into adulthood. Dunham won a Golden Globe for her starring turn on the series as the self-centered struggling writer Hannah Horvath; “Girls” has been nominated for 10 Emmy […]
Feb. 27, 2014 | 12:25 p.m.

‘Game of Thrones’ season 4 teasers, posters: ‘All men must die’

'Game of Thrones' season 4 poster (Featured image)
More than 20 new posters and three trailers for “Game of Thrones” have been revealed, offering an ominous glimpse of the fourth season. 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, returns April 6. The upcoming season follows the events of the second half of Martin’s third book in the series, “A Storm of Swords.” The newest poster, unveiled Thursday, features the three-eyed crow from Bran Stark’s (Isaac Hempstead Wright) visions. The crow’s feathers seem to transform into swords, resembling the Iron Throne. And the poster’s slogan, “All Men Must Die,” is a translation of “Valar morghulis,” the High Valyrian phrase featured on the 20 black-and-white character posters released earlier this week. (Check out all of the posters in the gallery above.) PHOTOS: 15 images from […]
Feb. 16, 2014 | 11:06 p.m.

‘Game of Thrones’ Season 4 trailer: Betrayal, vengeance, dragons

The return of “Game of Thrones” is still two months away, but on Sunday, HBO released a second trailer for the show’s fourth season, highlighting the search for justice and vengeance that will motivate the characters in the world of Westeros this year. The political fantasy series, which returns April 6, is based on George R.R. Martin’s bestselling “A Song of Ice and Fire” books and has become a marquee attraction for HBO — and a critical darling. In addition to being nominated for outstanding performance by an ensemble in a drama series at January’s Screen Actors Guild Awards, with star Peter Dinklage also nominated for his individual dramatic performance, “Thrones” has developed a massive and devoted fan following. The new clip begins with Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) ominously naming her enemies, those she most ardently wishes to kill, as […]
Feb. 14, 2014 | 5:30 p.m.

‘Game of Thrones’ exclusive: George R.R. Martin talks Arya, the Hound

The third season of “Game of Thrones” is out on home video on Tuesday, in time for fans of the sprawling fantasy series to catch up before Season 4′s premiere on April 6. The HBO series, based on George R.R. Martin’s bestselling “A Song of Ice and Fire” book series, has developed a massive and devoted fan following and a critical darling, racking up the awards nominations this season. Season 3 charted the events chronicled in the first half of Martin’s third book in the series, “A Storm of Swords,” including Daenerys Targaryen’s attempts to raise an army, Mance Rayder’s march toward the Wall and Robb Stark’s efforts to defeat the Lannisters. One of the most unlikely pairings that emerged from the season was between young Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) and Sandor “The Hound” Clegane (Rory McCann). Martin details their […]
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