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'Game of Thrones' fans swarm actors in Spain

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Nikolaj Coster-Waldau is used to being famous. But not he’s not used to this.

The dashing Game of Thrones star was sitting for an interview in a Seville hotel bar a few weeks ago. Behind him, gaggles of young women took pictures through the window until a server closed the drapes. He had only landed in Spain a few days before, but fans quickly figured out his hotel and mobbed him there more than once. Thrones typically shoots in Northern Ireland and Croatia; this year, the series added Spain for scenes set in the show’s fictional country of Dorne.

“[Fans have] become more intense in Belfast for the first time too, but it’s nothing like Spain,” says Coster-Waldau, who emphasized that while he appreciates the attention, he’s unaccustomed to getting quite so much of it. “They’re really sweet, but some are like, ‘I’ve been looking for you for two days!‘” READ FULL STORY

'Game of Thrones' mania hits Spain as 86,000 apply for roles

Game of Thrones is conquering Spain: The HBO fantasy hit’s production is enjoying an overwhelming response since filming started in the country two weeks ago.

When the local production company Fresco Film put out a casting call for roughly 600 extras for a key battle Thrones scene, fans responded with an incredible 86,000 applications. The company needed to add more server space to accommodate the load. Many applicants needed the work, but one hired extra told the production he took a vacation from his high-level banking job to be on the show.

Meanwhile, others have clamored to get a glimpse of the show’s cast, with one even asking a random production staffer to post for a photo merely because he was wearing a Thrones badge.

To some extent, Spain’s response reflects the ongoing global fandom growth of HBO’s most popular series ever. Ratings climb each season and this year hit 19 million viewers in the United States when viewership is measured across all platforms. But Spain is perhaps primed to be more appreciative than most— Thrones has hired more than 1,000 locals across its production and is expected to generate millions for the country’s economy which has been climbing out of a deep recession (for example, Thrones generated $32 million for Northern Ireland last year). READ FULL STORY

'Sleepy Hollow' star Tom Mison reveals why he wants to be a Lannister

When EW caught up with Sleepy Hollow‘s Tom Mison for this year’s Fall TV Preview issue, he let slip a tasty little nugget of information: If he could guest star on any other show, he’d pick Game of Thrones. There was, however, a caveat: “I’d have to be in King’s Landing, though,” he explained. “I couldn’t go somewhere cold. It looks nice and sunny in King’s Landing. I wouldn’t be on the Wall.”

Intriguing. But what house would Mison be a member of, assuming he did make the leap from Fox to HBO? While interviewing Mison for this week’s issue of Entertainment Weekly—on newsstands Friday—the topic came up again. Here’s what he had to say. (Bonus: This snippet functions as a complete idiot’s guide to what not to say while interviewing a celebrity.)

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Killed off 'Game of Thrones' actor promises season 5 return

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[Potential spoilers]

We may not have seen the last of Tywin Lannister.

Actor Charles Dance told MTV UK while promoting the film Dracula Untold that his scenery chewing sinister Lannister patriarch will be in season 5 (video below). “I’m not completely missing out on the next series,” he said. “More than that, I’m not going to say. You haven’t seen the last of Tywin Lannister, is all I’ll say.”

His quote is pretty unambiguous in terms of making clear that Tywin will appear next year, yet also raises a bunch of questions. At least one major outlet reported that his quote must mean Tywin is still alive — but that’s extremely unlikely. Dance could appear as the deceased body of his character — just like Jack Gleeson in the episode after Joffrey’s death. And while Thrones doesn’t often use flashbacks, that standard device is possible too. Given that Tyrion is going to be pretty haunted by his actions in last season’s finale, my bet would be on some sort of memory, vision or dream sequence — like Daenerys Targaryen had of her deceased lover Khal Drogo, which brought back Jason Momoa for an additional scene.

So weirdly enough: It sounds like dead Tywin will be in Thrones next year — yet very much alive Bran Stark will not be. (And we won’t even bring up that other character some expected to be resurrected, if only to keep the comment boards civil). Sounds like we’re in for an interesting season. READ FULL STORY

What happens when 'Doctor Who' meets Robin Hood? Tom Riley and Mark Gatiss explain

“No damsels in distress! No pretty castles! No such thing as Robin Hood!”

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Bran Stark won't be in 'Game of Thrones' season 5

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Game of Thrones is losing another Stark — at least temporarily.

There are no current plans to include Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead-Wright) and Hodor (Kristian Nairn) in season 5 of the HBO fantasy hit. The rather stunning plot shakeup was first let out of the bag by Nairn during an interview. “We have a season off and we have a year’s hiatus, solely because I imagine our storyline is up to the end of the books,” he said, then added regarding his DJing career: “So, I get my year off now to do Rave of Thrones and gallivant all over the world.”

The move ditches Bran and Hodor now that they’ve reached Bran’s three-eyed crow mentor, which is nearly as far as the characters have progressed in George R.R. Martin’s novels. For the fifth season of the series, producers are going to a new Westeros country — Dorne, which will be shot in Spain — and adding some new characters. Leaving behind Bran will give the show more time to spend with the new characters, and some time for the other storylines to catch up to Bran’s (as well as for Martin potentially to release his next book in the saga, The Winds of Winter).

Martin himself did a similar maneuver in his novels as his saga’s scope expanded, leaving out some key characters from his last two books. Still, the move is bound to upset some fans of Bran’s storyline, and marks the first time a major character has been benched for a full season. HBO would not comment or confirm.

Update: Game of Thrones showrunner explains why Bran won’t be in season 5

This 'Game of Thrones' special effects reel shows the magic behind Westeros

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Beloved blood opera Game of Thrones was shut out of the major Emmy Awards this week, but at least it justifiably cleaned up in the technical categories, taking home prizes for Costumes, Makeup, Art Direction, and Visual Effects. READ FULL STORY

'Sherlock' actor returning to 'Game of Thrones' for season 5

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The Iron Bank is going to keep a close eye on its investment in Westeros.

Mark Gatiss is set to reprise his role as Tycho Nestoris, the world’s most fearsome banking executive, in the fifth season of HBO’s fantasy hit. The Sherlock co-creator, writer, producer and actor is expected back on the Thrones set in Croatia next week.

Gatiss made this Thrones debut last season in the episode “The Laws of Gods and Men” where his Braavosi bank team agreed to fund Stannis Baratheon‘s war effort to capture the Iron Throne from Lannister control (the Lannisters are in heavy debt to the Iron Bank, which will stealthily fund a debtor’s enemies if they are not repaid in a timely manner). At the time, it wasn’t clear if the guest appearance was a one-time thing, and producers haven’t previously said whether he’ll be back one way or another. READ FULL STORY

And your pick for the best character on TV is...

One week, zillions of tweets, and nearly 75,000 votes later, our readers have spoken—and here’s who you have named the Best Character on TV Right Now. The winner? Well…

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George R.R. Martin says fans have guessed his secret ending

From the Game of Thrones showrunners, we already know that George R.R. Martin’s top-secret planned ending to his book saga is “absolutely” satisfying. But now we’ve learned that a few fans already know what the ending is as well. They just don’t know that they know. You know?

Here’s what happened: Martin was speaking at the Edinburgh International Literary Festival where he was reportedly asked about fan theories regarding the rest of his saga—which will likely consist of two more novels, The Winds of Winter and A Dream of Spring, neither of which have release dates yet. Martin knows which major characters will live and die in the next two books, he said, while the fates of minor characters remain undecided. READ FULL STORY

Here's why Arya is the best character on 'Game of Thrones'

Okay, okay, we get it: You love Tyrion.

And with good reason. We love Tyrion, too! And Brienne, and Jaime, and Sansa, and everybody else who has a continuing story on Game of Thrones. Any one of them conceivably could have appeared on our list of the 25 Best Characters on TV Right Now. (Fine, that’s an overstatement; nobody’s voting for Ramsay Bolton, right?)

So naturally, when it came time for EW‘s TV staff to decide which of these fascinating creations is currently the show’s best, things got a little contentious. (See more about the list’s criteria here, where you can also vote for your favorite TV character.) In a tiebreaker vote, though, the choice became clear: Arya beat Tyrion, and by a fairly wide margin. READ FULL STORY

'Game of Thrones' viewership grows to nearly 20 million

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HBO’s unsullied army has grown big enough to invade Westeros. And if you actually understand that opener, it’s probably because you’re one of the nearly 20 million people who are caught up on Game of Thrones.

As part of Time Warner’s quarterly earnings report Tuesday, the company noted that Thrones viewership has swelled to a record-high of 19 million viewers. That massive number includes all the different ways the show is consumed—original airings, repeats, DVR playback and streaming. It also represents a major gain on the next-day numbers that are usually reported, which tend to be around 7 million. READ FULL STORY

Women Who Kick Ass do so at Comic-Con panel: The highlights

EW‘s popular Women Who Kick Ass panel returned to Hall H on Saturday with moderator Nicole Sperling welcoming Sons of Anarchy‘s Katey Sagal, American Horror Story‘s Sarah Paulson, Orphan Black‘s Tatiana Maslany, Sleepy Hollow‘s Nicole Beharie, and Game of Thrones‘ Maisie Williams and Natalie Dormer. Topics ranged from their most kickass moments, to what pisses them off about Hollywood, to what superhero they’d choose to be.  READ FULL STORY

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