Game of Thrones (TV)

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“Game of Thrones” is a fantasy drama television series produced by HBO and created by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss. The series debuted in April 2011 as an adaptation of “A Song of Ice and Fire”, George R.R. Martin’s best-selling novels, the first of which is named “A Game of Thrones”.

4 Dec, 2016
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McGregor to appear in Game of Thrones

Rumor/unconfirmed

The Belfast newspaper Sunday Life says McGregor has filmed a cameo for the next season of Game Of Thrones, which is filming in Belfast and other locations. It is not known what McGregor’s role will be. Source:

It’s been agreed that McGregor will appear in one of the remaining two seasons of Game of Thrones. He was headhunted as it were by HBO, as one of the Game of Thrones directors is a huge UFC fan. They believed that he would be a perfect fit for the show.

16 Jul, 2015
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Emmy nomination

Nomination

Clark is nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama for Game of Thrones.

Thank you. I was, hilariously, I was at the doctor’s waiting to go in. It was a very embarrassing moment. There’s a lovely British girl waiting in the doctor’s office, and you’ve got the best news ever, and you’re very excited and a bit loud on the phone. All you want to do is just scream and shout, and you have all these people glaring at you thinking, ‘What is that woman on?’ So, yeah, I had to try and contain my excitement for that moment. But it was pretty brilliant nonetheless.

14 Jul, 2015
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Will return in GoT Season 6

Interview

Wright says he will be returning to Game of Thrones season 6 as Bran Stark.

I can’t say a lot, but I am back this season, and it’s going to get particularly interesting with Bran. He has some interesting visions.

He also talks about whether Jon Snow will come back;

I wish he would because I love Kit and because the character’s so cool. Who knows? We start filming series six at the end of this month [July] so we’ll see.

11 Apr, 2015
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Four episodes leaked

First four episodes of fifth season of the series are leaked online, a day before the HBO premiere. Leaked versions appear to have been copied from DVDs given to members of the press in advance of their broadcast on HBO. Producer Greg Spence:

The cast is looping all over the world, sending files back and forth. Artists are working in special-effects houses all over the world. The files are watermarked, and editors have to confirm in writing that they’ve deleted them.

3 Sep, 2014
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Absent for season five

Nairn confirms that his character, Hodor, will be absent for the fifth season of Game of Thrones. He says the character of Bran Stark, played by Isaac Hempstead-Wright, a son of the high-born Stark family who is crippled and is carried by Hodor, will also be absent:

We’re not actually in Season Five, by the way. We have a season off. We have a year’s hiatus … Solely because, I imagine, our storyline is up to the end of the books. … So I get a year off now to do Rave of Thrones and gallivant all over the world.

The absence is not confirmed with Hempstead-Wright.

25 Aug, 2014
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Nude scene permit denied

Local officials in Croatia reportedly deny Thrones producers from filming a nude scene at the Church of St. Nicholas.  The crew applied to the local film commission to shoot a scene where Headey’s character walks out of the church and onto the streets of “King’s Landing” naked.  However, local church officials are opposed to public displays of sexuality, leaving the show’s producers to look for an alternative. Sources say the scene can not be cut because it is crucial to the plot and is an iconic moment from the book.

21 Aug, 2014
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HBO defends adult content

Gives Talk

At the Guardian Edinburgh International Television Festival, HBO’s president of programming, Michael Lombardo, defends scenes of sex, violence, and rape in Thrones:

I personally don’t see myself as a libertine.  I don’t think [graphic scenes] have ever been without any purpose. Dan [Weiss] and Dave [Benioff] are two very sober, thoughtful men. They have books as a map. Which involve wars, violence, sex. We have certainly not given them an edict or a note that they need to tone down the sexual content in the show.

According to Lombardo, HBO is a responsible broadcaster and those in programming have two responsibilities: to be responsible and not to have gratuitous sex and violence.  He also points out that as an adult, pay-TV channel, HBO has more freedom than free-to-air broadcasters.

As long as I feel that [violence] isn’t the reason [people] are watching the show, that it isn’t a show trying to attract viewers with sex and violence, I am not going to play police.

19 Aug, 2014
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‘Hardest role in the show’

Nairn says playing a character with only one line – ‘Hodor’ – is a challenge in acting terms:

I did ask myself, ‘How am I’m going to do this?’ I knew it was going to be challenging. People’s concept of it is either that it’s the easiest role because of the lines, or if they know anything about acting they think it’s the hardest role for the same reason. I do sometimes really have to snap myself back into reality after filming. I really do love Hodor, he’s a lot of fun to play.

Carrying Hempstead-Wright, who plays the paraplegic character Bran Stark, is also becoming physically challenging as the child actor, who was 11 when the series started, develops:

I had a little trouble this season. I wouldn’t say Isaac’s heavy, but you can’t just shrug it off now. He could have sat in my arms all day in season one, but now we have to set up the shots differently. It’s a pain in the back, really.

13 Aug, 2014
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Thrones ‘Operasode’

GamesofThrones_PSTROne World Symphony announce their 2014/2015 Operasodes season.  An Operasode is a term coined by the the symphony’s composer conductor, Sung Jin Hong, to describe an evening of previously written musical works, both classical and contemporary, inspired by a television program’s particular themes and characters. This season will include musical performances of three modern television shows including New Girl, Game of Thrones, and Hannibal.  The season will begin with New Girl and Game of Thrones, both of which will serve as inspiration for selecting symphonic works, and will conclude with Hannibal, an original opera that Hong is currently composing.

25 Jul, 2014
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Nine new cast members revealed

Casting

During the Game of Thrones panel at San Diego Comic-Con, HBO plays a video clip announcing nine new members to join Season 5’s cast. The cast members include: Alexander Siddig (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine; 24), Toby Sebastian, Nell Tiger Free, DeObia Oparei (Moulin Rouge!; Alien 3), Enzo Cilenti (Rome); Jessica Henwick (Silk), Rosabell Laurenti Sellers, Keisha Castle-Hughes (Whale Rider), and Jonathan Pryce (Pirates of the Caribbean; Brazil).

Game of Thrones: Season 5 – New Cast Members (Comic Con)

10 Jul, 2014
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19 Emmy nominations

Announcement

The 66th Emmy nominations are announced, and the fantasy saga, Game of Thrones, receives 19 Emmy nominations, including nominations for: best drama, best writing and best supporting actor and actress.  These nods for GOT brings HBO’s number of total nominations to 99. 

4 Jul, 2014
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The Wines of Westeros

Announcement

thrones5f-1-webThe Wines of Westeros, a line of red and white wines named for the show’s feuding clans, is released.  The wines will be supplied by Australian winemakers and include Sauvignon Blancs, Pinot Noirs, Merlots, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignons and Shiraz wines.  They are available for pre-order and will launch in time for the new season expected to air next year.

Whether this becomes a coveted item for the fans or a bottle that is opened with every episode, this wine is made to be drunk with friends and to help soften the blow of the shock and heartache as our favorite characters are slowly killed off.

1 Jul, 2014
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Sydney Exhibition

Simon BullardThe official HBO Game of Thrones exhibition opens at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney.  The exhibition features 100 props from the TV series including a 4D 90-second virtual reality experience where guests can “ascend” The Wall.  The free event draws in thousands of fans on opening day who eagerly waited hours for the chance to gain admission to the exhibit.  The exhibition will be open to the pubic until July 5th.

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Spain hosts filming of Dorne

10453321_669640983085657_2630714911056599532_n__1404226815_80.111.179.106The U.S. ambassador of Spain and HBO announce that Spain will host the filming of Season 5’s country of Dorne.  The Alcázar of Spain will serve as the Water Gardens of Dorne with the possibility that the country will also host scenes for Sunspear, the seat of House Martell.

 

19 Jun, 2014
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‘Hodor’ app

Announcement

Tyler Hedrick, an iOS developer at Medium, announces an app called Yo, Hodor.  The app works similarly to the popular Yo app where users can create a username, locate friends using the app, and then send them a single word message; in this case, the word “Hodor.” The phrase (and the audio clip used in the app) is from a Game of Thrones character names Hodor who can only say the word “Hodor”.

17 Jun, 2014
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Illegal download record

TorrentFreak, a blog that monitors piracy, notes that within the first 12 hours of the Season 4 finale premiere, there were 1.5 million illegal downloads. a 48% increase from Season 3’s finale. The blog estimates the premiere will reach 7.5 million downloads by the end of the week, which will make it the year’s most pirated show. This is the third time the show has created a new piracy record for the largest torrent swarm ever.

9 Jun, 2014
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Facebook cancellation hoax

Announcement

A message being spread on Facebook that Season 5 has been cancelled is proven false.  The link acts as a lure to a webpage which attempts to convince the user that their Java plug-in needs to be updated.  The download is believed to be malicious.

5 Jun, 2014
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Beats Sopranos as most-watched

Announcement

HBO announces Game of Thrones is the most watched show in the history of the premium cable network.  The series brought in 18.4 million viewers on average per episode, beating the previous record held by The Sopranos which averaged 18.2 million viewers at its peak.

14 May, 2014
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Valar Morghulis Dubbel Ale

Valar-Morghulis-image_small-e1400075343594Ommegang and HBO unveil the latest addition to the Game of Thrones beer collaboration. Valar Morghulis, translated in the fictional High Valyrian language as “all men must die,”is the winner from last year’s poll. The Dubbel ale’s label boasts the two-headed coin given to Arya Stark by Jaqen H’ghar and the corks will be fire-branded with “Valar Dohaeris,” the traditional response phrase to “Valar Morghulis” meaning “all men must serve.”  Mike McManus, Ommegang Innovation Manager says:

The Dubbel is one of the most recognized beer styles in Belgium and this is a very tasty version of that style.  Valar Morghulis is a complex beer, much like the stories surrounding the phrase.

May 2014
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Joins GOT directors

Announcement

Slovis joins the lineup of directors for Game of Thrones season 5.  During an event at the Rochester Institute of Technology, Slovis reveals that he is set to direct the first and second episodes of Season 5.

22 Apr, 2014
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Demands removal of screenshots

HBO accuses ScreenCapped.net, a site which hosts user-uploaded movie and TV screenshots for fan-created artwork, of copyright infringement and demands the removal of the Game of Thrones and True Blood screenshot libraries.  In response, a petition has been launched on Change.org supporting ScreenCapped and asking HBO to reconsider it’s decision.

The fans and staff of Screencapped.net ask that you remove the DMCA against Screencapped.net so that the site may continue to provide HBO fans with high quality screencaps for non-profit use.

21 Apr, 2014
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Rape scene

Martin addresses fan reactions to a scene in season four, episode three that appears to depict the rape of Queen Regent Cersei Lannister, played by Lena Headey, by her twin brother Jaime Lannister, played by Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, at their son’s funeral. The scene translated differently onscreen:

The whole dynamic is different in the show … I was writing the scene from Jaime’s POV, so the reader is inside his head, hearing his thoughts. On the TV show, the camera is necessarily external. You don’t know what anyone is thinking or feeling, just what they are saying and doing. If the show had retained some of Cersei’s dialogue from the books, it might have left a somewhat different impression — but that dialogue was very much shaped by the circumstances of the books, delivered by a woman who is seeing her lover again for the first time after a long while apart during which she feared he was dead. I am not sure it would have worked with the new timeline.

While the scene was confronting, it was not meant to depict rape:

That’s really all I can say on this issue. The scene was always intended to be disturbing… but I do regret if it has disturbed people for the wrong reasons.

19 Apr, 2014
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Hugo Award nomination

Nomination

The finalists for this year’s Hugo Awards are announced.  The Season 3 episode, The Rains of Castamere, is nominated for Best Dramatic Presentation (Short Form). Martin comments on the nomination:

The nomination is just the latest confirmation that David, Dan, T’Other David, Richard Madden, Oona Chaplin, Michelle Fairley, and the rest of our cast and crew did an amazing job on this one, creating a moment that will live in the annals of television for a long, long time.  No novelist has ever been more fortunate in the people who came forward to translate his work from the page to the screen.

9 Apr, 2014
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#TakeTheThrone: Hodor

Nairn stakes Hodor’s claim to rule Westeros for HBO’s #TakeTheThrone interactive fan challenge:

He’s the only nice guy in the entirety of Westeros, he’s trustworthy, he’s kind to children … he’s hardworking, he’s just a solid, nice guy, he totally deserves it.

Game of Thrones Season 4: Kristian Nairn on Why Hodor Should #TakeTheThrone (HBO)

8 Apr, 2014
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Renewed for two seasons

Announcement

HBO renews the series for another two seasons.

Game of Thrones is a phenomenon like no other. David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, along with their talented collaborators, continue to surpass themselves, and we look forward to more of their dazzling storytelling.

6 Apr, 2014
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HBO Go crashes

The season premiere leaves many HBO Go users wanting more.  An overwhelming demand of viewers using the cable network’s mobile streaming app caused it to crash, denying access for many. The problems are fixed by 1 a.m. ET the following day:

This is the second time in a month that the app has failed during a highly anticipated episode, sparking discussions about subscribers lending their HBO Go account information to friends and relatives, thus putting more strain on the servers.

25 Mar, 2014
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‘Second coming-out’

Nairn says that he was surprised when media picked up his interview with the WinterIsComing.net fansite as confirmation that he is ‘coming out,’ as his gay identity has been public since he was 16 and he told his mother when he was 12:

I couldn’t believe the nuclear mushroom. It’s always been the way. It’s not as if I suddenly went, ‘Hi guys’ and put a boa on.

While he intentionally mentioned it in the interview, he assumed people already knew:

I kind of had been waiting for it to come up in an interview question. But I sort of thought that people knew, because all you had to do—I started out doing a drag queen [act]. I DJ at a gay bar. Learn to Google, people. That’s all it is.

Still, he says he doesn’t want to diminish the positive reaction he received:

I don’t want to make light of it either because people have been in touch with me and they’ve been really…nice about it, and I’m really grateful. And also people said it inspired them. Because even within the gay community, there’s a stereotype even when you’re a gay person. You have to look a certain way. You have to be thin. You have to be tanned. You have to have small eyebrows. You have to look pretty. And that’s never been me. I just think it’s important to show the world that we are varied people, as everybody else. You don’t have to be any way. I think that’s really important, and people said that to me.

On the unexpected popularity of his Game of Thrones character:

[Showrunners] Dave [Benioff] and Dan [Weiss] told me before the show. They’re like, “Your character’s not one of the main characters, but it’s probably one of the most popular—if not the most popular. Everyone’s going to say ‘Hodor.’” I was like, “Really? I don’t think so.” My mom’s a huge “Game of Thrones” fan. She was like, “I love Hodor. I think there’s more to him and something’s going to come out eventually along the line.” She was right. They were right. I was wrong.

Mar 2014
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‘Beautiful Death’

HBO collaborates with 360i, a digital marketing agency, and artist Robert Ball to put together the Beautiful Death series, which chronicles the show’s iconic deaths by turning them into art. Ball says the images only take a few days to put together and are completely digital, although a few do contain hand drawn elements.  On his blog, the artist explains his reaction to the project and reveals the first image.

Working with the lovely guys at 360i in the US, for the past fortnight I’ve been drawing stabbings, garottings, beheadings, lancings, hangings, matricides, fratricides, genocides and suicides. Which is one way of making a living.  It’s amazing to be involved – in some small way – in one of the most relentlessly entertaining TV shows on the box.

18 Feb, 2014
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Season 3 Blu-Ray & DVD

814wIG4fnyL._SL1500_The third season box set, featuring a dragon’s shadow in the cover, is available on Blu-Ray, DVD, and digital download.  The set includes exclusive bonus material such as comprehensive guides, illustrated histories and an in-depth look at The Rains of Castamere.

25 Dec, 2013
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Most-pirated show of 2013

The show claims the crown for the second year in a row as the most-pirated TV-show. With 5.9 million downloads via BitTorrent, the season finale beats top shows such as Breaking Bad and Walking Dead with an estimated 4.2 and 3.6 million downloads respectively. Many people connected to the show view the piracy record as a compliment rather than a threat, saying that free word of mouth advertising will lead to more subscriptions. Jeff Bewkes, CEO of Time Warner Cable, HBO’s parent company, comments:

Our experience is that it leads to more paying subs. I think you’re right that Game of Thrones is the most pirated show in the world. That’s better than an Emmy.

17 Dec, 2013
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Next GOT beer Facebook poll

Ommegang hosts poll on Facebook, giving fans the chance to chose which beer will join the Game of Thrones series this Fall.  Bill Wetmore, Director of Marketing for the brewery says:

The fan response to the beers has been so incredibly positive that we thought it would be a fun reward to ask them to play an active role in selecting the fourth beer.

2 Nov, 2013
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Fire and Blood Red Ale

Announcement

Fire-and-Blood-RhaegalOmmegang and HBO jointly announce their third beer in the Game of Thrones line: Fire and Blood Red Ale. The beer will be released in Spring of 2014 in expectation of the show’s debut of Season 4. The ale is inspired by House Targaryen, featuring a series of labels, one for each of the three dragons on the show. Leinhart comments on the brew:

Once again, we really worked hard to ensure the beer tied nicely into the themes of the show.  Obviously the use of ancho chilies pays homage to the dragons, but the use of rye and spelt wheat links back to the Dothraki people that Daenerys is leading – they are nomads of the plains and these are the grains that would be well at home there.

24 Jul, 2013
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Take the Black Stout

Take-The-Black-STOUT-label-revisedOmmegang and HBO announce the second beer in the Game of Thrones series—Take the Black Stout—with a nationwide launch expected at the end of September. Standing at a 7% ABV, the beer draws its inspiration from the Night’s Watch and will feature the sacred Weirwood tree on the label. Leinhart comments on the creation:

With the second beer, we wanted a big, substantial brew, something that would stick to your ribs and sustain you through long nights at watch on The Wall.

24 Jun, 2013
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Season Three cover art vote

Best Buy hosts a contest on their official Facebook page inviting fans to vote for the cover art they wish to see on season three’s exclusive packaging. There are three options to choose from including: a Character Edition, Season 3 New Sigils, and Bring Back Your Favorite Sigil.  Voting is open through July 1st.  HBO Home Entertainment comments:

We love that Game of Thrones fans are so passionate and vocal about our home entertainment products and the reaction to the Best Buy exclusive packaging has been fantastic for two years running.  This is a fun and exciting way to reward fans and give them a direct voice into what is created for the next release.

15 Mar, 2013
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Show might outpace books

InterviewMagazine Cover

Game-of-Thrones-EW-cover-2013The producers tell Entertainment Weekly that they do not intend to slow the show down or pad it out if it comes down to outpacing Martin’s next two novels.  It’s possible the producers, who know the general idea of the story’s ending, might conclude the show before the last book is released.  Those involved are hoping this doesn’t become an issue. Benioff comments:

Ideally, the books come out first.  ‘We don’t want to become a show that outstays its welcome and tries to turn each book into three seasons. Part of what we love about these books, and the show, is this sense of momentum and building toward something. If we tried to turn this into a 10-season show we’d strangle the golden goose. There is a ticking clock here.

19 Feb, 2013
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Season 2 Blu-Ray & DVD

91ZAxODJ+iL._SL1500_The second season is available on Bu-Ray, DVD, and digital download.  The box set contains special features such as Creating the Battle of Blackwater Bay, 12 Audio Commentaries with Cast and Crew, Character Profiles, and an In-Episode Guide.

 

23 Dec, 2012
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Most-pirated TV show of 2012

Announcement

TorentFreak releases its annual list of the most downloaded TV shows (single episode) with Season 2’s finale taking home the top prize at 4,280,000 downloads.  Airing delays and HBO’s choice not to make it widely available online continue to be contributing factors of piracy with more than 80 percent occurring outside of the United States.

18 Dec, 2012
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Iron Throne Blonde Ale

Announcement

The brewery and HBO announce their first beer in the Game of Thrones series.  Iron Throne is a blonde ale and will be nationally available beginning in mid- to late-March. Leinhart describes how the beer reflects aspects of the show:

With a Lannister currently on the throne, it made sense to do a delicate, but piercing Golden Blonde Ale with Noble hops. Iron Throne is certainly fair in color and soft in appearance, yet it still possesses a complexity and bite to be on guard for.

Brewery Ommegang Game of Thrones Iron Throne Blonde Ale

16 Dec, 2012
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GOT beer line

Announcement

Brewmaster Phil Leinhart is teaming up with HBO to produce a new line of beers based on themes and characters found in the TV series, Game of Thrones. The first beer will be released nationwide in late March to coincide with the Season 3 premiere scheduled for March 31st. There are three more beers planned at this time.

15 May, 2012
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RPG release

Cyanide Studios releases a single-player RPG partially based on the show.  The game, also titled Game of Thrones, is available on PC, Playstation 3, and Xbox 360.  The game utilizes actors, music, and imagery from the TV series making it a licensed product, but also references events from the Song of Fire and Ice novels that do not take place in the TV series.

Game of Thrones (RPG): Winter Trailer

6 Mar, 2012
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Season 1 Blu-Ray & DVD

8164iSkPQaL._SL1500_The first season is available on Blu-Ray, DVD, and Digital Download.  The box set’s special features include: Character profile clips, Creating the Dothraki language, the Complete Guide to Westeros, Creating the Show, and Audio Commentaries.

 

15 Jan, 2012
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Golden Globe: Best Supporting Actor

Dinklage receives a Golden Globe award for Best Supporting Actor in a TV Series, Miniseries, or Motion Picture Made for Television at tonight’s 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards.  During his acceptance speech, Dinklage takes the opportunity to raise awareness of the crime committed during October of last year, against Martin Henderson, a British actor and dwarf.

I want to mention a gentleman I’m thinking about in England: his name is Martin Henderson. Google him.

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