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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

McGregor to appear in Game of Thrones


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

Emmy 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

Will return in GoT Season 6


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

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

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

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

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

‘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

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

Nine new cast members revealed


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).

10 Jul, 2014

19 Emmy nominations


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

The Wines of Westeros


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

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.

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

‘Hodor’ app


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

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

Facebook cancellation hoax


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.

May 2014

Joins GOT directors


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

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

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

Hugo Award 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

#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.

8 Apr, 2014

Renewed for two seasons


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.

25 Mar, 2014

‘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

‘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.

15 Mar, 2013

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.

14 Jun, 2011


Lord Eddard ‘Ned’ Stark, Bean’s character on the television series Game of Thrones, is executed in the ninth episode of the first season. Queen Cersei Lannister, played by Lena Headey, and Sansa Stark, portrayed by Sophie Turner, reach an understanding with Jack Gleeson’s King Joffrey Baratheon that Stark’s life will be spared and his daughters kept safe in exchange for a confession of treason, but the king reneges on the deal:

They have the weak hearts of women.

The episode draws in 2.664 million viewers, the third-highest viewership count for the series’ first season, and is well received by critics.

5 Jun, 2011

The Pointy End

Nairn’s character, Hodor, is shown in a full-frontal nude scene in season one, episode eight, The Pointy End. Bran Stark, played by Hempstead-Wright, and the wildling Osha, played by Tena, are discussing the ‘Old Gods’ worshipped by the people of northern Westeros when Hodor appears naked after bathing in a nearby pool and then forgetting to dress.

Cast as Hodor

Nairn confirms he is cast for the part of Hodor on the upcoming season of Game of Thrones.

16 Jul, 2010

Discloses credits and cast


On his blog, Martin reveals a list of the show’s credits and current cast members as released by HBO.  The announcement also mentions that the first season will consist of 10 episodes with production based in Belfast, Ireland.

This should give you plenty to chew on for a few days … while casting continues and we nail down a few more parts. Lots more still to come, including Osha, Shae, and Twyin.

11 Nov, 2008

HBO orders pilot


HBO orders a pilot along with 10 other shows.  The network declines to project how many of the shows will receive an order but expects at least 6 to be picked up.  The pilot will share its title with the first book, A Game of Thrones.

16 Jan, 2007

Acquires rights to ‘A Song of Fire & Ice’

HBO announces it has acquired the rights to George R.R. Martin’s series of novels, A Song of Fire & Ice.  The TV series will be written and produced by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss and will be filmed in Europe or New Zealand.  The two will write each episode together save one, which will be scripted by the novel’s author. The series will begin with the first book, A Game of Thrones, with the intention of each novel to inspire a seasons worth of episodes.

They tried for 50 years to make Lord of the Rings as one movie before Peter Jackson found success making three.  My books are bigger and more complicated, and would require 18 movies. Otherwise, you’d have to choose one or two characters.

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