Sure, we just posted a Game of Thrones trailer yesterday, but now there’s this one: The most action-packed season 3 preview yet. There’s sword fights with flaming swords, armies, ice climbing, smooching, and some new dragon footage. In fact, if you haven’t read George R.R. Martin’s books and already plan to watch season 3, you might want to skip this one since it’s pretty spoilery. READ FULL STORY
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Another weekend, another Game of Thrones trailer, this one titled “The Beast” and adding some more tantalizing glimpses of season 3. There’s Tyrion and a mysterious crate, an exchange between Mance Rayder and Jon Snow, a glimpse of sexy Ygritte in a cave and, most intriguingly, Jaime Lannister and Brienne of Tarth facing off with swords on a bridge (and who’s the guy in the hood, anyway?).
Thrones returns March 31 and we’ll resume our 15 Days of Thrones series tomorrow (previous links below): READ FULL STORY
Game of Thrones co-star Kit Harington came home to his London flat last July after a night of partying and realized he lost the keys. No problem. He’d just climb into his first-floor window. Then he fell.
“Everyone always says you must have done it on set horse riding or running across glaciers or something cool,” sighs Harington about his shattered ankle. “I was an idiot. The ‘invincibility of youth’ and all that. I couldn’t even blame it on a film set. And I had avoided skiing for ages because I thought I’d break my ankle!”
The timing of his injury could have been worse. Season three, with Harington resuming his role as heroic Nights Watch member Jon Snow, was set to start production a couple weeks after his mishap, though the bulk of Harington’s scenes — particularly those shot in Iceland — weren’t scheduled until the winter. “I looked at scripts this year and there was a lot of action, more than last year,” Harington says. “But we could have been in more trouble had it happen [later in the year].”
To get a sense of the his injury’s importance, it’s helpful to have a sense of the Game of Thrones production machine. It’s larger than any TV show and takes longer to shoot each year than most feature films. There’s 160,000 square feet of sets and 27 series regulars. Season 3 had a trio of production units shooting in five countries (Croatia, Northern Ireland, Morocco, Iceland and a few scenes in the United States). When fans ask why HBO doesn’t order more than 10 episodes per season, producers say it’s the maximum number this whole operation can really handle while maintaining the show’s quality.
So what happens when key piece of that complex production machine gets temporarily benched?
When Rose Leslie got the call from her agent that she was landed the role of Ygritte on Game of Thrones, her reaction was explosive.
The actress had already enjoyed an arc on one international hit (Downton Abbey), but she really wanted the role of the fiery Wildling scout who spars and flirts with the virginal Jon Snow (Kit Harington). Then one day she was walking in the center of London. “I remember the day very well, I don’t think it will ever leave me,” she recalls. “I got a call from my agent and he told me the good news and I was jumping up and down like a manic. It was phenomenal. I’m incredibly privileged to play Ygritte. She’s such a fiercely independent character and I love playing her. I was ecstatic.”
After getting cast, Leslie dove into the books (she’s currently on Book 4). “I wanted to throw myself into the world of Westeros,” she says. As a member of the Wildling tribe, the actress shoots the bulk of her outdoor scenes in Iceland. She says the toughest thing about the extreme environment isn’t the cold, but walking in thick snow while trying to stay in character on camera. “You become very aware that this is Ygritte’s home, she’s incredibly comfortable in this particular surrounding,” Leslie says. “You can’t look like you’re working so hard to trudge up a hill. I’m like panting inside.”
This season, which debuts March 31, Ygritte will get closer to Jon Snow as he infiltrates the Wildling camp. We’ve previously seen some strong hints about how tough Ygritte is, this season she’ll have more opportunities to show that she’s every bit as much of a warrior as the Wildling men (and demonstrates she’s pretty handy with a bow and arrow). READ FULL STORY
Gwendoline Christie is too tied up to give an interview.
In a gorgeous forest glade in Northern Ireland last September, the actress is dressed in armor and sitting atop a horse. Her arms and hands are bound with sturdy rope. “I can only shake hands with my eyes,” she says with a grin.
When the director orders “action,” Christie, as Game of Thrones fan-favorite knight Brienne of Tarth, jumps off the horse and muscles through some henchmen. On the show it all looks quick and simple. In person, the action is more impressive because of Christie’s bulky costume and bindings — just try jumping down onto uneven ground without the use of your arms. Luckily, ever since landing the role of Brienne two years ago, Christie has engaged in heavy physical training for the part. The rigorous dedication will pay off more than ever in season three as her character undertakes a very challenging journey while trying to return the captive kingslayer Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) to King’s Landing.
“We last saw her as a female knight who was very much having to prove herself and find her place and find her place in society because she doesn’t have a natural place where she fits in,” Christie says after the crew releases her from her bindings. “By the end of [the season] she has a mission, which she believes is for the greater good. [Season 3] focuses on [Brienne and Jaime's] relationship and the journey those two human beings go on is extraordinary. We see her in situations trying to survive in ways that extend beyond her physical strength. And we start to see her explore her womanhood, what it is, for her, to be a woman. She’s starts to find out more about herself and about very basic human emotions — attachment to someone else and what honor really means to her. In this ridiculous and extreme situation of high drama, she starts to really find out who she is and what she believes in.” READ FULL STORY
Below are more artistic takes on the world of HBO’s Game of Thrones courtesy of Austin’s Mondo Gallery. The images are part of an exhibit that opened Friday, timed to the start of the South by Southwest film festival. Earlier we showed you the two posters in the exhibit that are being sold as prints. Here’s 10 original pieces from the exhibit. If you want to buy the first one, however, you have to pay a heap of Golden Dragons and Silver Stags — $15,000 for an oil painting that includes several of the Thrones-verse fan-favorite characters. The rest are more modestly priced. READ FULL STORY
HBO is re-teaming with Austin’s Mondo art gallery to create collectable posters capturing the world of Game of Thrones.
Below are the first two posters in a series of eight creative images that will be unveiled starting today at the gallery’s new Thrones event. Mondo, the collectible art division of Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, is launching the poster series on the first day of the South by Southwest music/film/interactive conference, which is seeing an increased TV industry presence this year (Showtime, NBC, The CW, A&E, Bravo and USA are among the networks with events planned).
Mondo and Thrones previous teamed for a poster series at the 2012 San Diego Comic-Con. “Game of Thrones is a favorite of ours at Mondo,” says Mondo CEO Justin Ishmael. “The gallery event is intended to honor the show’s attention to visual detail and the beautiful world that George R.R. Martin has imagined … we hope the fans feel our work has done justice to the show.” The gallery event will also debut the official Game of Thrones beer — Iron Throne, “a delicate, but piercing Golden Blonde Ale with Noble hops, a nod to having a Lannister currently on the Throne.”
Two posters will be unveiled each week until Thrones season three premieres on March 31. Here’s the first two:
Another acclaimed indie rock band has partnered with HBO’s Game of Thrones to create a hit song from the land of Westeros.
Thrones producers have enlisted Brooklyn group the Hold Steady to bring to life a tune from George R.R. Martin’s fantasy saga. The band will perform “The Bear and the Maiden Fair,” with lyrics by Martin (below) and music by the show’s composer Ramin Djawadi. Last year, The National recorded Martin’s ominous “The Rains of Castemere” for season two, while “The Bear and the Maiden Fair” is more like a boisterous tavern song.
“As with the National, we went after one of our favorite bands and were happily surprised when they agreed to do it,” said showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss. “This is one of the most popular songs in Westeros, beloved by nobles and commoners alike, sung at taverns and feasts and etc. We wanted our rendition to be bawdy and a little sloppy — drunken musicians getting up on the table and jamming while the rowdy party continues around them. There was no one better for the job than the Hold Steady, and the song they delivered has been stuck in our heads for the last four weeks.” READ FULL STORY
Yes, as the first Game of Thrones preview warned us, death is still “coming for everyone and everything,” and the night is still “dark and full of terror.” But the HBO show’s new extended trailer adds some more color to those ominous omens — and a bear!
That’s right, at around the 1:05 mark, a sizable bruin shows up looking very unhappy. The new video also features a couple more snippets of steamy boudoir action, but perhaps the trailer’s most exciting addition is the extra dragon footage tacked on at the end. The first clip had about three seconds of a dragon flying toward a ship, whereas the version below plays out the scene for about eight seconds.
See for yourself:
It’s here. The first full Game of Thrones season three trailer. No more 10-second teases or behind-the-scenes footage or posters (though today’s official new dragon poster was pretty cool). This is the trailer you’ve been waiting for which HBO just premiered on Jimmy Kimmel Live.
Thrones returns March 31, but you already knew that. READ FULL STORY
Profits are coming: The second season of Game of Thrones is breaking HBO’s sales records on home video.
The heavily promoted DVD title was released earlier this week. The company reports that the first day moved 241,000 units, which is 44 percent higher than the first season’s initial sales and represent the biggest first-day numbers ever for an HBO home video release. HBO also sold 355,000 individual episodes via digital downloads, up 112 percent from season one. Given the more intense home video interest for season two, it wouldn’t be surprising if the show’s ratings surpass last season’s numbers when the show returns next month.
The box sets include season two’s 10 episodes, deleted scenes from the second season (watch them here) and plenty of behind-the-scenes material and commentaries — including this bit, below. Okay, this may not be the most insightful video, but it might be the cutest — the Stark kids beatboxing the Thrones theme song (hat tip to Winter is Coming). Also, check out the official just-released Game of Thrones poster for season 3 here and
be sure to return to EW tonight to watch the first full season three trailer. The trailer is here. READ FULL STORY
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