Game of Thrones Comic-Con

Even though Warner Bros. and DC Films will be sitting out San Diego Comic-Con this year for the first time in several years, that doesn’t mean that every single WarnerMedia property is staying away from Hall H. A new report says that in the wake of its final season finale, HBO’s Game of Thrones will return to the convention center for the first time in two years. But will the panelists encounter cheering fans, or an angry mob who was pissed off about the final season? Read More »

halo tv series

The Halo TV series has been long in the making, with the video game’s developer 343 Industries working with Showtime to bring the project to life for nearly 5 years now. But maybe Halo has just been waiting for a Game of Thrones-sized hole to be vacated. According to the 343 Industries transmedia chief, the Halo TV series could be the heir to the HBO fantasy series — except without the incest.

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Game of Thrones ending Bran

While the actions of Daenerys Targaryen in the final season of Game of Thrones divided the fandom over whether or not enough story track was laid in the show to justify her decisions, there was a much greater sense of unity over the seemingly-out-of-nowhere conclusion for Bran Stark in the series finale.

In a new interview, Isaac Hempstead-Wright, who played Bran on the HBO show, explained that his character’s surprising ending was part of A Song of Ice and Fire author George R.R. Martin‘s original plan all along. Read More »

Game of Thrones prequel

It’s been two weeks since Game of Thrones aired its series finale, not nearly enough time for even the most hardcore fans to go back and revisit the whole series to see how well it squares with the ending we got. Since a recent foot injury left me less mobile than usual, I, for one, found myself in the grips of an unquenchable need to process this pop culture event, while being physically unable to just “walk it off” like a normal person would. I had all this extra binge-watching time, a deeply renewed interest in the world of Westeros, and yet no new episodes (or, let’s face it, novels) on the immediate horizon.

So of course, I did the only rational thing and promptly started revisiting old episodes, binge-rewatching Game of Thrones until I literally made myself queasy with entertainment consumption. Someone needs to invent a term for that sort of sickness. The binge-watch bends?

As unhealthy as it was, I came out the other side of my marathon viewing with a greater appreciation for the full trajectory of the show’s characters. One of the narratives that has built up as part of the backlash against Game of Thrones is that it started betraying its characters toward the end, sacrificing logic and good character-based storytelling in favor of planned endings. When you’ve been watching the show from week to week over a span of eight years, it’s easy to forget some of the smaller moments as your memory clings to its impression of the characters over time. The question is, who were they, really, and did the show do an effective enough job of communicating that?

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A Cast of Kings – Series Retrospective

David Chen and Joanna Robinson reflect on this epic, touching, improbable, and divisive series that is Game of Thrones, plus this podcast that they have made to accompany it. Thank you for listening.

Listen and subscribe to David’s new podcast –  Culturally Relevant – where he talks with authors, filmmakers, and other culturally relevant figures. You can also listen to his other podcasts Slashfilmcast and Write Along . 

Listen to Joanna’s other podcasts Storm of Spoilers (currently discussing Lost), Still Watching (currently discussing Big Little Lies) , and Vanity Fair’s Little Gold Men

Music in this episode comes from Jenny Owen Youngs. To download more of her original Game of Thrones songs, go to Buffering the Vampire Slayer.

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Game of Thrones finale

Our watch may be over when it comes to HBO’s Game of Thrones, but I have a feeling it’ll be a long time before we’re done talking about this show. In today’s quick round-up: a new poll might reframe the conversation around last Sunday’s series finale, actress Gwendoline Christie is “pathetically thrilled” that she correctly predicted the ending of the show two years ago, and author George R.R. Martin has set a deadline for himself to finish the next book in his A Song of Ice and Fire saga, The Winds of Winter. Read More »

What to Read After Game of Thrones

This Sunday saw the end of HBO’s Game of Thrones. No matter what your feelings are about the finale, one thing is certain: our time with the show’s many characters, one way or another, is over.

But while we’ve had to say goodbye to the world of Westeros (this version, at least; George R.R. Martin has said that no current characters will be in any of the Game of Thrones spin-offs), there are reams of other epic fantasy tales out there for GOT fans to try out.

So many, in fact, that you can find novels with protagonists similar to your favorite female GOT characters. Here’s a list of books to try out if you’re craving more time with the Game of Thrones women.

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Explaining Good and Bad Visual Effects

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, visual effects artists explain good and bad CG work in movies, including a Jurassic Park gaffe you probably missed. Plus, Avengers: Endgame helmers Anthony & Joe Russo take a look back at their career in directing and producing film and television, and Leslie Jones and Seth Meyers sit down to watch the Game of Thrones finale together. Read More »

Game of Thrones character

Death came for a few key players in the final season of HBO’s Game of Thrones, but it turns out one character was initially supposed to live through the events of season eight and still be alive when the last episode’s credits rolled. Now Dave Hill, one of the show’s writers, has revealed the identity of that character, and the performer who embodied that character has responded.
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A Cast of Kings S8E6 – The Iron Throne

It’s the final page of A Song of Ice and Fire. David Chen and Joanna Robinson watch the finale of the HBO series Game of Thrones, “The Iron Throne.” Catch the analysis of the ending by Ben and Jacob of Slashfilm here. Read Joanna’s article on how Lord of the Rings predicted the ending of Game of Thrones here, and the show’s original pitch to HBO here. Read George R.R. Martin’s 2014 interview in the Rolling Stone. And look at how Martin had envisioned the real iron throne here.
Listen and subscribe to David’s new podcast –  Culturally Relevant – where he talks with authors, filmmakers, and other culturally relevant figures. Check out Joanna’s Lost recap on ”A Storm of Spoilers.
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