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  1. The highly-anticipated trailer for season 7 of Game of Thrones has landed after HBO and EW teased with new photos and the release of the official poster. There are dragons. And maps. And spoilers, of course. Season 7 premieres on July 16. View the full article
  2. 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
  3. The Hollywood Reporter, covering HBO CEO Richard Plepler’s presence in Spain for the launch of HBO Spain, reports that Plepler remarked to their reporter that there are “embryonic conversations” going on in HBO headquarters about possible spin-offs between himself, President of Programming Casey Bloys, and the producers of the hit show. To quote Plepler more directly: “Right now we’re focused on finishing the series with the kind of energy and excitement that everyone has come to expect. We’re going to do that while at the same time parallel processing very embryonic stages of other possibilities.” This continues the pattern of various executives and producers acknowledging their interest in following the series up with some sort of spin-off after its initial run is complete. Suggestions that have come from various parties to those conversations include a feature film, a continuation of the Game of Thrones story beyond its end (presumably following a mixture of old characters—some of those who survive the whole thing, no doubt—and new creations for the theoretical sequel), and even prequels drawing from the histories in The World of Ice and Fire or the Dunk & Egg novellas as found in A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms. Visit the Site!
  4. James Hibberd at EW has an intersting interview with Casey Bloys, HBO’s President of Programming, regarding the final seasons of Game of Thrones, the potential successor shows, and the involvement (or lack of same) of David Benioff and Dan Weiss in those last. Definitely read the full article, but below are a couple of choice quotes: read on >>> View the full article
  5. 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
  6. EW has seven brand-new photos from the forthcoming Game of Thrones Season 7, including the first look at just how enormous Drogon has gotten this season. (Fair warning: there are spoilers among the images.) Back in March, one of the new directors to the show, Matt Shankman, remarked to James Hibberd that the dragons are the size of Boeing 747s, and the accompanying picture seems to bear that out. View the full article
  7. HBO has released the official poster for the forthcoming Season 7, revealing the rather diabolical image of the Night’s King: HBO also took the additional step of releasing the image in video form, transitoning from a close-up of his ice-blue eye. You can see that below: read on >>> View the full article
  8. Over at the “Not a Blog”—which will soon be retired in preference to a new blog, we’re told—George R.R. Martin has taken the time to discuss the recent news that HBO has four pilot scripts in development for a potential successor to Game of Thrones. George’s post is very illuminating, clarifying some details and providing a few hints, as well as a couple of clear and categorical responses. It’s worth reading, but below are some key points: read on >>> View the full article
  9. May 17th is a significant day to our friends in Norway, but it also has a more global importance: World Baking Day! As fans of cakes, tarts, pastries, and all manner of other doughy treats, we’ve enjoyed our share of Game of Thrones-themed baked goods from home-made lemon cakes to Choccyoccydoodah‘s glorious Red Wedding cake. Now, the HBO Store has fans covered if wanting a quick, easy way to make a Game of Thrones themed cake thanks to two silicon baking moulds featuring the Targaryen dragon and the Stark direwolf. The only question is, what sort of cake to make with each? We’ve always thought a red velvet cake would work very well for the Targaryens, but besides the obvious lemon cake we’re at a loss. (Whatever you bake for World Baking Day, by the by, you’ll look pretty expert at it rocking one of these mitten and apron sets while you’re at it!) View the full article
  10. As usual, James Hibberd at EW gets the big scoop. We’ve talked before about HBO’s executives confirming that they’re interested in exploring the A Song of Ice and Fire/Game of Thrones universe after the series is done, but this is the very first concrete news regarding it. Per Hibberd, Most of the assigned writers have experience writing major theatrical films, and Martin is personally involved in two of the projects. The show ideas are from Max Borenstein (Kong: Skull Island, Fox’s Minority Report); Jane Goldman (Kingsman: The Secret Service, X-Men: First Class) along with Martin; Brian Helgeland (A Knight’s Tale, L.A. Confidential); and Carly Wray (Mad Men) with Martin. Also, Hibberd confirms Benioff and Weiss will be executive producers on any eventual show(s). It’s not exactly a surprise, however, given that they brought the property to HBO in the first place, so they would retain a stake. It’s pretty clear they will not be showrunners, however. Some further thoughts below. read on >>> View the full article
  11. While Linda and I were out speaking about The World of Ice and Fire at Gothenburg’s city library, HBO finally revealed the premiere date of season 7 of Game of Thrones: July 16th. And with that reveal, they also launched the first lengthy teaser, titled “Sigils” for its extensive use of the heraldic beasts and objects of the Seven Kingdoms. This follows after the recent reveal of the Season 7 poster, via Entertainment Weekly. You can find the (brief) press release from HBO below! read on >>> Visit the Site!
  12. HBO has just released the official season 7 promo for Game of Thrones. See it below: The song, for those wondering, seems to be “Sit Down”, originally recorded by James; sounds like their version as well, but it may be a cover. Visit the Site!
  13. HBO has blasted out fifteen new images from the forthcoming 7th season of Game of Thrones, covering a range of the show’s key characters, many of them in their new, black-is-back fashions ahead of what’s likely to be a dark season. You can see the images in our gallery, but here’s a couple of examples to whet the appetite: Game of Thrones returns to screens on July 16 in the US, July 17 in Europe. Visit the Site!
  14. HBO has just released the official season 7 promo for Game of Thrones. See it below: The song, for those wondering, seems to be “Sit Down”, originally recorded by James; sounds like their version as well, but it may be a cover. Visit the Site!
  15. HBO has just released the official season 7 promo for Game of Thrones. See it below: The song, for those wondering, seems to be “Sit Down”, originally recorded by James; sounds like their version as well, but it may be a cover. Visit the Site!
  16. HBO has just released the official season 7 promo for Game of Thrones. See it below: The song, for those wondering, seems to be “Sit Down”, originally recorded by James; sounds like their version as well, but it may be a cover. Visit the Site!
  17. Montegrappa, one of the oldest manufacturers of pens in Italy, has quietly released a line of Game of Thrones pens that are quite gorgeous. Drawing inspiration from four of the families—Baratheon, Lannister, Stark, and Targaryen—the series of pens feature three variants: ballpoint, rollerball, and fountain. Montegrappa’s pens are currently available on some specialty sites, while their own e-commercse store is only available for those who reside in Italy. We noticed, when taking a look there, that the fountain pens are out of stock. We double-checked with HBO and they inform us that Montegrappa will have more available by the end of the month, which means those specialty retailers out there who currently don’t have them in stock will be able to order them in. No word as of yet whether they will be appearing at the HBO Store, but we’ll keep fans posted. Here’s the full details from Montegrappa, below: Bassano Del Grappa: Montegrappa Makes Play for the Iron Throne with New Line of Game of Thrones® Pens With its epic storylines of treachery and nobility, family and honor, ambition and love, and death and survival the hit HBO® series Game of Thrones has captured the imagination of fans globally and made it one of the most popular shows on television. Montegrappa is proud to announce a series of writing instruments that convey the grandeur of this most remarkable saga. read on >>> Visit the Site!
  18. The Game of Thrones panel at SXSW, featuring producers Benioff and Weiss, as well as actresses Maisie Williams and Sophie Turner, has revealed a few tidbits of news as reported by EW. The most notable items, in my view, are that Benioff and Weiss have indicated that the final season of the series will be only 6 episodes long (although one wonders what odds one or more of those episodes will run long), and that they have no plans of being involved in any Game of Thrones spin-off or prequel project HBO may come up with. Also, this upcoming season will feature a cameo from musician Ed Sheeran, who happens to be a huge fan of the show as you can see in the video below. Visit the Site!
  19. While Linda and I were out speaking about The World of Ice and Fire at Gothenburg’s city library, HBO finally revealed the premiere date of season 7 of Game of Thrones: July 16th. And with that reveal, they also launched the first lengthy teaser, titled “Sigils” for its extensive use of the heraldic beasts and objects of the Seven Kingdoms. This follows after the recent reveal of the Season 7 poster, via Entertainment Weekly. You can find the (brief) press release from HBO below! read on >>> Visit the Site!
  20. HBO’s just passed along word that they’ve entered into a collaboration with Vintage Wine Estates to create a selection of Game of Thrones wines including a Chardonnay, a Cabernet Sauvignon, and a red blend. (Funnily enough, this isn’t the first time there’s been wines produced with a A Song of Ice and Fire bent—the Brotherhood without Banners fans produced a very limited run of Arbor Gold” and a “Dornish Red” wines—with custom labels and all—for the 2006 Worldcon, L.A. Con IV!) Here’s the press release below: Santa Rosa, CA. (Nov. 22, 2016) In a toast to the critically acclaimed and Emmy® Award-winning HBO drama Game of Thrones, California wine company Vintage Wine Estates has announced an exclusive partnership with HBO Global Licensing to produce a selection of Game of Thrones wines, which include a Chardonnay, a proprietary red blend and a reserve-style Cabernet Sauvignon, designed with the show and its characters in mind and credited to Seven Kingdoms Wines. “Any fan of Game of Thrones appreciates the role wine plays in the saga,” observed vintner Pat Roney, President and CEO, Vintage Wine Estates. “We are very excited to partner with HBO to give those fans some delicious wines to sip as they plot their own paths to the Iron Throne.” The Lannisters are perhaps the family that most enjoys wine in Game of Thrones, as siblings Cersei and Tyrion sip it at various points of the show, but the award-winning series often sees wine play a role in scenes throughout the Seven Kingdoms, from Dorne to The Reach. Tyrion’s legendary wit and wisdom tend to be most in evidence when wine is close at hand. Arguably his most viral quote, “That’s what I do: I drink and I know things,” is stated as he sips from a goblet of wine and ponders the best course of action with Varys, Missandei and Grey Worm. “Given the prominent role of wine on Game of Thrones and our previous success in the beverage category, an officially licensed wine for the show feels like a natural extension for our fans,” explained Jeff Peters, Director of Licensing and Retail for HBO. “Game of Thrones wines most definitely will add to the fan experience as the battle for the Iron Throne heats up heading into the final seasons.” Game of Thrones wines will be available nationally in 750ml bottles in Spring 2017. Suggested retail price for Game of Thrones Chardonnay and Game of Thrones Red Blend is $19.99; Game of Thrones Cabernet Sauvignon is $39.99. read on >>> Visit the Site!
  21. With Princess Daena safely under lock-and-key in the Maidenvault once more, King Baelor’s most urgent prayers were answered… but as he kept to the sept, to pray at all hours for his sister’s safe return, the rest of the court was not still in its labors. The small council met more than once, the Hand speaking for his nephew the king, as decisions great and small were made. Word filtered through the court that one topic the small council has turned its hand to ever since Princess Daena’s recovery is the naming of a seventh White Sword after years of only six Kingsguard knights. Baelor, some claimed, long-resisted naming a seventh due to his own ambivalence of being surrounded by men of war rather than men of peace, but others still said it was only for lack of candidates of suitable skill and spotless repute after so many heroes died in Daeron’s wars. Regardless of the truth, more rumors focused on something quite different: meetings between the Hand and the Dornish envoys, and—after Daena’s return—meetings with Baelor in attendance. Ravens flew south, ravens returned north, more meetings were held… and then it was proclaimed that King Baelor and the Lord Protector of Dorne had agreed that the king’s young cousin, Prince Daeron, would wed the Prince of Dorne’s daughter upon the prince’s majority, and that early negotiations would be under way both in King’s Landing and Sunspear to determine the initial arrangements. It transpired that Ser Quentyn Qorgyle, the Lord Protector, had invited the king and his court to hold the wedding in Sunspear… and rumor has it that the king thinks this good, though some on the small council are less convinced. Visit the Site!
  22. Sky Atlantic, home of Game of Thrones in the UK, and chef director Dan Doherty of the Duck and Waffle have teamed up with UK delivery service Deliveroo to present “The Drama Kitchen”, a pop-up takeaway which will be open from this evening to Sunday evening. The idea behind the concept? The 12 different meals available to order are all inspired by some of Sky Atlantic’s shows… including, of course, Game of Thrones. See the Game of Thrones menu created for The Drama Kitchen: Take a culinary tour of the Seven Kingdoms, from Flea Bottom to the swamps of the Neck, in this seven course tasting menu - ‘Lamprey’ Pie, Crannogmen Supper, Ramsay’s Chop, Catch of the Canals, Bowl o’ Brown, Gored Baratheon Boar and a Flagon at the Crossroads. A feast worth fighting for. • ‘Lamprey’ Pie - Smoked eel and ham hock pie • Crannogmen Supper – Frogs’ leg delicacy from the Neck • Ramsay’s Chop - Roasted pork and apple sausage with Iron Islands sauce • Catch of the Canals - Clam and cockle croquettes with oyster leaf • Bowl o’ Brown – Flea Bottom meat stew served in the slums of King’s Landing • Gored Baratheon Boar - Wild boar salami with pickles • Flagon at the Crossroads - a bottle of honey mead That photo makes it all look quite delicious, although here’s hoping Bowl o’ Brown excludes human flesh! For those interested in ordering, note that availability is restricted geographically: Food from ‘The Drama Kitchen’ will be freshly prepared using specially sourced ingredients at the Social Pantry in Battersea, London and in the interest of the quality of the food, this is only available in the Battersea, Wandsworth and some areas of Clapham, as per its usual Deliveroo delivery area. “The Drama Kitchen” will be open from January 26 to January 29. Visit the Site!
  23. During the airing of the 6th season of Game of Thrones, the Royal Mail and Tourism NI collaborated to release ten limited edition stamps dedicated to the TV series. Each week, a new stamp was released, featuring images that resonated with the series. Now, Westeros.org is pleased to have a contest to win a limited edition stamp sheet—one of only 100 sheets produced!—featuring all ten stamps. There are three ways to enter the contest, and get a chance to win the stamp sheet: 1) Follow our Facebook page and post on the initial post from us with this title. 2) Follow our Twitter account and RT our initial post from us with this title. 3) Join our forum and post to the thread in the Game of Thrones News section indicating your interest in entering the contest. At the end of the week we’ll collate all the entries and choose one winner. This competition is open world-wide. Good luck! Visit the Site!
  24. Princess Daena has been found (some might say that stating she was captured would be more honestly put) in Duskendale after having escaped the Maidenvault, and thence the royal city. Word from Duskendale—where a royal galley was already waiting to bring her back if she happened to go to the seat of House Darklyn in search of a ship to take her away from those who pursused her—was bare regarding the details save to say that she was unharmed and would be placed on said galley forthwith with an added escort of Darklyn knights as well as the Kingsguard knight and his company of men-at-arms that the Hand had sent racing toward Duskendale in search of the princess What is known for certain is that while the princess had escaped the castle by the strategem of a Tyroshi wash to darken her hair, and that a freerider took her outside of the city through the Iron Gate when its captain, Ser Alex Reyne, was called away to a meeting with the Lord Commander of the City Watch and his junior officers failed to attend as closely to their duties as they were tasked to do. But that freerider, a feckless man named Pate who claims he once soldiered for Lord Rollingford before winning himself a horse and armor during Conquest, was found at Rosby village sans princess and, indeed, sans horse. Instead, he seemed to have acquired a great deal of friends, for he was carousing in a tavern while paying for all the beer and ale his new-found acquaintances could assume. Questioned closely, he claimed ignorance that his companion had been Princess Daena, claiming she gave her name as Violet and begged most sweetly to see the world outside the city walls. He obliged her, and then when she offered to buy his horse he expressed incredulity—he thought her mad—until she pulled a great, black pearl earring from her bodice and offered it to him. He agreed straightaway, and proceeded to spend all the coin to celebrate the sale with the expectation that a local merchant would purchase the pearl for many dragons. Those who questioned him were dubious that he had no inkling whom she was, especially when she revealed her wealth, but he persisted in his claim. A small escort was sent to bring him back to King’s Landing and its dungeons so that he might be questioned more closely. With such proof that his companion was indeed the missing princess, however, the hunters continued the search after asking Lord Rosby to inform the Red Keep of what they had discovered. And now with the princess at Duskendale, it seems clear they were on the right track when seeking her out. Visit the Site!
  25. A curious item out of Gotlands Tidningar caught our eye, as it indicated a production company on Gotland was currently involved in collecting location photos for what we can only assume is early location scouting for season 8 of Game of Thrones. According to Olivia Munck of The Line, a production and location services company in Gotland, over 300 images have been sent to the production in several batches as different environments and places were requested; these include images of the medieval town of Visby, followed by a second batch of Visby photos with a focus on older or more “aged” environments, and then a batch of photos focused on old farmsteads on Gotland (including Kattlunds and Stavgard). Visby, which was the center of Hanseatic League for two centuries, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the best preserved medieval town in Scandinavia. Its medieval walls stretch for over 2 miles (3 kilometers), it’s packed with ruins of churches and cathedrals (such as St. Nicolai, where Linda and I held a few talks last year). It’s a beautiful, and quite unique, place, which has for over 30 years hosted the famous Medeltidsveckan medieval festival. The rest of Gotland is also dotted with historical sites and sites of archaeological value, and features some beatuiful vistas (as one can see on The Line’s site). And of course, being in Scandinavia, it’s also known to get a good deal of snow which one supposes might be considered useful for the final season of the series. So, is the production actually going to end up filming in Sweden? Munck was also interviewed by Sveriges Radio after the initial article made the rounds in the press, and there reiterated that she felt the production certainly has some interest in filming there since she doesn’t suppose they would have asked for so many pictures over time if they were writing it off. At the same time, however, she cautioned that nothing was certain at this stage, that no contracts had been signed, and gave it no better than 50/50 odds after citing that Sweden does not have the kind of tax breaks for film productions that Iceland, Spain, Croatia, and other countries where Game of Thrones has filmed previously. According to Munck, after all these photos the next step for the production (if they continued to be interested) would probably be sending someone over to take a look around in person. Visit the Site!