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June 14 2013

‘Mhysa’ Round-Up: All’s Fair in Love and War

Shock waves from the Red Wedding radiate through the kingdoms in Sunday’s Season Finale. Poor Arya Stark had a front row seat to the horror as she witnessed a parade featuring the head of Grey Wolf sewn on to her brother's body. See how the shocking scene was conceptualized in the storyboard below from HBO GO’s Interactive Features.


The heartbreak is enough to push Arya’s fantasies of revenge into reality. In an interview with, actor Maisie Williams explains Arya’s decision to kill her first man: “She’s longing for a family and he’s talking about how he murdered her family. It really gets to her so she decides to give a little back.”

June 07 2013

Saying Goodbye: Behind the Scenes of Episode 309

By Cat Taylor


There are moments on 'Game of Thrones,' when you know something coming up in the filming schedule will be different. The apprehension in the days leading up to the filming of the Red Wedding was a palpable feeling – this scene, this moment was one that would shift the direction of so many of our main storylines, and for some, it was the coming of an abrupt end. Readers of the books have known the Red Wedding was imminent, but followers of the show would only know that something, something was reaching a climax.

Before we get to the filming days in the hall at the Twins, let me tell you a few facts from the episode you might find interesting. The Great Hall at the Twins, where Robb Stark holds audience with Walder Frey, was also the Council Chamber at Riverrun where Edmure claimed his victory at the Stone Mill – much to Robb's disgust in Episode 303. The set was completely reworked so that the light and airy rooms of House Tully became a dark, menacing and oppressive space; the walls were refinished, the Tully fish removed, the balcony added and the windows covered. Then Set Dec went to work to bring in the finished elements in just under two weeks, from start to finish.

May 22 2013

“Second Sons” Round-Up: Unhappy Couples and Unassuming Heroes

Wedding bells rang in King’s Landing last night as Sansa Stark and Tyrion Lannister tied the knot. “Though Joffrey threatens to rape his ex-fiancée, and seems on the verge of ordering his uncle's death for his insolence before Tywin calms things down,” Alan Sepinwall of observes, “the wedding largely goes off okay.”

The mismatched bride and groom piqued the interest of engineers at OKCupid; the dating website calculated the couple as 80.15 percent compatible, Entertainment Weekly reports. (Shae will be happy to know that this score was not mentioned in the honeymoon suite.) Executive Producer David Benioff explains Tyrion’s feelings on consummating his marriage in this week’s Inside the Episode: “He knows she doesn’t want it... He would hate himself in the morning.” Resolved to wait until Sansa is ready, the groom quotes the Night’s Watch: “And so my watch begins.”

Samwell Tarly lives out his own vows by being a "sword in the darkness." Rolling Stone’s Sean T. Collins notes, the crow is “like a hero out of a storybook.” Relive Sam's big moment below with the storyboard from HBO GO’s Interactive Features.

Sam’s surprise attack mirrored Melisandre’s strategy—to keep Gendry from seeing “the blade.” Actor Joe Dempsie describes the Red priestess’ appeal in an interview with New York Magazine’s Vulture blog. Melisandre is “a very powerful force for Gendry, and hard to resist. It's not power he wants, but answers—and curiosity killed the cat.” In an interview with, actress Carice van Houten talks about Melisandre’s resolve, “She genuinely is convinced that this is the way and everyone that doesn’t believe her is just a nuisance.” Cynics like Davos and Arya are “difficult flies.”

Melisandre’s conviction doesn’t stop Stannis from consulting his Hand. Salon’s Willa Paskin was unimpressed by the king’s rationalization to Davos. “His speech is an abuse of the word ‘duty,’ ” Paskin says about Stannis, who is using it as “a justification to do something dishonorable without even thinking about it.” Davos’ advice to spare Gendry’s life embodies Paskin’s definition of duty: “something one who is honorable does whether or not they want to.”

The next Game of Thrones episode airs in two weeks. Until then, catch up with the Viewer’s Guide so you won’t need Lady Olenna to explain the family tree.

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May 16 2013

“Bear and the Maiden Fair” Round-Up: The Crowned and the Furry

'Game of Thrones' has no shortage of battles (both emotional and literal) but Sunday night marked a series first: a bear fight. Jaime’s rescue of Brienne was as heroic as it was unexpected. “It's pure instinct, and it's really stupid,” actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau tells about Jaime's impulsive leap. But "he just can't stand that a woman that has so much dignity should be degraded that way.” Critics were also taken by Bart the Bear II; “Great acting from the bear… I've never seen a live wild animal action sequence like that on TV before,” says Entertainment Weekly’s James Hibberd.

The episode, written by George R.R. Martin, balanced action with subtler scenes. In this week’s Inside the Episode, Executive Producer David Benioff discusses how these quiet moments shed light on the characters and their stakes. Robb’s scene with Talisa, Executive Producer D.B. Weiss explains, connects the rebirth of his cause to the future birth of his child.

As Robb reaffirms his mission, so does the khaleesi. Dany’s makes it her duty to liberate the slaves of Yunkai. “The scene in which she meets and rejects the emissary from Yunkai,” Time’s James Poniewozik says, “is spectacular without a single fireball.” Mike Hogan of the Huffington Post is fully behind Dany’s vision: “I frankly find it really exciting to think of her as an avenging angel leading an army of liberated slaves to victory over these inbred families with their castles and crests….” 

In these families, power is wielded less tactfully. King Joffrey summons Tywin, and as Sarah Hughes of The Guardian points out, “the boy king was sort of right in everything he said: he should be learning how to rule; he should be sitting in on council meetings and not having to seek them out; Dany actually is more than a ‘curiosity on the far side of the world.’ ” Yet Joffrey quickly realizes that his grandfather is superior both “emotionally and with regard to intelligence,” actor Jack Gleeson explains in HBO GO’s Interactive Features. The king may wear the crown, but he can’t command his grandfather’s respect.

What are your thoughts on the Lannisters’ struggles? Has Jaime won your respect? Will Bart be visiting your nightmares?

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May 14 2013

The Making of a Bear Fight

Westerosi tavern-goers know “The Bear and the Maiden Fair,” is a popular drinking song. But the phrase took on a new meaning Sunday night when Jaime Lannister rescued Brienne of Tarth from a bear pit. Wondering how stars Gwendoline Christie and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau tangled with a bear and made it out alive? This video takes you behind the scenes.

In his interview with, Coster-Waldau jokes the bear was a bit of a diva.  

The fight's intricate storyboard will give you a sense of how much teamwork was required. 

What was your reaction to this bear and his maiden fair?

May 13 2013

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau Doesn't Trust Daenerys Targaryen

This Sunday, the Kingslayer faced one of his fiercest opponents to date—a bear. In an interview with, actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau opens up about Jaime’s secrets, his relationship with Brienne of Tarth, and what's so scary about Dany.

HBO: What attracts Jaime to Brienne? Why does he trust her?

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau: She lives by a code that Jaime also believes, but he’s become a very cynical person. He’s learned that all these beautiful words like "honor" and "dignity" don’t mean anything in this world. Then he meets someone who says, “Well, I don’t care because that’s how I am. I have to stand up for what I believe is right.” Which is what Brienne does, she reaffirms there’s a place for dignity… I think it reawakens something inside of him. He just knows she can be trusted, it’s instinctual.

Read the full interview with Nikolaj Coster-Waldau on

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May 08 2013

Faking, Baking and Quaking: Behind the Scenes of Episode 304, 305 and 306

By Cat Taylor

Poor old Jaime, having to fight with only one hand. Don’t worry – those three men taunting him weren’t extras with vicious natures, but rather part of the stunt team.

As for Varys' special delivery, our man in the box required no stunts. The sorcerer was played by a local actor and the crate he arrives in was specially made – as so many of the props are – to a finish of appropriate roughness. One of a few designs, it was eventually chosen for its sturdiness.

On the other end of the scale is the perfect finish and grandeur of the Sept of Baelor. The Sept is actually a little over half a sept; the appearance of a full circle was created using camera angle tricks and VFX. The massive space where the Sept was built in is shared with something unexpected, that you don’t get to see until Episode 306: the huge ice wall that Jon and Ygritte must climb with the wildlings.

The ice wall was built by our amazing construction team and it took six weeks of testing and sampling to find a construction method and materials that worked. This was then tested by stunts for safety, and once filming of the climb began, we had crews working through the night to repair the damage done during the day's shooting.

In Westeros, the Wall and King's Landing are thousands of miles away from each other, but things are a little different in the real world. In Belfast, you’ll find the Wall sandwiched between the Throne Room and parts of the Red Keep, and more specifically Tywin’s new chamber, where Cersei confronts her father.

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May 07 2013

“The Climb” Round-Up: Sacrifice, Survival and Lovers on Top of the World

The closing minutes of “The Climb” embody the principal struggles in Westeros: the battles for power and survival. David Sims of divides the themes by geography: “In King’s Landing, it’s all about intrigue and subtle sniping and wily characters... Up North, everyone’s just trying to stay alive.” In this episode, players in both locations form alliances to aid their ascents.

Jon Snow and Ygritte pledge loyalty to each other in the face of the 700-foot Wall. HBO GO’s Interactive Features take you behind the scenes, where the actors actually scaled a sheet of ice. “It took about a week,” reveals Rose Leslie, the actress behind Ygritte, tells TV Guide. “Being up there with our harnesses with the wind and snow machines at that height was amazing.” The unforgiving elements made the lovers’ kiss on top of the Wall all the more tender and romantic. Alan Sepinwall of says of the scene: “Lovers from different worlds coming together despite their differences is a story as old as there have been stories, but that sequence atop the ice really gave new life to the old cliché.”

In King’s Landing, Tywin Lannister and Lady Olenna used words as weapons in their battle for political control. In this week's Inside the Episode, Executive Producer D.B. Weiss explains he finds the verbal sparring between equally matched opponents as exciting as a great swordfight. The Atlantic’s Christopher Orr breaks down Tywin’s strategy: “His threat to disinherit the Tyrells' beloved Loras by giving him what is (ostensibly) a great honor is made all the more acute by the fact that (as close observers may remember) this is exactly what King Aerys did to him when he made Jaime a White Cloak.”

Check out the Viewer’s Guide to see how the marriage will unite the Tyrells and the Lannisters, and brush up on your history. Westeros was a popular topic this week; students of the realm were part of a 'Saturday Night Live' skit, "Game of 'Game of Thrones,' " a sketch that included an appearance by the Kingslayer himself, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau.   

The boldest strategy this week came from Littlefinger, who handed over Ros to Joffrey to assert his clout over Varys—and to recoup his investment. In HBO GO’s Interactive Features George R.R. Martin explains that Lord Baelish “thrives on chaos because in chaos there is opportunity for advancement.” Rolling Stone’s Sean T. Collins attributes Littlefinger’s ascent to being “able to see the swirling chaos of government as a ladder to be climbed rather than a whirlpool to drown in.” Yet as actress Esme Bianco attests in an interview with, the higher you climb, the further you can fall.

What do you think about Littlefinger’s power plays? And Ros’ untimely demise?

May 06 2013

The Rise and Fall of Ros

This Sunday's episode, "The Climb," marked the end of the line for Ros. In an interview with, actress Esmé Bianco discusses the evolution of her character, why she spied for Varys, and what's so appealing about life in King's Landing.

Ros managed to gain the confidence of both Varys and Littlefinger. What is about her that made them trust her?

Everyone thinks she has lower expectations. I think people underestimate her because she's not someone who's trying to marry the king or steal the throne. She's on a different level. But she is so clever at being a woman. She knows how to use her feminine wiles to gain trust, so people have that confidence in her, but they're underestimating how ambitious she is.

Continue to to read the full interview with Esmé Bianco.

April 30 2013

“Kissed by Fire” Round-Up: Oaths, Obligations and a Trial by Combat

"Valar dohaeris," the Valyrian expression, translates to "all men must serve." It’s this sense of duty that looms over “Kissed by Fire,” with kings and commoners alike examining their obligations.

First, there are those who betrayed their oaths. Weary of his "Kingslayer" nickname, Jaime Lannister reveals the whole story to Brienne. In an interview with, Executive Story Editor and episode writer Bryan Cogman explains the significance of Jaime’s confession: It’s “the first time he's told ANYONE what really happened during the sack of King's Landing—that includes Tyrion and Cersei.” Gwendoline Christie, who plays Brienne, shares how Jaime’s revelation resonates with her character in HBO GO’s Interactive Features. Now that Brienne sees the honor in Jaime, she considers them “kindred spirits.”

King in the North Robb Stark has found a confidante in Talisa but their union meant breaking a promise the Starks made to Walder Frey. Executive Producer David Benioff calls Robb’s marriage his biggest strategic mistake in this week’s Inside the Episode. The King in the Narrow Sea fares no better; Stannis Baratheon’s broken marriage vows only resulted in guilt.

In Tywin Lannister's opinion, family and strategy are entwined. Case in point, he uses Tyrion and Cersei as pawns to secure the Lannisters’ hold on the Iron Throne. James Hibberd of Entertainment Weekly points out, “as much of an emotionally abusive father Tywin Lannister is, if he ran a corporation, who wouldn't want to invest?”

For the Brotherhood Without Banners, questions of duty and morality are decided by the Lord of Light—including the Hound’s fate. For a behind-the-scenes look at his fiery trial by combat, check out the video below, which was featured in HBO GO’s Interactive Features:


Arya’s reactions to the trial struck a chord with viewers. Her scenes where the “most powerful of all,” according to Rolling Stone’s Sean T. Collins. “Every line seemed like a cruise missile aimed at your heart.” That includes Arya’s discussion with Beric Dondarrion. Time’s James Poniewozik sums it up: “Who would have thought that ‘Could you bring back a man without a head?’ could be such a touching line?”

"Valar dohaeris" is traditionally the reply to "Valar morghulis," which means “all men must die,” but as Lord Beric’s scars prove, things are seldom so black and white in 'Game of Thrones.' Who did you find most and least honorable in this episode? Share your thoughts below. 

April 26 2013

Bryan Cogman Has His Own Dark Dreams, Wouldn't Want to Warg

This season’s fifth episode, “Kissed by Fire,” was penned by Executive Story Editor and writer Bryan Cogman. Wondering why things happen when they do in the season? In an interview with, Cogman explains how scenes are mapped out, his take on Jaime’s turning point, and who he thinks is the richest family in Westeros.  Photo: Riley Stearns

How did you come to tackle Episode 305? Are there any benefits or drawbacks to writing the midseason episode?

Well, the benefit was certainly that, at this point in the season, the storylines are really cooking and I had several juicy scenes to play with. And, of course, it’s 'Game of Thrones,' so we’re still introducing new characters (Selyse & Shireen Baratheon) so it had a little bit of everything. I suppose the biggest challenge was that I was writing it without having the benefit of seeing 303 or 304 (I think I had seen drafts of 301 and 302) so it’s kind of difficult building on arcs that haven’t been written yet, but we even all that out in the revision process.

Continue to to read the full interview with Bryan Cogman.

April 24 2013

How Daenerys Unleashed Dragonfire

Still reeling from Dany's big moment Sunday night? Maybe you have a few spears, a flamethrower and an army of slave soldiers you want to put to use to recreate the scene? Here's the storyboard featured in this week's Interactive Features on HBO Go.  

Still hungry for details? Here are some handy phrases in High Valyrian to put a merciless slave master in his place.

"Zaldrizes buzdari iksos daor." – A dragon is not a slave. 
"Ydra ji Valyre?" – You speak Valyrian?
"Vayrio muño engos ñuhys issa." – Valyrian is my mother tongue.

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April 23 2013

"And Now His Watch Is Ended" Round-Up: “Lady Power” and the Fires of Revenge

This week on Game of Thrones, the spirit of revenge hovers in the air like an angry dragon. The episode begins with Varys prying open a crate to reveal the captured sorcerer who cut him and ends with Daenerys unleashing her power in a scene that solidifies her claim to the Iron Throne. In an interview for HBO GO’s interactive features, actress Emilia Clarke explains that by trusting her instincts, Dany exceeds all expectations, including her own. Executive Producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss agree, calling the mother of dragons a “major force to be reckoned with” in this week’s Inside the Episode. Going a step further, the Hollywood Reporter declares Dany’s vengeance on the slavers of Astapor to be the biggest game-changer since Ned Stark’s death. The scene’s stunning visual effects also wowed audiences. Benioff spoke to Entertainment Weekly about creating the powerful display; it was that moment from the books that compelled him to make the show.   

Dany wasn’t the only woman to assert her influence last night. As Slate’s Rachael Larimore points out, although Cersei and Lady Olenna commiserate about their subservient positions, “There was a lot of lady power on display.” Kate Aurthur supports that position, in typical Buzzfeed fashion, with "9 Ways Game of Thrones Is Actually Feminist." This theme rings true as women are seen motivating men throughout the episode; Ros nudges Varys to thwart Littlefinger; Margaery coaxes Joffrey to face his constituency; and Brienne pushes Jaime to survive.

And then there are the men who have sworn off women. Lord Commander Mormont meets a tragic end, stabbed in the back by his own men. Actor James Cosmo spoke to Access Hollywood about Mormont’s untimely demise and his character’s influence on Jon Snow and Samwell Tarly, saying, “The traits in his character [are] something that they will hopefully try to emulate as they grow into adulthood and become leaders in their own right.” The Guardian asserts that the scene reinforces one of Game of Thrones’ strengths, “the way it refuses to flinch from the realities of war.”

Were you surprised by the brutality of the Night’s Watch? What do you think this means for Jon Snow? And the biggest question of the night—what was your reaction to Dany’s revenge?

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April 17 2013

Behind the Scenes of the First Three Episodes

By Cat Taylor

It’s here, it’s finally here! We are a few episodes into the third season of Game of Thrones, the season that David Benioff and Dan Weiss were determined to get to from the beginning. For those amongst you that have read the books, you know that Season 3 features some of the most game-changing, event-filled storylines to date. For those who haven’t…brace yourselves.

In Belfast, preparations have already begun on the next season, but before I get to that, let’s look back at some of the behind the scenes action for the three episodes that have aired so far. After every few episodes, I’ll be filling you in on some of what went on behind the camera and, hopefully, a few little extras you may have missed.

If you've been following the blog, the opening scene may have seemed a little familiar. An ending for us was the beginning for you—that opening was shot on the very last day of filming in Iceland.

Other travellers: The first time you see Daenerys, she is on the deck of a ship sailing over open water. In reality, the ship was built in Banbridge for a very different purpose. Because Production Designer Gemma Jackson and her team have super powers, you probably didn’t notice that ship spent a good deal of the Battle of Blackwater on fire. It was the only scene that Emilia Clarke shot in Belfast this season; everything else was on location in Croatia and Morocco. It took one day.

In the second episode, "Dark Wings, Dark Words," Bran has a dream in the woods. It was a two-splinter-units-in-one-location day, which always makes things crazy. That's a real raven Bran is chasing, brought in especially for the scene by our team at Birds and Animals. (From not quite as far as our white raven in Season 2— that bird had to be brought in all the way from Austria!) The main unit was just down the road in Gosford Castle, where we were filming a scene in Littlefinger’s brothel—one from this Sunday's episode. Daniel Portman (Pod) was having a very busy day indeed with several new friends, including the very bendy Pixie Le Knot. Two ends of the kingdom on a single driveway. What luck.

Season 3 introduces us to several new and important characters and I don’t mind admitting that one of my favourites is Lady Olenna, played by the incomparable Diana Rigg. There was palpable excitement in the office on the day she was confirmed, and more than a few extra people came to set on her first filming day. We also get to meet the Brotherhood Without Banners; we’ll see more of them as the series progresses. What I can tell you is this: The day we filmed that meeting between Arya, Gendry, Hot Pie and the BWB was not nearly so pastoral and spring-like as it appeared. It was just bloody wet.

Did you spot someone in a cameo? The soldier singing lead in "The Bear and Maiden Fair" is local boy Gary Lightbody, of Snow Patrol fame. He taught the song to the extras before they rode down the track, a song that we’ll certainly hear again. If you were wondering, Jamie and Brienne really were riding back to back on a single horse—the dismounting was something of a process.

Speaking of horses, did I mention the ring the White Walkers laid out got covered by a snowstorm the night before filming? The Art Department had to take an industrial blow torch (also known as a flame thrower) to the horse models to defrost the "flesh." The blood then had to be re-splattered onto the snow so that it was visible. That’s a fun day at work, but all our days are. If you're a regular reader, you’ll know what was happening the day Melisandre and Stannis said goodbye on the beach– and not a tractor track to be seen!

The Greens Department—the crew that insures the scenery is as it should be, adding trees and vines, or flowers and hedges— is also responsible for things like the beach. But the most amazing transformation I saw firsthand was the Master Torturer's chase of Theon through the woods. The chase was actually filmed over several locations, on the open grounds of Tollymore Park and in the woods of Shane’s Castle. When we first scouted the woods, the ground was thick with foliage that stood taller than our heads. There was no clear space for our tracking vehicle and the ground was unsafe. In days, the team had cleared it to a flat forest glade and placed our stunt branch. The difference was amazing. Almost as amazing as one of our stunt riders yelling, "WEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!" at the top of his lungs as they thundered over the steep open fields at the start of the chase… I’m not sure, but I don’t think he was at all scared of speed.

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April 16 2013

"Walk of Punishment" Round-up: “Joan of Arc” and Paying the Price

"All men must die, but we are not men," Danerys tells her newly acquired servant Missandei after negotiating the purchase of the Unsullied. This transaction highlights a running theme of the episode – the art of bargaining. "Walk of Punishment" shows the cast trying their hand at deal-making with mixed results.

Already acquainted with power, Tyrion is forced to embark on a new relationship with money after he’s appointed Master of Coin. Time’s James Poniewozik points out the Lannisters’ irresponsible attitude towards cash: “It’s the basis of their family’s fame, and yet too much attention to the making and managing of it is uncouth, unseemly.” This point is drilled home with Tyrion learns that Littlefinger has run the country into a nearly insurmountable debt.

Of course, there are things worth more than money, and it doesn’t get more valuable than a dragon. For Dany, no price is too high to win her throne. Sers Barristan and Jorah are horrified that she barters a dragon to obtain an army, but Dany remains steadfast in her resolve. As Executive Producer and Director of this episode D.B. Weiss explains in this week’s Inside the Episode, Dany possesses Joan of Arc-like ambition: She believes her mission is divine.

Meanwhile, Theon Greyjoy has nothing to offer in exchange for his life. He’s released, but his freedom proves short-lived.  To see the storyboard of this riveting chase, check out HBO Go’s Interactive Features.

On the road, Jaime successfully spares Brienne from rape, but infuriates Locke with his arrogance. The Lannister name proves useless as, in the episode’s most shocking moment, his volatile captor takes his hand. Paste’s Josh Jackson sums up how this moment illuminates the show’s stakes: “There’s real tension because the protagonist of any scene never feels truly safe. The ripples of losing Eddard Stark in Season One are still felt by the audience.” Executive Producer and episode director David Benioff evokes the same parallel between Jamie’s "be-handing" and Ned’s beheading – Jaime’s sword hand is his identity. Without it, he’s basically a dead man walking.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau speaks to Jaime’s trauma, “It’s a horrifying experience and the question is, ‘Can he deal with that?’ ” What were your reactions to the scene? Share your predictions for the Kingslayer below. 

April 12 2013

‘Dark Wings, Dark Words’ Round-up: "The Kate Middleton of Westeros" and Bad News for the Starks

The second episode of Season 3 of Game of Thrones is full of revelations for characters and fans alike. This week’s shockers focus on those trapped in bleak situations: Theon is imprisoned (and tortured) by a mystery captor, Arya is seized by the Brotherhood Without Banners, and Sansa is plied with lemon cake and cheese in exchange for her secrets. Then there are those who find themselves in surprising circumstances: The Lord Commander declares the survival of Sam and Rast to be interdependent, Brienne proves to be Jaime’s equal (much to his shock, as Nikolaj Coster-Waldau reveals in HBO Go’s interactive features) and Bran learns that he can see into the past, present and future. Dragons aren’t the only flying powerhouses in Westeros; Bran’s gifts come on the wings of the three-eyed-raven.

This revelation is the only good thing going for the Starks right now. Robb learns Winterfell has fallen, and most likely, his brothers with it; news he must break to his mother. As Executive Producer D.B. Weiss explains in this week's Inside the Episode, Catelyn’s love for her family is actually for the members of her family, and not just a sense of honor or legacy. Unsurprisingly, word of her father’s death and Bran and Rickon’s disappearance leaves her noticeably shaken – a theme among the Starks right now. Alan Sepinwall of notes this commonality; though the family is spread across Westeros, they’re connected by the shadow of Ned’s life and haunted by a ghost who didn’t survive his political mistakes. The pressure to play the game strategically pulses in Stark blood.

Speaking of playing the game, Margaery proves herself adept at handling her unruly husband-to-be.’s David Sims calls her “the one to watch” and Margaery lives up to the hype by applying what she learns from Sansa about Joffrey, giving the impression that shares his taste for blood. Having already won over the orphans with her handouts, she clearly understands that when it comes to leading, popularity matters (just like in high school). In an interview with Rolling Stone, actress Natalie Dormer calls her PR-savvy character “the Kate Middleton of Westeros.”

While you await this royal wedding, catch up on family histories, houses and more in our Viewer’s Guide

April 08 2013

Viewer's Guide: Dark Wings, Dark Words

You’ve seen the episode, now check out the updates in this week’s Viewer’s Guide. Follow the men of the Watch and the Free Folk north of the Wall where so much of tonight’s activity takes place. Or explore the family trees to better understand how Brienne of Tarth became tied to House Stark. And bonus:  Two new characters are introduced in the Stark tree. The Viewer’s Guide will keep you in the know. 

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March 30 2013

Season 3 Viewer's Guide

To help get you back into the swing of things for Game of Thrones Season 3, the Viewer's Guide has been updated. Can't remember what brings Margaery to King's Landing, Stannis’ address, or Hodor's catchphrase?  The Viewer's Guide will spell it all out for you. Besides bios and family trees, you'll also find enhanced map features and a cheat sheet of last season's major moments. Check out the Viewer's Guide now!

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March 18 2013

Season Three: Trailer #2

"Seven Kingdoms united in fear of Tywin Lannister." Watch a new preview of Season 3.

March 08 2013

Take a Look Back Before the Game of Thrones Season 3 Premiere

You’ve been waiting eight long months to watch episodes of Game of Thrones Season 3, and now premiere night is almost here. But before the new season kicks off on March 31, take a minute to catch up on the story so far with the Game of Thrones Viewer’s Guide – an immersive animated experience that will walk you through the ups and downs of the last season and remind you all over again why you can’t wait for the next installment.

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