Last night brought us the season premiere of Game of Thrones season 6 and (dramatic drumroll, please)…it was a fairly typical Game of Thrones season premiere. By now, we all know the pattern: every season of HBO’s flagship series starts slow, assembling the players in their various formations and shifting the landscape, before dropping something big around episode four. And then things escalate and get nuttier and wilder until episode eight or nine, when everything comes tumbling down in the most dramatic fashion possible. And then episode ten lays the groundwork for the next season. I love this show, but let’s face it: you can set your watch to its patterns.
So when I say that the first episode of the new season is just good and not great, I say that as someone who knows that Game of Thrones never shows its hand too early. “The Red Woman” was not about dramatic reveals (although there were one or two) or huge action beats (although there were one or two) and even game-changing character decisions (although there were one or two). It was entirely about maneuvering everyone into place so it can deliver the goods at a later date. Game of Thrones takes its time, but it tends to reward your patience. With that said, let’s dive into this episode and run down the important stuff, shall we?
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Game of Thrones season 6 premieres this Sunday and as far as I’m concerned, it’s the pop culture event of 2016. Sorry, everything else. Westeros and its collection of scoundrels and soldiers and politicians and kings trumps all. But with so much of this new season cloaked in mystery (critics aren’t even being sent screeners this year), I have more desperate, burning questions than ever before. Consider this a preview piece of sorts – here are the queries dancing on the edge of my brain as I count down the hours until the next episode.
Please note that this article expects that you’ve seen up through season five of Game of Thrones and that SPOILERS from every season of the show, and all of the books published so far, lurk below. Also, these questions are divided into three clearly labeled sections: questions for everyone, questions for people who have read the books, and questions for people who like to indulge wacky theories that may have no actual grounding in the narrative. You know you, so you’ll know when to pull back.
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Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2016 by Angie Han
All men must die, but some shows get to look Death straight in the eye and say “not today.” HBO has officially renewed Game of Thrones for season 7, to the surprise of absolutely no one. And while they were at it, the network went ahead and re-upped on Game of Thrones‘ usual Sunday night companions Veep and Silicon Valley as well. Read More »
If you’re a Game of Thrones fan, then you likely know we’re just a few days away from the premiere of the sixth season of the HBO fantasy series based on George R.R. Martin‘s ongoing book series, which he’s having a little trouble finishing. However, if you’re not a hardcore follower of all the death, betrayal, war, sex and incest in the world of Westeros, then maybe you’ll need a refresher of what happened in the fifth season last year.
Thankfully, a new video gives us a Game of Thrones season 5 summary in just six minutes. It hits all the finer points you’ll need to know before this weekend. Watch the Game of Thrones fifth season recap after the jump. Read More »
In today’s edition of Sequel Bits:
- Keanu Reeves is already talking about another John Wick movie.
- Jeff Goldblum explains whether or not he’ll return to the Jurassic Park series.
- The release date of the next Star Trek Beyond trailer is revealed.
- Disney releases a new image from Finding Dory.
- No, there won’t be a Game of Thrones prequel/sequel series.
- Yes, Fear the Walking Dead is getting a third season.
- The Tales From the Crypt reboot gets a full season order.
- The Conjuring 2 debuts a new poster.
- David Ayer is down for an R-rated Suicide Squad sequel.
- Here’s a direct connection between Alien: Covenant and Prometheus.
- Dwayne Johnson welcomes Charlize Theron to Fast 8.
- Michael Bay has begun scouting locations for Transformers 5.
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The sixth season of Game of Thrones is nearly upon us, and it sounds like we should enjoy every single hour that we get since the final two seasons of the show may be much shorter than expected. While we wait, there’s no better time to take a look at the visual effects that bring the fantasy world of Westeros to life.
A show like this wouldn’t have been possible 10 years ago, but advancements in technology and a shift in the popularity of television programming has allowed for bigger budgets and more impressive post-production work. A new Game of Thrones visual effects featurette shows how the crew was able to bring giants, dragons and white walkers to life in the fifth season of the show, not to mention creating many of the settings we see in every episode. Read More »
Posted on Friday, April 15th, 2016 by Angie Han
Even as we look ahead to another thrilling season in Westeros, it may be time to start preparing ourselves for the very end. A new report indicates Game of Thrones could go out with abbreviated seventh and eighth seasons, meaning we may only have 13 episodes left once season 6 wraps up. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, April 14th, 2016 by David Chen
In this episode of “A Cast of Kings,” Joanna and David recap season 5’s finale and discuss their hopes and expectations for season 6. Please help make this podcast possible by supporting our Kickstarter.
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Just when you thought HBO was done preaching to the choir, they went and released another new Game of Thrones season 6 trailer. And it was a good one. A really good one. A trailer so stuffed with tantalizing images that it deserved a frame-by-frame examination. So that’s what I did. Book spoilers, rampant speculation, and theories of both the level-headed and inane follow.
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