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'Game of Thrones': The 15-minute season 4 preview is here

nullHBO just released this lengthy look at season 4 of Game of Thrones. The nearly 15-minute video includes a mix of new preview footage and behind-the-scenes interviews with the cast and showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss. “I think what makes this season different is things really get going much more quickly,” Benioff says, with co-star Kit Harington adding, “It’s more thrilling throughout than season 3 was.” See the whole video below; Thrones returns April 6. READ FULL STORY

Winter Olympics: Peter Dinklage is the voice of NBC's opening ceremony tease

The Winter Olympics is coming! In an inspired move, NBC has enlisted Game of Thrones star Peter Dinklage to voice the opening tease for the montage that will begin its coverage of the opening ceremony, which airs Friday, Feb. 7 at 7:30 p.m. ET. NBC Olympics executive producer Jim Bell made the announcement via Twitter (with the hashtag #winteriscoming, of course).  READ FULL STORY

'Game of Thrones' trailer: The full season 4 preview -- VIDEO

Skip these mere words and hit play on the awesomeness below then come back up and read this text if you’re still seeking an introduction to the epic Game of Thrones season 4 trailer.

Done? Great. What you just saw was nearly two minutes of Game of Thrones‘ upcoming season. Showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss tell us that fans should expect this season to have plenty of action, and the trailer certainly suggests the Seven Kingdoms and beyond will see plenty of drama and unrest despite Tywin Lannister’s tragic crushing of the Northern rebellion last year. In case you’re wondering who is that spear-wielding balletic young warrior in the arena, that would be the Red Viper, a new character who plays a major role this season (more on him here). Thrones returns April 6 on HBO. READ FULL STORY

'Game of Thrones' season 4 trailer teases

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.


Best of 2013 (Behind the Scenes): Inside the 'Game of Thrones' Red Wedding


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.

Click here for more of’s Best of 2013 coverage. READ FULL STORY

'South Park' to parody angry 'Game of Thrones' fans in 'A Song of A- and Fire' -- VIDEO

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.

'Game of Thrones' casts Styr in season 4 -- EXCLUSIVE


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.

'Game of Thrones' casts Dany's Meereen contact -- EXCLUSIVE

One final piece of Game of Thrones season 4 casting has fallen into place: The key role of Hizdahr zo Loraq has been filled by young British actor Joel Fry (10,000 BC).

Hizdahr is described as the “young scion of an ancient Meereenese family who crosses paths with Daenerys Targaryen.”

Meereen the largest of the three great Slaver Cities of Slaver’s Bay. The others are Astapor (where Dany acquired her slave army) and Yunkai (which Dany’s army liberated in the season 3 finale). Hizdahr is introduced in George R.R. Martin’s fifth “A Song of Ice and Fire” novel A Dance with Dragons. READ FULL STORY

'Game of Thrones' casts Sigur Ros in season 4 -- EXCLUSIVE

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

'The Writers Room': 'Game of Thrones' EPs talk violence and Ned's execution -- VIDEO


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

CBS chief: Hard for 'Good Wife' to beat 'Game of Thrones' at Emmys


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.”

HBO to George R.R. Martin: 'Get busy writing!'

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.

'Game of Thrones' casts 'Rome' actress for season 4 -- EXCLUSIVE


Another fan-favorite Rome veteran is joining HBO’s Game of Thrones.

Actress Indira Varma has been cast in season four. Varma will play Ellaria Sand on the show, the sexually adventurous paramour of a key new character, Prince Oberyn Martell “The Red Viper” (played by Pedro Pascal).

Since playing Niobe on HBO’s Rome, Varma has had roles on Fox’s Human Target along with UK dramas Silk and Hunted. Last year, the production added fellow Rome actor Ciarán Hinds.

Varma joins fellow season 4 new hires Pascal and Sherlock writer-actor Mark Gatiss. Coming off the show’s highest-rated and most-Emmy-nominated season yet, last week at Comic-Con, Thrones producers and cast told EW they expect season 4 will be the show’s best. READ FULL STORY


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