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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Posted on Monday, March 7th, 2016 by Angie Han
Game of Thrones thrives on big, buzzy plot twists, but some of them are better executed than others. The Red Wedding, for example, was the very best kind of surprise: shocking and devastating at the time, but inevitable in retrospect. Ditto poor Ned’s fate in season one. Jon Snow’s big season 5 cliffhanger, on the other hand? Despite the best efforts of the cast and crew, Kit Harington‘s return might be the worst-kept secret in television.
So Harington isn’t trying to keep it a secret anymore. The actor’s finally gone on the record to reveal he’ll be back for season 5… though he does not seem to have given up lying about why. Read his comments after the jump. (Spoilers ahead for season 5, plus speculation for season 6.) Read More »
Posted on Thursday, December 3rd, 2015 by Jacob Hall
When the fifth season of Game of Thrones concluded with a main character lying dead on the ground, countless fans took to social media to express their disgust, declaring that they would never watch the show again. The very next day, they all started counting down the days until the next season. This is the way of the Game of Thrones fan and they’ve been this way since poor Ned Stark had his head lobbed off back in season one.
The next season of HBO’s flagship series won’t begin airing until next year, so fans have to bundle up and survive the harsh winter if they want to feel the bloody warmth of Westeros again. But HBO knows your pain and from their high castle walls, they have thrown us, the peasants, a bone. Yes, it’s the first trailer for the new season. Praise the Seven!
Watch the first Game of Thrones season 6 teaser after the jump.
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Posted on Monday, November 23rd, 2015 by Angie Han
HBO has dropped the first Game of Thrones Season 6 poster, and it confirms two things we’ve long suspected. One is that the show will return in April, as it usually does. No big surprise there. The other is that a certain someone will be back, in some way, shape, or form. Feast your eyes on the Game of Thrones Season 6 poster after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, September 15th, 2015 by Angie Han
The Game of Thrones fandom has spent much of the off-season debating what really happened to Jon Snow. It hardly matters that the cast and crew have maintained a (mostly) consistent line to the press; even the President of the United States has voiced his skepticism about Snow’s apparent fate.
And Kit Harington’s latest comments won’t do anything to put that speculation to rest. In an interview, the actor let slip a certain detail that seemingly bolstered fan theories about Snow’s future. Read the Kit Harington Jon Snow fate comments after the jump. Read More »
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Posted on Monday, June 22nd, 2015 by Angie Han
Still recovering from that downer of a Game of Thrones finale? Here’s a little something that might cheer you up. HBO has released a new promo for 7 Days of Hell, a 45-minute comedy film starring Andy Samberg and Jon Snow (a.k.a. Kit Harington) as two tennis rivals caught in an epic, record-setting match.
The supporting cast includes actual tennis players like Serena Williams, John McEnroe, and Chris Evert, plus reliably funny actors like Will Forte, Michael Sheen, Mary Steenburgen, Karen Gillan, Fred Armisen, Lena Dunham, and June Squibb as the Queen. Watch the 7 Days in Hell trailer after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Friday, June 5th, 2015 by Angie Han
Jon Snow isn’t exactly known for his lively sense of humor, but actor Kit Harington clearly doesn’t mind getting in touch with his silly side from time to time. Even as Game of Thrones races toward another (we assume) grim finale, HBO has released the first funny promo for Harington’s other HBO project, 7 Days in Hell.
The Christopher Guest-style mockumentary centers on a fictional tennis match that goes down in history as the longest ever. Harington and Andy Samberg play the exhausted rivals. Watch the 7 Days in Hell teaser trailer after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Friday, April 24th, 2015 by Angie Han
Alicia Vikander‘s year got off to a rough start with the long-delayed Seventh Son, before course-correcting with the excellent Ex Machina. But she’s still not done — far from it.
Her next big role is this summer’s Testament of Youth, a World War I romance with fellow up-and-comers Kit Harington (Game of Thrones) and Taron Egerton (Kingsman: The Secret Service). Watch the Testament of Youth US trailer after the jump.
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Posted on Tuesday, April 7th, 2015 by Angie Han
Game of Thrones‘ Jon Snow has plenty of good qualities. He’s clever and strong, loyal and courageous to a fault. And even his less pleasant traits make sense in context. You’d be a wet blanket, too, if all of your loved ones were dead and ice zombies were coming for everyone else.
All in all, his intense personality makes him pretty well suited for his current job as a brother of the Night’s Watch. But as Seth Meyers learns to his chagrin in this hilarious clip from Late Night, it also makes Jon a pretty terrible dinner party guest. Watch the Jon Snow dinner party sketch after the jump.
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