Even though they live in a pseudo-Medieval time, many of the characters on Game of Thones have a pretty timeless style. That’s part of the reason why Tokyo-based artist Mike Wrobel’s fan art is so endearing. The other being, of course, the ’80s sensibility of Wrobel’s work, which appeals to our love for nostalgia. His collection of portraits, which reimagines the denizens of Westeros as characters from ’80s movies, is a bright anecdote to the sometimes dismal events that take place on Game of Thrones. Plus, Wrobel proves that Cersei would have been a hell of a lot of fun in 1986. … Read More
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If you haven’t seen last night’s episode of Game of Thrones, spoilers abound, obviously, and you should stop reading right about… now.
If you have, you’ll most likely have logged onto the Internet this morning expecting to see a sea of think-pieces about the scene in last night’s episode where Jaime Lannister rapes his sister Cersei, right next to the dead body of their son. Even for the world of Game of Thrones, it was difficult to watch. There’s already been plenty of debate about the license the TV show took with its source material, and why. That’s a debate for forums and comment sections, but let’s be clear about one thing: that was rape we saw. … Read More
Game of Thrones returns to disjointed form this week, transitioning straight from the longest continuous scene in its history to the sprawling story that makes Game of Thrones so difficult to discuss as a cohesive plot. But there was one motif, at least, that seemed to run through the episode, and might come the closest to a season-wide theme that we’re going to get. The premiere indicated that our major players would be spending their time dealing with the aftermath of the Red Wedding and the war it technically concluded. Add to that the downfall of yet another monarch, and you’ve got a meditation on what happens once the fighting’s over and a king’s reign is done. How are rulers remembered, and more importantly, what do they leave behind? … Read More
There are scores of TV shows out there, with dozens of new episodes each week, not to mention everything you can find on Hulu Plus, Netflix streaming, and HBO Go. How’s a viewer to keep up? To help you sort through all that television has to offer, Flavorwire is compiling the five best moments on TV each week. This time, Scandal and Community end their seasons, and Game of Thrones introduces a major twist just as it’s getting started. … Read More
To quote the Jackson 5, “togetherness, well it’s all I’m after.” So, in the spirit of that song, we give you an afternoon of
love in all its creepy forms hearts, hugs and rainbows.
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One could write several books, or at least media studies doctoral dissertations, on the differences between Game of Thrones and A Song of Ice and Fire, the book series on which it’s based. There are many, ranging from the insignificant (Theon’s sister has a different name) to the more substantial (the original Mrs. Robb Stark was a complete nonentity). Perhaps the most important, though, is the simple difference between the experiences of reading about 5000 pages of material at one’s own pace and watching a show. And there’s no better demonstration of that difference than the mystery of who killed Joffrey Baratheon, an event viewers have had just a few days to process but readers have been picking apart for the last 14 years. … Read More
Television fan culture has blossomed into something huge and wonderful. There are so many TV shows that have a rabid and obsessive group of eager fans who love to buy merchandise related to their favorite shows and characters. I should know — my apartment is overflowing with memorabilia from The Simpsons, Beavis & Butt-Head, Community, etc. — but sometimes networks go beyond simple T-shirts and magnets and start selling everything from costumes to sofas to swords. Here are 20 examples of the weirdest television merchandise that you can buy. … Read More
At about 9:56 pm EST last night, Twitter exploded with approximately a bazillion people all tweeting something along the lines of “YESSSSS SUCK IT JOFFREY!!!1!11!!” It’s probably the greatest outpouring of TV-based schadenfreude since — well, since Jesse got his revenge on Todd in Breaking Bad, at least. Yes, not-at-all good King Joffrey finally got his comeuppance, getting poisoned at his own wedding and bleeding his last out through his eyeballs as the Internet whooped and cheered in delight. Sometimes, the bad guys do get what’s coming. … Read More
Come down from that endorphin high yet? Game of Thrones has never been big on the non-boob-related fan service; in fact, most of its major twists are dedicated to letting readers know that there’s no such thing as karma in Westeros. There’s also only rarely such a thing as a pure Bad Guy, with a few notable exceptions. So tonight’s ending, which I’ll refrain from talking about more specifically until after the jump (consider this a spoiler warning), was doubly shocking: one of the only deaths longtime viewers actually wanted, delivered to us on a silver platter just when we wanted it most. … Read More
There are scores of TV shows out there, with dozens of new episodes each week, not to mention everything you can find on Hulu Plus, Netflix streaming, and HBO Go. How’s a viewer to keep up? To help you sort through all that television has to offer, Flavorwire is compiling the five best moments on TV each week. This round, Silicon Valley opens its gates and Parks and Recreation drops a game-changing surprise. … Read More