HBO has posted a little tiny teases of its hotly anticipated Game of Thrones season 4 trailer. The quickie Vines shows Jon Snow in full battle-rage — possibly defending Castle Black against the Wildlings? — Tyrion in chains, and more. All high action! The full trailer will be posted Sunday night, with Thrones returning to HBO on April 6.
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It’s been six months, and Game of Thrones fans still aren’t over the June 2 episode and its slaughter of Starks. In separate interviews with Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin and showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss, EW‘s James Hibberd learned why Robb had to die and how the show pulled it off. Revisit them below.
Hell hath no fury like a fanboy scorned. No stranger to parodying fanboy culture, South Park takes on Game of Thrones “fans” in its latest episode, “A Song of A– and Fire.” A play off of Martin’s book series name A Song of Ice and Fire, the episode features the continuation of the kids’ “console wars” and an army of
White Walkers soulless shoppers await the start of Black Friday sales.
In a clip from the episode (below), Butters and Scott arrive at George R. R. Martin’s New Mexico home demanding to know “what happens when the dragons show up,” even though they insist they’re not fans.
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But wait, there’s more!
Just when you thought HBO’s Game of Thrones had finished announcing its season 4 cast, there is one more role left: Styr, the Magnar of Thenn.
He will be played by Russian actor Yuri Kolokolnikov. You’ve probably seen him in V tvoikh glazakh and Schastlivyy konets. Or perhaps Obrechyonnye na voynu? Okay, so Kolokolnikov may not be well known in the States. But he’s a longtime actor in his homeland, having appeared in more than a couple dozen features.
As for his character, Styr leads the Thenn, the most warlike tribe from beyond the Wall. At the end of the third season, the tribes are readying to potentially invade Westeros under the leadership of Mance Rayder (Ciarán Hinds) while spy-among-the-Wildlings Jon Snow (Kit Harington) was returned injured to Castle Black with news of their movements.
There was some previous online speculation that actor Joseph Gatt was playing Styr. All I can say about that is: Nope.
The fantasy hit returns next spring. Previous Thrones season 4 news: Dany’s Meereen contact cast, season 4 directors chosen, Sigur Ros cast, ‘Rome’ actress cast, ‘Sherlock’ actor cast, Oberyn the Red Viper cast.
In what’s become a Game of Thrones tradition, the HBO fantasy hit has teamed with an acclaimed indie band for the upcoming season.
Thrones has landed Icelandic art-pop sensation Sigur Rós to appear in season four. Jón Þór “Jónsi” Birgisson, Georg Hólm and Orri Páll Dýrason are currently shooting an appearance on the Thrones set in Croatia. What will the band mates do? Will they play a song? Might a bowed guitar be involved?
We’re sworn to secrecy on the nature of the appearance. But they are musicians, so … let the speculation begin! READ FULL STORY
HBO’s Game of Thrones is set in the often-violent fantasy world created by George R. R. Martin, who famously enjoys killing off your favorite characters in the most terrifying ways possible. On tonight’s episode of Entertainment Weekly and the Sundance Channel’s behind-the-scenes series The Writer’s Room, executive producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss (who write pretty much every episode) talk about modulating the show’s violence to avoid making it unintentionally funny. “Something that might work in Evil Dead 2 isn’t going to work in a show with this tone,” explains Benioff. (So don’t expect to see Jon Snow saw his own arm off anytime soon.) Watch the clip below: READ FULL STORY
Is broadcast TV the “bastard child” of the TV industry?
Les Moonves took on that question during his Q&A with reporters at the Television Critics Association’s press tour in Beverly Hills on Monday. The question referred to NBC entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt saying that many in Hollywood seem to regard broadcast television as the bastard child of the industry in comparison to heavily Emmy nominated cable shows.
“I don’t think we’re the bastard child of the entertainment business,” the CBS chief said, though later he seemed to sympathize with the point Greenblatt was making: “They’re competing against some phenomenal programs,” he said. “It’s hard to put [CBS'] The Good Wife up against [HBO's] Game of Thrones. Game of Thrones probably cost three time as much and takes three times as long to shoot. And it’s a brilliant good show. I love it as much as anybody. But there are some terrific shows on network that do get passed over, and the competition from cable in terms of that has become pretty extreme. And so the cable shows get a lot more attention for a lot fewer numbers. That’s okay … You mention a show like Parenthood, which also is a wonderful show that doesn’t maybe get the recognition that [Greenblatt] feels it deserves. I think that’s what that meant.”
Like millions of eager fans weren’t applying enough pressure already. Now HBO executives are telling TV critics that George R.R. Martin should “get busy writing.”
HBO chief executive Richard Plepler and programming president Michael Lombardo were asked during the network’s press tour session in Beverly Hills about the widely spread report that Game of Thrones would last seven seasons.
“As far as I’m concerned, they can go on as long as there are stories to tell,” Lombardo said. “We certainly haven’t gotten anywhere near that conversation with [showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss].”
That said, he also referenced that the show is relying on Martin’s source material, a planned seven-novel epic A Song of Ice and Fire, which still has two more books left to go. “I know there are issues with the books and catching up,” Lombardo said.
“Our line to George was ‘keep writing,’” Plepler said.
“Yes. Get busy writing,” Lombardo agreed.
EW previously posted a deep dive report on this very topic. Thrones has started production on its fourth season, which earlier today added an actress familiar to fans of HBO’s Rome to the cast.
InsideTV Podcast: Casts of 'Game of Thrones', 'Walking Dead', 'True Blood' and 'Orphan Black' spill the beans
Entertainment Weekly Radio (SiriusXM channel 105) made the trek to Comic-Con last week where we spoke to all the biggest casts — in terms of both sheer numbers of cast members and popularity — in television. In fact, some casts — Game of Thrones, Walking Dead, True Blood — were so big we had to split them into two groups. Now, we can bring you some of those interviews right here on the InsideTV Podcast and you can hear them by clicking on the audio player below at the bottom of the post.
Listen in as Michelle Fairley and Richard Madden talk about what it was like to be killed off on Game Of Thrones. Geroge R.R. Martin also discusses the future of the books and show and the danger of the latter catching up to the former. Norman Reedus of The Walking Dead reveals how Andrew Garfield stole his Comic-Con disguise, while costar Danai Guria chats about Michonne’s new horse. Anna Paquin talks all things True Blood while show newcomer Rob Kazinsky breaks down his first Comic-Con experience. And finally, the cast of Orphan Black (including star Tatiana Maslany) drops by to talk about the hottest new series on television. READ FULL STORY
The Game of Thrones team created a treat for fans who are still mourning the deaths of their favorite characters: An Oscars-style “In Memoriam” video for fallen characters. The show’s Comic-Con panel on Friday included appearances by former cast members Richard Madden and Michelle Fairley, whose characters met rather horrific fates in season three.
Ready to honor the fallen? Check out the video that just screened in Hall H below: READ FULL STORY
UPDATED: With Game of Thrones scoring record ratings and 16 Emmy nominations for its third season, the bar is set very high for next year. But showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss tell EW.com that season four will be the best yet.
“It’s the toughest production schedule we’ve ever had,” Benioff said in the EW.com interview suite at Comic-Con on Friday – videos below. “We got more action, which is obviously more time consuming. It’s a brutal shooting season ahead. But if we can make it through, yeah, I think it’s going to surpass season three. The last 3 episodes, there’s so many scenes we’ve been waiting for so long to do. And it just gets more and more fun to write for these characters. After three years of doing it, we have that much more comfort to make everything uncomfortable for them. We’re very excited for it. Season five gives me nightmares, but [not season four].”
Benioff’s comments were echoed by star Peter Dinklage, who was nominated for a best supporting actor Emmy earlier this week. “I just finished reading the scripts, and the scripts these guys have turned out are my favorite so far of the whole series,” he says.
“They are amazing,” agreed co-star and fellow nominee Emilia Clarke.
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