At this year’s Con of Thrones, I was honored to moderate the “Ghosts of Westoros” panel with my “Cast of Kings” co-host Joanna Robinson. During the panel, we chatted with many of the actors who played beloved characters that met a brutal end on Game of Thrones. While I can’t say who was present, lest I spoil the show for newcomers, I will say that it was a delightful mix of veteran character actors, young-and-upcoming stars, and everything in between.

This was certainly one of the most incredible experiences of my life as a pop culture commentator and I’m so grateful to Con of Thrones for allowing us to share the audio with all of you. Find it below the jump. And suffice it to say, SPOILERS follow in the episode below.
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Kit Harington Game of Thrones Audition

By now everyone knows Kit Harington best as Jon Snow, the bastard son of Eddard Stark, on HBO’s hit fantasy series Game of Thrones. Though that might be the part he ended up landing on the show, it turns out he actually auditioned for many more parts on the series, just to cover his bases.

Jimmy Kimmel Live was fortunate enough to get their hands on Kit Harington’s other auditions thanks to showrunners Dan Weiss and David Benioff reaching back into the archives for these amazing screen tests.

Watch the Kit Harington Game of Thrones audition tape below to see his other tryouts. Read More »

Game of Thrones Animated Prequel - The Morning Watch

(The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.)

In this edition of The Morning Watch, we’ve got a fanmade animated Game of Thrones prequel, a comparison between Spider-Man 2 and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and a video essay about how Edgar Wright plays with film genres in his own movies. Read More »

Game of Thrones season 7 episode titles

HBO has released the episode titles and official synopses for the first three episodes of Game of Thrones season 7, and it sounds like the first part of the season will put a lot of focus on Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke).
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Game of Thrones Final Season

Game of Thrones is all about the brutality of war and the bloodthirstiness of familial rivalries – a gore-soaked fest of violence, rape, incest, and any other carnal human unpleasantry. Which is why Con of Thrones – a 3-day convention celebrating the beloved series – is such a conundrum. Under the canopied domes of Nashville’s Gaylord Opryland Resort, among vacationers in flip flops and rhinestones, was nestled a group of people so lovely, loving, and friendly that their blood-soaked cosplay was of no mind.

I’ve walked my fair share of convention floor spaces, but have never before left one with such a heavy heart. Con of Thrones wasn’t a massive or fully realized singular fan event on the scale of something like Star Wars Celebration, but it was a place where podcasters were a bigger draw than celebrities or where you might use the (gender neutral) restroom after a woman dressed as a statue, then go have a smoke with the actor who plays Syrio Forel. In contrast to the fluorescent halls of bigger cons, the fairytale setting of the Opryland – with its wild fauna and Disney-liked themed buildings – set the tone for an intimate, magical event. Every day felt like wading into the Dornish Water Gardens and drinking wine with friends.

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Game of Thrones KFC Commercial

With Game of Thrones being one of the most popular shows on television, it should come as no surprise that it’s finally being exploited to help sell fast food.

Over the weekend, the Kentucky Fried Chicken fast food chain known just as KFC released a new commercial promoting a special meal deal available in the United Kingdom and Ireland, and they’ve used actor Kristian Nairn, better known as Hodor on Game of Thrones, to help sell it. In fact, they’ve used a key moment for the character from the most recent season of the HBO fantasy series as the inspiration. It’s a bit clever, but it will also remind you of just how sad the scene that inspired it is.

If you haven’t seen the sixth season of Game of Thrones, you likely won’t understand what’s on display here. It doesn’t necessarily spoil anything, but it might be best to wait to save this commercial until after you’ve watched that season. Otherwise, check out the Game of Thrones KFC commercial below. Read More »

Game of Thrones season 7 trailer breakdown 15

According to reports coming out of this past weekend’s Game of Thrones convention Con of Thrones, every episode in the show’s eighth and final season could end up being as long as a movie. The most recent trailer already looks like it could be promoting 2017’s biggest blockbuster film, so it’s not too much of a leap to think about each of the last few episodes being movie-length.
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Game of Thrones Bar

Bar-goers mill about a 3,000-square-foot sprawl of weirwood trees, Westerosi sigil banners, and a looming sculpture of a dragon’s head. Some take pictures by the impressive replica Iron Throne while a few others excitedly point at a wall imitating the Hall of Faces, their own likeness used to create the eerie white plaster masks. Every few minutes, the bar is shocked out of its giddy reverie by the staff members — some clad in armor or Dothraki garb — ringing a bell and shouting “Shame!”

Westeros has come to Washington.

A Game of Thrones pop-up bar opened Wednesday in the Shaw neighborhood of Washington, D.C., taking over three interconnected bars — Mockingbird Hill, Southern Efficiency, and Eat the Rich — and turning them into five settings from the rich world of George R.R. Martin’s A Song and Ice and Fire epic fantasy series.

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Game of Thrones season 7 trailer breakdown

If you haven’t watched the latest trailer for Game of Thrones season 7 yet, put a pin in whatever you’re doing and check it out – but, fair warning, there’s a chance you might unconsciously pump your fist in celebration, so make sure you’re in a place where you won’t injure anyone in the process. I’m comfortable declaring this as the best trailer in the show’s history so far, and a trailer with this much going on deserves a closer look. Let’s dive in and go frame-by-frame through this glorious piece of work. The battle for Westeros has begun.
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Game of Thrones season 7 trailer

HBO has released a brand new trailer for their mega-hit fantasy series Game of Thrones, and the network has officially outdone themselves this time. The show no longer looks like a TV show: it’s clearly moved into the huge budget blockbuster territory. I’ve grown numb to people claiming that things are “epic” over the past few years, but there truly is no other word that does this trailer justice. Winter is definitely here.
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