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Our countdown to the Rumble in the Capitol continues. Here are six images from Sunday night’s episode of HBO’s Game of Thrones, where Prince Oberyn Martell takes on Ser Gregor Clegane in an arena battle to the death — with the fate of fan-favorite Tyrion Lannister hanging in the balance. Be sure to check out our spoiler-free five burning questions that we expect Sunday’s “The Mountain and the Viper” to answer, plus the Thrones showrunners teasing up the episode. Plus, we’re going live recap the episode starting at 9 p.m. ET, and have a post-episode interview with the fight’s winner. Here are your pics: READ FULL STORY
When it comes to the industry’s biggest awards, Game of Thrones is almost always the bridesmaid. The HBO fantasy hit has racked up a hugely impressive 42 prime-time Emmy and Golden Globe nominations across its first three seasons. It’s also won 11 of those awards, mainly for categories like visual effects, make-up, costumes and sound effects. Yet in the major categories — best series, acting, writing and directing — Thrones has taken home just two statues (a Globe and Emmy for Peter Dinklage as best supporting actor).
We asked HBO’s programming president Michael Lombardo about this topic during a Thrones interview, and he suggested the show’s fantasy setting and high production values might distract from the talent on display. READ FULL STORY
'Game of Thrones' showrunners tease Oberyn vs. The Mountain: 'The fight delivers beyond our expectations'
When Game of Thrones returns after the Memorial Weekend holiday, fans will witness what is arguably the best fight scene in the show’s history of gripping fight scenes.
It’s a Trial by Combat grudge match to the death between Prince Oberyn Martell (aka The Red Viper) and Ser Gregor Clegane (a.k.a The Mountain That Rides), with the life of fan favorite Tyrion Lannister (a.k.a The Imp) hanging in the balance. As viewers saw on Sunday’s episode, Oberyn volunteered (“I will be your champion”) to fight for the unjustly condemned Tyrion against the crown’s formidable victor The Mountain, whom the prince believes killed his sister Elia and her children many years ago. On a show that typically delights in moral complexity, the stage is set for a gladiatorial spectacle between a Dornish prince who has charmed fans since his introduction in the fourth season premiere and one of the show’s most barbaric longtime villains.
Showrunners Dan Weiss and David Benioff teased the bout (without spoilers) after shooting the sequence last fall. “It’s one of the best — if not the best — combat scenes we’ve done so far,” Weiss said. “It’s not just people hacking at each other with spears and swords. It’s the culmination of 20 years of anger and hatred and thirst for vengeance coming to a head in this amazing set piece that [stunt coordinator Paul Herbert and swordmaster C.C. Smiff] have put together. The fight delivers beyond our expectations.”
Plus, Tyrion’s neck is on the line, so the stakes are very high. “And there’s that,” Weiss said. “One of the most important characters in the show will live or die based on this fight.” READ FULL STORY
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The writer of tonight’s episode of HBO’s Game of Thrones lends EW some fascinating insights below. Read as Bryan Cogman takes our burning questions about “The Laws of Gods and Men.” READ FULL STORY
Why 'Game of Thrones' producers ignore the Internet: 'It completely confounds the normal creative process'
Two weeks ago, it was the rapecest controversy. Then last Sunday, it was about how Game of Thrones is veering away from George R.R. Martin’s books. And let’s not forget the overnight online stardom of Ser Pounce. Through it all, Thrones showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss have declined to publicly respond to the waves of online noise. They’re probably very busy, and perhaps they prefer their HBO hit speak for itself (the series keeps setting ratings records, after all). But their silence in regards to week-to-week fandom controversies might also have something to do with this: Last year, the producers made a pact that they would no longer read comments on the Internet.
We spoke to Benioff and Weiss about online fandom during our set visit last year (the interview took place in September, but this is the first time we’ve published these comments). “We both made this pact that we were going to stop looking at stuff online because you can go into the rabbit hole and get lost in this world of online Thrones commentary if you’re not careful,” Benioff said. “We both felt a lot saner after we stopped doing that. There’s many more important things to be reading about online than our own show.”
The producers noted they saw some of the online reaction to the Red Wedding, which they felt like a “fair exception” to the rule. But otherwise, they try their best to stay away from the Internet chatter. The producers added that this troll-abstinence strategy wasn’t in reaction to any one incident or headline. READ FULL STORY
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Making a grand entrance on a ghostly ship, Sunday’s Game of Thrones saw the return of Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish to the game board. Littlefinger swooped in to rescue the imperiled Sansa Stark following the assassination of King Joffrey. But for what purpose? Actor Aidan Gillen, promoting his upcoming indie film Beneath the Harvest Sky, answered a few Thrones questions in a rare interview about his character.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: So this is probably the biggest season yet for your character. Can you tease what we can expect?
Aidan Gillen: For me the season is about developing more of a parental and surrogate parental side — the sweeter side of Littlefinger comes through, as well. I’m off on my travels and laying plans. He’s always laying plans, [this is one of his] meticulous and far-reaching plans, geographically and generationally, even. So it’s quite interesting. Am I being cryptic enough?
I think so. Were you excited to have your own pivotal storyline this season that gets you out of King’s Landing?
Gillen: Absolutely. Absolutely, I was excited when my ship showed up. I did like my time in King’s Landing, but it’s time to move on. I move into new territory and interact with different characters. The whole fact that Game of Thrones has become a pop culture phenomenon just adds to the excitement. And the fact we don’t know how this ends, nobody knows how it ends. READ FULL STORY
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
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
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
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