Posts tagged Game Of Thrones
Wow – what a year it’s been. You know a TV year has been great when it’s hard to select just ten terrific shows for an end of the year list. I could easily have added The Americans, The Following, Modern Family and Mr Selfridge to this list. But in the end here’s my 10 faves of the year…
And nope I don’t watch Breaking Bad. I think that one’s had more than its fair share of coverage already!
It was THE TV moment of the week!
By now I’m sure you’ve seen, read or otherwise been battered over the head by last week’s Game of Thrones and its infamous Red Wedding sequence.
As someone who loves the HBO fantasy series but HASN’T read the books upon which the show is based I was certainly among those surprised by the scenes (although I did know something was coming towards the end of this season). Talk about a shocker!
If you don’t watch Game of Thrones and don’t mind knowing what happens – essentially the show killed off THREE major characters in one very bloody wedding sequence. Last season, lead character / hero Robb Stark broke his vow to marry one of the daughters of Walder Frey in exchange for his support in his quest to take back King’s Landing – marrying instead the beautiful Talisa. Stark tried to make amends by marrying off his uncle to another of Frey’s daughters. All seemed forgiven – until the final moments of the episode when Frey unleashed his vengeance. Pregnant Talisa was graphically stabbed to death in the belly. Stark was impaled by crossbow arrows and gutted. And his mom Catelyn Stark had her throat More >
A few weeks ago I posted my list of five actors who help make their shows that little bit better!
Well today it’s time for the reverse… five characters who do nothing but drag down their respective series. To be fair it’s often not the fault of the actors themselves – but more the general dreariness of the roles themselves, all of which certainly get me reaching for the remote.
Take a read – and let me know if you agree with my choices…!
Check out the just released trailer for Game of Thrones, season 3 – launching Sunday 31st March at 9pm EST on HBO.
As everyone knows, Game of Thrones is based on the bestselling book series by George R.R. Martin – but unlike previous seasons this years batch of episodes only covers HALF a book – the first half of A Storm of Sands. Of course that means HBO can get an extra season out of the show – and gives Martin more time to finish books 6 and 7, before the TV adaptation catches up with him!
As usual with these kinds of trailers, not much is actually revealed here! We get glimpses of all the main characters and the usual portentous voiceover! And of course there’s that dragon…
I’m a big Game of Thrones fan and last season was definitely a good one overall. That said, I hope the show is more connected this year – one of my key issues with season 2 is that it was essentially 8 different storylines that never really connected. Plus one of my favorite characters, Daenerys, had very little to do other than wander round a desert city looking for her stolen More >
This is one my Brit friends should find quite amusing…
If you’ve been watching Game Of Thrones since its 2011 launch you’ll doubtless recognize the character of Bronn, the morally dubious sidekick of Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage – arguably the standout star of the show).
Bronn is deadly, rough and pretty grubby and is played by a Brit actor called Jerome Flynn, who’ll likely mean nothing to US viewers. However back in the UK Jerome Flynn is very well known. Years ago he starred in a popular Brit drama called Soldier, Soldier, alongside a guy called Robson Green and in one of the show’s episodes the characters had to perform a cover of the karaoke classic Unchained Melody.
Viewers loved the performance and wanted Robson and Jerome to release it as a single but the two were hesitant. However a certain Simon Cowell came along and persuaded the pair to head to the studio and officially cover the track. The resulting single spent 7 weeks at number one in the UK!
But it doesn’t end there. Boosted by the duo’s success, Cowell kept the cash cow going for a while longer, and managed to wring a further two number one singles out of the More >
So did you watch Game Of Thrones over the weekend?
If you did you’ll have seen a man stabbed in the head with a sword, a young boy taking a spike to the neck, and an old guy who sacrifices male babies to appease his ‘gods’.
But of course the scene that’s getting a few Game Of Thrones fans up in arms doesn’t involve violence – rather two men making out. Yep, a few gay kisses are still considered shocking by some. In 2012!
The scene in question featured King Renly making out with his wife’s brother, Loras. There was a lot of kissing but no nudity and frankly it was all rather PG. Check the clip out here and you’ll see what I mean.
Of course if you were on Twitter at the weekend you might have thought Game Of Thrones had turned to hard-core gay porn. Here’s some of the comments I read:
Yes, it’s that time of the year again where I pick my top shows of the last 12 months. Many shows – New Girl, The Borgias, Homeland, Nurse Jackie – almost made the list. But in the end there could be only 10… here they are!
REVENGE: There were shows this year with better writing, better directing and better acting. But NOTHING on our screens in 2011 was as ridiculously entertaining as Revenge, the season’s most surprising new hit.
Who would have thought that the primetime soap opera would make a comeback in 2011 and that its story of rich people receiving their comeuppance would seem quite so timely. Revenge has been perfectly played since episode one – hooking us into Emily Thorne’s grand plans to avenge herself on the Grayson family – led by the wonderfully icy matriarch Victoria (Madeline Stowe).
But Revenge has also done a wonderful job of surrounding Emily with a series of equally gripping storylines. There’s grasping social climber Tyler who’s gradually becoming more and more unhinged, bisexual billionaire Nolan who helps fund Emily’s schemes, reformed party boy Daniel who may be the key to Emily’s undoing and the Poison Ivy-like Amanda who’s out to cause a whole heap More >
It’s Richard Recommends time again – my chance to wax lyrical on a current show that gets my seal of approval.
This time around I’m talking about Game Of Thrones, HBO’s epic fantasy drama that’s been racking up some great ratings recently as well as plenty of critical acclaim
If you’ve not been following the show so far it’s hard for me to bring you up to speed – this is one pretty plot dense show (more on that in a moment). But in a nutshell the lead protagonist is Ned Stark (Sean Bean) who’s been enlisted to be the ‘hand’ of the king, Robert (played with menace by the once jovial Mark Addy) following the death of the previous hand.
Turns out the king’s wife Cersei (Lena Headey) was behind the murder and is in fact scheming against the king. Cersei’s sleeping with her brother Jaime and also has a second brother, Tyrion, a dwarf (Peter Dinklage, having maximum fun with the role) who seems to be the only honorable member of the family. Cersei and Jaime have also tried to murder Ned’s son, Bran, after he spied them making love, and now Ned’s wife Catelyn has taken Tyrion prisoner.More >
HBO clearly have high hopes for their medieval epic, Game Of Thrones, coming April 17th to the pay per view broadcaster…
Check out the latest trailer for the series starring Sean Bean, Peter Dinklage, Mark Addy and Alfie Allen (aka Lily’s brother). The last show to receive this much pre-release hoopla was AMC’s The Walking Dead – and we all know how that turned out!
I must admit I’ve been lukewarm about Game Of Thrones up to now – but this new trailer is glossy, stylish and actually quite interesting. I’m still not sure if the show is quite my thing – but I’ll certainly give it a go…
Check out the Sneak Peek below… what do you think? Are you excited yet?