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'Game of Thrones' Natalie Dormer teases what's next for Margaery

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What’s a riskier move in Westeros than going to a wedding? Marrying Margaery Tyrell, apparently. Her first husband, Renly Baratheon, was killed by a mysterious assassin. Now her second, Joffrey Baratheon, was poisoned in Sunday’s episode at their wedding feast. Last September, we chatted with actress Natalie Dormer on the set of HBO’s Game of Thrones in Croatia in between breaks shooting “The Purple Wedding” about playing the savvy Highgarden double-widow and what comes next.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: So congratulations, this is your big day.
Natalie Dormer: Thank you! Five [shooting] days in a row, six if you count the interior stuff that we did.

That’s right, you had a ceremony scene, too.
Dormer: Absolutely. I mean every girl loves a wedding day, but whether they actually would want to do it for five days in a row remains to be seen

Nice dress though.
Dormer: Thank you!

Your character’s interesting because we’ve seen all these different players manipulating others—playing the game of thrones, as they say — and your character brought something new to it. She played the game, but in a different way.
Dormer: She brings a very sort of modern PR angle to it, sort of canvassing the common people’s hearts and minds type of thing. I think of her as like a hybrid sorts — Michelle Obama, with a Kate Middleton or a Princess Di. That’s what she’s aiming for. READ FULL STORY

'Game of Thrones' star Alfie Allen on why Theon's torment gets easier to watch

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Are you feeling sorry for him yet? Theon Greyjoy — that callous, ambitious, and ultimately murderous former Stark ward — has endured more torment than any surviving Game of Thrones character. After betraying the Stark family, Theon (Alfie Allen) was captured by House Bolton, where he’s been subjected to all sorts of physical and psychological torments at the hands of Ramsay Snow (Iwan Rheon).

Last year’s Theon scenes were tough for many HBO viewers to witness, and so far this season Theon’s situation doesn’t seem all that much better — he’s out of the dungeon, at least, but now seems utterly subservient and beaten down.

Not too many people compare Thrones to The Lord of the Rings now that the HBO drama has so thoroughly distinguished itself from that other fantasy classic. Yet Theon increasingly brings to mind Tolkien’s most sharply drawn character — Sméagol/Gollum. Like Tolkien’s creation, Theon has even embraced a new name: “Reek.”

We spoke briefly to Allen by phone shortly before the Thrones season premiere: READ FULL STORY

'Game of Thrones': Joffrey wedding crowns new piracy record

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The Purple Wedding sent Game of Thrones fans rushing to file-sharing services to illegally download the HBO hit’s latest shocking episode. Sunday’s episode “The Lion and the Rose” broke torrent records, according to piracy-tracking blog TorrentFreak. About 1.5 million people worldwide downloaded the episode during the first day available, and nearly 200,000 users shared a single copy of the episode.

“These are unprecedented numbers – never before have 193,418 people shared a single file simultaneously,” the blog reported. “The previous record was set last year, when the season finale of Game of Thrones had 171,572 people sharing on a single tracker.” READ FULL STORY

'Game of Thrones' stars react to Joffrey's death -- EXCLUSIVE

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Though Westeros is surely a happier place without King Joffrey, the cast of HBO’s Game of Thrones is mourning the loss of actor Jack Gleeson. Below, a few of the 21-year-old actor’s closest castmates reveal how they feel about his departure from the series and also give hints about their character’s reaction to his violent death. READ FULL STORY

'Game of Thrones': Behind the scenes of Joffrey's wedding -- EXCLUSIVE

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Joffrey was about to die and everybody was pretty relaxed about it.

There was Tyrion, reading his iPad and occasionally making a joke. Sansa Stark was happily dancing in her chair. Lord Tywin was pacing, having a smoke. Prince Oberyn socialized, thrilled to be there. Lady Margaery took a stroll through the park, running her lines. Jaime Lannister practiced sword moves with his left hand.

On the set of Game of Thrones in Croatia last September, the largest gathering of series regular actors since the show’s pilot assembled in a Dubrovnik park for Joffrey’s wedding celebration. The sequence would be shot over the course of a week by director Alex Graves, with showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss both on hand. As a long-time fan of the books and series, there was something supremely satisfying about watching the story’s most despised villain, Jack Gleeson as Joffrey, meet his fate over and over again as the scene was repeatedly shot in different ways. In terms of satiating fictional bloodlust, it’s an experience that’s tough to beat. And when you’re surrounded by rows of tables lined with opulent piles of exotic food, 200 costumed extras, red and gold banners. and a 20-foot lion’s head, it was all so meticulous and immersive that it was hard to not feel like a King’s Landing wedding crasher. READ FULL STORY

'Game of Thrones': Jack Gleeson talks royal wedding shocker -- EXCLUSIVE

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The king is dead, long live Jack Gleeson! Below, the 21-year-old actor whose Game of Thrones villain horrifically died Sunday night talks exclusively with EW about leaving the show, shooting his death scene, and why is is retiring (!) from acting. Plus, we have an exclusive goodbye video from Gleeson from the set of Thrones.

It’s all part of EW’s Purple Wedding coverage, which also includes an exclusive interview with Thrones author George R.R. Martin on why he killed Joffrey, an in-depth Q&A with showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss discussing the king’s death, our story of what it was like behind-the-scenes during Joffrey’s wedding and, of course, our recap of the best wedding ever.

Now here’s Gleeson, who overcame his aversion to media interviews to chat about his character’s last gasp and what comes next: READ FULL STORY

George R.R. Martin on why Joffrey died THAT way -- EXCLUSIVE

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Spoiler alert: The following interview with Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin discusses a major plot point in Sunday’s second episode of season 4. READ FULL STORY

'Game of Thrones' showrunners talk royal wedding twist

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Below Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss take you behind the scenes of Sunday’s royal wedding shocker as they say goodbye to one of the best TV villains ever. Here’s how Jack Gleeson was cast, their thoughts on his performance as King Joffrey, and plenty of discussion about the unique audacity of the latest twist in George R.R. Martin’s fantasy saga.

It’s all part of EW’s Purple Wedding coverage, which also includes an exclusive interview with Thrones author George R.R. Martin on why he killed Joffrey, an exclusive interview with actor Jack Gleeson and, of course, our recap of the best wedding ever (links below). READ FULL STORY

'Game of Thrones' handy snarky season 4 map explains where everybody is

Before watching the Game of Thrones season 4 premiere Sunday night, check out this handy interactive map showing where all your favorite characters are located at the start of the season. Click on each “+” area in Westeros and Essos for “ohhh yeahhhh” reminders about each location, along with some hints what to expect from the different storylines re-introduced in the premiere. READ FULL STORY

'Game of Thrones': Rory McCann teases road trip of 'death and destruction' in season 4

As far as Game of Thrones characters go, Rory McCann’s Sandor “The Hound” Clegane is known for being brutal, gruff, and generally unfeeling — not exactly the kind of companion you’d choose for a road trip. Poor Arya Stark didn’t get much of a choice, though, when she was taken hostage last season after trying to hunt down a group of Lannister soldiers in hopes of getting revenge for her father’s death.

Over the course of three seasons, we’ve gotten to see a bit of the humanity that exists underneath The Hound’s hard exterior, and season 4 — premiering this Sunday — will unearth even more about the character. EW spoke to McCann recently to find out about what he could tease regarding Thrones‘ upcoming episodes, his relationship with Arya, and more.

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'Game of Thrones': This showrunners Q&A will get you really excited for season 4

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The wait is almost over. With HBO’s Game of Thrones fourth season returning Sunday, Entertainment Weekly sat down with showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss in our annual pre-premiere spoiler-free chat. In the lively chat below, the duo talk about how they pulled off their most ambitious season yet, tease what’s to come for some fan-favorite characters and answer some burning franchise questions.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: You traumatized everybody with the Red Wedding. Happy?
Dan Weiss: It feels good to make so many people feel so bad.
David Benioff: We were here in Dubrovnik scouting when somebody emailed us that reaction video, which was really fun to see.

What characterizes this season for you?
Benioff: It’s always tough when you try to figure out a unifying sentence, because the show encompasses so many different characters and different story lines. Whenever we come up with something that sounds good, it sounds like a trite reduction of what we’re after.
Weiss: As you’re talking, I’m trying to think of a good trite reduction.

I’ll ask this way: What excites you about this season? READ FULL STORY

'Game of Thrones': Jack Gleeson reveals the meanest thing he's ever done

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What if the sadistic teen bully from your high school nightmares was given unlimited power to rule the world? That’s King Joffrey as played by Jack Gleeson, who torments the Seven Kingdoms on HBO’s Game of Thrones with his petty, juvenile cruelty and preening, witless arrogance. As Thrones‘ producers often point out, the character’s personality is radically different from the 21-year-old actor, who shuns media attention, studies philosophy as a scholar at Trinity College, and recently gave a speech about the evils of celebrity culture that went viral.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: As a kid, what Hollywood villains impacted you?
Jack Gleeson: Joaquin Phoenix’s Commodus in Gladiator; certainly for my characterization of Joffrey, that had a big impact, the smirk. And the monster Hexxus from FernGully, certainly as a childhood fear that was a big one.

Wow — Gladiator and FernGully! What qualities should a good villain have?
Gleeson: It’s interesting sometimes when an audience can empathize with a villain. But to get completely lost in it, it’s exciting just to be intrinsically evil and not have a speck of good or humanity in their bones.

Which is part of what makes Joffrey so fun. Unlike almost all the Thrones characters that are shades of grey, Joffrey has no redeemable qualities.
Gleeson: That’s exactly it. I remember in season 2 we were filming a scene where I come to Sansa with a necklace and tell her I’m very sorry. I was going to play it like I don’t actually care but [showrunner Dan Weiss] said to try and express any genuine love for Sansa that Joffrey actually has. That was the one attempt to put some grey into the black. But overall, it’s a pretty black evil road.

The showrunners said other actors who auditioned for Joffrey played him more like a demonic evil seed. But you won them over by playing him like a spoiled brat, a more familiar type of character. What inspired that?
Gleeson: My characterization pretty much hasn’t changed a huge amount from the first audition. It came from the writing. Everyone has met Joffrey in some shape or form. He’s a very contextualized and plays off other people, he’s not an abstracted Omen character.

Has it ever worried your friends and family that you’re so easily able to play such a terrible guy?
Gleeson: I don’t think so. I can do that with any character. All my friends and family are used to it. They know when I’m being Jack. READ FULL STORY

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