12:46 PM EDT 09/22/2015
Originally posted 05/17/2015 10:50PM
The episode's title is "Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken." Those are the words of House Martell. But I'm thinking the showrunners mean for us to think about those words while we process that final scene with Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner).
A few thoughts on the episode to get the conversation started ...
Originally posted 05/11/2015 10:20AM
Ser Jorah's gets greyscale! Sansa reunites with Theon! Stannis marches toward Winterfell! Tyrion sees a dragon!
MeereenGrey Worm (Jacob Anderson) is unconscious in bed. Missandei (Nathalie Emmanuel) looks very upset even though this is pretty much the same amount of conversation she usually gets from Grey Worm.
Meanwhile Dany (Emilia Clarke) is in her throne room, looking really pissed about Ser Barristan (Ian McElhinney) getting murdered last week. Clearly she's a Game of Thrones book reader. Daario (Michiel Huisman) suggests pulling back their troops to the pyramid district and then attacking outward. I get distracted a little here because I just love that Meereen has a pyramid district; it sounds like some fancy ZIP code with high property taxes and great schools.
Dany decides instead to round up the heads of the major families and has them brought to her dragons' den lair – including her own adviser and suspected reggae enthusiast Hizdahr zo Loraq (Joel Fry). This is exciting because Dany has lately been in "How do I make people love me?" mode, so we're excited to see her shift back into badass Mother of Dragons mode.
Originally posted 05/03/2015 10:10PM
Chat, chat, stab-stab, chat, chat, stab-stab. This week's episode of Game of Thrones was largely a series of intimate, well-written character-driven discussions between two wounded souls in conflict – then fun stabby action scenes. And one of those fights resulted in the loss of a character who has been with the series since season 1 (AND is still alive in the books, because that's just how Thrones rolls now).
Originally posted 04/26/2015 10:45PM
The Great Convergence – and Divergence – has begun! This week's Game of Thrones jammed two sets of characters together for the first time, while taking a shocking turn from George R.R. Martin's novels. Plus, Arya (Maisie Williams) ditched her clothes, Tommen (Dean-Charles Chapman) ditched his virginity, Littlefinger (Aidan Gillen) ditched Sansa (Sophie Turner), Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) ditched his freedom and Jon (Kit Harington) ditched a man's head. All this plus prostitute cosplay(!) in our worship of the third episode of season 5, "High Sparrow."
BraavosBehold the inside of The House of Black and White! Thrones shows off this fancy new set with several shots so we can appreciate all the production detail. The House has the ambience of a gloomy spa's quiet room, where you would sit in a bathrobe sipping cucumber water waiting for your therapist.
Arya grumpily sweeps the stone floor with what looks like a Nimbus 2000. She's unimpressed with the set and annoyed with her janitorial duties. Jaqen H'ghar (Tom Wlaschiha) gives a desperate man a cup of water, then chastises Arya for her impatience: "A girl wants to serve herself."
Originally posted 04/19/2015 10:40PM
How did hissing ever stop being a thing? You still hear the expression "boo and hiss," but never really hear a crowd totally hiss in unison, just occasionally boo.
Originally posted 04/12/2015 11:30PM
Sunday's eagerly awaited Game of Thrones premiere gave fans plenty to talk about: The fantasy hit's first-ever flashback scene starred Mean Girl Cersei, a game-changing conversation between Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) and Varys (Conleth Hill) demanded a singularly unique recap, Daario's (Michiel Huisman) butt made a return appearance and one recurring character was subject to a brutal burning at the stake (a.k.a. what HBO's lawyers are planning to do to whoever leaked its Thrones screeners online).
Originally posted 04/12/2015 08:40AM
Game of Thrones is known for its most shocking moments – brutal massacres, gratuitous sex, horrific weddings, gut-wrenching tragedy (plus, literal gut-wrenching). But aside from shaking us to our core on a weekly basis, the HBO hit teaches us about what it means to be – and succeed as – a human being in a cruel, unforgiving world.
Originally posted 03/20/2015 09:25AM
Take the themes of love, power and revenge – stir in two gruesome murders, a prophecy of death and enough sexual innuendo to burn down the whole of Westeros – and there you have the first episode of Game of Thrones season 5 (spoiler alert).
Everyone's favorite naughty dwarf, Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage), is safe after killing his dad and his lover and getting smuggled out of Westeros by Varys (Conleth Hill). Varys tries to persuade Tyrion to follow a new leader: "Westeros needs to be saved from itself," Varys says. He seems to favor the white-haired beauty Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) as a contender for the throne.
Originally posted 03/19/2015 07:20AM
Send a raven. Game of Thrones is back.
And there couldn't possibly have been a more fitting location for Wednesday night's season 5 world premiere than the Tower of London.
Kit Harington, Natalie Dormer and Charles Dance were among the stars from the acclaimed HBO fantasy drama who brought Westeros to London, where the walls of the "Bloody Tower" were emblazoned with illuminated projections of dragons and flames that flickered along the red carpet.
Even the much-coveted Iron Throne found its way to to the historic fortress, which just happens to be circled by ravens – though not the three-eyed kind.
Originally posted 03/09/2015 02:30PM
So speaks Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) in the latest promo for the return of Game on Thrones to HBO next month.
Along with Daenerys's vow to "break the wheel," the latest trailer promises lots of swordplay and a very scary, fire-breathing dragon. We also catch a glimpse of Jon Snow (Kit Harington) trying to rally the Wildlings.
Oh, and then there are those ominous warning signs that winter is most definitely coming.
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