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
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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
You haven’t seen anything yet: Game of Thrones has been officially renewed for a third season by HBO. The network ordered another round of the fantasy hit, which recently debuted its second season to record ratings, then followed up with a nearly identical performance this week.
The third season is expected to be more or less based on the first half of George R.R. Martin’s A Storm of Swords — the third novel of his “Song of Ice and Fire” series of fantasy best-sellers. Long a fan favorite of the book series, Swords has several dramatic twists and confrontations (so … save the date!). Given the book’s length (the paperback edition is 1,216 pages) and action-packed content, producers plan to break up the novel into two seasons.
Martin wrote on his blog that season three is another 10-episode order, but HBO refuses to confirm. The author also notes he’ll pen the seventh episode, tentatively titled “Autumn Storms.” READ FULL STORY
Game of Thrones, Homeland, and The Colbert Report were among the winners at the 71st-annual Peabody Awards, announced this morning by the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication. “The range of the Peabody Awards’ search for excellence has never been wider or deeper than this year,” said Horace Newcomb, Director of the Peabody Awards, in a statement. See the winners, recognized for their achievement in electronic media, below:
InsideTV Podcast: Who is the true 'Game of Thrones' MVP? Plus: 'Spartacus' scoop & 'Dancing With the Stars' predictions
If you thought there were a lot of people vying for the crown in season 1 of Game of Thrones, just wait till you get a load of season 2 (which premieres Sunday night on HBO). With approximately 3,749 characters milling about in the epic tale of greed, lust, and power, how is it possible to keep everyone and everything straight? EWs own Game of Thrones expert James Hibberd — who was on location with the show in Croatia — calls in to break it all down on the latest edition of the InsideTV Podcast. What’s new in season 2? Will the show start to veer off from what happens in the books? And with all these different characters running around, who are the absolute best of the bunch? (Daenerys? Robb Stark? The Imp? King Joffrey?!?) Listen to our picks and then weigh in with your own! READ FULL STORY
The wait for Game of Thrones season two is nearly over. Get ready for Sunday’s premiere with EW’s in-depth interview with writer-producers David Benioff and Dan Weiss, the showrunners behind HBO’s acclaimed fantasy series. Without revealing any major spoilers, find out which characters get more screen time this year, how the producers pulled off shooting dragons, battles, magic and direwolves, some of the changes from George R.R. Martin’s “Song of Ice and Fire” book series, preliminary plans for a third season (yes, Book 3 will be split), and more.
What are some of the biggest challenges of season 2?
Weiss: It’s a bigger fish to fry. It needs to be real battles and dragons and direwolves. And we’ve got all these characters that you’ve hopefully have fallen in love with that we need to keep vibrant. We’ve got all these new people who hopefully will be equally compelling. The way George has dealt with that challenge is to start making the books longer. We will have that luxury if we’re lucky enough to be allowed to continue making the series. But in terms of each season, we got 10 episodes, and that’s literally all that’s conceivable to [produce] of this particular show.
Benioff: You know, what was scary during the first season is you’re doing all this work and you have no idea if it’s just gonna sink into the ocean without a trace. At least knowing that there’s a fan base out there that’s waiting for these shows … that helped a lot.
So it’s more visually grand this time?
Weiss: Yeah. Most shows, once you’ve got the office or the apartment building that it’s set in, you’ve got it. You have that asset where the vast bulk of your principle action is going to take place. For us, we just keep adding new locations.
Like Iceland. How was that?
Benioff: The whole reason we’re going there, of course, is to better portray North of the Wall. We were actually facing the unsatisfying, extravagant, expensive possibility of snowing up a field in the middle of Ireland and having people walk into green screens. Or we could go to the most beautiful scene on earth and stick people on a the middle of a glacier. It’s just so much more exciting than shooting with a green screen.
Weiss: Our general approach with everything is if there’s something real that we can build on and use effects to turn into our world, that’s always better. It’s always going to be better to start with a real foundation, whether it’s a castle or a canyon encampment, or whatever. In Iceland, there’s not a damn thing you need to do. It looks like no other place on earth.
I heard there was a blizzard? Is that accurate? READ FULL STORY
For Game of Thrones season 2, expect to see more of one evil twin, and slightly less of the other.
Queen Regent Cersei (Lena Headey) has more screen time this year, while her twincest counterpart Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) awaits his fate in captivity.
For Headey, this means plenty of dramatic scenes with her less-loved brother Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) and her monstrous son, King Joffrey (Jack Gleeson). “You get a real glimpse into her guilt as a mother and her fear of what she’s created,” says Headey, whose several cool tattoos get covered by makeup to play Cersei. “She’s just starting to slightly crumble and feel the reality of her world. There’s a lot of drinking … also massive denial about her son’s behavior.”
Cersei’s isolation will prompt her to confide in a very unlikely person. “There’s a moment where she absolutely shows Tyrion her true self,” she hints. “He becomes like a sort of confidante — almost — because she has nobody else.”
Expect the queen to also continue her “masochistic mentor relationship” with Joffrey’s bride-to-be, Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner). “She can’t help but torture her,” Headey says. “I think that’s driven by her envy. She’s just f–king mean all season.”
Adds Turner: READ FULL STORY
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