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  1. Reports in the entertainment press have brought attention to remarks from HBO executives at the INTV Conference that have touched on Game of Thrones. Variety reports that Francesca Orsi—the HBO’s senior VP for Drama—promised that the final season of the show will be a satisfying climax, including the anecdote that cast members at the table read of the six scripts openly wept and that there were “15 or 20 minutes” of applause when the last page was read. read on >>> View the full article
  2. To benefit Whale and Dolphin Conservation, the leading charity to protect whales and dolphins around the world, Jerome Flynn—everyone’s favorite mercenary sellsword, Bronn—will join a lucky winner on a trip to Iceland to tour various of the locations featured in Game of Thrones... as well as some extra treats. The fundraiser, hosted at Prizeo, is a sweepstakes where every $1 donated gets one entry in a draw (minimum donation is $10). Read Jerome’s message to supporters explaining the details: I want you to join me “Beyond the Wall” to get a sneak peek and visit famous filming locations from the series, beyond the Seven Kingdoms. I’ll fly you and a friend to Iceland, and will take you on a tour of some of the most breath-taking Game of Thrones locations including the ‘First of the First Men’ and the ‘mountain that looks like an arrowhead’ from Season 7. Your flights and hotel accommodation will be covered, and we’ll even go on a private whale watching trip at one of the world’s best whale watching spots, where you’ll have the chance to see orcas, humpbacks, dolphins, and sperm whales wild and free in their natural habitat. And better yet - if you spot an orca during the trip who doesn’t yet have a name in the Icelandic orca catalogue, you’ll be able to choose a name for him or her, which will be used by the whale watchers and scientists forevermore! It only takes a $10 minimum donation to enter to win this amazing trip of a lifetime! Your donation supports Whale and Dolphin Conservation’s vital work protecting these amazing creatures from the many threats they face. Thank you so much for your support. I can’t wait to meet one of you in Iceland! The WDC fundraiser ends on April 23rd. View the full article
  3. Big news out of Lucasfilm, as their official Star Wars site announces that David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are planning to go to a galaxy far, far away. Per the announcement: It was announced today that Benioff and Weiss, creators of the smash-hit, Emmy Award-winning television series Game of Thrones, will write and produce a new series of Star Wars films. These new films will be separate from both the episodic Skywalker saga and the recently-announced trilogy being developed by Rian Johnson, writer-director of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. From Benioff and Weiss’s statement, they plan to jump into this as soon as Game of Thrones is done, meaning they’re keeping themselves quite busy as they’re also supposed to be executive producing the controversial HBO project Confederate. View the full article
  4. After a long trip through Swedish customs, CultureFly’s Game of Thrones Box has arrived for Linda to unbox. The very first entry in a quarterly series of boxes, which can be bought individually or subscribed to annually, is inspired by the noble houses of Westeros and features a number of exclusive items that will only be found in this limited edition box. See the video for the unboxing! Intrigued? Put in WESTEROS20 when ordering—yes, they do ship internationally, though bear in mind import fees may apply—and get a 20% discount! More videos to come… View the full article
  5. A brief press release from HBO has confirmed what has long been understood: the final, 6-episode season of Game of Thrones will not air until 2019. Here’s the press release in full: Your readers may be interested to know that the hit HBO series GAME OF THRONES will return for its six-episode, eighth and final season in 2019. Directors for the new season are: David Benioff & D.B. Weiss, David Nutter and Miguel Sapochnik. Writers for the new season are: David Benioff & D.B. Weiss, Bryan Cogman and Dave Hill. Season seven credits: The executive producers of GAME OF THRONES are David Benioff, D.B. Weiss, Carolyn Strauss, Frank Doelger and Bernadette Caulfield; co-executive producers, Bryan Cogman, Guymon Casady, Vince Gerardis and George R.R. Martin. View the full article
  6. Back during the 6th season, the UK’s Royal Mail and Tourism NI collaborated on a series of 10, limited edition Game of Thrones stamps. Now to start off the New Year, the Royal Mail has announced a brand new series of Game of Thrones stamps featuring characters and notable creatures and items from the series: The ten set of individual stamps feature popular characters such as Arya Stark, Daenerys Targaryen, Jon Snow, and Cersei Lannister, while an additional sheet of stamps feature “the Night King and White Walkers; Giants; Direwolves and Dragons, as well as a stamp of the contested Iron Throne.” The stamps can now be pre-ordered at the Royal Mail shop, ahead of the January 23rd release date; fans in the UK can visit any one of 7,000 Post Office branches across the UK to purchase them directly, or they can call the Royal Mail at 03457 641 641 and order stamps over the phone. There’s a dizzying variety of options to choose from for collectors and fans, including some collectable covers and other items that are apparently limited editions with no more than 1,500 copies to be made. View the full article
  7. Thanks to HBO, we have an exclusive from the forthcoming Season 7 Blu-ray/DVD set. This animated featurette, one of many included with the set (more on that below), gives fans a look at the Dragonpit’s dark history with narration from Conleth Hill (Varys) and Anton Lesser (Qyburn). Using details from the “A Song of Ice and Fire” series as well as our own The World of Ice and Fire, it’s a fun piece that covers its creation to its final fate: HBO has also sent out some expanded/revised details on the the full compliment of extras included with the season set. You can read that below! read on >>> View the full article
  8. Following the update of the Recent History and the State of Play in King’s Landing, we have now updated the State of Play in Sunspear. We hope to be able to keep these more regularly updated this time around. The Chronicle still remains well behind, unfortunately, and we will probably have to prioritise other projects over updating that one. Visit the Site!
  9. The “state of play” article for King’s Landing has been updated to give players a sense of the current situation at court and in the city. An similar update for Sunspear will be coming soon. The article can be read here. Visit the Site!
  10. As usual, HBO is making sure that the release of the Game of Thrones Season 7 set makes a big splash. This time, there’s three screening events featuring some iconic thrones and more. The episode “Spoils of War” will be screened, followed by the full 45 minute Conquest and Rebellion animated feature detailing the history of the Targaryens. Earlier this year we shared a clip from the feature: Fans can pre-register and attend provided they have proof of purchase of one of the sets. Here’s the full details of the events below: read on >>> View the full article
  11. Ahead of the release of the Game of Thrones Season 7 box set (which includes one of the more elaborate set of extras to date, as previously reported), HBO UK and London’s Prince Charles Cinema have teamed up for an ambitious marathon of the entire Game of Thrones series, non-stop save for evening dinner breaks which will feature food from MOD Pizza. For those in London, this sounds like it could be an excellent opportunity to see some of the best episodes of the show on the big screen with an audience. Here’s the full details below: read on >>> View the full article
  12. The Recent History articles, which in broad strokes summarises the history of the game (as well as VERY briefly touches upon the history preceding the opening of the game), has finally been brought up to date. You can find it under Articles, at http://www.westeros.org/BoD/Articles/Entry/Recent_History The State of Play in King’s Landing and State of Play in Sunspear articles will soon be updated as well, picking up from where the Recent History leaves off to give a sense of the current status of the game’s two open areas. Visit the Site!
  13. The MUSH has been moved from our oldest server that is due to be retired to one of the two that will be splitting the traffic over the next year and (hopefully) handling the show traffic as well once that comes around. The DNS has changed with this move, so if you were connecting via DNS you will need to update that to use (or bod.westeros.org). The port remains the same. If you notice anything odd in the wake of this move, do let us know. Visit the Site!
  14. The HBO store is promoting a number of fun items ahead of Halloween. There’s a terrific mask for the Wun-Wun fans, a foam sword, a Night’s Watch shirt, and more. While browsing the store to see what other goodies had appeared, we also came across these pretty neat looking decorative masks inspired by the great houses of Stark, Targaryen, and Lannister (and, curiously, House White Walker): View the full article
  15. The first reports to come to Sunspear was a swift raven dispatched from the Planky Town, of fishermen reporting the sighting of three galleys bearing the sword-and-falling-star of the Daynes… and above them, the sun-and-spear of Dorne. The ships approached from the west, coming to the end of their journey from Starfall. The castellan of the citadel at the Planky Town had already had an honor guard from the Old Palace garrisoned and ready to ask as escort, while the orphans of the Greenblood flocked with their poleboats about the quays where the Prince of Dorne, Marence Nymeros Martell, would surely show himself after so long away. It was as the sun was setting that the three ships pulled into their berths, and the honor guard presented itself before the largest of the three galleys. More knights and men-at-arms appeared as the gangway was lowered, presenting a fine picture in all their silks and linens and bright-burnished armor. The crowds of Dornish men and women gathered watched as at last the prince himself appeared, his son and heir Prince Maron at his side. What they saw might have caused disquiet, but it was masked by the cheers for the father and son both; Marence looked frail still, prematurely aged, but he stood on his own feet and he raised a hand to his people. The prince made his slow way down to where a palanquin waited, Maron beside him every step, and not far behind was the lady Elysa Dayne. After them came others, members of the prince’s household, lords and ladies of the western reaches who had decided to accompany their prince to court for a time, Prince Maron’s knight Ser Aidan Dayne and his pale, Northern lady Aisling, Prince Rhodry’s bastard son Lewyn Sand, and many more. Given the late arrival, the party made its way to the citadel to reside the night. Ser Jordan Dayne, the castellan, gave over his chambers to the prince, and hosted his guests with a feast. The next day, shortly after dawn, the great mass of the prince’s entourage—escort upon escort, lords and ladies, knights, men-at-arms, servants, and more—made their way onto the road to Sunspear. Word had spread well ahead of them, and along the route east were many who cheered the prince and his son. Sunspear itself, with its Winding Walls, would have been impassable were it not for the shariffs and guards who cleared the route. Yet some who followed along with the train made note of the fact that Marence only appeared briefly out of his palanquin during the journey to the city, and even though his father Ser Quinlan Qorgyle, the Lord Protector of Dorne, greeted him at the last of the Threefold Gates he remained in the palanquin. And so the prince returned, and many were glad… but also saddened, to see the prince seemingly little better than he was when he was last in Sunspear, following the mysterious poisoning that nearly killed him. And among the courtiers, many wondered still whether there was more to Marence’s return than simply the desire to see the wedding of his daughter to Prince Daeron Targaryen (and, perhaps, that of his brother Prince Rhodry to Tanyth Toland). After all, among all those knights who came in the prince’s company, a few noticed one in particular: Ser Mavros Uller, once Prince Marence’s right hand, formerly Keeper of the Tower of the Sun, and (as many recalled) an arch-rival to Ser Quinlan… Visit the Site!