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  1. As previously mentioned, Linda and I decided to take some time while on our vacation to make a video discussing the Game of Thrones “successors”—the four (or five) in-development concepts that follow-ups to the show. We’ve now finished the series, deciding that three parts was more than sufficien to kick around a dozen or so potential ideas. You can find them all in the playlist embedded below: View the full article
  2. Later than usual—still on vacation!—but the episode guide for “The Queen’s Justice” is now up, including Linda’s video review and book-to-screen analysis. You can see the video below: View the full article
  3. While vacationing, Linda and I decided it was time to share some thoughts on the Game of Thrones successors—as GRRM calls them—that HBO and several writers are developing as a potential follow-up to the popular series. In this first video, I lay out some of the details of what we do know about the projects, and some of the parameters that help us understand what the projects aren’t. With any luck we’ll have the next video—discussing some ideas of stories outside of Westeros that HBO may be considering—up later tonight. View the full article
  4. Yesterday Linda managed to film her analysis of “Stormborn”, and it was hurriedly edited together before we left for our vacation. Linda posted it while we were on the road, and only now have I recalled to post about it here! Not only is the episode guide updated with the video—which we’ll include below—but there’s also the book-to-screen analysis, looking at what details fit the novels, which seem possibly related to future events, and which are simply not possible because of the substantial changes from book to screen. View the full article
  5. Well-timed to the season 7 premiere, Funko has prepared a slew of new toys in their popular Pop! figure line -- as well as some new entries in their Dorbz figures, and even two figures debuting in their Rock Candy range of figurines which are focused almost entirely on female heroines and characters of note (we say almost entirely because somehow Harry and Ron from the Harry Potter series managed their way into the line). You can see some of the new selections in the gallery below: View the full article
  6. This is quite big news in relation to the future of Game of Thrones-related projects. While we’ve previously reported on the fact that showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are stepping back in their involvement in future “successor” shows—they’ll have executive producer credits but won’t be involved in the day-to-day work and writing—it had been widely assumed they wanted to get away from TV and work on film; in fact, a few years ago they landed a deal to adapt a novel for movies. So it’s with quite a lot of surprise that we learn that they are diving back into TV after Game of Thrones wraps up, and by diving we mean they’ll be showrunning and writing for this new original series, titled Confederate. According to the press release, posted below, it will begin production immediately following the final season of Game of Thrones. Here’s the details: read on >>> View the full article
  7. Last year, Linda and I had the great privilege and pleasure of visiting Northern Ireland to look at the Game of Thrones doors scattered throughout the country, all thanks to Tourism Ireland. And this past weekend, we were able to tease that Tourism Ireland had something new up its sleeve to draw attention to Northern Ireland: Since then, word’s gotten out about the absolutely stunning tapestry—inspired by the famous Bayeux Tapestry created to commemorate every episode of the last six seasons… and with additional panels to come as each new episode of season 7 is released. Fans visiting Belfast will be able to see the tapestry in all its glory at the Ulster Museum from July 22nd. Here’s the full press release below: read on >>> View the full article
  8. We’re back from Madrid—you can see our talk at Espacio Fundacion Telefonica on Youtube—but while we were there, Linda managed to film her video for our Dragonstone episode guide. The guide also includes a book-to-screen section, using the new format used since the previous season, now that the material is beyond the scope of the novels. You can see the video below: View the full article
  9. HBO has sent out a press release discussing the imminent arrival of Game of Thrones on July 16th, including loglines and titles for the first three episodes. You can read them below, but naturally if you consider episode titles spoilers… well, these are spoilers: read on >>> View the full article
  10. Fans have flocked the world-over to past Game of Thrones exhibitions put together by HBO—we reported on one such exhibition—but there was a bit of a pause this last couple of years… until now, that is, as HBO has just announced that they are mounting a touring exhibition that will travel the world. No specific dates or locations announced as of yet, but it will kick off in Europe starting Fall 2017. Read the full press release below: Glendale, CA, [July 6, 2017]—- Inspired by and filled with the breathtaking images and enthralling artifacts from the hit HBO series GAME OF THRONES, this all-new exhibition will drop fans in the center of the Seven Kingdoms for an up-close and personal look at authentic props, costumes and set decorations from the show. In collaboration with HBO Global Licensing, global events provider GES is designing and building the new 10,000-square-foot interactive experience, and will exclusively tour the exhibition to worldwide destinations starting Fall 2017. The tour will kick off in Europe, with the first location to be announced soon. read on >>> View the full article
  11. The realm has known peace—only some trouble on the Stepstones, put to an end by Lord Velaryon and Dornish allies, was of any real note—in the last year, and some see this as a sign of the divine influence of the Seven smiling down on the reign of pious King Baelor. There are those smallfolk who have taken to calling him Baelor the Blessed, for the winter had been mild south of the Neck and few have suffered hunger from it. Singers tell of the king’s miracles, and of the greatness of the sept rising on Visenya’s Hill to glorify the gods. If they forget to tell overmuch of Baelor’s more curious decisions, from attempting to convince the Citadel to use doves instead of ravens to his notions of placing maidens in chastity belts, who can blame them? Such concerns are remote for those who live hand-to-mouth, who are concerned only with enough food on the table and that they are not called to fight in their lords’ petty disputes; for them, for most of them, Baelor’s reign has indeed been blessed. The story may be different in the North, where even a mild winter will be deadly, and where a king smitten with love of the Seven will find few who consider him admirable for his piety; and different again in the Iron Islands, where the Drowned God holds no truck with the Seven, and the reavers still ply their bloody trade in the waters. But for many, especially in the crownlands, these are blessed times. Yet not all is at peace. Bandits and broken men are still to be found haunting the kingswood and Crackclaw Point, as three septas recently arrived to King’s Landing tending to a bloodied, beaten man could attest. The three holy women had come to the city on a pilgrimage, to see the mighty sept rising and perhaps to catch a glimpse of the High Septon or even the king himself, leaving their motherhouse on the Holf of Men escorted by half a dozen brothers from the great septry there. It was on the kingsroad, not far from the city itself, that they were beset by outlaws who slew two of the poor brothers and drove away the rest before seizing the septas and their goods, carrying them away. The septas prayed for deliverance, sure and deliverance came when a rustle in the woods revealed itself to be a herd of pigs… and coming behind them, a swineherd with a staff. At the women’s cry for help, the peasant cried out to the Warrior and came at the outlaws with his staff, and though outnumbered three-to-one he succeeded in braining one, crippling another, and sending the last fleeing despite having taken seven wounds. The septas tended to their savior, Will of the Misty Wood, and insisted on bringing him with them to the city. Now rumor runs rife of this hero being tended by the High Septon himself, and there are those at court who whisper that King Baelor has taken an interest in this unlikely hero, that he has commanded the Dragonknight himself to knight him… and all at the same time as another whisper has grown stronger: that the king and Prince Viserys are, at long last, seeking to fill the final place in the Kingsguard, long left unoccupied. Rumors have run wild for the selection of a knight worthy of the white cloak: grand tourneys to put late King Daeron’s great tourney to shame, quests to find the burial place of the ancient Andal king Hugor of the Hill, ritual gelding to ensure chastity, and other such like things. That last would rule out the king’s kinsman, Prince Aegon, for a certainty; it is an open secret that Aegon can be found at the docks whenever the woman called the Black Pearl comes to port, and there are merchants who say they’ve heard from acquaintances in Braavos that Bellegere Otharys has had two daughters that she has claimed as Aegon’s own offspring. ———— Peace reigns in distant Dorne as well, overseen by the Lord Protector, Ser Quinlan Qorgyle, for Prince Marence has remained on his long convalescence in Starfall. His son and heir, Prince Maron, was received with all due pomp and circumstance when he arrived in Sunspear on his way to join his father in Starfall, and Ser Quinlan was happy to have his grandson near after so long away in King’s Landing with the embassy there. It’s said he’s less glad that there was someone else like to be at Starfall when the young prince arrived: Ser Mavros Uller, Ser Quinlan’s great rival, who had gone to Starfall to visit the ailing Prince of Dorne and who had, for reasons unknown, contrived to remain there when Maron arrived. The former Keeper of the Tower of the Sun, Ser Mavros had been one of the most influential of Prince Marence’s advisors following Dorne casting off the Targaryen shackles but had fallen into disfavor when Ser Quinlan Qorgyle took up the office of Lord Protector. He had kept out of the court’s eye since, even when his bastard daughter Samara Sand broke with Prince Rhodry and disappeared from Dorne after the alliance with the Iron Throne put an end to Pentoshi, but now there are courtiers who see him maneuvering again to rise to prominence. After all, Prince Daeron Targaryen—Baelor’s young cousin—will be wed to the Princess Mariah next year, in an arrangement some say Mavros had a hand in, and what better time to return to influence? Others, too, may well be thinking of such things. Is it a coincidence that after little more than a fortnight of negotiations, Lord Neilyn Toland had agreed to wed his sister Tanyth to none other than Prince Rhodry? Toland succeeded Mavros Uller as Keeper of the Tower of the Sun, a result of his own maneuvering in alliance with Ser Quinlan to force Uller out of court, and now the rumors say he’s seeking to bind himself closer to the Martell princes to entrench himself in his office, a project that has found favor with the Lord Protector who seem to yet harbor hopes of taming his wild, infamous youngest son. Visit the Site!
  12. For residents of Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland, HBO Nordic is offering the opportunity to win tickets to their premiere screenings of episode 1 of season 7. Make sure to read the details for each country carefully and keep in mind that you can only enter the competition for the country you are a resident of. To enter on Twitter, simply follow us at @westerosorg and reply to our announcement post saying which premiere you’d like to attend. To enter on Facebook, like the Westeros page and reply to the competition announcement post there saying which premiere you’d like to attend. You can enter once on Twitter and once on Facebook; additional entry attempts will disqualify you. The competition ends on the 10th of July at 12PM CET. Once we’ve drawn winners, we’ll get in touch if you’re chosen as a winner, so keep an eye on your messages in Facebook or replies or DMs on Twitter. Each winner will be able to bring a friend along with them. Read below for full details of the screening locations, and good luck! read on >>> View the full article
  13. As has become annual tradition, HBO’s Game of Thrones will be appearing with a splash and a bevy of stars at San Diego’s Comic-Con International, taking the giant Hall H for a panel with many of the shows presently-surviving cast members. Here’s the full details straight from HBO: The Game of Thrones panel in Hall H at 1:30 p.m. will be moderated by a special guest from Westeros. Panelists include cast members (in alphabetical order) Alfie Allen (Theon Greyjoy), Jacob Anderson (Grey Worm), John Bradley (Samwell Tarly), Gwendoline Christie (Brienne of Tarth), Liam Cunningham (Ser Davos Seaworth), Nathalie Emmanuel (Missandei), Isaac Hempstead Wright (Bran Stark), Conleth Hill (Varys) and Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark). Autograph signing is at 3:30 p.m. Special guest from Westeros, eh? Wonder who that could be… View the full article
  14. HBO has released a dramatic new trailer for the forthcoming second season of Game of Thrones. Very portentous. You can see it below: Game of Thrones season 7 premieres in less than a month, on July 16th in the US. View the full article
  15. Over at EW, James Hibberd spoke with the executive producers of Game of Thrones, who provided more details on the overall length of the season’s 7 episodes. The big news is that the final episode will be nearly 90 minutes long, with online leaks claiming an as-yet-unconfirmed 81 minute running length. The key quotes can be found below: “We have two episodes over 60 minutes this year,” showrunner Dan Weiss told EW. “One will be our longest episode ever — it’s coming in around 90 minutes,” added showrunner David Benioff. “Another is going to be our shortest episode at 50 minutes.” Interestingly, the season also features the shortest-ever episode of the show, although apparently it wins that title by just a few seconds as there have been a couple of other very short (circa 51 minute) episodes in previous seasons. View the full article