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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 fan theories

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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Battle of the Bastards

During the fifth season of Game of ThronesRepo 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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‘Game of Thrones’ Announces Season 7 Directors

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While fans are still reeling from the season 6 finale, Game of Thrones is locking down plans for season 7. The show has just made its first official reveal about the next run of episodes, setting four directors for next year. They include three returning helmers and one series newcomer.  Read More »

‘Game of Thrones’ Has a Jon Snow Problem

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Forget the Red Wedding or the Battle of Hardhome: Game of Thrones‘ defining moment came in the penultimate episode of season one, when poor Ned lost his head. With the swing of Ilyn Payne’s sword, Game of Thrones declared that it was not like other shows. This wouldn’t be your typical adventure, where heroes are protected by plot armor and villains suffer from bad guy aim and everything ends in happily ever after. All men must die, and in Game of Thrones, any man could.

Which is all well and good, except that those formulas have stuck around for a reason — and as Game of Thrones nears the end, it seems to be having a harder and harder time sticking to that original directive. It’s one thing to kill off Robb Stark in season three, when the show’s epic plot felt like it was still just getting started; it’d be quite another to make us wait six seasons for Daenerys to set sail, only to dump her in Dragon’s Bay before she reached the shores of Westeros. And nowhere is this tension more apparent than in the character of Jon Snow.

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Game of Thrones season 6 finale recap - Sept of Baelor

As they say at the Wall, our watch has ended. Well, at least for the next several months. Game of Thrones concluded its sixth season earlier this week and since then there’s been rampant speculation about what’s coming in season seven. Who’s in power, and who’s on their way down? What does the confirmation of a certain fan theory mean for a certain character, and what other fan theories might come into play next season? How will the new alliances upend the old power structure? And where the hell is Gendry? Has he just been rowing for the past three seasons?

And here’s another question: What do the people who actually make Game of Thrones have to say about what’s coming up next? In a post-finale interview, showrunners D.B. Weiss and David Benioff teased the next big threat to the Seven Kingdoms, and revealed roughly how many hours we’ve got left in Westeros. (MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD for the most recent episode.)  Read More »

game of thrones power ranking

Game of Thrones season six is over, so you know what that means: it’s time to talk about Game of Thrones for the next ten months or so. This most recent season was one for the books, the strongest batch of episodes since season four and a stirring climax for many of the show’s most important characters and storylines. The television adaptation may have outpaced George R.R. Martin‘s novels, but that turned out to be a blessing in disguise. Free from having to strictly adapt the novels, Game of Thrones became leaner and meaner and more satisfying as a weekly television show.

Game of Thrones also killed a bunch of characters. A truly unprecedented number of characters, even for a series famous for killing off its cast. The fat has been trimmed from the ensemble in the most brutal fashion imaginable and the survivors have seen more than one status quo uprooted. And you know what means: it’s time to reassess the main players in this bloody game and see where they stand. It’s time for a power ranking. (SPOILERS ahead, of course.)

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A Cast of Kings S6E10 – The Winds of Winter

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In this episode of “A Cast of Kings,” Joanna and David discuss the tenth episode of the sixth season of Game of Thrones,  “The Winds of Winter.”

Thanks to Adam Wells from the Beyond The Shield podcast for his help in putting this ep together.

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Game of Thrones Season 6 finale recap

Game of Thrones season six is over and it went out with a few bangs (one of them very literal). “The Winds of Winter” is the finest season finale the series has produced so far and a frontrunner for the shortlist of all-time best episodes. Story threads years in the making come to a head, several characters of tremendous importance meet their maker, and revelations that shake up the entire show as we know it are finally unveiled.

There’s a lot to take in here, so let’s just dive in.

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