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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For many, the beginning of a New Year brings hope and inspiration to make some improvements and look forward to what the future holds. But author George R.R. Martin made sure that Game of Thrones fans weren’t feeling too good at the start of 2016, because on January 2nd he chose to deliver some bad news to those who have been reading the fantasy books that inspired the HBO TV series. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, September 30th, 2015 by Angie Han
HBO’s made it pretty clear they’d like as much Game of Thrones as possible, and the idea of expanding the franchise with a movie has been floated in the past. So when a tabloid quoted George R.R. Martin confirming a film was in the works, the report tore through the Internet like wildfire through Stannis Baratheon’s fleet.
There’s only one problem: Martin himself has now spoken up to unequivocally deny that report. Read all about the debunked Game of Thrones movie rumor after the jump. Read More »
While many fans probably wish George R.R. Martin was spending every waking minute working on finishing the next Game of Thrones book, the fantasy author took the time to see Ant-Man recently and even wrote a blog post about it.
Martin found Peyton Reed‘s tiny superhero, played by Paul Rudd, to be wholly satisfying, and while he doesn’t think it’s the best superhero flick ever like some of the TV spots are touting, he says it ranks high, maybe only coming in second to Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 2. But despite his praise of the movie, Martin did have some small problems with Ant-Man, and one has to do with the villain. In fact, his issue actually applies to many of Marvel’s villains.
Find out more about this George R.R. Martin’s Marvel villains gripe after the jump! Spoilers for Ant-Man ahead, naturally. Read More »
The big news from author George R.R. Martin this week is the reveal of a new chapter from the next novel in his A Song of Ice and Fire series, The Winds of Winter. That arrives just in time to really get us ready for next week’s Game of Thrones season five premiere, and Martin even says he hopes to have that novel on shelves before the show’s sixth season return in 2016.
But there’s something else: Martin is in the early stages of development on a sci-fi show for HBO called Captain Cosmos (that’s a working title), which sounds like it might be a cross between The Twilight Zone and The X-Files. Read More »
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Posted on Monday, March 23rd, 2015 by Angie Han
For a while now it’s been clear that HBO’s Game of Thrones series could outpace George R.R. Martin‘s A Song of Ice and Fire books. Now showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have finally admitted that it will. In other words, instead of the books spoiling the show, the show will soon start spoiling the books.
It’s an outcome both sides had hoped to avoid, but with Book 6 (The Winds of Winter) nowhere in sight, they’ve run out of options. “The show must go on,” said Benioff. Read more about Game of Thrones spoiling books after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Monday, February 16th, 2015 by Angie Han
Part of the fun of Game of Thrones is that you never really know who’s going to die next. That is, unless you’ve read the books — then you already have a pretty good idea of who’ll survive or perish. But George R.R. Martin warns that won’t be forever.
The author teased that the upcoming season of Game of Thrones will kill off characters who remain alive in the books, calling out the producers for being “even bloodier” than he is. More on the Game of Thrones character deaths after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Monday, November 17th, 2014 by Angie Han
Even if you’re paying close attention, it can be very difficult to keep track of who’s who in Game of Thrones. There are a lot of characters, first of all. Some of them with very similar names. And then there’s the task of sorting out the various relationships between the characters. Who’s married to whom? Who’s that guy’s mom? Are those two siblings or lovers?
Well, fear not. A new Game of Thrones family tree lays out the interconnected lineages of nearly everyone we’ve met in Westeros. It’s a pretty daunting task considering we’ve met dozens in the show, and several dozens more in the A Song of Ice and Fire books. Hit the jump to see the Game of Thrones family tree.
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Posted on Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 by Angie Han
George R.R. Martin‘s apparent willingness to kill off any character at any time means Game of Thrones / ASOIAF is a more difficult storyline to predict than most. But that doesn’t stop fans from making their guesses anyway. Now, one of them has come up with a particularly unusual approach to the Game of Thrones prediction problem.
Richard Vale, a statistics lecturer at New Zealand’s University of Canterbury, has used math to try and figure out which characters will live or die in Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire books. His results should should cheer up some fans and depress others. Hit the jump to see what he found.
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