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This Eerie New Game of Thrones Poster Shows Tyrion Facing a Dragon

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HBO's hit show is returning for season 5

The new season of Game of Thrones promises to bring about a meeting of two worlds.

That’s the message carried across by the poster for season 5, in which a ship carrying Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) comes up against one of Daenerys’s three dragons. It’s a sinister image, and one that is true to the action of the series so far: Tyrion, in exile, is fleeing to a domain that the Mother of Dragons controls.

Game of Thrones returns April 12 at 9 p.m. EST.

[Entertainment Weekly]


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Watch These Game of Thrones Season 5 Clips

The new season will air on April 12

HBO has released a couple more short previews of Game of Thrones season 5. One scene features a dismayed Brienne (Gwendoline Christie) talking to her eager squire Podrick Payne (Daniel Portman). The second has Jon Snow (Kit Harington) trying to convince a captured Mance Rayder (Ciarán Hinds) to bend the knee to Stannis Baratheon (Stephen Dillane). (Note the scenes are part of HBO’s “The Sight Visions” marketing campaign which post clips in grey raven-vision). Thrones returns for its eagerly anticipated new season on Sunday, April 12.

And for those who still haven’t seen it, here’s the official full trailer:

This article originally appeared on EW.com.

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Know Right Now: How Game of Thrones Will Diverge From the Books

"Everybody better be on their toes," George R.R. Martin says

George R.R. Martin warned Game of Thrones fans recently that characters who survived in the A Song of Ice and Fire book series that inspired the show might still die on TV. Watch the Know Right Now above to find out more, and read more here.

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Game of Thrones Author Warns HBO Show May Kill Off Book Characters

George R.R. Martin says HBO may kill off characters who survive in the books

Bad news for Game of Thrones fans who are sticklers to the books: the series’ author says characters who live on the page are going to die on the screen.

A Song of Ice and Fire series author George R.R. Martin revealed the news at the Writers Guild West Awards on Saturday, Showbiz411 reports. “Everybody better be on their toes,” Martin said, adding that the creators of the HBO show, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss “are even bloodier than I am.”

The popular show returns with a fifth season on April 12, and the network has already commissioned a sixth season. Martin is working on the penultimate book now, The Winds Of Winter, and will then finish the series with a novel entitled The Dream of Spring.

Considering that those two books will tally up to about 3,000 pages, it could be years before fans have a final death tally between the books and the show.


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There’s Going to Be a Game of Thrones Pop-Up Restaurant in London

All men must dine

Book your flights and pack your furs, because if you’re a Game of Thrones fan you’ll want to head to London for a three-day feast in a pop-up version of Westeros.

To celebrate the release of Game of Thrones: The Complete Fourth Season on Blu-ray, HBO is throwing a “one-of-a-kind epic banquet.” You can’t just log on to Open Table for a reservation, though. Instead, hungry fans must angle for an invite by entering a competition to win seats at the table.

Full details of the banquet are being kept under wraps (where is Varys when you need him?), but the lucky few who manage to score a reservation will be treated to a five-course meal complete with cocktail pairings fit for the finest of King’s Landing.

If the prospect of dining with Lannisters doesn’t put you off the meal, the feast will take place over the course of three days between Feb. 13-15 at the Andaz in London. Presumably all negative Yelp reviewers will be sent invitations to a pop-up Red Wedding event in the near future.

[Via The Verge]

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Watch ‘The Mountain’ from Game of Thrones Break a 1,000-Year-Old Weightlifting Record

You might get back pain just from watching him do it

Hafthór Björnsson—otherwise known as “The Mountain” from Game of Thrones—is living up to his nickname. He won the World’s Strongest Viking competition over the weekend, carrying a 30-foot, 1,433-pound log five steps, breaking a 1,000-year-old record in the process, according to IronMind.

Björnsson took to Instagram to celebrate his victory and explain the origins of the challenge: “The legend of the Icelander Orm Storulfsson says that he walked three steps with this MONSTER WOODEN LOG which weighs over 600kg’s/1320lbs! It took 50 mere mortals to help him placing it on his back! After he took his third step his back broke under the enormous pressure and he was never the same after that!”

With this victory under his belt, Björnsson says he’s setting his sights on the World’s Strongest Man competition. And much like a character in George R.R. Martin’s fantasy universe, Björnsson ended his Instagram speech with an epic war cry: “NOTHING CAN STOP ME!! NOTHING CAN BREAK ME!!”

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What We Learned From Game of Thrones Season 5 Trailer Leaks

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A few fans were lucky and bold enough to take sneaky shots from last night's IMAX screening event of the show

HBO’s much-anticipated Game of Thrones trailer is spreading across the Internet, teasing epic awesomeness from the show’s upcoming fifth season. The trailer debuted as part of the drama’s IMAX screening event, which opened late last night; a few fans sneaky-shot video. Some of the biggest revelations from the bootlegged footage include:

— Varys urging Tyrion to seek out and help, it seems, Danyerys: “I believe men of talent have a part to play in the war to come.” Tyrion: “I will never sit on the Iron Throne.” Varys: “You could help another climb those steps and take that seat … The Seven Kingdoms needs a ruler loved by millions with a powerful army and the right family name.” Tyrion: “Good luck finding him.” Varys: “Who said anything abouthim?”

— Littlefinger telling Sansa: “There’s no justice in this world. Not unless we make it. Avenge them”—presumably referring to her brutally murdered family members.

— Tommen and Margaery together in what could be yet another wedding scene (good luck with that!).

— Arya in Braavos, in her new costume, picking up needle and knocking on a fateful door.

— Dany pledging, “I’m not going to stop the wheel. I’m going to break the wheel,” along with shots of Ser Jorah in gladitorial combat and the broze harpy statue atop Dany’s pyramid being toppled.

— Also, the trailer is set to a rather moody cover of David Bowie’s “Heroes.”

— All exciting stuff leading up to April 12. Hopefully, HBO will realize very soon it’s better to release this trailer online officially rather than let the footage get pirated everywhere (hint-hint)… and boy, hasn’t that been the story of HBO and Thrones distribution in general?

This article originally appeared on EW.com.

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Game of Thrones Is Actually Too Big for IMAX

Helen Sloan—HBO Kit Harington on 'Game of Thrones'

Seeing the HBO epic on the big screen will remind moviegoers of how far TV is advancing beyond film

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Anyone who has purchased tickets to watch the final two episodes of season four of Game of Thrones on an IMAX screen this week will not be disappointed. On a big screen, the Battle of Castle Black is even bloodier. The dragons are even more ferocious. The creatures Bran encounters are even…stranger.

But a funny thing happened halfway through the New York City screening on Thursday night. Music swelled, bodies fell lifeless and people did not know whether they should cheer.

At first, it was simple. Jon Snow taking command of Castle Black drew a roar from the crowd. The death of a certain cannibal shortly thereafter also received applause. But when Ygritte was shot down, the crowd hesitated. Some clapped, while others shushed. I suspect a few even cried. Were we happy Jon Snow’s life was saved, even if his would-be killer was his one true love?

Matters got even more complicated in the final episode. The onscreen appearances of Stannis, Daenerys and Tyrion all elicited cheers, but that support was far from unanimous. When Brienne and the Hound drew swords for what was by far the most graphic, bloodiest scene in the two-hour broadcast (think — really think — about how gross it is when she bites off his ear, then multiply the size of your laptop screen by about a million), the two had equal supporters. Like the people of Westeros, the audience’s loyalties were divided among characters. It’s a common occurrence on living room couches, but a strange one to experience in a massive movie theater.

The Game of Thrones fanbase rivals that of any major movie franchise — Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, The Avengers. But when audiences line up to see new installments of those films, they already know when they will boo and when they will cheer, who is good and who is bad. Even the most complicated of blockbuster films can only spend two hours drawing out the intricacies of character relationships. Game of Thrones has had dozens of hours to do so.

Fans of the books always knew A Song of Ice and Fire was more complicated than its counterparts in the fantasy realm. After this screening, they should take a break from pestering George R.R. Martin for his next book to thank him for handing his story rights over to HBO, rather than a movie studio who would have made it morally black-and-white.

Kicking off Sundance this year, Robert Redford commented, “Television is advancing faster than filmmaking.” Critics have long acknowledged that in the past decade or so, television writers have learned to take advantage of their elongated timeline to create interesting storylines rather than sheer spectacle. Television showrunners have also been more willing to take risks on the small screen — maybe because there isn’t as much money at stake. The result is unlikable heroes, appealing villains and an emotional realism that studio tentpole films rarely achieve.

Never has this been more apparent than last night — when Game of Thrones took its cinema-worthy show to the big screen and proved too large for it.

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You Can Go See Game of Thrones at These IMAX Theaters

This image released by HBO shows Kit Harington in a scene from "Game of Thrones."
Helen Sloan—AP This image released by HBO shows Kit Harington in a scene from "Game of Thrones."

Tickets go on sale this Friday, Jan. 16

IMAX is pushing back its Game of Thrones plans. Why? To make the release even bigger.

Now the acclaimed fantasy hit will come to IMAX theaters on Jan. 29, one week later than originally announced. But Thrones will also be in about 200 theaters instead of the originally planned 150. The change was “prompted by extraordinary consumer response that drove online mentions for IMAX to record heights, will allow for an expanded domestic roll-out,” the theater company said.

More news: IMAX has released its full list of theaters getting the presentation of HBO’s acclaimed fantasy hit (so at least now you’ll know how far you have to go to see it!).

Thrones will screen in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, Montreal, New York, San Antonio, Seattle, Toronto, Washington, D.C. and other cities. The presentation includes the final two episodes of season four —”The Watchers on the Wall” and the Emmy-nominated “The Children”— as well as an exclusive trailer previewing the upcoming fifth season, which gets underway April 12. Thrones will still screen for just one week.

Game of Thrones has the honor of being the first TV series to ever receive a run in the super-sized cinema format. The episodes will be digitally re-mastered to be compatible with the plus-sized IMAX format.

The full list of theaters is available on the IMAX site here. Tickets go on sale Friday, Jan. 16.

UPDATE: IMAX’s website has apparently partly crashed due to “heavy traffic” according to a message on the GoT page.

This article originally appeared on EW.com.


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