Earlier this year, “Battle of the Bastards” blew Game of Thrones fans away. Originally, as director Miguel Sapochnik previously told us, the episode was larger in scale, but nobody would’ve figured that by watching Jon Snow (Kit Harrington), the wildlings, and many more go up against Ramsay Bolton’s (Iwan Rheon) army. Sapochnik, who also directed the season six finale, was present during this year’s Game of Thrones panel at Comic-Con, where he shared a few facts about the battle.
Below, learn more about the epic Game of Thrones sequence.
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Posted on Friday, July 22nd, 2016 by Angie Han
Season 6’s “Battle of the Bastards” was unquestionably one of the most thrilling hours Game of Thrones has ever done, tense and tragic and action-packed, with a dramatic last-minute twist to boot. But it also opened up some questions that still have fans scratching their head — mainly, why Sansa opted to withhold a certain crucial bit of information from a trusted ally.
At the Game of Thrones Comic-Con panel today, actress Sophie Turner finally offered her take on Sansa’s actions — as well as some intriguing speculation about what’s next for the Starks. Major spoilers for the most recent season follow. Read More »
Posted on Monday, July 18th, 2016 by Angie Han
Winter has finally arrived in Westeros, and that means we won’t get to swing by there again until summer. HBO has announced that Game of Thrones season 7 will debut in summer 2017 — not spring, as in years past — and that it’ll consist of seven episodes instead of the usual ten.
Although this is the first official confirmation we’ve had of HBO’s strategy for the next season, the news shouldn’t come as a huge surprise considering showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have been talking up their plans for a while. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, July 13th, 2016 by Angie Han
So you’ve finally decided to cave and see what this Game of Thrones show is about. Unfortunately, if you’re just joining us now, that means you’re behind by a full 60 hours of dragons, ice zombies, and super-intense politicking. Fortunately, Samuel L. Jackson is here to get you up to speed in no time.
The Oscar-nominated actor has a hilarious profanity-laden recap of the fantasy drama which will get you up to speed in under eight minutes. The video focuses mostly on the first five seasons, so you’re more or less on your own with regard to season six. But that’s still a savings of just under 50 hours. Oh, and if you’ve already seen all six seasons of Game of Thrones, that’s okay — you’ll still want to watch this because, well, it’s a Samuel L. Jackson Game of Thrones recap. Read More »
Spoilers for Game of Thrones season 6 immediately follow.
Game of Thrones season finales tend to be packed to the brim with important reveals and exciting business, but “The Winds of Winter” was more stuffed with important details than just about any other episode in the entire series thus far. Among the many, many enormous things that happened, we learned the truth about Jon Snow’s parentage. And while this has been a long-discussed theory amongst book readers for many years, it seems like series author George R.R. Martin quietly hinted at it over a decade ago. You can never accuse this guy of not playing the long game.
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Posted on Wednesday, July 6th, 2016 by Angie Han
For six seasons, the Starks have been warning us: “winter is coming.” In the Game of Thrones season 6 finale, winter finally, officially arrived. That’s bad news for the people of Westeros, because their winters last for years and also because there are a bunch of ice zombies eager to take over the continent. But it turns out the arrival of winter is not so great for us here in the real world, either.
Although HBO has yet to announce an official premiere date for Game of Thrones season 7, showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have revealed that the production schedule is getting delayed so they can actually shoot in cold and gloomy weather. And since Game of Thrones season 7 is starting late, it’ll probably premiere late as well. Read More »
If you are a slightly older actor from the United Kingdom capable of growing a fine beard and wearing a convincing scowl, there is a strong chance you have appeared on HBO’s Game of Thrones at some point. And if you haven’t appeared on Game of Thrones, it may be your fault for turning it down in the early days, before it was a gigantic hit that would put you in front of an audience of millions and millions of rabid fans who obsess over every episode.
Every so often, one of the actors who turned the show down speaks up, offering a glimpse at what could have been. Today, that slightly older actor from the United Kingdom capable of growing a fine beard and wearing a convincing scowl who turned down the show in its infancy is the great Brian Cox.
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In this episode of “A Cast of Kings,” Joanna and David discuss the sixth season of Game of Thrones. Special guest Will Wallace joins us from Teen Wolf. Be sure to follow Will on Twitter.
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Game of Thrones season 6 concluded with a bang last week, killing off a significant portion of the cast and radically shifting the power structure of the entire show. With season seven set to begin filming soon and with George R.R. Martin’s sixth novel nowhere in sight, fans can only do one thing: wait. Oh, and talk. And speculate. And argue about fan theories. We’ve actually reached peak fan theory – my mother-in-law was grilling me about a few of the wackier ones this past week.
So let’s take a moment to look over the main fan theories currently buzzing around the internet following the conclusion of season 6. Some of these are plausible and others are infuriating, but we wouldn’t be Game of Thrones fans unless we were arguing about something.
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During the fifth season of Game of Thrones, Repo Men director Miguel Sapochnik left a huge impression with “Hardhome.” HBO and the key talent involved with the series were clearly impressed enough to invite Sapochnik back to direct two of season six’s biggest episodes, “Battle of the Bastards” and the season finale, “The Winds of Winter.”
As with “Hardhome,” both episodes left fans buzzing. The major set piece in “Battle of the Bastards” is a high mark for the series — a brutal, unrelenting battle that’s pure chaos. The finale doesn’t feature a set piece as large in scope, but its opening sequence and pivotal character moments are just as grand to watch unfold as the battle in “Battle of the Bastards,” which Sapochnik refers to as “BOB.”
We were lucky enough to ask the director a couple of questions via email about the two episodes he directed. It should go without saying, but just in case: SPOILERS are ahead. Below, read our Miguel Sapochnik interview.
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