The Game Revealed

HBO has been good about releasing cool behind-the-scenes videos after major episodes of Game of Thrones, but this morning, they announced a new project that takes that to a whole new level. The Game Revealed is a new post-season behind-the-scenes series for HBO subscribers that dives into the making of each episode, and the first entry is available to watch for free on YouTube right now.

Plus, there are whispers of a new Game of Thrones video game, and if they’re true, this could end up being the best Thrones game yet.
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Game of Thrones Season Finale Review

(In our coverage of Game of Thrones season 7, we’ll be examining each episode with one simple question in mind – which character is winning the game of thrones this week?)

And like that, Game of Thrones season 7 has come to an end. Who has survived? What’s left of them? Where do they go from here? And, most importantly, who’s “winning” the game of thrones? All very important questions. Let’s dive in.

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Winds of Winter Release Date

Update: You know it’s easy to get your wires crossed when you read things on the internet? Well, it happens to the best of us. Anyway, it turns out that George R.R. Martin does watch Game of Thrones – he’s just behind on the current season.

Our original story, which also includes a nutty conspiracy theory that you should read about anyway, continues below.

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Now that Game of Thrones has sped long past where A Song of Ice and Fire author George R.R. Martin last left us with A Dance With Dragons, Martin has admitted that he no longer watches the show. Or, at least, the seventh season.

It’s not out of spite for the show making different choices with his characters than he — though Martin has long held a grudge against fan fiction of his work — but because he simply doesn’t have time. Martin is chipping away at his thousand-page sixth novel in the Song of Ice and Fire series, and it’s taking all of his Sunday nights to get it done. Although there’s an interesting conspiracy floating around that Martin may or may not be already done with The Winds of Winter.

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hbo hack timeline

Update August 25: The hackers released a data dump that they claim contains details of the end of the Game of Thrones season 7 finale. The Mr. Smith group also claimed to have sold all the data stolen from HBO, which they claim amounts to 5 terabytes, to three customers on the dark web.

Update August 21: HBO’s hackers threatened to release the finale of Game of Thrones Season 7 “as soon as possible.”

More will be included below.

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Since HBO’s security was breached at the beginning of August, the cable network has been plagued by leaks (some through their own mishaps) and hacks from all sides.

In the two weeks since the massive HBO hack, which resulted in the theft of 1.5 terabytes of data, the company has seen Game of Thrones scripts leak online, episodes of Ballers and Room 104 make their way to the web prematurely, and recently, a breach of HBO’s social media accounts, including ones for their individual shows. To keep up with ongoing saga of the hack and the network’s other recent misfortunes — which will surely continue as long as Game of Thrones has unaired episodes — we’ve compiled an HBO hack timeline and will continue to update accordingly.

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Finding Dory - 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, despite Pixar’s track record, a video essay explores how they think Finding Dory went wrong. Plus, check out a slew of Easter eggs and comic book references you might have missed in The Defenders, and watch Sansa and Arya Stark (Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams) from Game of Thrones in their own Carpool Karaoke segment from the Apple original series. Read More »

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Game of Thrones season 7 finale images

It feels like HBO’s Game of Thrones is just getting revved up again, but this year’s shorter season of only seven episodes means that we’re already only a few days away from the season finale, which airs this Sunday night. The premium network has released a batch of Game of Thrones season 7 finale images, so let’s take a closer look and see what they might tell us about what to expect in the 80-minute episode, the longest of the series thus far.
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sansa and arya plan

Game of Thrones season 7 spoilers begin immediately.

The conversation surrounding “Beyond the Wall,” the penultimate episode of Game of Thrones season 7, has generally revolved around that big final battle. I found Jon Snow and his ragtag band’s stand against the Night King’s forces to be as entertaining as it was frustrating. Others thought it shattered the show’s internal logic beyond repair. Since Sunday, we’ve talked about how far ravens can fly, how fast bastard blacksmiths can run, and just how long our heroes hung out on that rock before Daenerys flew to the rescue.

What we haven’t talked about as much are those scenes between Sansa Stark and Arya Stark back at Winterfell. Scenes that I’m now convinced that we all misunderstood. By design. Much like how Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish has been seemingly playing the Stark sisters, I think Game of Thrones has been playing us, hiding some crafty maneuvering in the middle of an episode otherwise focused on spectacle.

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Morning Watch - Michael Bolton's Game of Thrones Theme

(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, listen to Michael Bolton‘s theme song for Game of Thrones, as if the series were a cheesy drama from the early 1990s. Plus, a video essay for Christopher Nolan‘s Memento takes a closer look at telling a story in reverse and Futurama voice star Billy West reenacts a scene from Back to the Future as Fry and Professor Farnsworth.

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game of thrones timeline

Either Westeros shrank in the past season, or there’s something funny going on with the Game of Thrones timeline. And “Beyond the Wall” director Alan Taylor admits as much.

The sixth episode of season 7 of Game of Thrones featured some implausible travel by foot and by raven, in which Gendry runs to Eastwatch from Jon Snow’s little suicide squad battling White Walkers beyond the Wall, and is able to send a raven to Daenerys in Dragonstone on the other side of the country in less than a day.

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game of thrones season 7 episode lengths

Update: HBO has released the official running time and title for the Game of Thrones season 7 finale, which will be as long as a feature film. You can find the new information below.

By now, it’s common knowledge that the seventh season of Game of Thrones will be a fair bit shorter than the previous six seasons, running only seven episodes instead of ten. But now, we know the silver lining. There may be fewer episodes in total, but several of those episodes will be longer than any previous chapter of HBO’s fantasy series.

However, the season will also contain the shortest episode to date.

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