10:14 PM EDT 08/20/2014
Originally posted 06/02/2014 10:30AM
Major Game of Thrones spoilers below.
Oberyn Nymeros Martell, the mercurial Prince of Dorne known as "The Red Viper," died Sunday night in King's Landing. He was 42 years old.
Martell had traveled to the capital to avenge the death of his sister, Crown Princess Elia Martell, at the hands of Ser Gregor Clegane during the sack of King's Landing 17 years prior. After serving as a judge at the murder trial of Tyrion Lannister, Martell volunteered as Lannister's champion during a trial by combat against Clegane.
Originally posted 06/02/2014 12:15PM
Few minor characters on Game of Thrones have made as much of an impact (sorry) as Ser Gregor "The Mountain" Clegane, the villainous Lannister henchman who, in Sunday night's memorable trial by combat, showed exactly why everyone's been whispering his name in fear for four seasons.
Here are a few things to know about Hafthór Björnsson, the Icelandic strongman who brought the Mountain to life.
Originally posted 06/02/2014 07:45AM
We should have seen it coming.
From the moment he sauntered onto the screen, Oberyn Martell, the dashing, bisexual man-about-Dorne, was destined to capture our hearts – which, on Game of Thrones, also means his inevitable death was destined to break our hearts. Oberyn was one of the few characters on this show operating under any sort of value system, and in the trial by combat that ended this week's episode, that's what killed him. Truth and reconciliation delivered at spearpoint turned out to be no match for the raw strength of the Mountain's hands. Or, as Cersei put it in the second season, "Power is power."
Farewell, sweet prince. You will be missed.
Originally posted 05/19/2014 06:30AM
It's hard to come into any episode of Game of Thrones cold, but Sunday night's installment was practically a Community episode in its labyrinthine references and callbacks.
Whether it was another trial by combat or one more exit through the Moon Door, this week's Game of Thrones was all about recontextualizing classic moments from earlier seasons of the show.
Major spoilers below. Proceed at your own risk!
Originally posted 05/12/2014 05:30AM
In the criminal justice system, the people of Westeros are represented by two separate yet equally important groups: The Lannisters, who investigate crimes and the Lannisters, who prosecute the offenders.
Okay, so they’re not separate at all; as "The Laws of Gods and Men" proves, having all power in the realm rest with Tywin Lannister is a pretty crappy deal for everyone not named Tywin Lannister. But, as this show loves to remind us, all men must die.
What will happen when Tywin’s gone? That’s a question Game of Thrones has never considered as explicitly as it has this week.
(Also, if you were wondering whether or not someone’s already made a Game of Thrones-Law and Order mashup, yes, they have.)
Originally posted 05/05/2014 06:00AM
Chaos and loss are facts of life in Game of Thrones – if an ice zombie isn’t stealing your baby, then a mad king is chopping your father’s head off.
Still, three episodes after Joffrey’s death, our characters are starting to figure out their way forward in Tommen’s Westeros. In the somber, subdued "First of His Name," we see what the fifth stage of grief looks like in Westerns; if there’s one mode that pervades throughout Sunday’s episode, it’s a resigned, weary acceptance.
This isn’t to say that the seven kingdoms have been transformed into a caring, sharing society. It remains a (literally) cutthroat world full of violence and deprivation, thanks in part to characters who aren’t quite so far along.
Major spoilers below. Read at your own risk!
Originally posted 05/01/2014 05:00PM
At least she won't have to dodge any dragon crossings.
Originally posted 04/29/2014 09:05AM
The Game of Thrones and Other Woman star on his big break, family and Jaime's new hand
Originally posted 04/28/2014 06:00AM
Book readers occupy a privileged position in Game of Thrones fandom, looking down at Unsullied fans with the smug knowledge that, no matter how crazy things get, they at least have their literary road map to fall back on.
Not this week.
For most of its runtime, "Oathkeeper" was one of Game of Thrones's catchup episodes, advancing characters and storylines piece by piece to set up more interesting things down the road. Then the ending happened, answering a question that had dogged fans since the '90s, and in typical prestige-drama form, raising whole new questions of its own.
Major spoilers below! Proceed at your own risk.
Originally posted 04/27/2014 06:15PM
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau might be used to the Iron Throne, but his latest role involves a different kind of throne.
Coster-Waldau, who plays Jaime Lannister on Game of Thrones, is pivoting to a more comic role in The Other Woman that involves its fair share of potty humor. But Coster-Waldau is more of a fan of The Other Woman's raunchy humor than you might expect the man behind Jaime Lannister to be.
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