Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones season 4 posterSeason 4 Premiere Date: April 6, 2014

Executive Producers: David Benioff, D.B. Weiss

Written by: George R.R. Martin

Starring: Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Kit Harrington

Synopsis:

The War of the Five Kings is drawing to a close, but new intrigues and plots are in motion, and the surviving factions must contend with enemies not only outside their ranks, but within.

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While it was in Austin during SXSW 2014, we had a chance to take a tour of Game of Thrones: The Exhibition. Click the image above or click here to take our private photo tour into the very real world of Westeros.

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Valar morghulis. All men must die. If you haven’t learned this much about Game of Thrones by now, then you haven’t been paying attention. If the third season of the runaway hit HBO series has taught its audience anything, it’s that no one character is safe from the death’s cold hands. This is something that readers of the A Song of Fire and Ice book series have known for a long time. George R.R. Martin likes to kill people in the most heinous (and thankfully literary) ways. With the fourth season set to begin in just over a month, the folks at HBO want us to remember that death comes for all men, women, children, babies, direwolves, giants, and whatever the hell those White Walkers are. In addition to the season four trailer and the epic 15-minute season four preview, HBO has now released 21 new posters for the upcoming season. One main poster featuring a three-eyed raven and some pointy iconography as well as 20 character posters featuring faces new and old, all of which simply state “Valar morghulis.” Because if it wasn’t clear enough yet, this show is about death.

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HBO gave us 15-minutes of preview featurette and one big season four trailer, but they still haven’t given us anything to preview the upcoming season of Game of Thrones quite like what you’re about to watch. Seemingly unimpressed with the current marketing plan for the show, YouTube user LadyDogTrailers took all the existing season four footage and made this wonderfully thrilling trailer. Set to Lorde’s cover of the Tears for Fears song “Everybody Wants to Rule the World,” this trailer exhibits one thing that all previous attempts have not: that the stakes are even higher for everyone in season four.

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Welcome back to This Week In Discs! If you see something you like, click on the title to buy it from Amazon. Game of Thrones: The Complete Third Season The naval assault against the Lannisters has failed, and that little prick Joffrey remains atop the throne. Elsewhere, Daenerys is gathering an army to join her and her trio of dragons, Robb Stark is working to mend fences and create allies, and the White Walkers are continuing their ridiculously slow journey towards civilization. I’ve never read the novels, and I can’t imagine doing so without photos so I can recognize who’s who in the enormous list of characters, but this is some wonderfully dense and entertaining television. Season three continues to follow numerous story threads and characters, and while some are more engaging than others there’s not a single dud among them. The production value remains high resulting not only in strong performances but also in brilliant production design and cinematography. And if you haven’t watched the ninth episode of this season yet… oh my. Enjoy. Beyond the actual quality of the series, HBO proves once again that they care about the packaging and special features more than any other network. The Blu-ray case, complete with slipcase, is once again a gorgeous and highly practical creation. [Blu-ray/DVD extras: Featurettes, commentaries, deleted scenes]

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Joffrey in Game of Thrones S4

Last week HBO put out a 15-minute season four preview for Game of Thrones, filled with promises for the future and a number of great GIF-able shots. This week they are keeping it simple and showing us a two-minute trailer. Labeled “Vengeance,” this one takes us through the state of revenge that is simmering in Westeros. Arya Stark has plans to kill some people, plenty of people want to kill Joffrey and Tyrion doesn’t look too happy about where he ends up. That and we get some strong ultimatums from Daenerys on the other side of the world. The entire gang’s back together — even Stannis — so without delay, let’s watch this trailer.

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The Red Viper in Game of Thrones

In a 15-minute preview special aired last night, HBO pulled back the curtain on the highly anticipated fourth season of Game of Thrones. And with it, we return to our wall-to-wall weekly coverage of everything happening in the land of Westeros. Yes, Blog of Thrones has returned and so has all the death and destruction we’ve come to expect as clans clash for that big, beautiful Iron Throne. This new featurette goes well beyond the season four trailer, exploring some of the sets and themes that will light up the screen when the show comes back on April 6. As Peter Dinklage explains, it’s time to “pick up the pieces and top” what has come before. In picking apart the new preview, I’ve found five promises that Game of Thrones has made to its audience this year. Will they come through on these promises? So far their track record is pretty solid.

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Game of Thrones

The first full trailer for the upcoming season of Game of Thrones has arrived on the internet after premiering tonight before the HBO premiere of True Detective. For those who have loved and lost with this series, the promise of the fourth season is that of pain and (hopefully) some revenge. If we look deep into the elements shown in this trailer, there is a lot of moving pieces. Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) building her own new world of freed slaves, Jon Snow (Kit Harrington) back on the right side of The Wall, the remaining Stark children forced to go on without a number of family members, and Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage) right in the middle of everything, flung far from the good graces of his family (and his wretched nephew, King Joffrey). Ah yes, and there be some ever-growing dragon shadows above the land of Westeros. Watch for yourselves after the jump.

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According to the kind of people who are prone to make such pronouncements, the Golden Age of Television ended this year with the series finale of Breaking Bad. But with more quality television on the air today than is humanly possible to watch, I don’t see how that could possibly be true.  The one big observation about the TV landscape this year that I’d like to make is that there finally seems to be a preponderance of shows about women, a much-needed correction to the masculinity-obsessed, anti-hero shows like The Sopranos, The Wire, Mad Men, and Breaking Bad. I love and admire all of those shows, but I’m glad to see that the new opportunities for original programming that the proliferation of cable and now Netflix and Amazon offers has resulted in more stories about women. Without further ado, my picks for the 13 best shows of 2013:

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Game of Thrones

Editor’s Note: Everything in this post contains spoilers for Game of Thrones season three. If you haven’t seen it all yet, what’s wrong with you? The Game of Thrones panel at Comic-Con is never really about revelations. There is usually no news to report, mostly due to the positioning of Comic-Con throughout the year. Season three has just taken its bow (in spectacular, blood-soaked fashion) and season four hasn’t even begun filming yet, as it does not debut until next spring. So no, we don’t get any season four spoilers. Which is great, because there’s plenty of reflecting upon what has happened thus far. In the panel featuring show runners Dan Weiss and David Benioff, actors Michelle Fairley, Richard Madden, Peter Dinklage, Rose Leslie, John Bradley, Emilia Clarke, Kit Harrington and author George R.R. Martin, much of the talk was directed at the events of season three and the experience of making the show. A few things we learned (not all of which are true, obviously): Richard Madden cried on the plane on way home after wrapping episode 9. George Martin is not our bitch. Peter Dinklage will become a dragon. Khal Drogo, not dead. These and more can be found in the panel footage, which begins just after the show runners showed in “In Memoriam” for all the characters who have died thus far on the show. It’s probably best that we don’t get to see that at home. No one wants to see you crying in your cubicle. All the same, […]

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Comic-Con Crowd

Chances are that you won’t be going to Comic-Con this year, and short of hiring a model to dress as Bat Girl and hand you flyers you’re going to throw away, you’ll most likely be missing out on the authentic experience. You might come close if you wait in line for five hours to watch a trailer on YouTube, but there’s a better way to experience the giant geek party that infiltrates the convention center in San Diego every summer. You could also try eating three pounds of nachos while peeing next to Seth Green and a guy dressed as Vampire Hunter D. That might actually work. But if you don’t have those at your disposal, here’s a list of resources to help you stay neck-deep in Comic-Con goodies from July 18th and beyond. Starting, obviously, with us. Get excited. Because we sure are.

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One of the most entertaining and vibrant characters in George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series has finally been confirmed to appear in the HBO show Game of Thrones. Throughout the first three seasons of the massive hit drama, the land of Dorne has only been mentioned in passing. It’s the hot, dry, sand-covered land at the southernmost point of Westeros, far south of King’s Landing, where Joffrey sits the Iron Throne; south of Casterly Rock, the yet unseen homeland of the Lannisters; and south yet of Oldtown, another location we haven’t seen, despite its status as one of the largest cities in all the land (it’s where Maesters train). But as season four dives deeper into the second half of Martin’s “A Storm of Swords,” the third book in the series, Dorne will play a much larger part in the politics of ruling over the Seven Kingdoms. Chief among them is their prince, their most fierce warrior, The Red Viper. And now we have our Red Viper of Dorne…

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Spoilers for Game of Thrones through the end of season three begin now. Consider yourselves warned, lowborns. The formula is there, all executive producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have to do is follow it. In season one, a massive ninth episode saw the head of the show’s poster hero roll in “Baelor.” What followed was a tenth episode that reshuffled the deck, brought into focus the “War of the Five Kings” and propelled the story forward with little stops along the way with all of our favorite supporting characters. At the end of season two, the massive, focused effort of “Blackwater” was followed by a road-trip around Westeros (and beyond) to check in on all the now-scattered pieces of what remained. The War of the Five Kings certainly wasn’t over, but it had hit its most dire hours. Armies burned to a crisp, the men of the North far from home and a Queen on the far side of the world barely escaping with her life and those of her dragons. For season three, there was no other way to end. After “The Rains of Castamere,” or more appropriately The Red Wedding, an event so monumentally brutal that it instantly became one of the cornerstones of this show’s very legacy, the only way to go would be softer, quieter, warmer. Otherwise no one would want to wait a year to see what happens next. And so it went with “Mhysa,” season three’s uneventful reshuffling. Some pieces had to be […]

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There’s a scene in Silver Linings Playbook, one of last year’s big Oscar contenders, in which Bradley Cooper’s mentally unstable character, Pat Solitano, is reading Ernest Hemingway’s A Farewell to Arms. He ends up tossing the book through a window, following with a rant about the unnecessary heartbreak that plays out near the end of the oft-assigned reading for high schoolers. It’s bullshit, he shouts in the wee hours of the morning (I’m paraphrasing, of course). Why should an otherwise heroic and heartwarming story end with such agony? Mental instability aside, I know that feeling. I remember it vividly. My moment occurred similar to that of the fictional Pat, both happened in the wee hours of the morning and both involved throwing a book violently in disgust with a particular turn of events. The only difference, of course, is that I don’t look much like Bradley Cooper. And the slayer of my goodwill and optimism wasn’t Ernest Hemingway, it was George R.R. Martin. Tonight, somewhere around 10:00PM in whatever time zone you reside, those of you who have never read any of the Song of Fire and Ice books found out exactly to what I am referring. And thanks to some exceptional storytelling choices by the Game of Thrones team, you really got to feel it. Like that night I put a dent in the wall with A Storm of Swords, this is one you’ll never forget.

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Blog of Thrones

Well, that was a little awkward, was it not? Last night’s episode of Game of Thrones was far more glamorous than usual. The slightly more modern shift in setting, the sequins, the 15% increase in gay sex action. Also, the addition of Matt Damon to the cast is a real win for this series. It’s about time they started to pull in some bigger names, this is a cultural revolution, after all. Wait, that can’t be right. What did I just watch? Ah yes, Game of Thrones was off this week to make way for the premiere of Behind The Candelabra, the film about Liberace and his man-friend. So while there will not be any episode to review, Blog of Thrones continues its march across the lands of Westeros. There’s always something to discuss. So lets start with this week’s most important question: Was Behind the Candelabra fabulous, or what?

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Game of Thrones: Second Sons

Game of Thrones is many things, least among them is subtle about its weekly themes. It’s part of the experience, as we’ve seen it develop over the years, to watch D.B. Weiss, David Benioff and the rest of the writing team parse together stories from all over the world of Ice and Fire in a way that makes them fit together despite great geographical, philosophical and tonal differences. This week’s episode, “Second Sons,” is no different. It’s the kind of slower, more meticulous episode that digs a little deeper into the greater notions of faith and honor, love and duty. It’s also filled with moments both sweet and sour for characters we like, those we don’t and those whose true nature is yet to be revealed to us. It is on this note that we begin our weekly Blog of Thrones discussion of episode eight, a sweet and sour appetizer to whatever darkness lays ahead. From here, there will be advanced talking points from this week’s episode, “Second Sons.” Read on at your own peril.

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In this week’s edition of Blog of Thrones, I’m going to tell you a few things that I learned from reading George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire books. Not spoilers, obviously. But insights that make this week’s episode of Game of Thrones, appropriately titled “The Bear and the Maiden Fair,” all the more poignant and interesting. Because this week’s episode is rife with symbolism and plenty of George R.R. Martin’s favorite things. It’s appropriate then, that this week’s episode is also season three’s writing credit for Martin. It’s an episode that so perfectly embues all that makes Martin a fun read, that not talking about the books a bit would be a missed opportunity. And like the show it covers, Blog of Thrones does not miss opportunities. From here, there will be advanced talking points from this week’s episode, “The Bear and the Maiden Fair.” Read on at your own peril.

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Compared with last week’s episode, Game of Thrones‘ sixth frame of season three was a bit of calm following what was a furious episode of movement. It’s fitting, then, that it begins with a rather quite scene by the fire, checking in on Samwell Tarly and his stolen wildling girl Gilly. Still her most awkward of heroes — not even fit to start a damn fire — Sam attempts to pass their time in the wilderness Beyond the Wall with a soothing song. Just as a fiery sword battle set the tone for last week’s rage, Sam’s tender moment establishes the big goal for “The Climb”: it’s about moving characters forward with smaller, calmer moments. And taking a trip into much darker territory. From here, there will be advanced talking points from this week’s episode, “The Climb.” Read on at your own peril. 

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Tonight’s edition of Movie News After Dark keeps it simple as we bring you back from your weekend. Hopefully you got a little sun, as we’re about to jettison you into space to talk a little Star Trek, but not before we check in with the progress of this week’s big star, Iron Man.

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Game of Thrones: Kissed by Fire

This may not be the real reason, but I’m ever-suspicious that George R.R. Martin’s third book in the A Song of Ice and Fire franchise is called A Storm of Swords because it feels every bit like a storm. So much happens in book three that Game of Thrones producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have had to break the thousand-paged behemoth into two seasons. Don’t worry though, this week’s Blog of Thrones won’t be digging into the who, what and why of the book. That’s not this column’s style. It’s here for those who have not read ahead. I only make mention of the book’s title and action-crammed nature because this week’s episode, “Kissed By Fire,” exemplifies the book upon which it’s based in every way. After two episodes of scheming and positioning, season three has broken into an all-out sprint. This being the season’s busiest episode by far is by no means a bad thing. It just means that we all have to keep up as the storm grows… From here, there will be advanced talking points from this week’s episode, “Kissed by Fire.” Read on at your own peril. 

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Tonight on Movie News After Dark, we start with new images from the HBO Game of Thrones production team, both of which include dragons. Because that’s what you’re in it for, right? Beyond dragons, we’ve also got words of warning for GoT book readers, stories about film criticism and the sounds of Michael Bay’s latest to send you off to the weekend. Okay, here’s one more dragon…

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