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  1. We’ve had the opportunity to watch the first six episodes of House of the Dragon, courtesy of HBO Max, and we certainly have some thoughts about the show. We’ve placed our “Not a Review” in our Features section which hasn’t seen much use since Game of Thrones came to an end, so go read it there. https://www.westeros.org/Graphics/Gallery/_medium/HotD_Trailer-Official_03.png View the full article
  2. We occasionally highlight really great, A Song of Ice and Fire-inspired fan works, and we’re happy to bring attention to the asoiafanimated instagram where a team of Italian animators led by professional animator Giovanni Ariutti. We have a very brief tease, but you should check the Instagram for a longer trailer, with music and all, and that in turn is leading to something even more substantial on August 23rd. See the teaser below, and the full details of the team working on the project: read on >>> View the full article
  3. A brand new promo ahead of the airing of House of the Dragon... and it includes an excellent look at the last living dragon from the Conquest, Vhagar: View the full article
  4. And here is our last interview from the European premiere of House of the Dragon, with co-show runner and head writer Ryan Condal. Though it’s the last interview from the event, it’s not going to be our last interview with Ryan, who’s agreed to sit down with Westeros.org for a proper interview in the next few days. Feel free to comment on the video below with any questions you’d like to ask and we’ll try and pick the ones we find the most interesting to present to Ryan! https://www.westeros.org/Graphics/Images/_medium/Euro_Premiere_Condal.jpg read on >>> View the full article
  5. As promised, here are the next two interviews we managed to get from the press pit at the European premiere of House of the Dragon! In this pairing, we talk to Emma D’Arcy (Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen) and Steve Toussaint (Corlys Velaryon). You’ll find the interviews below the image I took of the replica of Balerion the Black Dread’s skull during the Dragon’s Den interactive event. https://www.westeros.org/Graphics/Images/_medium/Balerion_Dragons_Den.jpg read on >>> View the full article
  6. Below you’ll find two of the five interviews we, and our good friend Javi Marcos of Spanish fan site Los Siete Reinos who kindly helped us out by bringing along and manning the camera equipment, secured as part of the press pool at the red carpet for the European premiere of House of the Dragon in Amsterdam. We’ll release the other three over the next couple of days. Red carpet interviews tend to be short, and these were no different: there were more than a dozen outlets present and each only had limited time, especially as the screening time drew near. Still, we enjoyed the spectacle, and I even got to sit on the new version of the Iron Throne with Javi perched beside me (I joked he was Mushroom). You’ll find the two interviews below! https://www.westeros.org/Graphics/Images/_medium/On_The_Throne.jpg read on >>> View the full article
  7. Tisdagen den 16 augusti premiärvisas första avsnittet av House of the Dragon på biograf Rigoletto i Stockholm och du och en vän kan vara där! I samarbete med HBO Max tävlar Westeros.org ut biljetter till eventet. För att ha chansen att vinna, svara på inlägget på Twitter från @westerosorg och berätta för oss vad du skulle döpa din drake till! Glöm inte att tagga ditt svar #HBOMax och #HouseoftheDragon och svara senast den 14/8. https://www.westeros.org/Graphics/Images/_medium/220802_SE_HOTD_Contest_LocalPremiere_SQ_V2.jpg read on >>> View the full article
  8. We’ve an exciting opportunity for fans of Game of Thrones who are excited about the forth-coming House of the Dragon! Thanks to HBO Max Netherlands, we have a number of tickets that we’re giving away to attend the European premiere of House of the Dragon on August 11th. The event will be a grand affair taking place at the Beurs van Berlage in Amsterdam, featuring members of the cast and crew as well as the Dragon’s Den, a unique interactive experience that will open first for guests of the premiere before opening for the general public on the 12th and 13th of August. We’ll post some more of the official information below, but the essential point is… how do you enter the contest? See below! https://www.westeros.org/Graphics/Images/_medium/HouseoftheDragon_Savethedate_EN.png read on >>> View the full article
  9. A pleasant surprise today, as the official Game of Thrones channels dropped a new video, this time a rather unique one as it had George R.R. Martin narrating the history of the Targaryens (as well as the Hightowers and Velaryons) that leads up to the time of The House of the Dragons, with animated graphics from none other than artist Doug Wheatley, the illustrator of Fire and Blood. Very interesting that the Hightowers get a little bit of focus in this video. The Velaryons are to be expected, of course, although an interesting thing we noticed about this video is that it only mentions the marriage of Corlys to Rhaenys as one of the ties the families have to one another, when of course Aegon the Conqueror and his sisters had a Velaryon mother. It’s a short video, but since Aegon and the Conquest was mentioned, it seemed like a detail they could have slipped in there if they wanted to. View the full article
  10. Great news from the LA Shorts International Film Festival! GRRM’s adaptation of his friend Howard Waldrop’s story “The Night of the Cooters” has won “Best Sci-Fi”. We previously wrote about the project when the teaser came out last year. Read the full press release for all the details. Los Angeles, August 1, 2022 – With Vincent D’ Onofrio (Daredevil, Ratched) leading from behind and in front of the camera, George R.R. Martin’s adaptation of Howard Waldrop’s renowned short story of the same name Night of the Cooters garnered “Best Sci-Fi” at this year’s LA Shorts International Film Festival. Closing the festival with the show stopper, screenwriter Joe R. Lansdale (Bubba Ho-Tep, Hap and Leonard) moderated a cast Q&A following the world premiere to a full house at Laemmle NoHo theaters, and from the “Best Sci-Fi” nod, the audience really liked it! https://www.westeros.org/Graphics/Images/_medium/Cooters_Cast.jpeg read on >>> View the full article
  11. On August 2nd, The Complete Guide to House of the Dragon will hit shelves across the country, a one-of-a-kind deep dive into the forthcoming HBO series. Among it’s many features? A lengthy exclusive interview with George R. R. Martin, discussing the show, it’s origins in Fire and Blood and The World of Ice and Fire, and more! https://www.westeros.org/Graphics/Images/_medium/HotD_Guide_Cover.jpg read on >>> View the full article
  12. HBO has released two new videos today. The more interesting of the two is the later one, a behind-the-scenes video titled “Returning to Westeros”: Some really interesting footage, particulary of Laena’s actress riding her dragon and then a sort of realtime pre-viz showing roughly what the shot will look like. Some real high technology going into the show! And of course, as already mentioned, the fact that they’ve built a massive Red Keep set with interlocking rooms so that one can do a “walk-and-talk” through various levels, rooms, and corridors—rather than the more economical approach of cutting away and showing only absolutely necessary rooms with one or two hallways being redressed to serve as multitudes—is impressive. Finally, you’ll catch more than a few glimpses of the sons of Alicent and Rhaenyra in the course of this See the extended trailer below, which has a bit of added footage from the recently released full trailer! read on >>> View the full article
  13. A press release touting all the new programs and films coming to HBO Max in August had a very interesting announcement: “HBO Max has announced everything coming to the platform this August, including the debut of HOUSE OF THE DRAGON (8/21), based on George R.R. Martin’s “Fire & Blood.” In addition, all eight seasons of the HBO hit GAME OF THRONES arrive on HBO Max in 4K Ultra HD, HDR 10, Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos on the ad-free plan and supported devices. New episodes of HOUSE OF THE DRAGON will also debut in these advanced formats. We think this may be the first original series to get the 4K HDR treatment straight out of the gate on HBO/HBO Max. https://www.westeros.org/Graphics/Gallery/_medium/HotD_Trailer-Official_03.png View the full article
  14. As promised, we’ve put together a gallery of over thirty images from across the brand new trailer, images selected because we’ve some relevant details about what’s shown, or just because we wanted to highlight something. You can see the slideshow of images below! https://www.westeros.org/Graphics/Gallery/_medium/HotD_Trailer-Official_01.png View the full article
  15. Yet more House of the Dragons content drops, as HBO Max releases this official trailer ahead of SDCC (where many expected it to be initially released): Some really spectacular moments in this, especially our first real look at Caraxes, the Blood Wyrm, and what may well be Vhagar, the last survivor of the three dragons with which the Targaryens conquered the Seven Kingdoms. Yes, we’ll be putting together a screen capture gallery with some commentary in a future post! View the full article
  16. Hot on the heels of EW‘s exclusive, the Hollywood Reporter has published a two-part extravaganza from Fire Cannot Kill a Dragon chronicler James Hibberd (Part 1, Part 2 digging further into both the origins of House of the Dragon, its story and production, and the future of the show as well as other shows in the Game of Thrones universe. https://www.westeros.org/Graphics/Images/_medium/HotD_Daemon-Throne_01.jpeg read on >>> View the full article
  17. The last few days have been jam-packed with House of the Dragon information, all of it leading to the big panel a San Diego Comic-Con, and the August 21st premiere of the show beyond that. The latest? A video from HBO giving us a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the show in production, with brief comments from show runners Ryan Condal and Miguel Sapochnik, and creator George R.R. Martin: But what really kicked it of was Entertainment Weekly and its exclusive article from Nick Romano, who visited the sit and spoke extensively with the cast and crew of the show. Since that initial release, EW has been releasing more articles and photos on a daily basis, again leading up to the big SDCC premiere. https://www.westeros.org/Graphics/Images/_medium/EW_HotD_01.jpeg read on >>> View the full article
  18. We’ve been in the midst of a vacation over here a Westeros, but George R.R. Martin has been keeping busy! A recent Not a Blog post goes into some length about the state of the highly-anticipated The Winds of Winter, a post which seems to have been prompted after a recent round of interviews (including this excellent interview by the team at Game of Owns). It’s the lengthiest update he’s given on the book in some years, and is well worth reading closely. And while he’s at it, George reveals how the story has been slowly moving further and further away from what he envisioned years earlier, even as late as when he met with the showrunners of Game of Thrones to discuss his plans. read on >>> View the full article
  19. HBO has announced which members of the House of the Dragon cast and crew will be present for the panel at Main Hall H during San Diego Comic-Con... and have now unveiled their plans for both an at-event special interactive experience for attendees and the release of an Augmented Reality game called House of the Dragon:DracARys (see what they did there?) for Android and iOs devices. See below for more information! https://www.westeros.org/Graphics/Images/_medium/Dracarys_KeyArt_1-1_v2.jpg read on >>> View the full article
  20. At “Not a Blog”, George R.R. Martin goes into some detail—as far as he’s able—as he confirms the news that a Jon Snow series is in development under the working title of Snow. In the process, he confirms that Kit Harington is the originator of the series (as revealed by Emilia Clarke in a recent BBC profile), that he and his own team of writers and consultants are working with Harington’s team, and that the project has actually been in development nearly as long as projects that we learned about last year rather than being a very new development. There’s also some Winds of Winter information, as George notes that he was recently “back with Tyrion,” and GRRM also discusses his recent (misconstrued) remarks on The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power as well as continuing work on short films based on the works of the great Howard Waldrop. https://www.westeros.org/Graphics/Gallery/_medium/GameOfThrones_S2_Fist_02.jpg View the full article
  21. The court of King Aegon, Fourth of His Name, carries on with relative calm despite the lesser and greater turmoils its ruler has been known to cause with his endeavors, amorous and otherwise. Prince Daeron has returned to Dragonstone for a time following the birth of his latest child, leaving the small council to manage the affairs of the realm while the king was distracted by his own personal affairs. In the meantime, the court has enjoyed itself, with small feasts and social gatherings, and a running rumor that some great tourney and contests will soon be called. Princess Daena, the king’s cousin and once queen to Baelor the Blessed, was seen of late in the castle’s yard practicing with the Dornish bow her brother had gifted her years earlier, seeming inclined to believe that Aegon would be convinced to at least host an archery competition for the ladies of the court. Daena’s onlookers included a gathering of a collection of handsome young knights and lordlings, and vivacious and worldly young ladies, who spend their time idly in gossip and entertainments… but also in doting on the princess’s bastard son, Daemon Waters, a boy of two years who watched his mother’s archery with the delight that only a child could show. “The little prince” some have taken to calling him, or even “the bastard prince”, though of course he does not hold that title. In another realm entire, that of Dorne, the young Prince Maron seems an able leader who has largely kept wise and experienced lords and ladies about him. But then, there are the ties of blood, and one cannot choose one’s relations… And that may be why the prince, concerned of rumors of restive young men-at-arms and minor lords in the Boneway, sent Prince Rhodry and his good-brother Ser Tamlyn Toland to investigate the matter, and to report back as well on the state of the defenses of the pass. For months they were gone, but when they returned they came back with a score of knights and men-at-arms in addition to their escort, men who would have the honor of serving in the royal household, or that of some prince or princess, such that they could enjoy the pleasures of Sunspear and the shadow city amidst the Winding Walls. The canniest of them recognized that in fact they were chosen not so much for their prowess, but because they had made too much noise about wishing to raid into the Marches and make names for themselves. Worst of all, rumors had it that Prince Rhodry reported to his nephew that Lady Yronwood was doing very little to discourage such thoughts, and indeed that Yronwood would likely be the first great house of Dorne to break the peace that Maron’s predecessor, his father Prince Maron, had forged with Baelor the Blessed. Unless, that is, something was done to keep the Yronwoods, and all the other would-be raiders, in line. And so Prince Maron ponders a solution to that problem, and is said to send letters to Dragonstone as he seeks Prince Daeron’s advice and support in maintaining peace between the Iron Throne and Dorne. [url={url}]Visit the Site![/url]
  22. As the Warner Bros Shop announces “Day of the Dragon”, HBO gets on board by releasing a brand new poster featuring the young Rhaenyra Targaryen in full regalia with a dragon looms behind her, and a few other licensed products start to make their way out of the gate—including two beers from Danish craft brewer Mikkeller, a set of wines from Vintage Wine Estates, and another set of wines from Australia’s Treasury Vintage Wines. https://www.westeros.org/Graphics/Gallery/_medium/HotD_Key-Art.jpg read on >>> View the full article
  23. Today sounds like an exciting day for eager House of the Dragon followers, as the Warner Bros. Shop names today, June 22nd, the “Day of the Dragon” and has dropped a large collection of House of the Dragon merchandise on the new shop, including a limited edition bomber jacket that looks very smart, as well as a few bits-and-bobs from Game of Thrones (including Sansa’s crown!) Below you’ll see a sampling of the new products, and click through to the full article for the press release from Warner Bros.! https://www.westeros.org/Graphics/Images/_medium/WB-HOD-JCKT-001-updated1.jpg read on >>> View the full article
  24. Via James Hibberd at The Hollywood Reporter, we’ve learned that Kit Harington is attached to star in Jon Snow spin-off series set after the end of Game of Thrones. Suffice it to say, the new has sent shockwaves through fandom, casual and hardcore alike. For our part, it doesn’t seem all that surprising, for the reasons laid out in Deadline‘s confirmation. read on >>> View the full article
  25. Jalic Blades, who among other things produce the Valyrian Steel line of A Song of Ice and Fire and Game of Thrones replicas, has just announced that tomorrow they will launch preorders for a replica of Blackfyre, the sword of Aegon the Conqueror and many of his heirs. It is a limited edition stainless steel sword, and that some time after they will also produce an even more limited Damascus steel version of the sword. https://www.westeros.org/Graphics/Images/_medium/Blackfyre_Sword_Jalic.jpg read on >>> View the full article
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