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'Game of Thrones' season 5 to have first-ever flashback scene

Game of Thrones will give fans a rare glimpse into the past during season five.

The HBO fantasy hit has long avoided using narrative flashbacks during its first four years on the air, preferring to keep its action grounded in the show’s present moment. But Thrones will offer its first flashback scene next year, and EW can exclusively report the flashback is currently expected to serve as the season’s opening scene (though this could change in editing). READ FULL STORY

Pablo Schreiber, Carrie Preston, Pedro Pascal accept guest EWwys

New this year to the EWwys, EW.com’s annual reader-voted awards for the Emmy-snubbed, are guest actor and guest actress categories. We’ve already posted audio of Elizabeth Banks phoning EW Radio to accept Best Guest Actress in a Comedy for her return to Modern Family (hear it here), but the other winners—The Good Wife‘s Carrie Preston, Orange is the New Black‘s Pablo Schreiber, and Game of Thrones‘ Pedro Pascal—were equally as entertaining when they dialed.

The closest race in the 2014 EWwys was Best Guest Actress in a Drama: Preston topped Lisa Kudrow (Scandal) by just 37 votes. The best part about Preston’s call? She was dressed as Elsbeth Tascioni, taking a break during a wardrobe fitting to reprise her winning role yet again. She also lightheartedly lamented not being able to keep all the True Blood souvenirs she’d wanted. READ FULL STORY

'Game of Thrones' producers Q&A: Why season 3 is the most epic yet

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Two more days. Just a couple more days until HBO’s Game of Thrones unveils its season 3 premiere. Thrones showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss spoke to EW during our Belfast set visit last fall and shortly after filming concluded in January about the eagerly anticipated third season.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Most consider George R.R. Martin’s third Ice and Fire novel A Storm of Swords to be his best book. Will this likewise be the best Game of Thrones season yet?

Benioff: Based on what we’ve seen so far, yeah, I think it will be a Game of Thrones season where, much like the book, it’s building. There’s a huge amount to set up in the first two episodes. Once the season kicks into gear we’ve already seen stuff that makes me think it will be the best one yet. And it ought to be. My favorite scenes from the saga are in Book Three.

Weiss: Once it kicks in and reaches the top of that hill and starts to roll down there’s a sheer amount of momentum. The third season has a hammering propulsion to it in terms of what’s happening. There’s major massive events happening like I don’t think we’ve ever had before … It’s our intention to make it the best season …  There are scenes we’ve been waiting for years to bring for life and they stick very closely to the source material. The third book was always a major goal line for us. We knew it would be all worthwhile if we could just get to this one. There are things in our heads for a long time that we finally get to realize.

Benioff: We always said if we can make it to season three that we’re going to be on for a long, long while.

Weiss: I don’t think [fans will] make it through this season and feel, “Eh, I’m done with that.”

Benioff: Unless we really f–k it up.

Weiss: Which is always possible.

How has the production changed this year? READ FULL STORY

'Game of Thrones': Jack Gleeson on Joffrey's season 3 romance

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Jack Gleeson wants something cleared up.

On HBO’s Game of Thrones, the 20-year-old plays King Joffrey, easily the most despised character on the show. That’s really saying something on a drama with more than two dozen major characters, many of whom with resumes that would easily get them rubber-stamped into the Evil League of Evil. Joffrey is considered worse than the guy who crippled a boy by pushing him out a window (Jaime Lannister) and worse than the guy who killed a couple innocent orphans because he needed small corpses (Theon Greyjoy). Joffrey “wins” because he isn’t just evil. He’s a total d–k about being evil. So some fans assume Gleeson must get harassed for his successful portrayal.

“If you could, clarify that people aren’t mean to me on the street,” Gleeson says while relaxing between takes on the Thrones set in Belfast. “Nobody’s ever said a mean thing to me. Instead people say,’Are you okay? I hear you get bullied on the street.’ And I say, ‘No! Everybody’s been really nice.'”

Thrones producers like to point out, too, that Gleeson is completely polite on the set, yet somehow almost unnervingly makes the right performance choices to make Joffrey come across as despicable as possible.

Like during our set visit (mild season three spoiler ahead!). It’s finally Sansa Stark’s (Sophie Turner) wedding day and Gleeson-as-Joffrey steps up beside his royal hostage.  They’re in a towering cathedral before hundreds of guests and she’s about to walk down the aisle to meet her groom (whose identity we won’t reveal). In the first season, Joffrey had Sansa’s father executed. She quietly asks him what he’s doing. “Your father is gone,” Joffrey taunts. “As father of the realm it is my duty to give you away to your husband.” He is literally bouncing on his heels in delight at her discomfort. READ FULL STORY

'Game of Thrones': 12 haunting close-up posters

After revealing its flying dragon official poster last week, HBO’s Game of Thrones is now releasing 12 character-driven ads for the fantasy hit’s upcoming third season. There’s haunting images of Robb Stark, Jon Snow, Cersei Lannister and many more staring at you until they’re blue in the face. The ads will start popping up in print publications and on outdoor ad spaces starting next week (and icymi, the S3 trailer is here). READ FULL STORY

'Game of Thrones' add 5th country, casts bear

Game of Thrones is expanding its production yet again.

The HBO fantasy hit already had what must be the most ambitious shooting schedule of any TV series in history. For the upcoming third season, Thrones used three production units (dubbed Wolf, Dragon, and Raven) shooting for several months across four countries — Morocco (mostly for Daenerys’ storyline), Iceland (for Jon Snow’s story and other Beyond the Wall action), Croatia (primarily Kings Landing-centered scenes) and the production’s home base in Northern Ireland (everything else). But in recent weeks, Thrones team added a new internationally known land. And it’s perhaps the most exotic and treacherous of them all: Los Angeles.

“For the first time, we’re flying in actors to L.A.,” showrunner David Benioff told EW. “So it ends up being five countries and three units this year. It’s just exploded.”

The actors came to L.A. to perform alongside a new member of the Thrones cast, Bart the Bear (well, Bart the Bear II, since the original animal actor is apparently deceased). The casting was revealed by Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin on his blog. Some readers might wonder why a bear is in the show, but on that point we’re going to stay mum. You’ll just have to watch Thrones when it returns to HBO on March 31.

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Best of 2012: Episodes we can't erase from our DVR

Sometimes it’s hard to let go of an episode of television. Maybe it marks a decisive turning point for a series you love. Maybe it makes you laugh uproariously (or cry shamelessly) every time you watch it. Maybe it’s just plain cool. Below are the five episodes or television we just couldn’t delete from our DVR’s memory banks months after they first aired.

5. Daniel Radcliffe, Watch What Happens Live
When we need to remind ourselves that stars can still be candid, we revisit this February chat where the always entertaining Radcliffe outdid himself telling Andy Cohen about his creepiest stalker and losing his virginity (“Yes, it was Maggie [Smith],” he joked. “She was gentle”), and showcasing his special skills (rotating his arms 360 degrees, contorting his tongue, and naming the periodic table of elements).

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