Someone is having a very bad day in Westeros — but this time around, it’s not former president George W. Bush. READ FULL STORY »
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In the commentary, show creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss admit that George W. Bush’s likeness appears in a scene in which King Joffrey shows Sansa Stark her dead dad’s head on a stick. (Check it out on io9.com). The alleged Dubya noggin is the last one on the left — and he’s sporting some pretty bad hair.
“It’s not a choice, not a political statement!” one of the writers say during the commentary. “We just had to use what heads we had around.”
Once news of the Bush head hit the internet, HBO released this statement: “We were deeply dismayed to see this and find it unacceptable, disrespectful and in very bad taste. We made this clear to the executive producers of the series who apologized immediately for this inadvertent careless mistake. We are sorry this happened and will have it removed from any future DVD production.”
The producing duo released their own, too: “We use a lot of prosthetic body parts on the show: heads, arms, etc. We can’t afford to have these all made from scratch, especially in scenes where we need a lot of them, so we rent them in bulk. After the scene was already shot, someone pointed out that one of the heads looked like George W. Bush. In the DVD commentary, we mentioned this, though we should not have. We meant no disrespect to the former President and apologize if anything we said or did suggested otherwise.”
On the DVD, one of the writers claims that the Bush head appears in a “couple of beheading scenes.”
Will fans of dragons and vampires without a pay cable subscription get access to Game of Thrones and True Blood anytime soon? Don’t count on it, says HBO.
With a name that has unsurprisingly drawn attention in little time, the website TakemymoneyHBO.com, which launched Tuesday night, is campaigning for a standalone streaming service for HBO’s shows.
The site’s creator, Jake Caputo, addresses the cable network with the collective “we” of all HBO fans, admitting to borrowing friends’ login passwords to HBO’s subscriber-only Internet streaming service HBO GO, and to pirating the shows. Visitors to the site can type in a dollar amount that they would be willing to pay monthly for a standalone streaming service, and the site automatically sends a tweet listing that number to HBO GO’s Twitter account.
HBO’s Game of Thrones reached a new all-time high in the ratings Sunday night.
The second season finale was seen by 4.2 million viewers — the first time the show has cracked four million viewers for a first-run airing — and delivered 5.1 million for the night including repeats. The news is particularly welcome after the previous week’s penultimate “Battle of the Blackwater” episode actually dipped in the overnight Nielsens. These finale numbers confirm our assumption the Blackwater decline was merely due to the Memorial Day weekend holiday.
Thrones was remarkably stable this season, hovering around 3.7 million viewers for premiere episodes and averaging more than 10.4 million viewers across all repeats and viewing platforms. The fantasy epic is renewed for a third season, and EW.com reported last night that showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss have signed on for two more seasons.
Game of Thrones second season finale included the surprising return of a fan-favorite character.
Jason Momoa reprised his role as the formidable Dothraki warlord Khal Drogo tonight.
The Conan the Barbarian star returned for a sequence where his widow Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) enters the magical House of the Undying in an effort to reclaim her stolen dragons. Daenerys sees a beckoning vision of her tragically killed lover holding their child. READ FULL STORY »
HBO has released five great photos from Sunday’s second-season finale. Going to be pretty tough to top last week’s “Blackwater,” but there are plenty of burning questions going into this weekend. Here are your pics. Love the Theon rage pic and the Prince of Darkness Joffrey. READ FULL STORY »
Ratings for HBO’s Game of Thrones spectacular battle episode went … down?
Yes, the show dipped to 3.4 million viewers for the show’s premiere airing Sunday night (recap here), down 13 percent from last week. Thing is, the decline isn’t entirely surprising due to the Memorial Day weekend, which often sees about a 20 percent reduction in overall TV viewership (and, just saying, last year the show’s seventh episode aired the same holiday weekend, delivering only 2.4 million viewers). Fan and critic reaction to the hour was extremely positive, with many claiming on comment boards they’ve watched the episode multiple times since its debut. READ FULL STORY »
Tonight, HBO airs the long-awaited “Blackwater” episode of Game of Thrones. Below is last week’s exclusive interview with Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss. The writer-producers reveal the behind-the-scenes battle to mount one of the most ambitious hours of TV ever made.o
Also, check out EW.com’s live recapping of the episode here.
The first part of this interview was conducted in HBO’s Los Angeles offices several months ago. The producers had just finished shooting season two. There’s very minor logistical spoilers in terms of the raw battle components, but nothing that isn’t shown in HBO’s previews.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: So how was shooting the Battle of the Blackwater?
D.B. WEISS: The Blackwater stuff was so much fun. I mean, it was miserable. Forty-two degrees and raining and mud up to your ankles.
DAVID BENIOFF: This whole story of Blackwater goes back to the first season because we were supposed to have that battle with Tyrion and we ended up not able to shoot it. And so we had him go down to friendly fire early. We always promised ourselves, we’re gonna have our major battle.
Weiss: We always wanted to do it and we didn’t know if we’d be able to pull it off. I mean, it’s a massive battle and it’s a naval battle and involves so much visual effects. And at the last minute due to a personal emergency the director had to drop out. So we were left without a director and about a week before.
Benioff: We were scrambling. We were like going over the list of who is available. And most of it was really terrifying. And then on that list Neil Marshall’s name pops out. He did Centurion and Dog Soldiers, movies where the guy’s doing an incredible amount of really intensive, impressive action on a thin budget. He had never seen [Thrones] before. We had to give him a crash course. But he’s such a fast learner and so enthusiastic and just fell in love with it and ended up being a great choice. READ FULL STORY »
There’s something strange about seeing Jaime Lannister walk the red carpet at an Internet awards show. “Yeah. I’m gonna kill someone, probably,” Game of Thrones star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau joked to EW when we mentioned the cognitive dissonance his appearance inspired. But the man who plays the Kingslayer had good reason to attend last night’s Webby Awards: He was on hand to accept an award on behalf of Greenland.com, the official website of his wife Nukaaka’s homeland. (His five-word speech: “Things I do for love,” spoken in his wife’s native Greenlandic.)
Coster-Waldau also knows a thing or two about dealing with the denizens of the web; he told another reporter that shortly after he was cast on Thrones, he made the mistake of reading a fan site’s message board. “There was a whole long discussion about my nose, which was just not acceptable to some hardcore fans,” he recalled with a smile. “They read the books, and this guy was supposed to be good looking, and with that nose, it just ruined it for them.”
Game of Thrones penultimate Battle of the Blackwater episode is only a little over a week away and HBO has just released the first image from the fight. Here’s Bronn (Jerome Flynn) taking aim on a cliff, with — I believe — part of Blackwater Bay and King’s Landing behind him. (And, yes, book readers, Blackwater will take place at night. As executive producer David Benioff told us: “Flaming arrows at night look gorgeous.”) READ FULL STORY »
InsideTV Podcast: Who is the ultimate 'Game of Thrones' villain? Plus, picking winners for 'Survivor,' 'American Idol' and 'DWTS'
Theon! What are you doing? We used to like you! But then you attacked Winterfell and starting chopping off people’s heads…badly. Does Theon’s betrayal make him the ultimate Game of Thrones villain, or does he still pale in comparison to that super jerk King Joffrey and the shadow assassin-birthing Melisandre? Our resident Game of Thrones expert James Hibberd joins Jessica Shaw and yours truly on the newest edition of the InsideTV Podcast to break down who is the baddest of the bad right now on the HBO drama. We also discuss the big dragon-napping, how long it actually takes to pull a man’s arm off, and whether we are permanently scarred from seeing Tonks naked. READ FULL STORY »
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