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'Game of Thrones': Sophie Turner takes six Sansa questions

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It’s hard to find a happier person on the Game of Thrones set than Sophie Turner. Which is weird because she plays the most depressed character on the show — Sansa Stark, who keeps losing family members to the Lannisters, and now even has to put up with being married to one too. We asked Turner six questions about Sansa and season 4, which gets underway April 6:

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: I read you love Jersey Shore, Honey Boo Boo, and Keeping Up with The Kardashians— I bet you wouldn’t watch Game of Thrones if you weren’t on it.
Sophie Turner:
Well, yeah probably! I’m more into like trashy reality trash shows- that’s the kind of shows that I like. The one fiction show I watch is Hannibal. I love it! I missed the last episode—it didn’t record on my TV but I watched all the way up to the penultimate episode [of season 1] and it’s amazing.

When this season opens, you must not be doing very well in the wake of everything that’s happened—you’re sad Sansa.
Turner: Yes, I’m sad Sansa. I just found out that my brother and mother are dead. She’s a bit of a loner, not in a good place.  READ FULL STORY

'Game of Thrones': Nikolaj Coster-Waldau on Jaime's season 4 women trouble

In Game of Thrones season 4, Jaime Lannister is reunited with his long lost love — who just happens to be the Queen Regent and his twin sister. But don’t expect Jaime and Cersei (Lena Headey) to make a quick return to the sneaky, incestuous ways we last saw in season 1.

“For him, it’s been a very traumatic trip,” says Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, who has ditched his scraggly beard and returned to Jaime’s clean-cut look now that his character is back in King’s Landing. “But he’s been wanting to get back to this woman for the duration of his trip. You want to just go back to the way it was. But it’s not that easy. A lot has happened in her life as well.”

Definitely traumatic. Jaime was imprisoned and had his right hand chopped off last season, leaving him far less able to protect himself (or the king, for that matter, as he’s a member of the royal Kingsguard). While he’s perhaps gained more inner strength, expect Jaime’s physical weakening to be a turn off for Cersei, who has always relied on her brother’s alpha male status. “In her mind, he was the strongest soldier, the strongest man and he could always protect her,” he notes.

Having said that, Coster-Waldau adds that you don’t need to see any new episodes to know there have been hints that this relationship was already uneven. READ FULL STORY

'Game of Thrones' season 4 is Jon Snow's biggest, talkiest yet

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Jon Snow is different in Game of Thrones season 4.

It’s not his wild black hair, which we suspect will never change. It’s not his dour clothes in Night’s Watch black. It’s something else…

“He starts talking more,” says star Kit Harington. “This season is Jon’s biggest season. The major thing for him is he doesn’t have the usual patriarchal figure over his head telling him what to do. There’s no Uncle Benjen, no Qhorin Halfhand, no Mance Rayder. He’s found himself back at The Wall and he knows there’s an imminent threat from the Wildlings. There’s a power struggle between him and the Castle Black commanding officers.”

And Jon trying to gain control of Castle Black in order to save the Southern lands from a Wildling invasion means being more proactive than we’ve ever seen him — and, yup, being more chatty. “He’s never spoken much, he’s always been talked to,” Harington notes. “He absorbs things and I like that about him. This season he had a speech and it felt very weird and unnatural playing Jon Snow for three years — he’s such a silent character — for him to make a stirring speech. It was very well written, you can tell he doesn’t want to do it but he has no choice.”

But expect trying to gain any power at the castle to be an up-Wall battle. READ FULL STORY

'Game of Thrones' Maisie Williams teases Arya's dark season 4

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Even by Game of Thrones standards, Arya Stark has had a pretty rough few years. Her dad was falsely branded a traitor and executed. Her mom and oldest brother were betrayed and murdered. She thinks her two younger brothers are dead (they’re not). She’s been imprisoned, tormented, and now she’s saddled with the brutish Sandor “The Hound” Clegane [Rory McCann] making her way across the dangerous countryside.

So are Arya’s misfortunes going to continue in season 4? Actress Maisie Williams says her character is long overdue for some positive news, and admitted some frustration on Arya’s behalf. “I feel like Arya deserves something good to happen,” she told EW during an interview conducted a couple weeks ago while the actress was attending the South by Southwest film festival in Austin. “She’s the most unfortunate character, nothing is going her way. She has powerful scenes, but not without a lot of mess-ups. It’s frustrating for me to never have an accomplishing scene and I think frustrating for the audience as well. But I think that’s coming soon.”

Of course, for Arya an accomplishing scene would likely mean either reuniting with one of her long lost family members, or crossing a name or two off her vengeful bedtime death wish list — and her traveling companion The Hound is one of those names. “There is a dark turn in her that’s kind of frightening,” Williams teases. “She’s learning a lot from The Hound and she’s being heavily influenced by that. She’s so young, she’s like a sponge and getting knowledge. She’s heavily influenced by people around her. Being next to The Hound she’s learning his brutal ways.”
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'Game of Thrones': Ygritte is super pissed in season 4

You meet somebody special. He’s hot; he’s nice; he’s got some noble blood and big, bushy hair. You introduce him to your friends and even take him to your special jacuzzi love cave. The only thing that annoys you is he acts all self righteous and ethical, which makes what happens next all the more infuriating: He betrays your friends, then runs away, ditching you to go hang out with his frat buddies at Castle Black. So it’s perhaps no surprise that Ygritte is really irked at Jon Snow in Game of Thrones season 4.

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'Game of Thrones': Pedro Pascal gives intel on Prince Oberyn and filming those sex scenes

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Game of Thrones returns on April 6 with a doozy of an episode and a doozy of a new character, the infamous Prince Oberyn (a.k.a. the Red Viper). Why the Red Viper? “He will poison you,” explains the man who plays him, Pedro Pascal. “He will stick you.” Pascal served up plenty of intel on his character and what to expect in season 4 when he stopped by the Entertainment Weekly Radio (SiriusXM, channel 105) studio. And he explained why drama will follow when Oberyn stops into King’s Landing, because it seems the prince is not quite a fan of the Lannisters.

“He has only hate for the Lannisters, actually” explains Pascal. “He has shaped his entire life around his hate for the Lannisters.” (Fans of the books will know that hate springs from blame he assigns to the family for past events involving his sister, but we shall say no more here.) While Oberyn shows no fear, we couldn’t help but wonder if Pascal was nervous about filming some of Game of Thrones‘ notorious sex scenes, of which the actor became familiar with quite quickly — as in episode 1 quickly. “They warn you before you audition,” says Pascal of being told what was expected of him on the nudity front. But that wasn’t the thing the actor was most nervous about. “The thing I was scared of the most — it wasn’t the nakedness. It wasn’t the fighting with the spear and doing wushu martial arts. It was doing the scene with…”

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Peter Dinklage talks 'Game of Thrones' season 4: Tyrion's journey, ignoring Twitter, nude scenes

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Tyrion is going back to jail. The savvy, witty, chronically misunderstood Lannister, played by Peter Dinklage, gets himself into serious trouble in Game of Thrones season 4, as you’ve doubtless seen from all those trailers. About an hour of screen time will take place in Tyrion’s cell this year — yet producers say this is the Emmy winner’s best performance on the show to date. Last September, the actor took a break while shooting the series in Croatia to speak to EW about acting and Tyrion’s next journey. (Bonus: It’s spoiler free.)

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: How has Thrones changed you?
Peter Dinklage: The first couple of years it was pretty quiet … but the last couple of years have been crazy. I mean, I’m recognized, let me put it that way. When you’re on a TV show you get recognized more [than doing films] because it’s immediate. Like, “You were in my living room last night.” So, that’s changed me quite a bit. I’m not one of those people who takes it in stride. I’m a private person in many ways.

The impression I always get is you are someone who likes the work — but when it comes to award shows, press junkets and interviews, you’ll do it if you have to, but you don’t enjoy it too much.
I just think the less you know about an actor, the more serious you’ll take them as an actor, because they will disappear a little bit. Nowadays, there’s so much information about everybody that it’s hard to see the performance when you know what [the actor] had for dinner last night. You want to keep a mystery. I think it’s healthy too. You want your privacy as a human being.

You’re not on Twitter, which is not surprising. What about that doesn’t appeal to you? READ FULL STORY

'Game of Thrones': Two more 'final' trailers

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So while last Sunday’s trailer was the final full trailer for Game of Thrones‘s fourth season, HBO put out a couple of new, shorter ads last night. READ FULL STORY

'Game of Thrones' showrunners sign on for two more seasons -- EXCLUSIVE

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Another sign that Game of Thrones is going to be around for awhile: HBO has made a deal with David Benioff and Dan Weiss to continue as showrunners for two more seasons. READ FULL STORY

'Game of Thrones': How Pedro Pascal landed season 4's coolest, sexiest new role

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Pedro Pascal was really upset. The Chilean actor was a Game of Thrones fan who previously had arcs on CBS’ The Good Wife and USA’s Graceland, but never thought he had a real chance of landing the coveted role of Oberyn Martell — a bold sexy Dornish prince seeking vengeance against the Lannister family for the rape and murder of his sister. So when Pascal taped his audition last year for the new season 4 role, he was dismayed to find his 17 script pages were full of spoilers.

“I was actually really upset the season was spoiled for me,” he recalls. “I was a true audience member of the show and when this audition came around, it still seemed unattainable. So, I put myself on tape with my [iPhone] and I sent it in. It’s impossible not to care because the writing is so good. You just kind of get into it, whether you think you have a chance for it or not.” READ FULL STORY

'Game of Thrones' producers: George R.R. Martin's secret ending is 'absolutely' satisfying -- EXCLUSIVE

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It’s a question George R.R. Martin’s fans have wondered for many years: Will the bestselling author’s five-books-and-counting Song of Ice and Fire saga have a satisfying ending? Will the destination, not just the journey, pay off?

Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss know Martin’s planned final arcs of his as-yet-unwritten story. So we asked them.

First, some context: HBO’s Thrones is about to launch the fourth of a planned seven seasons (possibly eight) on April 6. Martin has two books left to come in his series, The Winds of Winter and A Dream of Spring. When it comes to fan expectations, the Thrones producers are generally quite cautious about getting fans’ hopes up, especially since expectations tend on this saga to be so high already (asked if they’re “confident” season 4 of Thrones is their best yet, Weiss replied, “I wouldn’t say we’re too confident. I would say we’re terrified that it won’t be.”) READ FULL STORY

'Game of Thrones' season 4 final trailer revealed

One more tease? Sure!

HBO showed VIPs in NYC the Game of Thrones season 4 premiere episode Tuesday night, but the cable network also released this final trailer for fans. Titled “Devil Inside,” we get a new look at the battle of Castle Black, the slave city of Mereen (nice pyramid!), and Thrones newcomer  Pedro Pascal as Prince Oberyn Martell (who warns Tyrion, “the Lannisters aren’t the only ones who pay their debts”). Check it out below, and then quick-click over to EW’s own tease of this week’s just-unveiled 10-page Game of Thrones cover story. READ FULL STORY

'Game of Thrones' creators talk favorite underrated TV shows

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David Benioff’s and Dan Weiss’ Game of Thrones is a U.S. hit, but the two show-runners are most interested in overseas TV these days, like Denmark’s Borgen and the UK’s Black Mirror. See what they had to say about their underrated TV picks:

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