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The third episode of this fifth season of "Game of Thrones" has one standout sequence, which is to say I could watch Margaery (Natalie Dormer) and Cersei (Lena Headey) trade barbs and "pleasantries" for an entire episode. In fact, I've watched the sequence multiple times - starting from Cersei being transported to the sept for the wedding as the crowd calls for Margaery, all the way through Cersei offering to help Margaery with anything she needs. ? Cersei is fast becoming my favorite part of this season. A concerted effort has been made to bring the queen mother to the forefront. Between opening the season with the show's first ever flashback to watching her attempt to consolidate power in the wake of her father's death, Cersei is the most active character so far this season. ? Cersei's prophecy hangs over her actions like a heavy shroud. As her status quo continues to »
- Michael Hindle
Game of Thrones High Sparrow Trailer. HBO’s Game of Thrones: Season 5, Episode: High Sparrow TV Show Trailer stars Sophie Turner, Aiden Gillen, Kit Harington, Lena Headey, Maisie Williams, Stephen Dillane, Jonathan Pryce and Thomas Wlaschiha. The latest Game of Thrones trailer begins with Littlefinger (Aiden Gillen) asking Sansa (Sophie Turner) to seek vengeance for her family. [...]
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- Victor Stiff
The hit HBO series Game of Thrones continued its Season 5 run last night with "The House of Black and White" (clickHere for our full recap). Patrons of a Brooklyn bar called Videology didn't get to watch the episode there last night, after the establishment was sent a cease and desist letter from HBO, asking them to stop its weekly viewing parties. Here's what an HBO representative had to say in a statement to the New York Daily News.
"As a pay subscription service, HBO should not be made available in public establishments. When it does happen, it is of particular concern when there is an attempt to profit off the programming. We have taken such actions for well over a decade."
Wendy Chamberlain, co-owner of the bar, said Videology is a paid HBO subscriber, and that they screened every Season 4 episode last year without incident. There are also several other »
Safe House: ITV, 9pm
New drama starring Christopher Eccleston as a former police officer haunted by a series of events that led to the deaths of witnesses under his protection.
When Robert (Eccleston) moves to the Lake District with his wife to open a guest house, he is given an opportunity to redeem himself by safeguarding a family under threat.
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Barry (Gentile) wants to »
After four full seasons, Game of Thrones fans have learned to expect the unexpected on a show where you never know which character will meet his or her demise. Possibly the most unexpected part of last week's Season 5 premiere, "The Wars to Come" (clickHere to read my full review) is that it was a bit more underwhelming than we're used to, although it was still a damn fine premiere. I have a sneaking suspicion that this week's episode, "The House of Black and White", may have originally been envisioned and written as the Season 5 premiere, and it may have been moved to this season's second episode perhaps to temper rabid fan expectations. If that is the case, it certainly worked, since the premiere made us drop our guard, so to speak, only to be thrilled and blown away by this phenomenal second episode. Of course, there will be plenty of »
After a scene-setting season five premiere which reestablished many of Westeros’ major players, the second installment allowed us to catch up with a character whose absence was keenly felt in last week’s return — Arya Stark (Maisie Williams), who was last seen asking a Braavosi captain to take her across the Narrow Sea to the free city, using a coin given to her by the Faceless Man Jaqen H’ghar (Tom Wlaschiha) back in season two.
As the second episode opened, Arya reached Braavos and visited The House of Black and White, the headquarters of the Faceless Men — but upon presenting her coin to the old man at the door and asking for Jaqen, she was turned away, with the assurance that there was no man by that name inside. »
- Laura Prudom
There's certainly no danger of this HBO series being cancelled. Game of Thrones has already been renewed through season six and it's the cable channel's most popular series. Last season's ratings were up by about 40%. Will the numbers continue to soar or will they slip? Stay tuned.
Based on the best-selling fantasy book series by George R.R. Martin, Thrones is an epic story of treachery and nobility in a savage world -- a place where summers and winters can last for years and the lust for power is eternal.
The large cast includes Peter Dinklage, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke, Kit Harington, Aidan Gillen, Natalie Dormer, Stephen Dillane, Liam Cunningham, Carice van Houten, Indira Varma, Alfie Allen, John Bradley-West, Sophie Turner, Maisie Williams, Kristofer Hivju, Hannah Murray, Conleth Hill, Gwendoline Christie, Jerome Flynn, Michiel Huisman, Nathalie Emmanuel, Dean-Charles Chapman, Tom Wlaschiha, Iwan »
Season five opens on a flashback, the first one ever in Game of Thrones. These opening prologues have prized place in George R. R. Martin’s books, either introducing new characters or telling self-contained stories that become significant later on. They help ease you back into his gory, kinky world.
The flashback is Cersei’s (Lena Headey), who will become an even more central character in season five (the fourth book, on which her storyline in this series is based, is the first one with chapters written from her perspective). It shows a witch telling a young Cersei her future, that “another queen, younger and more beautiful” would replace her. Which explains all the Margaery Tyrell (Natalie Dormer) hate.
In the present day, »
- Oli Davis
Following last night's Season 5 premiere, "The Wars to Come", HBO has released a trailer for next week's all-new episode of Game of Thrones titled "The House of Black and White". The footage reveals that Arya Stark (Maisie Williams), who left Westeros and set sail for Braavos on the other side of the Narrow Sea, finally makes it to her destination. Arya has been searching for Jaquen H'gar, and it seems she may be finally reunited with him in this episode.
The trailer also teases that Cersei (Lena Headey) will burn cities to the ground if 'they' touch her daughter. The Lannisters have received an ominous message from, most likely, the Martell's, who appear to be threatening the life of Cersei's daughter Myrcella, who has been shipped off to marry a prince in Dorne. Their arrangement has some new complications, though it isn't confirmed that it is in fact the Martell's »
The weather may be warming up, but in Westeros, winter is definitely upon us as the fantasy drama phenomenon returns for its fifth season.
Jon Snow (Kit Harington) becomes an intermediary between King of the Wildlings Mance Rayder (Ciaran Hinds) and claimant-to-the-throne Stannis Baratheon (Stephen Dillane). Meanwhile Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) adjusts to his new surroundings and Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) grapples with power.
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(Spoiler alert: Do not read on if you have not yet seen the Season 5 premiere of HBO’s “Game of Thrones” entitled “The Wars to Come.”) As episodes of HBO’s “Game of Thrones” go, Sunday night’s premiere was pretty tame. Sure, it contained plenty of the show’s trademark sex, nudity, violence and even the death of a king, but it wasn’t the “Red Wedding,” the beheading of Ned Stark or the poisoning of Joffrey Baratheon. The death was the result of a political move by Stannis Baratheon (Stephen Dillane). In need of an army to secure »
- Jason Hughes
Spoilershbo’s “Game of Thrones” returned for a fifth season Sunday night, and promptly prepared Tywin Lannister for burial and dispatched alpha Wildling leader Mance Rayder (Ciaran Hinds) at The Wall … thanks to Stannis Baratheon (Stephen Dillane) and his lover/adviser Melisandre (Carice van Houten), the red witch. They condemn an uncooperative Mance to burn alive for a salivating crowd. Jon Snow (Kit Harington) ended Mance’s suffering by a precise arrow and angers Baratheon, who wants Roose Bolton’s (Michael McElhatton) head on a stick. Game of Thrones’ season premieres, this episode — titled “The Wars to Come” — is a largely […] »
- April Neale
Sneak Peek more new footage from "Game Of Thrones" Season 5 adapting the books "A Feast for Crows" and "A Dance with Dragons", the fourth and fifth novels in author George R. R. Martin's "A Song of Ice and Fire" series:
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Game Of Thrones: Season 5"...
- Michael Stevens
“Game of Thrones” took a major detour from George R. R. Martin’s books in the season five premiere, killing Wildling leader Mance Rayder (Ciaran Hinds), despite the fact that he’s still alive (in disguise) in Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” novels. Elsewhere in the busy hour, Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) safely arrived in Essos with Varys (Conleth Hill), and is now on his way to meet Daenerys (Emilia Clarke), who is still dealing with political complications in Meereen, with a murderous force known as the Sons of the Harpy brutally attacking her Unsullied warriors.
- Laura Prudom
Season premieres of "Game of Thrones" have the unenviable task of catching the audience up on all of the multitudinous characters and sprawling storylines. The best starts have had scripts with a uniting theme or literary device that could tie everything together. The first episode of season two, "The North Remembers", is a standout, using the red comet to act as a point of reference for all of the characters even as they spread out further and further geographically. Season five opens with "The Wars to Come" and with it comes a great theme. Early on, Cersei (Lena Headey) remarks that actions have consequences, usually unintended. This is a theme that comes up again and again as we check in with each main character. This is the perfect theme to explore after the dramatic shift in power and plot at the end of season four. Lannister: Lena Headey and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau »
- Michael Hindle
[Warning: Spoilers ahead for Sunday's episode of Game of Thrones, "The Wars to Come."] The game is afoot. Game of Thrones' season premiere put events in motion that has big implications for the rest of the year — and likely the rest of the series. Here are biggest moves from Sunday's episode: Jon Snow disrespects Stannis. Jon (Kit Harington) gives Mance Rayder (Ciaran Hinds) a merciful death by shooting him with an arrow rather than letting him burn. It's an incredibly risky move, because it's a public act of defiance against King Stannis (Stephen Dillane), who does not take
- Aaron Couch
Recently, HBO released the new promo/spoiler clip (below) for their upcoming "Game Of Thrones" episode 2 of season 5, and it gives us new looks at some very dramatic and interesting stuff as Arya arrives at the House Of Black and White. Cersei gets extremely worked up and angry as hell, and more! The episode is labeled, "The House of Black and White.” In the new, 2nd episode official description: "Arya (Maisie Williams) is going to arrive in Braavos. Pod (Daniel Portman) and Brienne (Gwendoline Christie) will run into trouble on the road. Cersei is going to fear for her daughter’s safety in Dorne as Ellaria Sand (Indira Varma) seeks revenge for Oberyn’s death. Stannis (Stephen Dillane) will tempt Jon. An advisor will tempt Daenerys." Episode 2 is scheduled to air on Sunday night, April 19th at 9pm eastern time on HBO. »
- Andre Braddox
Recently, HBO released the new, official synopsis/spoilers for their upcoming "Game Of Thrones" episode 2 of season 5. The episode is entitled, "The House of Black and White,” and it turns out that we're going to see some very intense and interesting stuff go down as Cersei shows great fear for the safety of her daughter. Extreme danger will befall Pod and Brienne while out on the road, and more! In the new, 2nd episode press release: "Arya (Maisie Williams) will arrive in Braavos. Pod (Daniel Portman) and Brienne (Gwendoline Christie) are going to run into trouble on the road. Cersei will fear for her daughter’s safety in Dorne as Ellaria Sand (Indira Varma) seeks revenge for Oberyn’s death. Stannis (Stephen Dillane) is going to tempt Jon. An advisor will tempt Daenerys." The episode was written by David Benioff & D. B. Weiss, and it was directed by Michael Slovis. »
- Andre Braddox
Game of Thrones Season 5 begins this Sunday 12th April for those in the States, and in the UK the night after. We’ve come a long way since first meeting the Starks (survival rate: 5 out of 8) all the way back in Winterfell, a place now reduced to embers in the shows Sim City opening credits. New characters have been introduced. Those new characters have gone onto die. A lot’s happened.
With multiple main storylines, many interweaving subplots and each character going by at least four different names, the show can be difficult to follow at times, especially after a nine month break after Season 4 first aired last year. Here’s a character-by-character summary of the main players.
We begin with those unlucky Starks:
- Oli Davis
The greatest strength of "Game of Thrones" has always on some level been the HBO fantasy's greatest weakness. Adapting the "A Song of Ice and Fire" novels by George R.R. Martin, producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have an entire world to play with, filled with rich and memorable characters in all manner of climate and circumstance. It's a storytelling embarrassment of riches, but the sheer number of characters and plotlines, and the great physical distance that separates them, at times makes the series feel like a collection of barely-connected vignettes, or like a guided tour of two continents, stopping in each port of call just long enough to glimpse what the locals are angry about this week. The end of the fourth season seemed to compound this problem by sending three of the show's most compelling regulars — clever imp Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage), fugitive tomboy Arya Stark (Maisie Williams »
- Alan Sepinwall
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