It leaked Friday afternoon, but the official trailer for Game of Thrones‘ fifth season was properly released on their Facebook page just a few hours later
How many shows on TV can get away with a ten second mish-mash of essentially still photos and get away with calling it a teaser trailer? HBO has released the latest promo for season five of Game of Thrones, and chances are it will take you longer to load the video than to watch it.
Telltale released the first footage of their upcoming game based on the license of HBO’s Game of Thrones series, and while short, there is enough information to glean from its 51 second span to look ahead at what’s to come.
On Friday afternoon, July 19th, in Hall H, some of the Game of Thrones cast gathered for a panel at the SDCC. Cast members Peter Dinklage, Michelle Fairley, John Bradley, Kit Harington, Rose Leslie and Richard Madden, and author George R.R. Martin joined executive producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss for the event.
The Game of Thrones panel began with an “In Memoriam” video played with Boys II Men’s “Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday”. Such a horribly sad video, remembering all of those amazing characters that we won’t get to see again.
Here is a video that shows the entire panel: (Special Guest star at about 14:40)
Game of Thrones will return in the Spring of 2014.
While the highly anticipated 4th season of Game of Thrones is still a ways out, the filming has already begun and new casting news is abound. Aside from that, we also have some other fun stuff, but let’s start with the news…
The Red Viper – Pedro Pascal
A major player in the last half of the 3rd book, Oberyn Martell is the first representative we meet from the ruling powers of Dorne. In the 4th season he’ll likely be a big part of the Tyrion scenes as he arrives in King’s Landing. At the end of June the casting for this much-anticipated character was reported, and our Red Viper is Pedro Pascal (Lights Out).
Now there were some online rumblings about ethnicity, as some (confused) readers seemed to think the character was black in the books, and since the internet loves getting pissed about nothing, George RR Martin was forced to come out and defend the choice on his blog:[box_light]I wasn’t present for Pedro Pascal’s audition, but I understand that he really killed it with his reading. And since his casting was announced, the producer of another TV show on which he appeared recently has written me to say how terrific Pascal is, and to congratulate us on the casting. So I suspect that he will turn out to be a wonderful Red Viper.
I do know that David and Dan and HBO do favor having a racially and ethnically diverse cast on the series. It is true that we’ve lost several black characters who appear in the novels (Chataya and Alayaya, Jalabhar Xho, Strong Belwas), but to balance that, characters like Salladhor Saan and Xaro Xhoan Daxos, both white in the books, have been played by black actors. Missandei as well, though in the books the Naathi are golden-skinned, not white.
As for the Dornishmen, well, though by and large I reject one to one analogies, I’ve always pictured the “salty Dornish” as being more Mediterranean than African in appearance; Greek, Spanish, Italian, Portugese, etc. Dark hair and eyes, olive skin. Pedro Pascal is Chilean. (Check out Amok’s version of the Red Viper, that’s how I saw him. Or Magali Villenueve’s beautiful and sexy portrait of Princess Arianne).
When and if the show introduces Prince Oberyn’s daughters, the Sand Snakes, I expect we will see the same diversity as in the books, ranging from Tyene (blond and blue-eyed) to Sarella (light brown skin, as her mother was a Summer Islander). And I expect that the crew of the CINNAMON WIND will all be cast with black actors… assuming, of course, that Sam’s voyage remains in the story. [/box_light]
Unknown – Octavia Alexandru
This pint-sized 10 year old cast been cast in the next season of Game of Thrones, but no announcement has yet been made as to who she will be playing. However, speculation has been running rampant, most commonly that she will be with Jeyne Westerling or the waif in Bravos. I don’t see the Westerling role, if even included, they’ll go for an actress who is over 18. The waif is very possible, but we’ll just have to wait and see…
Unknown – Mark Gatiss
This bit of casting we just learned about this morning, and I’m pretty happy about it. Like with Octavia Alexandru, his role hasn’t been announced yet, however I’m just happy he’s there. For those of you not in the know, Gatiss plays Mycroft Holmes on the BBC brilliance know as Sherlock. In addition to the role as Sherlock’s older brother, he also writes and produces for the show, as he has also done in the past for Doctor Who.
Early speculation would have him playing Mace Tyrell, the Lord of Highgarden, and father to the Knight of Flowers Loras, and soon to be Queen Margaery. Though imagined much fatter in the books, I have faith Gatiss can pull of whatever role is put in front of him.
That’s all the new casting we have for the moment, but there are a few other things. First, to celebrate the release of GoT‘s 3rd season on the streaming service BlinkBox, there was the appearance of a giant, extremely cool, dragon skull on a beach in England…
We also have a look at the real Iron Throne as envisioned by George RR Martin from Wired.
And finally, in the vein of the Game of Thrones: Our 5 Favorite GoT Parodies post we did a while back, here are couple more videos you might enjoy…
That’s it for today, check back soon for more GoT News as it happens…
This is the fifth time we’ve featured ComicBookGirl19 and her “Game of Thrones: Epic History” videos explaining the Houses of Westeros. This one is the second part of the House Stark stuff. We post these cause we think they are really well done and informative. And we’re obsessed with the whole mythology…
The just of this video is that I’ll never be half the man Ned Stark is…and he’s not even real.
The comparison between Robert Baratheon and Jay Gatsby is an apt one. Lyanna Stark, much like an older prettier Arya, didn’t love Robert despite the fact that he has placed her (posthumously) placed her atop a pedestal. Much like Gatsby with Daisy, the reality could never life up to fantasy, though Lyanna is no doubt about 1000 times cooler than Daisy Buchanan.
Ned Stark we already knew was about as good a man as could exist within the world that contains Westeros, and that is of course why he couldn’t survive there. Ned’s death was greatly foreshadowed, and not just cause he was played by Sean Bean. In the first episode we see the Starks find some Direwolf pups, as well as an adult direwolf…which was killed by a stag. Then Robert shows up, flying his Stag sigil, and summons Ned to leave the North. We shoulda known right there. I really want a prequel with more Ned Stark…
As far as the theory that Jon Snow is Ned’s nephew rather than his son, I’m also totally on board with CBG19. Ned’s honor is the biggest reason to believe that he would sacrifice his reputation to take care of his nephew and one more reason to hate Catelyn Stark. And while the burn on his hand proves he is more wolf than dragon, it doesn’t mean that he can’t be Dany’s nephew…even if they are the same age. I guess we’re gonna find out in the 6th book, which may or may not be out in 2014…
Another season of Game of Thrones behind us and a whole plethora of kills for us to make a top 12 list of. Like last season, we couldn’t narrow things down to 10, but this season was by far the bloodiest. Like the Blackwater episode before it, the Red Wedding episode; The Rains of Castamere will definitely being filling multiple spots below. Enough chit chat!
The Arrowhead…to the head
Before we knew the sick bastard was Ramsay Snow, he played a little game with Theon. He assisted him in escape after being tortured at the Dreadfort, seemingly saving him by killing his pursuers and then returning him to be tortured some more. As he finishes off the last of his men who chased Theon, Ramsay firmly plants a bow shot into the unfortunate man’s head at point blank range. Brutal.
Rickard Karstark, or Rickard I’m-Such-a-Negative-Nancy, did some crazy stuff. He began doubting his king as he traveled to his grandfather’s funeral and let his lust for vengeance get the better of him by killing Lannister hostages. He was in direct defiance of his king, Robb Stark, not to mention the Lannister hostages were boys who had even reached their teens. Lord Karstark paid the ultimate price for that one by getting a good old fashioned beheading by his boss, spewing insults until the very end. Good riddance. Although that move didn’t help Robb in the long run.
Ros was a character who only showed up in the Game of Thrones TV series, but she was a mainstay throughout the three seasons, having minor interactions with a number of characters. I was just as dismayed as the next person when Littlefinger informed Varys that he found out she was spying on him. Then to add insult to injury we get to see that Ros was used as a plaything for Joffrey and his crossbow.
Here’s a kill we can all get behind. Sure it wasn’t inventive, but it was surely deserved. For some reason, Craster decided it would be a great idea to invite a large group of seasoned warriors who are half starved and frozen into his home. Then get this, he lords his food and women over them without expecting some sort of backlash.
Unfortunately he doesn’t take kindly to being called a bastard by the more mutinous members of the Night’s Watchmen, and takes a dagger to the throat. I would say I was sorry but this is a guy who had sex with numerous daughters and probably granddaughters and then sacrificed his sons to the White Walkers. Real class act there.
The Old Bear
Jeor Mormont, or the Old Bear as he’s known in the Night’s Watch, was a casualty immediately following the death of the old bastard Craster. Mormont was a great character who I was sad to see killed off by Rast who I’ve hated since season one. At least Mormont was almost able to choke Rast to death before he finally succumbed to more knife wounds.
Sam the Slayer
It’s hard to believe that Samwell Tarly had one of the coolest kills in the season. After being chucked a good 25 feet by a White Walker, Sam rebounds to use a dragonglass spearhead on the icy jerk resulting in him shattering into tiny little pieces. Sam the Slayer in the house!
When Beric Dondarrion fights the Hound in trial by combat everything seems to be going his way. How can he lose? The Hound hates fire and Beric has a flaming freakin’ sword! But lose he does as the Hound cuts not only through his flaming sword but half of his upper torso resulting in one of the most gruesome deaths of the season. Then Dondarrion is almost immediately resurrected by Thoros of Myr, but he was killed nonetheless. Well done on both accounts.
Little Ned Stark
Talisa Stark wasn’t queen for very long, and was not able to be a mother at all after the Freys savagely murdered every Northman in attendance at Edmure Tully’s wedding to Roslyn Frey, which would later become known as the Red Wedding. It was truly brutal that they murdered an expectant mother, but what were they expecting naming him after a character played by Sean Bean.
Long Live the King
Robb Stark was the second major casualty of the Red Wedding, being filled with crossbow bolts before he watched his wife and unborn son die in his arms. You would think it would be enough that his bannerman Roose Bolton killed him with a knife to the heart in front of his mother but even after the events of the wedding the Freys parade his decapitated corpse outside on horseback… with his direwolf’s head sewn onto his body.
Mother of the North
Catelyn Stark’s death was quite haunting as her eyes went vacant after a scream that could only be that of a mother watching her son die right in front of her. The cutting of her throat seemed miniscule in comparison.
Arya’s first intentional kill was quite a sight as her and the Hound rode by a small encampment of Frey men bragging about killing her mother and brother at the Red Wedding. In a “your shoe’s untied” moment with a fatal endgame, Arya shows the Hound that she has what it takes to pull the trigger… err swing the sword.
Master Kraznys of Astapor by far made up my favorite death this season. After a couple episodes of insulting Daenerys in High Valyrian, Kraznys has an “oh shit” moment realizing that it’s actually her native tongue. He frantically orders her killed but only succeeds in getting extra crispy in quite possibly the most bad ass moment in the series.
The Direwolf would have seriously owned some Freys had he not been locked away in the stables and riddled with arrows by them. It was truly heartbreaking watching his last moments as he made eye contact with Arya before closing them forever.
So in the wake of devastation left by last week’s Red Wedding, and in eager anticipation of the next horrible thing to happen to the noble Stark family, I’ve assembled 5 of my favorite GoT related parodies from the interwebs, where there was no shortage of things to choose from. As of late Thrones has become a phenomenon, supplanting The Sopranos with HBO’s highest rated season ever, and just last Sunday delivering what many have called the most brutal episode in the history of television. We saw Jimmy Fallon dedicate 10 minutes of his late night show for his Game of Desks, YouTube has given us the 3-episode School of Thrones webshow, and ComicbookGirl19 has made a real name for herself simply talking about the show. And while those videos are all worthwhile, what follows are the ones that in the midst of my ASoIaF obsession, I deemed the best.
Obvious spoilers if you’re not up to date on the show, Enjoy.
5. The Princess Bride Connection
This is a painfully simple, but brilliantly executed connection, done well – twice. Fans of the 80’s classic The Princess Bride will instantly know what to expect here, but love it all the same. For those who haven’t seen the movie, these videos (especially the second one) will seem as though they were made to fit together. Just too perfect.
The Season 3 Promo: CinestirTV
The Red Wedding: Andrew Kasch
“Jesus Grandpa! What did you read me this thing for?”
4. Maroon 5 – Payphone
The folks over at Key of Awesome have been making some brilliant videos since 2009, but this Maroon 5/GoT Fandom might be my favorite one of all their stuff. Adam just can’t make time in his life for music AND Thrones…sorry music.
“The Lannisters look like surfer dicks”
3. George R.R. Martin Responds to “Game of Thrones” Backlash
College Humor takes a look at the sadistic (and genius) writer behind the series with this imagined (and probably accurate) portrayal of Mr. Martin addressing the fans.
“Your sorrow is my playground.“
2. Beer of Thrones
Pretty simple concept here, but the people over at Comediva really nailed the essence what a lot of fan love about the show in under 2 minutes. Succinct and to the point, it’s the Besteros in Westeros.
“Get me pregnant Horse God!”
1. Ultimate Birthday Rap Battle
And finally, the one I just can’t seem to stop watching, the 10th Birthday party rap battle. Robb Stark really made this one in his blissfully ignorant approach towards the atrocities before him. Stage5TV outdid themselves here.
“Why are they so f**king happy?”
So there you have it. Which was your favorite?
This is the fourth time we’ve featured CBG19 and her “Game of Thrones: Epic History” videos explaining the Houses of Westeros. This one is the first part of the House Stark stuff. We post these cause we think they are really well done and informative. And we’re obsessed with the whole mythology.
If you missed the first couple videos…
This video focuses on the history of Ned Stark’s forefathers and gives some insight to the ‘first men’ and how Westeros came to be settled.
Yeah, Team Stark! …or what’s left of it.
George R.R. Martin has reluctantly put forth 2014 as a potential deadline for the next book in A Song of Ice and Fire, according to an article from International Digital Times:
“…the sixth volume won’t be released in 2012 or in 2013. I really look forward to publishing it in 2014, but I am really bad for predictions… when I finish this saga I will be judged for the quality of the books, not for the speed of my writing.”
The site speculates that, although the wait time between books has been excruciating in the past (up to a whopping five years for the last two), a 2014 completion for The Winds of Winter could be feasible, noting that “A Dance With Dragons came out on July 12, 2011 at the pleasant easy reading length of 1,510 pages. At that point, Martin supposedly had 200 pages for Winds of Winter already complete, chapters originally intended for Dance but pushed ahead for story and pacing reasons.” In addition to the 200 completed pages, Martin’s revealed that at least another 200 are written in some capacity. This would mean nearly a third of the book has at least been put to paper with TWOW’s predicted total count sitting at 1,500 pages. Personally I wouldn’t get too caught up in the specific dates or predictions – fans who have in the past have been burned repeatedly – but take some relief in the notion that 2014 is even being considered as a possibility; I’d add a two or three years to that just to be safe, and just know that by 2017 there’s a decent chance you’ll be able to read the next instalment.
The 2014 deadline would also serve as a buffer between the HBO series and the source material. The TV show is now hot on the heels of the novels despite the 15 year handicap and 1,500 new pages would prevent the show from overtaking the books for at least another year or two, but this is an issue Martin is very conscious about:
“I am aware of the TV series moving along behind me like a giant locomotive, and I know I need to lay the track more quickly, perhaps, because the locomotive is soon going to be bearing down on me. The last thing I want is for the TV series to catch up with me. I’ve got a considerable head start, but production is moving faster than I can write. I’m hoping that we’ll finish the story at about the same time … we’ll see.”
Martin has to be sick and tired of the constant poking and prodding about The Winds of Winter. I feel for the guy. If you are one of the many who have reached the end of book five and can’t take the wait anymore, there is an excerpt from TWOW available at The Winds of Winter Release (Spoiler warning inside. Duh.). Read that rather than bother the poor man with your insatiable demands. Aside from that there is a wonderful 25 minute interview HBO conducted with GRRM himself and the TV series’ executive producers D.B. Weiss and David Benioff. All that, and if the episode nine trailer is any indication, we’re up for one Hell of a finale to the third season.
Welcome back to Westeros!