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'Game of Thrones' finale: Peter Dinklage, Charles Dance on [SPOILER's] killer instinct


Spoilers from Sunday’s Game of Thrones finale: It was the perfect Father’s Day episode of Game of Thrones: Tyrion kills Tywin, the unloved son executing his cold-hearted, calculating father as he sat on the most ignoble throne of all. It’s a move that will change Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) forever — and one that eliminates Tywin (Charles Dance), one of the show’s strongest characters.

We spoke with both actors about the finale scene very briefly last year. Dinklage said Tyrion went up to confront his father because he “can’t leave without some closure.”

“He doesn’t know what’s going to happen,” added Dinklage. “He understands the force that Tywin is, so I think he’s smart enough to know that there are consequences for going up there. But he can’t leave without something. He needs that closure. No matter what it is, he needs something. Maybe he’s going to get killed, but he just can’t leave yet.”

Tyion then pulls the trigger on his father after the patriarch repeatedly calls a Shae “whore.” “Tyrion is grief-stricken about what he just did [to Shae] and Tywin doesn’t give a sh–,” Dinklage said. “So that’s the finger that fires.” READ FULL STORY

'Game of Thrones' director explains Lady Stoneheart finale decision (book spoiler)

Caution: Spoilers for the Game of Thrones finale, AND a book spoiler from George R.R. Martin’s saga: READ FULL STORY

'Game of Thrones': Tyrion's awesome trial speech script


Here’s an exclusive look at the script for Tyrion Lannister’s awesome trial scene from HBO’s Game of Thrones. Writer Bryan Cogman tells EW of his scene from this season’s sixth episode, “The Laws of Gods and Men”: “This is a moment we’ve been building to ever since the beginning. Every scene with Tyrion [Peter Dinklage], every interaction, was all leading up to this moment. The Shae [Sibel Kekilli] moment triggers what’s been building up inside him his entire life. He was going to take his father’s deal and go quietly and then decides he’d rather die than give in. But before he dies, he’s going to tell them all what he really thinks of them. It’s a fun trial scene, but really it’s a scene about the Lannister family. … It’s an incredibly physical acting performance from Peter even before he launches into his speech. The thing about Peter is there’s probably 15 takes that we didn’t use that you could have slotted in and it’s equally incredible and an entirely different version of the same scene. I keep coming back to how piercing his gaze is throughout that speech, he’s just stabbing daggers into every person he’s talking to.”

Below is the script (NSFW language). What’s particularly cool about this is how so many of the subtle intricacies of Cogman’s description were so clearly conveyed by the otherwise mute actors in the scene. READ FULL STORY

'Game of Thrones': Here's who HBO submitted for Emmys


HBO’s Game of Thrones is about to conclude what many believe is its best season yet. And we know the hit drama series, while typically scoring a ton of Emmy nominations, often tends to fall shy of victory when the winners are announced in the major categories. So which actors, writers and directors are being submitted “for your consideration” this year? Here is what the Emmy ballots this year reveal:

Actors: For best supporting, Peter Dinklage, Emilia Clarke, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Lena Headey, Charles Dance, Natalie Dormer, Maisie Williams, Sophie Turner and Kit Harington. Surprising omission: Aidan Gillen (Littlefinger), who has been great this season, and has had plenty to do. For guest actors, Pedro Pascal was submitted for Prince Oberyn and Diana Rigg for Lady OlennaREAD FULL STORY

'Game of Thrones' showrunners promise: Best finale yet


The Battle of Castle Black may have been the biggest action set-piece in Game of Thrones history (and probably TV history, too), but next Sunday’s hour of the HBO hit could be the show’s best episode ever.

Titled “The Children,” the 10th episode of the fourth season will break a narrative pattern that’s been set by the show in previous years. Usually the ninth episode contains a major character death or battle, and the finale is a quieter hour (by Thrones standards, at least) that wraps some storylines while launching other threads for next season. Expect “The Children” to check in with all the key characters and for some major drama to unfold.

“It’s the best finale we’ve ever done, bar none,” Thrones showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss said in a statement. “The performances from our cast, the direction from Alex Graves, the VFX work, the new [music] cues from Ramin Djawadi—all of it came together in perhaps the finest hour we’ve produced. We’re immensely proud of ‘The Children.’ And a little intimidated by the episode, because now we have to get back to the business of season five and figure out a way to top it.”

Of key interest is the fate of Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage), who was sentenced to death at the conclusion of the eighth episode. But there’s also Jon Snow (Kit Harington) marching off to assassinate Mance Rayder (Ciarán Hinds), Arya (Maisie Williams) setting a new course, and you cannot have a Thrones finale without at least one surprise involving the dragon queen (Emilia Clarke). Expect “The Children” to be a longer-than-usual episode, too — HBO’s schedule says the finale is 66 minutes.

'Game of Thrones' ratings dip against playoffs


Game of Thrones ratings took a slight dip this week against heavy broadcast competition.

Last night’s Battle of Castle Black episode delivered 6.9 million viewers at 9 p.m., down from last week’s all-time peak tie of 7.2 million. Through the night, the episode got 8.1 million over the two plays. Thrones faced heavier than usual summer competition with high-rated NBA playoffs on ABC, along with the Miss USA pageant on NBC and the Tony Awards on CBS.

For our coverage of last night’s “The Watchers on the Wall,” here’s our recap, our interview with director Neil Marshall on pulling off the big battle and our interview with last night’s departing castmember.

'Game of Thrones' director Neil Marshall: How he pulled off that battle


When Game of Thrones goes to battle, the producers call Neil Marshall. The director of season two’s Blackwater episode returned Sunday night to helm the most ambitious war sequence in the show’s history: The Battle of Castle Black. Below the director (The Descent, Centurion) takes our questions (spoilers) about episode nine, “The Watchers on the Wall”:

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: That was amazing. You had so many epic moments, plus the action remained remarkably coherent despite all that was going on.
Neil Marhsall:  Yeah, that’s always the trickiest part, to keep your handle on the geography.

What was the toughest scene to pull off?
Probably the mammoth. Everything else exists in some form or another. Even the giants are like 8-foot-tall actors that we film against green screen and make them bigger. But the mammoth is 100 percent CG. So you have to plan out these sequences where you have stunts and then you’re going to put this giant and mammoth there, and leave room for them. Easily the most complex effects work I’ve done on anything. And like you said, it’s about people understanding what’s happening where, which is kind of why I put in that one crane shot that goes all the way around Castle Black and it links all the characters together. The reason for doing that is, one, it was going to look cool, and two, because it helps the audience understand who, where and when.


'Game of Thrones' team on [spoiler's] tragic death during Castle Black battle


Warning: This post contains spoilers from Sunday’s Game of Thrones


'Game of Thrones' showrunners tease The Wall episode: Biggest battle yet


Sunday night’s Battle for Castle Black promises to be the biggest war scene in Game of Thrones history, with the entire episode focused on Jon Snow and the Night’s Watch fight with The Wildlings. Below, Thrones showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss tease up (spoiler free, of course) the epic confrontation, as well give some insight into last week’s Red Viper vs. Mountain fight and Sansa Stark’s big transformation. Note: The following answers are culled from two interviews, one conducted last week via email where the producers replied with joint statements, and the second by phone shortly after episode 9, “The Watchers on the Wall,” finished filming.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: [Last Sunday's episode was] your first arena fight, a trope of the genre from Gladiator to Spartacus. Was there a sense of challenge to make this scene stand out vs. the ones we’ve seen in the past? 
David Benioff and Dan Weiss: Yes, we’ve had a few other trials-by-combat, but this is the first time it’s been in a proper arena setting. A lot of what sets this one apart is the specific situation that led to it, one that ties the fates of the fighters and spectators together so inextricably. The intimacy of the smaller, VIP arena adds to this feeling. There was also something unique about the contrast between the Mountain’s and Oberyn’s very different fighting styles. We were looking forward to watching this massive, powerful monster fighting this lightning quick showboater. The real trick was finding actors capable of embodying these characters in physical performance. We got very lucky on that score — Pedro [Pascal] and Hafthor [Björnsson] are both gifted fighters, and they both worked their asses off. More than anything else, they’re what sets the scene apart from other scenes in the “arena fight” genre  — how invested we are in them, and in the other characters whose fates are linked to theirs.

Looking back at making that fight scene, anything in particular you recall that was memorable about shooting it? 
Benioff and Weiss: Hafthor is an extraordinarily nice young man. He’s also 6’9”, 420 pounds of Icelandic muscle. There is no stunt double in the world big enough to match his size. Which meant that Hafthor had to do all his own fighting, while wearing a full suit of armor in the hot Croatian sun. After approximately twenty straight takes where he hacked at Oberyn with his great sword, a drenched Hafthor tore off his helmet and shouted, “Armor off!” Believe me, no one on set was going to argue with him. READ FULL STORY

'Game of Thrones' whacks 'The Sopranos' to become HBO's most popular show ever


HBO has crowned a new ratings king. Fantasy hit Game of Thrones has officially surpassed mob drama The Sopranos to become the most-watched show in the premium cable network’s history, HBO confirmed for the first time Thursday.

With two episodes remaining in the fourth season, Thrones has an average gross audience of 18.4 million viewers across all platforms. That surpasses the previous record set by the 2002 peak season of The Sopranos, which had an average gross audience of 18.2 million viewers per episode. Last season of Thrones had an average gross audience of 14.4 million viewers per episode. The news comes as Thrones has set several recent ratings records for its own performance this season. READ FULL STORY

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