16 items from 2016
New York, N.Y., July 18, 2016 – Last year’s Emmy® Award winner for Outstanding Drama Series and currently nominated for 23 2016 Emmy® Awards including Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Writing, Outstanding Directing Outstanding Supporting Actress (Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke, Maisie Williams) and Outstanding Supporting Actor (Peter Dinklage, Kit Harrington), Game of Thrones is bigger than ever delivering “the power and pathos fans have come to expect” (Los Angeles Times). The HBO drama has consistently been the top selling TV on DVD/Bd for the past five years and now fans can get the most recent season earlier than ever when Game of Thrones: The Complete Sixth Season debuts from HBO Home Entertainment on Digital HD on August 1, 2016 and on Blu-ray™ with Digital HD and DVD November 15, 2016. The set features all 10 episodes, plus extensive bonus content:
Digital HD Download
Bran’s Journey – A nine-minute feature delving into the shocking and revelatory journey Bran »
- ComicMix Staff
HBO Home Entertainment will bring the “Battle of the Bastards” and much more to home media on August 1st with their Digital HD debut of Game of Thrones Season 6, followed by a November 15th Blu-ray (with Digital HD) and DVD release:
Press Release: Last year’s Emmy® Award winner for Outstanding Drama Series and currently nominated for 23 2016 Emmy® Awards including Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Writing, Outstanding Directing Outstanding Supporting Actress (Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke, Maisie Williams) and Outstanding Supporting Actor (Peter Dinklage, Kit Harrington), Game of Thrones is bigger than ever delivering “the power and pathos fans have come to expect” (Los Angeles Times). The HBO drama has consistently been the top selling TV on DVD/Bd for the past five years and now fans can get the most recent season earlier than ever when Game of Thrones: The Complete Sixth Season debuts from HBO Home Entertainment on Digital »
- Derek Anderson
Last year's Emmy Award winner for Outstanding Drama Series and currently nominated for 23 2016 Emmy Awards including Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Writing, Outstanding Directing Outstanding Supporting Actress (Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke, Maisie Williams) and Outstanding Supporting Actor (Peter Dinklage, Kit Harrington), Game of Thrones is bigger than ever delivering "the power and pathos fans have come to expect" (Los Angeles Times). The HBO drama has consistently been the top selling TV on DVD/Bd for the past five years and now fans can get the most recent season earlier than ever when Game of Thrones: The Complete Sixth Season debuts from HBO Home Entertainment on Digital HD on August 1, 2016 and on Blu-ray™ with Digital HD and DVD November 15, 2016. The set features all 10 episodes, plus extensive bonus content.
The Digital HD Download will include Bran's Journey, a nine-minute feature delving into the shocking and revelatory journey Bran Stark took in Season »
For the second year in a row, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences can laugh at movies’ #OscarsSoWhite problem. Actors of color nabbed 18 of the major 73 acting nominations in the categories of lead and supporting performers in drama, comedy, and limited series. That’s just shy of 25%, and even an improvement over last year’s historic Emmys, where 16 actors of color were among the 75 nominees.
Every category for a lead actor featured a nominee of color: First-time nominee Rami Malek, who is Egyptian-American, broke into the club for lead actor in a drama, which last year was entirely white. Similarly, “black-ish”’s Tracee Ellis Ross broke the color barrier in lead actress for a comedy, which was also an all-white slate last year.
- Sonia Saraiya
Since its inception, Game of Thrones has had deep ties to real-life musicians. Kristian "Hodor" Nairn has a lengthy career as a guitarist and DJ. The Hold Steady's version of the popular-in-Westeros song "The Bear and the Maiden Fair" appears in the Season Four episode "Walk of Punishment." And Alfie Allen, who plays everyone's favorite humbled eunuch Theon Greyjoy, is the brother of pop star Lily Allen.
But the show has gone beyond that, casting actual recording artists as regular cast members or occasional superfan guests for the benefit of eagle-eyed music fans. »
While you've been busy whether Game of Thrones fan-favorite Grey Worm (Daenerys Targaryen's right-hand Unsullied warrior) will finally woo Missandei, he's been busy creating dope beats. Ok, Ok, so it's not Grey Worm himself, but rather the actor who plays him, Jacob Anderson - going by the stage name Raleigh Ritchie, he recently dropped a new album, You're a Man Now, Boy. The British actor-musician has acquired a cult following since signing with Columbia Records in 2013, shortly after joining the Game of Thrones cast, and for good reason. Because of his refreshing mix of soulful lyrics, hip-hop beats, and pop energy, Ritchie's exact genre is hard to pin down, which is something that respected industry folk like Kendrick Lamar (who brought Ritchie on tour) and fans alike can't get enough of. So while you're anxiously awaiting the next highly-anticipated romance on Got, give Raleigh Ritchie's album a listen - »
- Brinton Parker
The truth behind my warriors...#Tbt the time when the boys were missing the rest of the boys. Girls had a camera. »
- Ryan Roschke
The most awkward scene in the most recent episode of Game of Thrones, "No One," involved Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) trying to get killjoys Missandei (Nathalie Emmanuel) and Grey Worm (Jacob Anderson) to loosen up with some wine and laughter.
Looking to escape the boredom of waiting for Dany's return,
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- Tim Surette
Directed by Mark Mylod
With a title like ‘No One’, you’d be forgiven this week’s Game of Thrones might throw quite the focus on Arya Stark (Maisie Williams), a girl who just can’t live up to the episode title, try as she might. I almost wrote an article last week about the theories surrounding just how Arya might get out of being stabbed by The Waif (Faye Marsay), the most appealing being that it wasn’t really Arya at all, but the simplest explanation turns out to be the most accurate in the end – it *was* Arya, she’s doing some serious bleeding, and only her old mate Lady Crane (Essie Davis) can help her out. Some may have questioned the whole point of Arya’s arc in Season Six, and while there’s no question they’ve stretched a five-episode story for Arya out to almost twenty, the point was sold with Crane’s assistance; Arya seeing the mummers show about the recent history of Westeros was the catalyst for Arya truly rejecting the life of a Faceless Man, though in truth the Waif and indeed Jaqen’s (Tom Wlaschiha) actions have proven they’re not quite as ‘nobody’ as they like to make out. The Waif finally gets hers, after turning into a T-Waif000 (props to Simon Columb for the comparison), and it appears Arya’s rebirth as a Lady of Winterfell could well have been Jaqen’s sneaky plan all along.
In any event, a girl is no longer no one, and she’s finally heading back home. The big question now is who she visits when she gets there. Jon? Sansa? Cersei?
One concern among fans of George R.R Martin’s books in the last few seasons has been the stalled progress of Jaime Lannister’s (Nikolai Coster-Waldau) transition from loathsome, handsome bastard, into a genuinely honourable, flawed warrior. The long period he was running around Westeros with Brienne of Tarth (Gwendoline Christie) did a great deal to fashion Jaime into more than just a slicker version of his father Tywin – he lost a hand, lost some faith in his family, and learned a few points of honour from big Brienne. Then he came home, got involved in Lannister politics, had a little holiday with Bronn (Jerome Flynn) in sunny Dorne, and this year has felt landlocked in the Kings Landing troubles – until being sent to Riverrun (Westeros’ version of Coventry), and this episode spends a good deal of time reminding us Jaime is actually a quite conflicted man. It’s been too long since he shot the shit with Brienne, and while being reminded of their touching, sort of in love with each other, sort of respect each other dynamic was terrific, his scenes with Edmure Tully (Tobias Menzies) are the most illuminating; Jaime still has the Lannister steel, still wants to be more than the Kingslayer, but equally he lacks the cruelty of his sister – why else would he let Brienne sail away? It might be the last thing he does for her, and one of the best things in the long run given he sends her packing with some Valyrian steel.
What happens next to the Lannister Lion is the most interesting question. Now he’s sorted out Riverrun for the Freys, he can’t exactly rock back up at Kings Landing given the High Sparrow manipulated Tommen into giving him the bullet, but where else can he go? Who is he? What purpose does he now serve? It could well be choosing violence alongside his sister…
Speaking of, things just keep going from bad to worse for the deposed Queen of the Seven Kingdoms. Last week Cersei (Lena Headey) got her arse handed to her by the cutting savagery (and truth) of the Queen of Thorns, and her sage claims that Cersei has ‘lost’ the game ever more seemed to be confirmed this time around, as Cersei loses her vital ace in the hole. See, she’s not panicked too much at her loss of status, house arrest in the Red Keep, and being face palmed out of the King’s Council because she knew she’d win the ‘trial by combat’ the Faith had promised her, for she has Gregor ‘The Mountain’ Clegane (Hafbor Julius Bjornsson). Not just Clegane, but an undead FrankenMountain who this week gets the baddest kill possibly since he squashed Oberyn Martell’s head in Season Four. Now Tommen (Dean-Charles Chapman), under the brainwashing of the Sparrow, has barred the practice of the trial and taken that away – Cersei will be tried by, y’know, an actual system of justice and stuff. Under those circumstances, she’s fucked and she knows it. No trial made up of Faith prosecutors & jury will acquit Cersei’s treacherous, adulterous, murderous ways; she’ll be hanging from the Sept naked or spending the rest of her life in a dark hole before she knows it.
Or will she? Cersei may not have an ace anymore, but her creepy Maester Qyburn (Anton Lesser) *does* it appears. Could he have remembered the Lannisters still have a metric fuckton of Targaryen made wildfire lurking under Kings Landing? Could Cersei decide that if she’s lost, then they all lose? And crucially, will she need to kill her last living child to escape justice?
From one Clegane to another, and hands up if you’re still dancing the magic dance that Sandor ‘the Hound’ Clegane (Rory McCann) has risen from the dead and is once again cutting people to ribbons. People have gone nuts this last week that we’re racing towards the legendary ‘Cleganebowl’ theory Fucking Confirmed, but while ‘No One’ puts the brakes on the clear way that could happen soon (thanks to Tommen’s decree), the fact the Hound could well be stacking up with Robin Hood—sorry Beric Dondarrion (Richard Dormer) and his merry men, the Brotherhood Without Banners, suggests we may still be on course for a fight so epic it makes Jon Snow vs the Night King look like a playpen fracas. Some wondered if the Brotherhood may have gone native after last week, but it turns out Lem Lemoncloak (Jóhannes Haukur Jóhannesson) and his shower of bastards had simply become what Dondarrion split off to fight against, and the Hound could actually be heading North to help out in the fight against the White Walkers. Let’s face it, he has being slightly undead in common with Dondarrion, who very much has a lot of undead in common with Jon, so North seems like a logical destination – especially now the war in the Riverlands is very much over.
The Hound continues to transform, however, from a cold hearted monster into an exciting anti-hero we can cheer for as he slices the heads of murderers open with his axe. He still has a long way to go, but whichever direction he heads in, one hopes he’ll continue being glorious. Just don’t forget Cleganebowl, guys. That has to happen.
We haven’t seen much of everyone’s favourite Imp lately, and that’s because everything seemed to be coming up roses for our Tyrion (Peter Dinklage), didn’t it? He’d consolidated his position in Meereen as saviours of the city from the slavers, forged an alliance between three cities, smacked down the Sons of the Harpy terrorists, and he’s even getting close to giving Grey Worm (Jacob Anderson) and Missandei (Nathalie Emmanuel) a personality. Like all good things, it couldn’t last forever though, could it? Firstly Varys (Conleith Hill), his old mucker, sees the writing on the wall and undoubtedly cooks up a secret mission to Westeros so he can get the hell out before it all crumbles down – much as he bromances Tyrion a bit, be under no illusion he knew what was coming and now Tyrion must face the consequences of his over-confident actions as a final piece from Martin’s book, A Dance of Dragons, is finally being adapted – the Siege of Meereen. Thankfully he’ll have Daenerys (Emilia Clarke), her dragons and a Dothraki army to help sort things out, as she strides in to save the day, but his attempt at governance very much fell flat on its face. Tyrion will need to lick his wounds and with Dany admit they failed in what they tried to do.
Is this it, then? Is this finally finally finally the point Daenerys decides “fuck this, Meereen isn’t worth it, it’s time to hit up Kings Landing?”. It looks that way. We can assume the Ironborn may well help get her out of the siege & provide the ships her army needs to get across the Narrow Sea too but, at last, Dany & Tyrion may be coming home to roost…
On the whole, ‘No One’ has divided opinion among the fandom. Some have called it out as S6 at its weakest point, and there’s an argument for that – it wrong foots just when you feel you know where some of it may be going, it cheats in a few places like the shameful lack of an on-screen death for the badass Blackfish, and it at times feels like it’s wasting valuable minutes we need to advance a dozen other stories. It may well end up though, retrospectively, one of the better episodes – less about rapid plot, more about important character beats. So let’s give it the benefit of the doubt slightly, and just know the next two… if they don’t blow the roof off, then this man really is no one…
- Tony Black
Book of the Stranger
Directed by Daniel Sackheim
Jon & Sansa
How awesome is it to have a section title with those two names together? A genuinely emotional moment for everyone as Sansa (Sophie Turner) rode into Castle Black and gave a loitering, listless Jon (Kit Harington) what he very much needed – not just a reminder of the past, not just a reminder he’s always been a Stark, but a rallying cry; he doesn’t just have a reason to leave behind a Night’s Watch he has no faith in, he has a reason to keep fighting given he knows Rickon is at Ramsay’s mercy, a reason to oddly enough become what he always wanted to be – more than just a bastard (not that he ever was, but we still haven’t seen R+L=J confirmed. It’s coming, it’s coming… »
- Tony Black
Game of Thrones, "Book of The Stranger," reunites significant characters and clearly sets the path for conflicts to come. The episode harkens back to events of the first season that started the epic battle for Westeros. After the decimation of their family, the loss of Winterfell, and countless personal horrors, the Starks finally have a heartfelt reunion. Sansa (Sophie Turner) arrives at Castle Black and the protection of Jon Snow (Kit Harington). This moment signals a change of fate for the Starks, who can again mount an opposition as a family. We also get an epic resolve to Daenerys in the clutches of the Dothraki horde. The Mother of Dragons strikes back in a big way to show the doubters whose boss.
Directed by Daniel Sackheim
He may have died and been resurrected by Melisandre’s (Carice van Houten) weird magic, but Jon Snow (Kit Harington) still knows nothing. Worryingly he seems to suggest the Gods everyone in Westeros and beyond believe in may well be false given he seemed to see nothing ‘beyond the Wall’ so to speak, certainly not Mel’s God R’hllor. That doesn’t stop her, mind you, planting the seed almost immediately that Jon may be ‘The Prince That Was Promised’, even before he’s properly had a stiff tumbler of mead and Ser Davos Seaworth (Liam Cunningham) has stopped exclaiming in shock all over the place. The big question is whether or not Jon *is* Jon anymore and though Eddison Tollet (Ben Crompton) suggests this in jest, »
- Tony Black
We're just two days away from the third episode of Game of Thrones Season 6, "Oathbeaker", which airs Sunday, May 8 at 9 Pm Et on HBO. While we wait for this highly-anticipated installment of the popular fantasy drama, HBO has released plot details for the fourth and fifth episodes, "Book of the Stranger", airing Sunday, May 15, and "The Door", airing Sunday, May 22. While these synopses don't reveal too much about the story going forward, they still give us a faint idea about what to expect in the magical land of Westeros.
"The Door" synopsis from HBO reveals that Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage) has struck a deal, but it doesn't reveal with whom. After Daenerys fled Meereen at the end of last season, Tyrion was left behind to govern the township with Grey Worm (Jacob Anderson) and Missandei (Nathalie Emmanuel), while Jorah Mormont (Iain Glen) and Daario Naharis (Michiel Huisman) go out searching for Dany. »
Game of Thrones kicks back into high gear after a somewhat lackluster season premiere. "Home" is a hurricane of plot development for season 6, so stop reading this instant if you want to avoid spoilers. Fans everywhere can breathe a sigh of relief. The Great Stark Hope has not shed his mortal coil. Jon Snow is alive and back from the dead as he is resurrected by Melisandre (Carice van Houten) in the closing seconds of the episode. This was widely expected, but producers at HBO dragged it out as long as possible. I'm sure they took some pleasure twisting the knife in the fan base. Home also marks several shifts in leadership amongst the warring families, and the return of a Stark not seen since season four.
The episode begins in the far north beyond the wall. A much grown Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead-Wright) is in a trance with the »
We’ve scoured the episode commentaries from the Game Of Thrones season 5 Blu-ray set - and here are 125 things we found out.
Warning: contains spoilers for Game Of Thrones season 5.
You're busy people. We know this. Much as you'd like to, you may not have time to watch a dozen hours of Game Of Thrones episode commentaries in order to glean the odd fact with which to impress/bore your nearest and dearest.
That's where we come in.
Below are 125 Things We Learned from the Game Of Thrones season five Blu-ray set, packaged for your edification. Number 64 will blow your mind!!! Hang on, no, that one's not actually very interesting. But some of the rest of them are. A bit, anyway. Well, we thought so.
1. The original pilot script described the opening credits as from the perspective of a raven flying over a map from Castle Black to King’s Landing. »
The actor and musician talks about being close to his mum, who was adopted, and how his love of music comes from his dad
My real name is Jacob Anderson, but my singer name is Raleigh Ritchie – a compound of the forenames of my two favourite characters from Wes Anderson’s The Royal Tenenbaums. When I told Dad I’d adopted a new name, I think he was slightly gutted because he’s proud of the family name.
My parents divorced when I was 18 months old. They haven’t always been the best of friends, but they were good at keeping that stuff away from me. Mum and I have always been close. Her adoptive parents died when she was 18 and she doesn’t have any other kids, so I’m her only family. She lives life to the full and I envy her vitality. She has pink hair and »
- Interview by Angela Wintle
16 items from 2016
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