With Ned's execution, two major battles, and the still-painful Red Wedding rounding off the penultimate episode of each 'Game of Thrones' series, "episode nine" has always been the one to watch out for. This year, the show took a darker, more personal twist.
HBO's 'Game of Thrones' has been getting a lot of criticism this year for it's massively dramatic departures from the book series 'A Song of Ice and Fire', upon which the show is based. While series creator George R. R. Martin stated on his official blog "there has seldom been any TV series as faithful to its source material" and reiterated how the show and the books are entirely separate stories, albeit with the same intended ending.
Shireen Baratheon (Kerry Ingram) falls victim to the ninth episode
That still doesn't excuse the sudden, unexpected (and rather brutal execution) of a young girl, in Sunday night's infamous Episode Nine 'The Dance of Dragons'. Written by show creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, the episode saw Stannis Baratheon (Stephen Dillane) hounded by Ramsey Bolton's (Iwan Rheon) guerrilla tactics, and offering his daughter Shireen (Kerry Ingram) to the priestess Melisandre (Carice Van Houten) as a sacrifice. Said sacrifice involved burning her alive to appease the Red God, with the hopes of turning their luck and winning him the Iron Throne once and for all.
Continue reading: 'Game Of Thrones' Stuns Audiences With Season 5's Episode 9 [Spoilers]
There was a bit of an internet kerfuffle about what happened to fan favourite Sansa Stark on Sunday night's episode, and Martin waded in to explain it.
Following an online uproar in the wake of the latest episode of ‘Game of Thrones’, the show’s creator George R. R. Martin has waded in to quell some fans’ dissatisfaction at the brutal fate of one of its key characters, Sansa Stark.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Martin said in a blog post that some fans had begun e-mailing him and leaving comments on his website expressing their outrage not only at Sansa’s altered storyline but also at HBO’s continuing divergence from the plot of Martin’s books, defending the network and saying the producers are “trying to make the best television series that they can”.
George R. R. Martin
'Game of Thrones' is infamous for killing off its characters, so without paying attention to the books (as the show seems to be doing) we looked at who we think is destined to go the way of dodo.
Prince Doran - We've only seen Prince Doran Martell (Alexander Siddig) in one episode so far, he's already made a strong impression on everyone. The elder brother of fan favourite Oberyn, who came to a horribly messy end in the last season, Prince Doran is trying his best to keep the peace in Dorne, and stop his people from seeking revenge against the Lannisters. It stands to reason, however, that his death would make give them a great reason to rise up and start a war.
Kit Harington in 'Game of Thrones'
Brienne/Podrick - Brienne (Gwendoline Christie) and Podrick (Daniel Portman) have been giving us a good dose of the "two buddies traveling", following in the footsteps of Tyrion (Peter Dinklage ) and Bronn (Jerome Flynn), and Arya (Maisie Williams) and the Hound (Rory McCann). The problem is, that each of those has come to a rather disastrous ending at some point, and the death of Brienne or Podrick seems likely - especially with what they seem to be getting themselves into.
Game of Thrones season 5 premieres today.
The first four episodes of the fifth season of Game of Thrones have leaked online, ahead of the series premiere date of April 12. According to Mashable, the leaked episodes were made available on various torrent sites and appear to have been ripped from DVDs given to members of the press.
Game of Thrones season 5 premieres on HBO this weekend
Each of the episodes contain a digital watermark, which has been blurred out on the versions now circulating online.
Continue reading: Four New Episodes of 'Game of Thrones' Leak Online
'Game of Thrones' is the most pirated TV show.
The upcoming return of Game of Thrones has prompted a huge surge in internet piracy with fans downloading episodes of the HBO show at a rate of 100,000 times per day. Game of Thrones has seen an almost 50% year-on-year increase in the number of episodes illegally downloaded.
The Game of Thrones cast with original author George R.R Martin
The report into global illegal downloading, carried out by security firm Irdeto, found that more than 7 million Game of Thrones episodes from seasons one to four were downloaded between February 5 and April 6.
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George R. R Martin is working on a new TV series.
George R.R Martin may be working on the sixth book in the Song of Ice and Fire saga though he's already turning attention to his next project. The writer is penning a new television series titled Captain Cosmos about "a visionary young writer [who] creates a science fiction series that tells stories no one else will dare to tell," according to Entertainment Weekly.
George R. R Martin has had massive success with Game of Thrones, though he's now working on Captain Cosmos
Martin inked a two-year development deal with HBO back in 2013 and has been working on Captain Cosmos while working on his next book, The Winds of Winter. The series is said to take place "at the dawn of the age of TV in 1949."
Continue reading: George R.R Martin Developing New TV Show 'Captain Cosmos'
George R.R. Martin has released a sample chapter from 'The Winds of Winter' from the viewpoint of Sansa Stark.
A new chapter from the upcoming Game of Thrones novel, The Winds of Winter, has been released online by author George R.R. Martin. The excerpt was released on Thursday (2nd April) in advance of the premiere of the fifth season of Game of Thrones.
George R.R. Martin with some of the cast of Game of Thrones in 2013.
Back in 1993 Martin laid out his ideas for the fantasy series to his agent Ralph Vicinanza.
A letter written by ‘Game of Thrones’ author George R.R. Martin to his agent Ralph Vicinanza in 1993 has appeared online, after being photographed hanging in the offices of publisher HarperCollins. The letter shows some of the author’s original ideas for the series, as well as demonstrating how much Martin’s vision has changed over the years.
George R. R. Martin and the cast of HBO's 'Game of Thrones'
The Guardian reports that the letter outlined the structure for the “the high fantasy novel” Martin had promised Vicinanza, as well as revealing details about significant characters. "When completed, this will be the first volume in what I see as an epic trilogy with the overall title, A Song of Ice and Fire," the author told his agent.
Continue reading: Read George R.R. Martin's Original Letter Pitching 'Game Of Thrones'
With six months to go before the next series of 'Game of Thrones', 'A Song of Ice and Fire' author George R R Martin has released a guide to his fantasy world of Westeros.
'Game of Thrones' has taken the world by storm. With 60 Primetime Emmy Award nominations and 14 wins throughout its four seasons, the HBO fantasy drama has overtaken the popularity of the original books. Yet it still continues to gain fans every day, in part due to the show's viewers being desperate to discover what happens next; once you begin reading the books, however, it becomes clear that 'A Song of Ice and Fire''s world has more history that HBO suggests.
George R.R. Martin at the cast of HBO's Game Of Thrones
The series' writer, George R R Martin has helpfully compiled much of that history in 'The World of Ice & Fire: The Untold History of Westeros and the Game of Thrones'. In promotion for the guide, Martin visited the New York cultural and community centre at 92nd Street Y, and answered questions about his fantasy world. While announcing that the HBO series is currently filming in Spain, Martin offered that "I think ['Game of Thrones' is] probably the best looking show on television". That said, it isn't what he originally intended the lands of Westeros to look like. He made this point by drawing attention to the iconic Iron Throne, and how his version from the books is uglier and bigger than the version 'Game of Thrones' viewers are familiar with. "It was put together by blacksmiths," he explains, "not by craftsmen and furniture manufacturers."
In between seasons of Game of Thrones, George R. R. Martin keeps tensions high with a book teaser that's actually not a teaser at all.
Obsessive Song of Ice and Fire(that'sGame of Thrones to TV people)fans are often very creative and very detail-oriented, it’s no secret. So much so, that some of them have apparently worked out the ending to Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series. One of the more prominent theories is correct, the author said simply. But he’s not about to say which one.
Fans love to rag on George R. R. Martin for his notoriously slow and painstaking writing process.
The actor's unexpected death and his contribution to the show will be respected by the producer.
Following actor JJ Murphy’s death on Monday, his character in Game of Thrones is still in question. The actor had just started filming as Ser Denys Mallister in the HBO series, when he collapsed and died on Friday. Mr. Murphy was 84.
JJ Murphy's role will not be re-cast for season 5.
With his theater background, Murphy was a great choice for the role calm, kind and courteous Ser Mallister. Murphy had been working on the Northern Irish theatre scene since the 1940s and was an active member of Equity, the British actors’ union and had worked for years at Belfast’s Lyric Theatre. Murphy also played a village elder in the upcoming feature Dracula Untold and appeared in the CBBC series The Sparticle Mystery.
George R R Martin - George R. R. Martin author of the books turned hit TV series 'Game of thrones' seen here making an appearance at the Edinburgh International Book Festival - Edinburgh, United Kingdom - Monday 11th August 2014
Irish actor JJ Murphy collapsed and died just four days into filming scenes for season 5 of 'Game of Thrones'.
The Belfast-born actor JJ Murphy, 86, has died just four days into filming scenes for HBO's 'Game of Thrones'. Murphy was to play Ser Denys Mallister, the oldest member of the Night's Watch in the fifth season of the show, however, he collapsed and died on Friday August 8.
According to the Guardian, Murphy's agent Philip Young, Murphy was "absolutely delighted" to be cast "in one of the biggest productions in the world at this stage in his career."
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'Game of Thrones' writer George R.R. Martin has made his attitude towards those questioning whether he will die before he completes the beloved fantasy series. Never one to mince words, 65-year-old Martin tells those who question his health "f**k you".
George R.R. Martin is 65. Let's just repeat that - only 65 years old. And, so it appears, in relatively good health. So if you're worried about Martin departing this mortal coil any time soon, don't be and certainly don't bring it up with Martin as the Game of Thrones writer is tired of hearing about it.
George R.R. Martin at the Game of Thrones season premiere in New York.
Facebook employee Dave Goldblatt donated $20,000 to George R.R. Martin's Prizeo campaign and in return has earned himself a seriously cool prize.
On June 5 A Song of Ice and Fire author/legend George R. R. Martin posted a page on Prizeo asking for people to help him raise money for the Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary and The Food Depot of Santa Fe. He asked for people to make small donations and in return they would be entered into a competition to meet him face-to-face. Not only would the winner get the chance to meet Martin, but they would share a helicopter to the Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary and they would be able to ask him any questions they want about the show!
George R.R. Martin offered those who made donations various different incentives
Donating certain amounts would also reap rewards. For example, if you were to donate $25 you would get a thank you e-card, while a $500 donation would get you a signed map of Westeros. $750 would land you a signed and dedicated Game of Thrones cookbook, while a whopping $7,500 donation would score you a pair of tickets to the Season 5 premiere. The highest donation, the $20,000 “Martyr” donation, offered 2 people the chance to appear in the next novel that the author writes.
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