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In today’s edition of TV Bits:

  • Entertainment Weekly celebrates the women of Game of Thrones.
  • Go behind the scenes of Fear the Walking Dead.
  • A new The Walking Dead teaser reveals Jeffrey Dean Morgan‘s Negan.
  • American Gods casts three new cast members.

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game of thrones season 6 images

Game of Thrones season 6 is officially less than a month away and you don’t need the show’s creators telling you that this is the best season yet to get excited. The promise of more Game of Thrones should be enough all by itself. And while fans are excited to watch that gigantic battle sequence and collect their winnings after betting that Jon Snow would come back from the dead, a batch of new images remind us what’s really important: the show’s sprawling cast and characters we love. And their hopeless, completely screwed-up lives.

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game of thrones season 6 spoilers

It’s a weird time to be a Game of Thrones fan. As author George R.R. Martin struggles to finish The Winds of Winter, the sixth book in his A Song of Ice and Fire series, the HBO series based on his work has flown past where he left off. The tides have turned: book readers who used to lord their advance knowledge of certain events over show watchers now have to watch in horror as the show spoils future books for them.

Or maybe not. Now, showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss say that spoiler-phobic book fans should be perfectly fine checking out the new season. It won’t spoil nearly as much as everyone suspects.

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game of thrones season 6 featurette

Game of Thrones has no shortage of monsters. Some of those monsters are human beings, scoundrels and killers and torturers, who just need a great actor to bring them to life. Others, like the zombies and those mysterious ice demons, require a little more practical elbow grease.

A new featurette has arrived, showing off the ever-popular show’s prosthetic department and offering a cool glimpse at just how much time, energy, and effort goes into making a single White Walker. And since there seem to be more and more of these guys every season, that’s a lot of time, energy, and effort.

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game of thrones season 6 battle

Think back to the first season of Game of Thrones, when a handful of combatants fighting on a mountain pass was a big action scene and Tyrion Lannister was knocked unconscious just so the show could avoid showing a giant battle it couldn’t afford to film. How things have changed for HBO‘s flagship series, which has grow increasingly epic and ambitious with each passing season. It seemingly peaked last year, when Jon Snow led a desperate army of men and women against a larger army of zombies.

But according to producers of the show, we haven’t seen anything yet. In fact, they’re promising an even bigger battle and the best season of the show yet.

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game of thrones season 6 trailer breakdown

Yesterday, the trailer for Game of Thrones season 6 arrived. And you know what that means for today: we’re going to take a deep dive into this thing, explore every nook and cranny, and see what secrets we can find. And trust me. this preview is chock-full of goodness. You just have to go frame by frame to see it all.

Before you proceed, know that this post contains SPOILERS from past seasons, spoilers from George R.R. Martin‘s books, a few potentially spoiler-y fan theories, and some some wacky speculation that could very well turn out to be spoilers. So proceed with caution.

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game of thrones season 6 trailer

After months of taunting us with images and posters and vague teasers that don’t feature any actual footage from the show, HBO has finally released a full and proper Game of Thrones season 6 trailer. And it has everything you’d hope for: violence and battles and sex and dragons and mythical ice monsters and skinned men being burnt before giant crowds and shots of Jorah Mormont looking very sad and shots of Tyrion Lannister looking very despondent and, you know, everything else.

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Game of Thrones Season 6 poster header

Game of Thrones thrives on big, buzzy plot twists, but some of them are better executed than others. The Red Wedding, for example, was the very best kind of surprise: shocking and devastating at the time, but inevitable in retrospect. Ditto poor Ned’s fate in season one. Jon Snow’s big season 5 cliffhanger, on the other hand? Despite the best efforts of the cast and crew, Kit Harington‘s return might be the worst-kept secret in television.

So Harington isn’t trying to keep it a secret anymore. The actor’s finally gone on the record to reveal he’ll be back for season 5… though he does not seem to have given up lying about why. Read his comments after the jump. (Spoilers ahead for season 5, plus speculation for season 6.) Read More »

game of thrones season 5 deleted scene

When you’re adapting a series as large in scope and detail as George R.R. Martin‘s A Song of Ice and Fire, you have to be very picky about choosing what makes it to the screen and what gets cut. And then you have to find a way to contort the most vital information into hour-long chunks suitable for a television time slot. In other words, stuff gets left on the floor with every step, with only the absolute necessary pieces making it across the finishing line.

But hey, that’s why they invented deleted scenes, right? Game of Thrones season 5 arrives on Blu-ray and DVD later this month and, as usual, the package will be loaded with special features. One of those features, a deleted scene from the season’s fifth episode, “Kill the Boy,” has made its way online for your viewing enjoyment.

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