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  1. 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!
  2. 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!
  3. 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!
  4. 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!
  5. 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!
  6. 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!
  7. 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!
  8. 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!
  9. 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!
  10. 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!
  11. 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!
  12. Bonds of Love

    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!
  13. 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!
  14. 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!
  15. A Princess Recovered

    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!
  16. 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!
  17. Heroes Return

    The royal fleet under command of Lord Alyn Velaryon has returned, and received a welcome befitting heroes following their victory—alongside Dornish allies, admittedly—against the Free City of Pentos on the Stepstones. The city waited ever since word reached King’s Landing that they had won their victory, and even more so when word came from Sunspear that Oakenfist and his ships had weighed anchor and begun the long journey back from Dorne to the city. The king himself was there to await his cousin and the captains, lords, and knights of his fleet. Embracing, the septon-king then spoke a blessing over them all before they departed with a grand escort. Thousands of kingslanders lined the roads and ways up to Aegon’s High Hill, to cheer on Oakenfist and the heroes of the Stepstones. The feast that followed in the Red Keep was a fine affair, though as always the king ate only bare morsels. He spent much of his time in conversation with Oakenfist and the High Septon, and eventually retired. When he did, the feast grow somewhat freer—rousing songs rather than hymns came from the singers, and Ser Garlan Hunter led a number of men in a sea-shanty to the delight of onlookers. The battles on sea and land were recounted to eager listeners, as the hours whiled away. And in the morning? News from the Maidenvault: Princess Daena has once again absconded from the Maidenvault. The City Watch immediately began a search, while the Hand Prince Viserys commanded that the guard be doubled on the gates and that all who would leave the city must be closely inspected by men of his own guard who were familiar with the princess. Visit the Site!
  18. In conjunction with the release of the sixth season on Blu-ray and DVD, HBO will be bringing the box set’s exclusive bonus features to life in three groundbreaking events with interactive experiences including photo, video and virtual reality that take fans behind the scenes and immerse them into the world of Game of Thrones. Game Of Thrones Season 6 - Behind the Scenes will give visitors an exclusive look into the making of HBO’s most popular series via interactive audiovisual displays alongside exciting tech-based experiences. Fans will both learn what it takes to put the epic production together and get to step inside scenes themselves. Set up as five different experiences themed to individual bonus features available on the Season 6 Blu-rayTM and DVD set, Game of Thrones: Season 6 – Behind the Scenes is designed to look like set pieces and production elements from the show. The event will give fans a chance to go behind the scenes and experience bonus content from Season 6 come to life while taking shareable photos and videos inside the burning Temple of the Dosh Khaleen, holding the door to save Bran, fighting in the Battle of the Bastards and sitting on the Iron Throne. Additionally, fans will have access to a brand new Virtual Reality experience created exclusively for this fan event that lets them train for battle in the wars to come in Westeros and beyond. Following the November 15 release of Game of Thrones: The Complete Sixth Season on Blu-ray™ and DVD, the Game of Thrones: Season 6 – Behind the Scenes event will make its first stop at Astor Place in New York City on Friday, November 18 and Saturday, November 19, followed by stops at Grant Park in Chicago on Saturday, November 26 and Sunday, November 27, and at Hollywood & Highland in Los Angeles on Friday, December 9 and Saturday, December 10. The operating hours for all events and dates are 12:30pm-8pm. When they are finished previewing never-before-seen content and interacting with the experiences, fans will be able to check out all of the exclusive bonus features that inspired these events in its entirety by purchasing Game of Thrones: The Complete Sixth Season on Blu-ray™ or DVD. The first 20 fans who buy Season 6 on Blu-ray or DVD before the event and bring their box set with them will be granted early access to the experience. Interactive event experiences include: Vaes Dothrak: Watch footage from the exclusive Blu-rayTM/DVD bonus feature “Recreating the Dothraki World,” a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of the city of Vaes Dothrak and its importance to Daenerys’s evolution, and stand in for Daenerys as the Temple of the Dosh Khaleen burns around you in a shareable video utilizing green screen technology. North of the Wall: “Bran’s Journey” delves into Bran Stark’s shocking and revelatory journey during Season 6. In this interactive experience, fans will see a recreation of the mystical Weirwood tree, learn about the Children of the Forest, and “hold the door” to save Bran from the White Walker army in a shareable video. Winterfell: “The Battle of the Bastards: An In-Depth Look,” available exclusively on the Season 6 Blu-ray/DVD set, goes behind the scenes to examine the production challenges of creating this epic event, including explorations of Visual Effects, stunts, and interviews with key cast and crew. In this experiences, modeled after Jon Snow’s command tent, fans can move stone pieces around the battle table and insert themselves into a photo opp of Jon’s position in the incredible aerial mob shot at the height of battle. Castle Black: In the Defend the Wall Virtual Reality Experience, modeled after the Castle Black courtyard and created exclusively for the Game of Thrones: Season 6 – Behind the Scenes fan event, fans will wear a VR headset and pick up a virtual crossbow, arrows and shield to hone their battle skills for the wars to come. But beware! You never know what danger lurks around the corner. The Workshop: The “18 Hours at the Paint Hall” Blu-rayTM/DVD feature follows all three Game of Thrones shooting units as they converge for the first time at Titanic Studios, better known as the Paint Hall, the series’ Belfast-based production hub. Housed in an aluminum structure modeled after the actual Paint Hall, this workshop will house props and costumes from the show, plus give fans the chance to sit on the Iron Throne and begin their reign as the true ruler of the Seven Kingdoms. Fans can pre-register for the event now by visiting GoTBehindTheScenes.com for expedited entry. Fast Passes to the above experiences will be available through this site while supplies last. Visit the Site!
  19. The Game of Thrones season 6 Blu-Ray and DVD set just came out today, and courtesy of HBO we’ve an exclusive clip from the Histories and Lore extras that have always been so popular. Each year’s production values seem to be going up and up, and from what we’ve seen so far it looks like it holds true this season. Last season’s Histories and Lore earned some attention from the Clio Awards, and we can only imagine this season will follow suit. Here’s the exclusive, as Brother Ray (Ian McShane) narrates the War of the Ninepenny Kings: Visit the Site!
  20. The Game of Thrones season 6 Blu-Ray and DVD set just came out today, and courtesy of HBO we’ve an exclusive clip from the Histories and Lore extras that have always been so popular. Each year’s production values seem to be going up and up, and from what we’ve seen so far it looks like it holds true this season. Last season’s Histories and Lore earned some attention from the Clio Awards, and we can only imagine this season will follow suit. Here’s the exclusive, as Brother Ray (Ian McShane) narrates the War of the Ninepenny Kings: Visit the Site!
  21. Game of Thrones Cluedo

    The classic game Cluedo (or Clue, to those across the Pond) has received a Game of Thrones remake thanks to HBO and Winning Moves, who sent us a review copy of their latest board game. They’ve already created versions of Risk and Monopoly, so with Cluedo they’ve basically achieved the trifecta of classic board games. Not only does Game of Thrones Cluedo feature a themed pair of maps (one for King’s Landing and Meereen), characters, and weapons (arakhs, Faceless Men, and more!) to give it that Game of Thrones flavor, but the game throws in some new wrinkles from the classic board game. Most significantly, each player’s character has a unique ability that can be used once per game which, if used right, can tip the scale in favor of a character. The Daenerys character, for example, can move twice on her turn, while Littlefinger can choose to randomly look at one of the cards held by another player after having already been shown one of their cards. The variations continue with the introduction of Intrigue cards, which provide special options such as moving to any location on the board, add six to a roll, or take a peek at a card one player had just shown to another player; some of these cards are to be played immediately or can be held and used until needed. The most intriguing addition is the White Walker card. There are eight of them in the deck of cards that come with the game, and as game progresses they may be drawn one by one. Each card is set aside, to keep track of how many have been drawn, because the eighth card is special: whoever draws it is immediately out of the game. It adds a certain trepidation, to say the least, in the late game as the next turn of a card could mean the end of the player! The game can be played by two players—there are a couple of tweaks needed to the standard rules to make it work—but it’s really best with more players, we think. The production quality of Game of Thrones Cluedo is great, although I do miss the classic plastic figurines from the American Clue for the players; here instead there are plastic holders for small cardboard images for each character, which certainly works and can be understood from a cost perspective, but still, it would have been neat to have sculpted figurines of Daenerys, Tyrion, Daario, Jorah, and the rest. Game of Thrones Cluedo is available now in the U.K. You should also check Winning Moves’ Game of Thrones board game classics. (For those in the U.S., USAopoly publishes the same variation as CLUE: Game of Thrones Board Game) Visit the Site!
  22. In Sunspear, the victorious commanders of the combined fleet and army which saw victory on the Stepstones were feted at the command of the Lord Protector of Dorne. Lord Velaryon, Prince Rhodry, and more attended the feast in the Sandship… but it must be said the crowd was thin, with the hall only half-filled. Ser Quinlan Qorgyle, the Lord Protector, carried on as if the feast was was packed to the rafters, and spent much time conversion with Oakenfist. The news from the Stepstones was largely to the good: though there were some lamentable losses, Pentos had ceded its control of the Stepstones. The Unsullied that one of their magisters had used to give Pentos a fighting chance against the united forces of Westeros would be broken up in smaller units and sold elsewhere, thereby preventing their being used in future hostilities by the Free City. As to the disposition of the Stepstones themselves? Neither Westeros nor Pentos would lay claim to it, and instead the Pentoshi agreed that they would cooperate with King’s Landing and Sunspear in efforts to prevent any other Free City attempting to lay claim to it. The problem of corsairs and pirates—who have often found the Stepstones an excellent base of operations—would be considered at some later time. And away to the north, a different sort of arrival took place: a single ship, dispatched from the Stepstones to bear the wounded hero, Ser Sarmion Baratheon, to Storm’s End for his recovery, and thence on to King’s Landing so that word of the victory over Pentos could be borne to the king. Dispatched with letters from Lord Velaryon, Ser Garlan Hunter was selected to deliver them to the king. Word from Storm’s End warned the court of his arrival, and so the sight of the sail on the horizon was no surprise. Ser Garlan was greeted by an escort of gold cloaks led by Ser Jaynard Lydden and a scattering of nobles of the court, who escorted the knight on through the Red Keep and before the Iron Throne. However, neither the king nor his Hand were present; instead, Ser Conrad Arryn, the king’s steward, greeted his fellow Vale knight. Pious King Baelor was at prayer, praying for the safe recovery of the Stormbreaker and giving thanksgiving for the end of hostilities, whilst the Hand had commanded that Ser Garlan should meet with him privately once he was refreshed. In the interim, Ser Garlan reported the basic details to Ser Conrad and the knights and ladies in attendance, informing them of the victory and how it was achieved, of the heroics of Ser Sarmion, and of the losses that were suffered. Word would spread from those in the throne room through the rest of the court, and by nightfall even paupers in the streets had heard that the king’s fleet and Dorne’s army had united to win the Stepstones free of Pentoshi domination (not that that fact would do the paupers much good). Visit the Site!
  23. HBO has sent out a press release concerning the 7th season of Game of Thrones, confirming several details—most notably the total number of episodes for the season, seven—that have come out over the last weeks. The press release is below: The Emmy®- and Golden Globe-winning series GAME OF THRONES will begin shooting its next season later this summer, it was announced today by Casey Bloys, president, HBO programming. Production of the seven-episode seventh season will be based in Northern Ireland, while additional portions will be filmed in Spain and Iceland, with debut slated for summer 2017 on HBO. “Now that winter has arrived on GAME OF THRONES, executive producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss felt that the storylines of the next season would be better served by starting production a little later than usual, when the weather is changing,” said Bloys. “Instead of the show’s traditional spring debut, we’re moving the debut to summer to accommodate the shooting schedule.” Season seven directors will include Mark Mylod, Jeremy Podeswa, Matt Shakman and Alan Taylor. Locations for shooting in Spain will include Sevilla, Caceres, Almodovar del Rio, Santiponce, Zumaia and Bermeo. Last week, GAME OF THRONES received 23 Primetime Emmy® nominations, the most of any nominee for the third year in a row. This year’s nominations include Outstanding Drama Series, 2 for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington), 3 for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (Emilia Clarke, Lena Headey, Maisie Williams), Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series (Max von Sydow), 2 for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series (Miguel Sapochnik, Jack Bender) and Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series (David Benioff and D.B. Weiss). 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, Guymon Casady, Vince Gerardis, George R.R. Martin and Bryan Cogman; producers, Chris Newman, Greg Spence and Lisa McAtackney. Visit the Site!
  24. Thrones at the Emmys

    This year’s Emmy Awards have concluded and the results featured a few surprises in the acting categories, but the overall picture was as expected for Game of Thrones as it secured a total of 12 Emmys, tying last year’s record. Besides repeating for Best Dramatic Series, the show received direction and writing awards for “The Battle of the Bastards”. The shut out in the acting categories goes against prevailing opinions among entertainment pundits and journalists, but it seems that while the voting constituency (rule changes in 2015 are a big part of why Game of Thrones is now dominant in the drama category) loves Peter Dinklage, his puzzled reaction to last year’s victory moved the voters away from him and instead saw them return to an old stand by (Maggie Smith) and a long-time veteran (Ben Mendelsohn) over the remaining Game of Thrones nominees. Some notable remarks followed the Emmys when interviewers asked the showrunners about the future of the series and the possibility of sequels. According to the Hollywood Reporter: “You might want to ask George about that. It’s a great world George created and a very rich world,” said Benoiff. “I’m sure there will be other series set in Westeros, but for us this is it.” Martin quickly stepped up to the mic: “I do have thousands of pages of fake history of everything that led up to Game of Thrones, so there’s a wealth of material there and I’m still writing more. But at the moment I still have this show to finish and two books to finish, so that’s all speculation for now.” Benioff’s remark reiterates that he and Weiss are done with showrunning for the forseeable future when Game of Thrones wraps up, which is no surprise, but it seems that discussions at HBO are at the point where he seems to have no doubt that some sort of follow-on project is likely. On the other hand, as GRRM says, it all remains speculation until HBO is ready to lock something in. We suspect it’ll be a year or two before we hear of any firm plans for a spin-off series drawing from The World of Ice and Fire or A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms. Visit the Site!
  25. Ambush and Anger

    The ruse to draw out the Unsullied was a success, as the bulk of the Dornish force—strengthened by heavy horse under the command of Ser Sarmion Baratheon, the Stormbreaker—drove into Bloodstone to threaten a fortress and the Pentoshi sellswords and slave-soldiers moved into pursuit. Little did the magisters of Pentos know, however, that this was an elaborate trap. The outriders ahead of the Pentoshi column sent no word of trouble… but they were sellswords, and their company had been suborned with chests of coin by Ser Laurent Dalt, the Keeper of the Sandship. When the column passed beneath a ridge, trusting to their outriders, they were unprepared for the ambush launched by the Dornishmen from the height. Attacking all along the line of march, the Dornish spears and arrows flew while the Unsullied moved with sure discipline to defend themselves. The initial attack of foot and horse combined broke on the Unsullied line, despite being boldly led by the Sand Dog and Prince Rhodry Martell. More success was found when the rearguard of sellswords was attacked by a second wave of Dornishmen under the command of Ser Darion Fowler, who pressed the opponents hard and led to the Unsullied sending some of their strength from the center to reinforce them even as the Unsullied found that their eastern flank was unprotected by the traitorous sellswords who had pulled away from the rest of the host. In response to the betrayal, the Unsullied also extended their line and refused it to guard that flank… Which would prove necessary, as the final part of the trap was sprung when Ser Sarmion Baratheon and the heavy destriers under his command appeared around the end of the ridge and drove straight at the thin Unsullied line holding the flank. The weight of men and armor and horses fell upon the Unsullied and nearly—nearly!—failed. But the Stormbreaker would not be denied, riding fearlessly into the wall of spears and shields. His horse was killed from under him, he was flung from its saddle, but their weight—and that of the scores of horses behind them—succeeded in breaking a gap in the line through which the rest rushed through. The Stormbreaker rose in wrath, hammer swinging to overpower the eunuch soldiers who faced him, and though he took half-a-dozen wounds he fought on with the fury of his forefathers to lead his men to their goal: the Magister Mennio Quaranis, owned of the Unsullied legion. As the Dornish redoubled their efforts along the line, the Unsullied guard about the magister grew too thin. Quaranis, the boldest and most ambitious of the magisters on Bloodstone, was crushed by the warhammer of Ser Sarmion Baratheon, his face beaten to a pulp. Some had thought that with their master’s death, the Unsullied would become purposeless and would refuse to fight on, but that proved false. They formed a hedgehog of spears instead, formidable and frightening, to consolidate their defensive position with support from the sellswords who remained. Ser Laurent and Prince Rhodry, seeing this, sought at first to lead forces around to join Baratheon, but when it became clear that the Unsullied were too disciplined to break their lines a second time this no longer seemed likely. There was confusion among the Dornish in the aftermath, and those who witnessed the commanders claim Prince Rhodry was less than pleased that they did not move toward Baratheon in time, and seemed particularly angered at the famous Ser Tamlyn Toland who had fought beside him through much of the battle, as did Toland’s unfortunate kinsman Ser Garwin who suffered a mortal wound. Who knew the prince could be so desirous to aid the man who had killed his paramour in battle, captured him, and mocked him with the body of his lover? With the Unsullied dug in, the Dornish forces—at the urging of Ser Laurent Dalt—began to withdraw. Ser Garlan Hunter, who rode in the Stormbreaker’s charge, helped Ser Sarmion to a new horse as it became clear that the Stormbreaker’s wounds were serious. Hours later, the Pentoshi forces finally moved, proceeding on to where they had intended to make a camp… And two days after, the Unsullied were still there, seemingly uninterested in the comings or goings of anyone, whether Pentoshi or Westerosi. For some this proved that without a master, and without orders that would allow the other magisters to command them, the Unsullied would simply sit and wait until the end of days if needs be. With a sellsword company abandoning them and the Unsullied no longer fighting, suddenly Pentos’s position on Bloodstone (and the rest of the Stepstones) seems far less tenable. And so Oakenfist, once informed of the victory, sent to the Pentoshi to parley with the intention of demanding terms of surrender. Visit the Site!