How does one go about identifying the weak link in a TV cast? Salon‘s Willa Paskin has proposed the so-called “Julie Taylor” test for gauging the ability of television actors and actresses (though all four of her major examples, Julie included, are women). “Ask yourself,” Paskin writes, “is it possible to imagine the inner life of this character?” Her most controversial subject is Game of Thrones’ Emilia Clarke, who plays exiled Mother of Dragons Daenerys Targaryen on the hit fantasy show. … Read More
“You can’t tame a wild thing. You can’t trust a wild thing… Wild creatures have their own rules, their own reasons, and you’ll never know them,” Kit Harington’s Jon Snow learns in season two of Game of Thrones. The HBO series is filled with wild things — mythical beasts and shadowy creatures that live in the ancient woodland of Westeros. We’ve been introduced to some of those species, many which bear a close resemblance to real-world animals and folkloric beings. Others have yet to be revealed, their presence teased in the season three trailer fans have been replaying for weeks. In anticipation of this Sunday’s premiere, we’ve compiled a Game of Thrones bestiary that collects the fascinating details about many of the animals and creatures from the George R. R. Martin books and the show. We’ve tried to avoid sharing too many plot details, but there could be spoilers. Bookmark this creature compendium for future reference, and add your own entries in the comments section. … Read More
Happy Game of Thrones Week, everybody! As we gear up for the season three premiere, it’s worth taking a moment to acknowledge an element of the HBO hit that doesn’t often receive proper recognition, amidst all the mythology and swordplay and coolness: the brilliance of its ensemble cast. In celebration of said thespians, we thought it might be fun to take a peek into their filmographies, where some surprising early credits paved their way to Westeros and Essos. The results of our archeological dig are after the jump. … Read More
It seems funny to say that fans of HBO’s Game of Thrones have been looking toward George R.R. Martin’s epic fantasy novel series longingly since the author has been incredibly slow in releasing his quasi-medieval tales. (There’s even a song about it!) Still, those wanting to dig into David Benioff and D.B. Weiss’ HBO saga before season two premieres on April 1 have been desperately waiting to hear the winds of Winterfell and get their fill of sex and bloody battles in high-def while news surrounding future books has been swirling.
The first season Blu-ray finally hits stores tomorrow, and we couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate than with a bunch of die-hard fans that have recreated the show’s drama and excesses. Check out some impressive Games of Thrones fan art in our gallery past the break, where the rival nobles and other star players are lovingly portrayed. Tell us if we missed any of your favorite fan art in the comments below. … Read More