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Remembering the lives of Game of Thrones characters who died

Joe Sabia got some crazy Russian animators to make a web video series recapping the lives of major characters who died in Game of Thrones.

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Drink like Cersei Lannister at Blackbird in SF

If you're in the San Francisco Bay area, you can pregame Season 5 of Game of Thrones at my new favorite SF bar, Blackbird. Why? Because Cersei throws down, and you should too.

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HBO Releases Deleted Scenes from Game of Thrones Season 4

Notably, they are both scenes in which characters try to comfort one another, and fail.

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WATCH: Man with Hodor's condition can only say TONO

Hodor from Game of Thrones manifests a condition called Broca's aphasia. Here's a real-life example of a man who communicates only using the word "tono."

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The art of Grant Gould

Grant Gould is probably most well known for his Star Wars trading card art and illustrating two Star Wars books, Draw Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Draw Star Wars: Rebels. He's also the creator of the original comic series Wolves of Odin and has done awesome art from just about every fantasy and scifi series out there (and even some pop culture characters too).

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This book is an enthralling recap of Game of Thrones to prepare you for Season 5

I’m a huge fan of the Game of Thrones HBO series, and yet I admit I don’t retain half the details in this richly layered, complex, many-threaded fantasy series. Which is where Inside HBO’s Game of Thrones: Season 3 & 4 comes in.

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Jason Momoa's winning Game of Thrones audition for Khal Drogo

Translation:

I die! I die! I live! I live!

I die! I die! I live! I live!

This is the hairy man

Who fetched the Sun

And caused it to shine again

One upward step! Another upward step!

An upward step, another.. the Sun shines!!

*Note the words wakawhiti te ra are pronounced in Maori as 'fa-ka fe tea te ra" hence the confusion over swearing.

Jason Momoa's Game of Thrones Audition

(Thanks, Matthew!)

Boars, Gore, And Swords book club: Strong Belwas’s Bowels

With the completion of Season 4 of HBO’s Game of Thrones, Ivan and Red dig back into the Boars, Gore, And Swords book club, where they cover the chapters of George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series that correspond to the previous television season. No book spoilers past the TV show!Read the rest

Boars, Gore, And Swords book club: Wanton and Treacherous by Nature

With the completion of Season 4 of HBO’s Game of Thrones, Ivan and Red dig back into the Boars, Gore, And Swords book club, where they cover the chapters of George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series that correspond to the previous television season. No TV spoilers!Read the rest

Game of Thrones s4e10 season finale [Boars, Gore, and Swords]

“The Children”, Season 4, Episode 10, of HBO’s Game of Thrones packs a lot of paternal angst into the season finale of the fourth season. Ivan and Red are joined by Oakland based comedian O.J. Patterson, the force behind the San Francisco Bay Area comedy blog, Courting Comedy. Read the rest

Brass section cover of Game of Thrones

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The happiest Father's Day possible in Game of Thrones [s4 finale]

Kevin McFarland reviews the medieval fantasy drama's extra-brutal season closer.Read the rest

New Orleans jazz rendition of Game of Thrones

The New Orleans Swamp Donkeys play a rousing old-timey jazz rendition of The Game Of Thrones Theme.

Game Of Thrones: “The Watchers On The Wall” [s4e9]

Kevin McFarland reviews an unusual, action-packed episode that takes place almost entirely in and around a single location.Read the rest

Women in Game of Thrones [Boars, Gore, and Swords]

Since this season’s “Breaker of Chains” episode, Game of Thrones’ handling of women and sex has been under intense scrutiny, and with a break in the show over Memorial Day, we dedicate an entire episode to bringing on two of our favorite guests and comedians to discuss exactly these topics.Read the rest

If Game of Thrones were animated by Disney

gotdisneyFernando Mendonça and Anderson Mahanski do the honors for G.R.R. Martin's brutal fantasy series. via

Game of Thrones s4e7 recap (Boars, Gore, and Swords podcast)

“Mockingbird”, Season 4, Episode 7 of HBO’s Game of Thrones, isn’t just a table setting for the last three episodes, it’s loaded with surprises.Read the rest

Game Of Thrones opens a Moon Door [Recap: s4e7]

Echoes of Tyrion's past are about to collide in the present. Kevin McFarland reviews the latest episode of Thrones, where the dwarf's uncertain doom approaches.Read the rest

Game of Thrones s4e6 recap (Boars, Gore, and Swords podcast)

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The Laws Of God And Men ring cold in Game of Thrones [s4e6]

Peter Dinklage delivers the speech of the season as Tyrion Lannister, facing the false justice of the kingdom--and his family. Kevin McFarland reviews the latest episode of Game of Thrones.Read the rest

Boars, Gore & Swords: Game of Thrones S4E5

[Spoilers ahoy!] "First of His Name," Season 4 Episode 5 of HBO’s Game of Thrones, is a real return to form as the show continues its strongest season.

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The truth of Game Of Thrones’ inciting incident has been revealed [Recap: season 4, episode 5]

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AND SO, TIME marches on. Joffrey Baratheon is no more, and Tommen, “First Of His Name,” owner of the cuddly Ser Pounce, rises to take his place on the throne. But he’s just a boy, able to be pushed around by the blustering of his advisors and those who seek to gain power in King’s Landing. Tywin has Tommen’s ear—especially after that birds and bees talk—and Margaery has her secret visits, but according to Olenna Tyrell, she’ll have to out-maneuver Cersei to finally secure her place beside the Iron Throne as Queen.

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Game Of Thrones: “Oathkeeper” [TV Recap: season 4, episode 4]

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Kevin McFarland offers a spoiler-filled review of the latest episode of Game of Thrones, where violence against women and the oppressed--and its consequences--lurk in the background of every power play.

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Game of Thrones recap: 'Breaker Of Chains' explores the many feuds of House Lannister [season 4, episode 3]

The episode picks up just before the end of what fans of the series have dubbed the Purple Wedding, as Cersei screams at the top of her lungs for Tyrion to be arrested for Joffrey’s murder, and frantically demands Sansa be taken into custody as well. But let’s skip ahead to those two incredible scenes in the Great Sept of Baelor, both of which take place with Joffrey’s cold, lifeless body lying in the center of the room, ever-present in nearly all shots in this location.

Tywin Lannister, as played excellently by Charles Dance, is one of the most fascinating characters in the giant patchwork of Westeros. He’s the only character I care about enough to have watch one of those extensive YouTube supercuts stringing together all of his scenes in one video. (It’s a marvel how memorable he is with only around 85 minutes of screen time. What a supercut like that reveals is how maniacally obsessed Tywin is with preserving the permanent honor and prominence of House Lannister. In a previous season he made passing mention to his father, who nearly let the house fall into some ruin. As such, he’s made it his life’s mission to further the reputation of House Lannister at the cost of any happiness for his children, who he commands to do their duty to the family at all costs.

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Could the Game of Thrones poisoning happen in real life?

Cyanide, deadly nightshade and pesticides have disturbingly similar symptoms to the toxin that took a powerful character's life, writes Rachel Nuwer. Warning: this post is laced with potent spoilers. Read the rest

TV recap: Game Of Thrones 'The Lion And The Rose' [season 4, episode 2]

Spoilers. Spoilers spoilers spoilers. Are we good now? All right, let’s dig into “The Lion And The Rose,” which isn’t a particularly thrilling episode of Game Of Thrones, but does feature one giant event that most fans of the show have been waiting for since the very beginning.

I’m convinced that most of the people who profess publicly that they haven’t read the Song Of Ice And Fire books actually know most of what’s going to happen on the show. (I haven’t read the books. I know what’s going to happen. I’m not scared of spoilers. It is what it is.) There’s not much else to explain this piece, which stakes an early claim on “predicting” Joffrey’s death this season. And in true Game Of Thrones fashion, there’s no delay getting to that event. It’s shockingly cathartic for the object of most fans’ ire to sputter and expire in the second installment of a 10-episode season. King Joffrey is dead. Long live the equally illegitimate King Tommen.

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Game Of Thrones picks up as the Lannisters cope with apparent victory [TV Recap: season 4, episode 1]

The end of Game Of Thrones’ third season offered the bloodiest dramatic high point of the series so far. The Red Wedding capped off the darkest year of the show, and effectively offed the family that in any other classical version of this fantasy arc, would end up victorious. (And that’s essentially why George R.R. Martin got rid of them—to completely buck that trend.) So the big question at the outset of season four, which will depict roughly the other half of events from A Storm Of Swords, is what the Lannisters at King’s Landing will do now that they’ve wiped out the last fully formed threat to their dynasty.

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Boars, Gore, and Swords podcast: Game of Thrones S1-3 recap

Boars, Gore, and Swords is hosted by stand-up comedians Ivan Hernandez and Red Scott. In each episode they break down HBO's Game of Thrones and George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire. They also talk about movies, TV, science fiction, fantasy, and lots of other things. NSFW.

With the Season 4 premiere of HBO’s “Game of Thrones” only days away, Ivan and Red devote an entire episode to getting you up to speed so you can tell your Tyrions from your Tywins, recall there’s a “Rickon” Stark, and that Jaime’s no longer right-handed. They cover every single character in George R.R. Martin’s world, answering 4 questions for each:

1. Are they Alive, Dead, Wights, or White Walkers?

2. Where did we leave them at the end of Season?

3. Do we care?

4. Wild, unspoilery predictions about what they’ll be doing in Season Four.

Questions that get answered include: Who is Locke? Is Balon Greyjoy alive? Who did Melisandre curse to die? It’s the perfect way to prepare yourself for the premiere!


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Nine-minute recap of Game of Thrones, seasons 1-3

This was a great way to remind me what happened in the first three seasons of Game of Thrones. Fourth season starts Sunday April 6th!

Boars, Gore, and Swords podcast 136: Hannibal

Boars, Gore, and Swords is hosted by stand-up comedians Ivan Hernandez and Red Scott. In each episode they break down HBO's Game of Thrones and George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire. They also talk about movies, TV, science fiction, fantasy, and lots of other things. NSFW.

Ivan and Red begin the episode by discussing a recent behind-the-scenes Game of Thrones mini-doc from HBO and the questions it raises, before moving on to how to approach an introvert, Kristian Nairn, Detective Sheldon Cooper, Dead Like Me, Mikkelsen’s physicality, and cork boards with yarn.

And after finishing the discussion A Storm of Swords and The Princess and The Queen, Ivan and Red bring to your attention the next installment in their “What You Should Be Watching” series. They discuss one of the very few shows on television that can match George R.R. Martin’s disregard for his character’s lives, NBC’s Hannibal. Created by king of cancelled shows Bryan Fuller (of Dead Like Me, Pushing Daisies, Wonderfall, and writer on season 1 of Heroes), this show has a quantity of gore that relocates the boundaries of what’s acceptable on network television. The knockout cast includes Lawrence Fishburne, Mads Mikkelsen, and and a very strange turn for Scott Thompson, formerly of Kids in the Hall.

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