GOT Finale

Jun. 16th, 2014 09:54 am
shipperx: (GOT: Arya stabbity)
Valar Morghulis.

A couple of book things left out of the finale, and Bran way, way deep into the next books (isn't he?  I'm afraid that I lose track of where one book ends and another begins.  But that seemed to be somewhat A Dance with Dragons(?) ).

Death 1 )

Death 2 )

Death 3 )

Undeath 1 and Death 4 )


Deaths 5 & 6 )

And finally, the ending.  Odd choice to end it where they did.  Um... where the hell was the epilogue?!(Book Spoiler Not In Show But Someday Had Better Be) )Double spoiler-tagged so you can click on the others and still not be spoiled for the last one.
shipperx: (GOT: Bitchslap)
Mad Men
I didn't even know that it was supposed to be new last night.  I only caught it because I was setting the DVR to recored TURN.
Peggy, I've been there, girl.  Been there a lot.  It sucks.
Go, Joan.  You rock.
And... I guess that GM injury last year was permanent for poor Ken.  Poor Ken.

Game of Thrones
- Let's hear it for weddings in Westeros!
- LOL @ Loras's burn of Jaime when Jaime was all "You're never going to marry Cersei" with Loras saying "Neither are you."  Burn.
- Another good burn, Oberyn pointing out that some countries find it distasteful when innocent women and children are killed... and isn't Myrcella lucky that she was sent to one (unlike Westeros) that does. Burn.
- Shae, Shae, Shae... you really aren't bright, are you, love?
- God, Theon's face when hearing about Robb... and when Bastard Bolton was hunting the girl.  We may have lost Joffrey, but prepare to hate Bastard Bolton to infinity as well.  Sick bastard.
- Poor Brienne's face when Cersei said Bri was in love with Jaime.  {{hugs Brienne}}
- Poor everydone during Joffrey's wedding entertainment.  Loras and Margery looked like they were going to hurl.  Granny Tyrell looked quietly seething.  Poor, poor Sansa looked like she wanted to die.  And of course, poor Tyrion. Joffrey had not one redeeming quality.  Not one.
- Long live King Tommen (and his kittens).  I'm serious, Jaime, if you want to redeem yourself on the King's Guard, I'd suggest looking out for Tommen and his kittens.

I did LOL at this portion of an interview with the producers re: this episode:

Weiss: To preempt objections, it is not feasible, on a production level, to have a person riding a pig.

But you looked into it.

Weiss: We did. We were told it was not fair to the pig.



Ah, pretty pig, somewhere Penny is marginally more happy because of that.

Once Upon A Time
-  Well... at least Ariel got her prince back... no thanks to Hook.
- I just KNEW Storybrooke Ariel was going to turn out to be the witch.
- Bad form, Hook.  And now your kiss is cursed.  Holy cow, what a weird spell.. his KISS is cursed.  *head shake*
shipperx: (GOT: Dany)
Flash floods last night with apocalyptic rainfall (the weather alert signal on my phone went off at 11:30pm, 1:30am, and 4:00am.  And, yeah, I looked each time because it may have been tornadoes.  It's that time of year.  But...  um, phone, what am I supposed to do about flash floods?)

Yeesh.  But...

Woot!  Too much TV for Sunday!

Once Upon a Time
Read more... )


Game of Thrones
- Arya + Hound = Pure gold
Read more... )


TURN
So Revolutionary War spies.
Ichabod Crane would be so proud (while bumbling around looking for the supernatural). It was all set up (and maggoty cabbages).
Since it was so much plot for set up, it'll take development.  Liked the Continental soldier dude that managed to escape the Scottish Rangers.
Weird tv/romance novel crossover in my head as the whole "There's a mole who betrayed us to an ambush!" thing kept bringing back memories of Elizabeth Hoyt's Four Soldiers series ... only that one was the French Indian war rather than the Revolutionary one. (And I never read the novel that resolved who the mole was)
Worth another look to see how it goes.


Trippy Mad Men promos too (era appropriate trippy).
shipperx: (GOT: Arya stabbity)
HBO has up their final trailer for Season 4 GOT:  "The Devil Inside..."

shipperx: (OUAT Regina)
From I09.com:

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau spoke about how last season changed Jaime Lannister and what this season means for that evolution:

I think the biggest change is the fact he loses his identity in many ways and has to reevaluate and rediscover himself. That goes back to the scene with Brienne in the bath where he reveals this huge secret that he's carried since he was sixteen. He tells, of all people, this woman because I think they have connected and he sees himself in her. The big question, of course, is what happens when he gets back to King's Landing? That's where we'll find out what has changed. At the end of season three something has changed but he doesn't know what it is. I think he surprised himself and doesn't really know why he

went back and rescued Brienne from the bear pit.


He also previewed what that return to King's Landing means for his on-screen family:

I think for Jaime it will be the fact the Lannister family is together for the first time on the show That will be very interesting to explore. It's a very dramatic season and where before you'd have one or two episodes that peak, here there will be a lot of peaks.

shipperx: (GOT Dany)
Squee!  Looks awesome!

shipperx: (GOT: Dany)
squee!

14 minute of Game of Thrones interviews:

Stuff

Jan. 28th, 2014 09:40 am
shipperx: (OUAT Regina)
Translating GOT's Season 4 Trailer... literally (spoof)


HBO is to air a 15 Minute Featurette on GOT in February:

Your readers may be interested to know that the 15-minute presentation GAME OF THRONES ICE AND FIRE: A FORESHADOWING will debut SUNDAY, FEB. 9 at 8:45 p.m. (ET/PT), exclusively on HBO. Offering a look back and a look forward to the fourth season of the hit HBO series, the show features clips from upcoming episodes, behind-the-scenes-footage, interviews with talent, and cast members’ answers to questions posed by fans.


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Once Upon a Time has casting news out (in several places) that a regular cast member's character will be permanently killed this season (at the least they make it sound permanent).

Lots of speculation and no confirmation as to who that may be. Apparently the list of possibles (as stated by the producers) encompasses only the contract players, not a recurring one (so they aren't talking about the likes of Mulan, Tinkerbell, Sleeping Beauty, Robin Hood, Grumpy... The regular contract members mentioned by producers as 'on the list': Snow White, Prince Charming, Queen Regina, Emma, Henry, Rumplestilskin, Belle, Neal, and Captain Hook. Of course, several are ruled out by fans because no one thinks Emma, Regina, or Snow White (or Henry for that matter) would be written off. Charming, of course, has/had(?) a twin (since he's actually 'the Pauper'). Most fans think it'll be one of the last three candidates, though.

Again, no actual spoiler or storyline clues as to who it might be, so it's left entirely to speculation. Plus, all of the actors are currently filming so that's not a hint either. (Wouldn't put it passed them to do what BtVS did back in Season 5 and deliberately spread false rumors.)

No confirmation that I've seen whether or not Snow White will be pregnant on the show, though the actress is well into her second trimester in real life. {They could do flashbacks to Snow's pregnancy with Emma any time they wanted, I guess.}

Rose McGowen is returning for some flashback with Cora (Regina's mom/the Miller's Daughter/Queen of Hearts).

The next Big Bad (as widely advertised) is the Wicked Witch (I'm assuming 'of the West' but as I stop to think about it, I don't think there's been confirmation of that either. She could be 'of the East' or even a story-twisted Glinda for all I know.) They say that the Witch will not have a name from Wicked (Does that then rule out Glinda?) or the old Warner Brother's movie (no doubt because Disney has rights to the books not to the 1940s movie or for Wicked).
shipperx: (OUAT Regina)
Followed a link today to a rather interesting analysis of Game of Thrones "A Dance with Dragons."

Having been around fandoms longer than I care to think about, I've long since learned to look at 'theories' with great skepticism. It's long been my experience that fans overthink things and that inevitably brings disappointment with the way that things actually go down. I mean, I love looking at the big picture and the metaphors. It often gives you a better view of things and makes certain parts of stories click for you. Reading this analysis of "A Dance with Dragons" make me appreciate some parts of it more than I did when reading it. While I'm skeptical of theories, I found some of this guy's analysis persuasive.

And before the cut, I will say that what I'm going to say is only the most mildly spoilery.  Basically,  99.5% of the people will be totally unsurprised thatDany, Tyrion, and Jon Snoware alive long enough to have major character arcs in Book V.  Everything else could be said about exactly where the TV Show is now and is more a discussion of the series as a whole. No specific events in ADWD (Or A Feast for Crows, or even the second half of A Storm of Swords {that is stuff that'll happen in Season 4) will be revealed. It's basically discussion of characters, long standing prophecy in the novels, and recurring themes throughout the series.

Anyway...

Read more... )It was a bit like my brain blinked out, refusing to track it because I kept getting distracted by the WTH. This guy has a convincing "huh" explanation. To the point that, it sort of reminds me of Season 6 Buffy the Vampire Slayer." It's more interesting investigating the intention and ambition of Season 6 than what actually happened because I think that the writer's overreached. The execution wasn't as good as it would have needed to have been to have actually pulled everything off, but there's a ton of THERE there. It remains why Season 6, for all of it flaws, is interesting to explore in a ton of fannish ways. This ADWD analysis seems to point to something similar to me. Reading his analysis, He convinced me of -- if not all his theories -- the ambition.

From the beginning of Game of Thrones, my feeling is that GRRM is dissecting a range of leaders and various ways to lead. There are an array of people seeking and wielding power, and many of the primary protagonists get some opportunity to rule (there are also a host of characters who have to work without power bases). I've always been far more convinced of this type of analysis of GOT than the one you often see that he's all about subverting tropes. I don't actually think that Martin is specifically setting out to subvert tropes. I mean, he does, but it isn't for the sake of simply subverting them. I think he's exploring power and deconstructing different forms of it and this sort of deconstruction inevitably leads to at least some subversion of tropes because any analysis needs to look at the trope from more sides than just the superficial one. Subversion is the result rather than the motivating purpose of it.

So you've got your Ned Starks, your Tywin Lannisters, etc. and so on. We know their strengths and their weaknesses. And we see what happens when they steer the boat.

I'm also convinced of the blogger's claim that the overall arc of the series as a whole is strongly anti-war. It's rather lost, of course, in all of the brutal violence. It's a bit like the conundrum presented to the producers of The Hunger Games movies. How do you make a movie about sensationalizing violence when you're making a movie... sensationalizing violence? It's a tightrope that's easy to fall from. Similarly, how do you make an anti-war series that is in fact brutally cruel and violent war, war, and more war. Still, as overbearingly awful as the unending violence of it is... I think we're supposed to see it as overbearing, awful, unending, and unendurable. That's... sort of the point. As far back as Book I/Season I there's a line about the "people" want a harvest and safety, they don't actually CARE about the noble's 'game of thrones' they just suffer because of it.

So you have a series that investigates not only leadership, but war. Sometimes wars are waged for hubris. Sometimes for vengeance. And, sometimes, you can sympathize in why a 'good man' goes to war. But... war is terrible. Even a good man can lead to unendurable consequences. Ned Stark: a good man, but bejeebus, look at the fall-out from his shot at rule.

Okay, so back to A Dance with Dragons. Read more... )

Anyway, here is a link to the first of his essays on the character arcs of A Dance with Dragons.
shipperx: (GOT: Bitchslap)
From I09:

Today is officially hate Joffrey from Game of Thrones day.


I know, I know; any day is a good day to loathe the horrible blond bastard sitting on the Iron Throne, but HBO is making today (and tomorrow) special. They're organizing a "roast" of Joffrey across the official GoT Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram pages, and inviting the whole world to talk shit about him using the hashtag "#roastjoffrey."

Apparently, Game of Thrones' stars Arya Stark (Maisie Williams), Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister) and Hodor (Kristian Nairn) will also get on the action, and then HBO will post/tweet all the best burns that people submit. You have about 48 hours to figure out something on the level of Bronn's brutal assessment. Good Luck.

shipperx: (GOT: Dany)
Someone got a screencap of a day of GOT's shooting schedule

Some fun tidbits to be had there.

The thing that intrigued me most is...the bit about Brienne at the wedding reception.  Since that's not in the book (and because of the issues of both Brienne and Sansa being at the wedding reception)  I'm terribly intrigued... :)
shipperx: (GOT: Dany)
So they've come out and announced who it is that Mark Gatiss is playing.

A bit of a surprise in that it's a character from Book 5 ( A Dance with Dragons)  Tycho Nestoris... aka the guy from the Iron Bank of Braavos. (I had no memory of the character's name.  He was always 'the Iron Bank guy' to me.  But I felt in Book 5 that the Iron Bank was about to become an important cog in the interplay... even if I couldn't remember the guy's name).

I could see how that would work in that it would give a chance for him to interact with the residents of King's Landing, setting groundwork for his role in Book 5 (and probably rolling him into the other rep from the Iron Bank of Braavos that's mentioned in...er... Feast for Crows?  (I forget).



{BTW - I've been reading The Plantagenets by Dan Jones recently, and you can definitely see how GRRMartin has drawn inspiration from the generations of turmoil and in-fighting during the latter generations of Plantagenets  (though it's in no way a direct retelling.  It may be 'inspired by' a little but it's no blueprint. Though I was amused by how in one incident, it appears that Martin took a polar opposite resolution to a set-up than the one that took place. Anyway, I'm curious whether the Iron Bank in the yet to be produced books will look anything like some of the events that began to play out with one of the Henry's (not Tudor).
shipperx: (GOT: Dany & Jorah)
Two parts have been recast.




"The Mountain" has been recast (again). The new guy is 6'-9" so... Mountainesque indeed.

The role of the Mountain was originated in season 1 by Conan Stevens, and recast with Ian Whyte in season 2. The character did not appear on Game of Thrones during season 3 and many had speculated that the role might be recast a second time.

http://winteriscoming.net/2013/08/mountain-recast/




More surprising...

GOT has recast Dany's boytoy Daario Neharis. And has gone with someone genuinely sexy who can act. (I'm basing this assessment on his being genuinely sexy during his turn as Liam on "Nashville" where he was sexy and not Fabio-esque. Though, I would guess that Daario's Fabio wig will be still be in evidence.) The actor has also had a role on HBO's "Treme", but I've never really watched that show.

No word on why the role was recast. (Since I disliked Daario in the book, I don't know whether it matters all that much that they recast the part with an actor that I liked and found sexy. But, I guess they had to do something to make him not look dull as dishwater next to Show!Jorah's stately sexiness.)

http://winteriscoming.net/2013/08/treme-actor-joins-the-cast/
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Prince Tommen Baratheon Recast

From winteriscoming.net:


It looks as though King Joffrey’s little brother may be older when we see him next on Game of Thrones.

According to our sources, the role of Prince Tommen Baratheon has been recast for season 4 and will now be played by Dean-Charles Chapman.

Chapman starred in The Revolting World of Stanley Brown, appears in the upcoming film Before I Go To Sleep, and was seen most recently on The White Queen, playing Richard Grey. The choice of Chapman for Tommen may be surprising to some as he previously appeared on GoT playing Martyn Lannister, one of the imprisoned squires killed by the Karstarks in season 3.

We have reached out to HBO for official confirmation of the casting.

Ours is the Fury: Chapman’s older age may better suit certain aspects of Tommen’s storyline going forward. Fans have often speculated Tommen might be recast, with Callum Wharry absent from the show since episode nine of season 2. Casual viewers are unlikely to remember or care that Chapman played a small role a year earlier, and I imagine the prince will look very different from the young prisoner.
shipperx: (GOT: Dany)
A favorite Rome veteran is joining HBO’s Game of Thrones.

From EW.Com:

Actress Indira Varma has been cast in season four.

Varma will play Ellaria Sand on the show, the sexually adventurous paramour of a key new character, Prince Oberyn Martell “The Red Viper” (played by Pedro Pascal).

Last year, the production added fellow Rome actor Ciarán Hinds.

Varma joins fellow season 4 new hires Pascal and Sherlock writer-actor Mark Gatiss. Coming off the show’s highest-rated and most-Emmy-nominated season yet, last week at Comic-Con, Thrones producers and cast told EW they expect season 4 will be the show’s best.

“We got more action, which is obviously more time consuming,” says showrunner David Benioff. “It’s a brutal shooting season ahead. But if we can make it through, yeah, I think it’s going to surpass season three. The last 3 episodes, there’s so many scenes we’ve been waiting for so long to do. And it just gets more and more fun to write for these characters. After three years of doing it, we have that much more comfort to make everything uncomfortable for them. We’re very excited for it.”
shipperx: (GOT: Dany)
The Red Viper has been cast (and, alas, he's not Naveen Andrews.  He was always Naveen Andrews in my head, LOL!)

http://From EW.com - The Red Viper has been cast

The most anticipated new role coming to the fourth season of Game of Thrones has been filled.

Prince Oberyn Martell will be played by Chilean actor Pedro Pascal, who has previously had arcs on CBS’ The Good Wife, ABC’s Red Widow and USA’s Graceland.

For those who haven’t read the books, here’s a spoiler-free description of the character: Oberyn is a brash, charming, cunning prince of Dorne (part of the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros). His sister Elia (wife of Rhaegar Targaryen -- Dany's brother, Rhaegar absconded Lyanna Stark, was heir to the Mad King, and was killed by Robert Baratheon)  was brutally raped and murdered by the Lannister knight Gregor “The Mountain” Clegane when Mad King Aerys was overthrown by Robert Baratheon and the Lannisters.

Also: Nearly every Thrones character has a nickname and Oberyn has one of the coolest: The Red Viper.

Quote from the Producers Benioff and Weiss about the casting:



“This was a tough one,” say showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss about the casting. “The Red Viper is sexy and charming, yet believably dangerous; intensely likable, yet driven by hate. The boys love him, the girls love him, and he loves them all back. Unless your last name is Lannister. We found a fellow who can handle the job description and make it seem effortless. He wasn’t easy to find and he won’t be easy to stop.”

shipperx: (GOT: Dany & Jorah)
I lost the bet I made with myself over what would be the last image of the season. I really thought they'd move Book III's epilogue to the end of Season 3, but they didn't.

Overall, the ep was sort of a break from last episode (which I sort of expected. You can't follow explosive with explosive), and I think that there was some focus on trying to show that despite everything there is some good in this world, focusing on.. Read more... )

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