A Cast of Kings S5E01 – The Wars to Come

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In this episode of “A Cast of Kings,” Joanna and David discuss the season premiere of Game of Thrones, “The Wars to Come.” Thanks to our sponsor for this episode, Hover. Go to hover.com/kingbeyond to get 10% off your first purchase!

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Game of Thrones Season 5 header

We helped you brush up on your recent Westerosi history with our general recap of Season 4. Now it’s time to consider where Game of Thrones is headed in Season 5. Season 4 ended with some major shakeups to the status quo, and knowing this show things will only continue to spin out of control for the next ten episodes.

Which means, really, that trying to predict this show is a fool’s errand. Author George R.R. Martin and showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss delight in pulling the rug out from under our feet, and we love them for it. But we are masochists, and so we’ve pieced together a few ideas about where we might be going next — including a power ranking of the major players going into the next season.

Click through for our Game of Thrones Season 5 predictions and power rankings.

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Game of Thrones Season 4 - Arya (Maisie Williams)

Even by the standards of serialized prestige drama, Game of Thrones can be damn hard to keep track of. There are literally dozens of characters, spread over an entire continent’s worth of locations, and in any given episode you’ll find them setting up plans and falling into traps, forming new bonds and breaking old ones.

Nor does it help matters that there are about ten months between seasons, giving fans plenty of time to forget the finer details of this sick, sad world. Sure, you could brush up on your Westerosi history by revisiting the entire fourth season on Blu-ray — but at around 10 hours, that’s a pretty daunting proposition.

That’s where we come in. We’ve got everything you need to remember about where all your favorite characters left off in Season 4, whether it’s Bran Stark in the chilly North or Daenerys Targaryen in the temperate South. Hit the jump for your Game of Thrones Season 4 catchup. Read More »

Jon Snow dinner party

Game of ThronesJon Snow has plenty of good qualities. He’s clever and strong, loyal and courageous to a fault. And even his less pleasant traits make sense in context. You’d be a wet blanket, too, if all of your loved ones were dead and ice zombies were coming for everyone else.

All in all, his intense personality makes him pretty well suited for his current job as a brother of the Night’s Watch. But as Seth Meyers learns to his chagrin in this hilarious clip from Late Night, it also makes Jon a pretty terrible dinner party guest. Watch the Jon Snow dinner party sketch after the jump.

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Game of Thrones Sesame Street parody

At this point, there’s still no telling who’ll wind up in control of Westeros at the end of HBO’s Game of Thrones. But it takes just five minutes to find out who’ll rule over Jesteros, the Sesame Street equivalent.

In an adorable skit, Ned and “Grover Bluejoy” preside over the “Game of Chairs” to decide on the kingdom’s next king or queen. It doesn’t go quite as planned — but then again, neither did the plans for succession on the real Game of Thrones. Watch the Game of Thrones Sesame Street parody after the jump.  Read More »

Maisie Williams as Arya Stark in Game of Thrones Season 5 (header)

For a while now it’s been clear that HBO’s Game of Thrones series could outpace George R.R. Martin‘s A Song of Ice and Fire books. Now showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have finally admitted that it will. In other words, instead of the books spoiling the show, the show will soon start spoiling the books.

It’s an outcome both sides had hoped to avoid, but with Book 6 (The Winds of Winter) nowhere in sight, they’ve run out of options. “The show must go on,” said Benioff. Read more about Game of Thrones spoiling books after the jump.  Read More »

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Game of Thrones S5 images

The fifth season of Game of Thrones kicks off soon, with HBO having an April 12 premiere date for the first episode. With less than a month to go until the season opens, the network is dropping more promo items, with the main initiative today being a whole batch of new Game of Thrones S5 images. These highlight some new characters, and one returning character who is played by a new actor.

There’s also a clip featuring Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister and Conleth Hill as Lord Varys, and a little convo between Varys and Tyrion is always welcome. Check all the new Game of Thrones materials below. Read More »

Game of Thrones Season 5 - Cersei Lannister and Meryn Trant

While it’s not quite accurate to say we’re nearing the end of Game of Thrones, it may be true that we have more episodes behind us than ahead of us. George R.R. Martin’s fantasy saga has a definitive ending, even if he hasn’t written it down yet, and showrunners David Benioff and David Weiss have previously said they want to wrap up after “seven or eight” seasons.

But of course HBO isn’t going to give up its most popular show so easily. Programming president Michael Lombardo admits he’d “love” the show to run for longer, and wants to explore “all possible avenues” to make it happen. All possible avenues, that is, except a Game of Thrones movie. Find out why after the jump.  Read More »

Game of Thrones Season 5 trailer

We knew that great Game of Thrones poster featuring Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) staring up at one of Daenerys’ dragons was just a preface to seeing the real scene in action, and the incredible new Game of Thrones season 5 trailer does not disappoint.

In addition to giving us the moving version of that poster, there’s all sorts of great new footage here, including (but hardly limited to) the “breaking the wheel” monologue from Daenerys, in which she promises doom for the cycle of family violence that has defined politics in Westeros, and more footage of Jonathan Pryce’s character the High Sparrow. I was already excited for this new season of the show, but this footage is kicking that interest into overdrive. Read More »