Making a rare public appearance, George R. R. Martin was a guest at Balticon last weekend, where the author read a new extract from Winds of Winter.Because apparently, Brienne counts Ser Duncan the Tall, one of the most famous knights in Westeros, among her ancestors.Art by Mike MillerShow fans may not be familiar with Duncan Joffrey mentions him when reading out the history of the Kingsguard in an episode from season four , but A Song of Ice and Fire readers should be more than familiar with the name.Much lighter-hearted and set many years before the events of the main books, the stories recount the adventures of legendary hedge knight Duncan, better known as Dunk from his days as a commoner in Flea Bottom, and his squire, Egg".Egg is actually Aegon Targaryen, who starts the stories as a prince well down the line of succession for the Iron Throne, but who eventually becomes King Aegon V. Dunk and Egg travel all over Westeros performing knightly deeds, while the young Targaryen was able to experience his family s kingdom from a commoner s perspective.Plus, Dunk is often cited as one of Martin s favourite characters, right down to him requesting HBO turn the novellas into TV movies, so it shows how highly he regards Brienne to link her lineage to him.
The episode opens on another performance of the play about the life and death of King Joffrey, as Lady Crane playing Cersei Lannister gives a monologue about her desire to avenge her son.Arya s strange dream is put on hold, however, as The Waif catches up to her, murdering Lady Crane while Arya sleeps.She leads her pursuer into a dark tunnel where she has stashed her sword.He lets Edmure return to Riverrun and, once inside, Edmure s first declaration is for his men to lay down their arms.He eventually tracks down the last of them, a man wearing a yellow cloak, and finds him with a rope around his neck.After some haggling, Sandor gets the right to kill two of the three men facing execution, though he must do so by hanging them, for the Brotherhood likes to do things by the book.
Extended and deleted scenes from season 6 of Game of Thrones have made their way to the internet, and there are some interesting nuggets.The most notable, though, would be the one that seems to deliver a response to those who have criticized aspects of the HBO series, namely its nudity, violence, and profanity.The message comes courtesy of Arya Stark Maisie Williams in an extension of scenes from season 6 s fifth episode, The Door, where she watches a Braavos theater troupe retell parts of recent Westerosi history.As she stands in the audience and laughs at Joffrey Baratheon being slapped around, a woman near her says, Violence and profanity.Arya asks her as she turns around.The woman doesn t respond, but she and her companion continue to watch the play progress with distaste.
The politics of Westeros have never been particularly straightforward.For years, various pretenders to the throne have fought and conspired, battling and back-stabbing one another.We've had religious zealots like the High Sparrow, maniacal upstarts like House Bolton, and power-hungry bastards like Stannis Baratheon all vying for domination.By the end of Season 6, many of those combatants had fallen.Over the past few seasons, many of the Great Names of Westeros have met their end, from Tywin Lannister and his grandson Joffrey, to all three Baratheon brothers.The High Sparrow and much of House Tyrell perished in wildfire thanks to Cersei's plotting.
The Man at Arms crew is at it again, taking on one of the coolest (and most challenging) swords in modern-day fantasy: Ice from Game of Thrones.Ice is one of the most iconic swords in Game of Thrones, with a legacy that spans the entire series and many of its key moments.Made of Valyrian steel, it’s the sword Eddard Stark used to kill Will, the Night’s Watch deserter, in the very first scene of the very first episode.It served as more of an executioner’s sword than a battle weapon, something the Man at Arms crafters point out in the video, given its size and use.The only other purpose it served before being melted down was to execute Ned Stark himself— although Joffrey doesn’t do it himself because he was a sniveling little coward.The video’s 18 minutes long, but it’s a testament to how tricky (and amazing) weapons-crafting can be.
p Fair warning: plenty of spoilers in this video covering the complete run of "Game of Thrones."You like "Game of Thrones," but you can't handle all the bloodshed.Well, have I got the video for you!Now you can witness every major character death without the graphic, realistic violence.Austrian artist HansoArt created a video of drawings showing the demise of everyone from Ned Stark to whiny Joffrey Baratheon.The string of deaths takes place in a spiral-bound notebook featuring portraits of each person.
The new season of HBO's iconic hit "Game of Thrones" is coming back next month, and hype is reaching a fever pitch.A new trailer dropped this week, and if you haven't checked it out, you definitely should.(You should probably read our second-by-second breakdown of the footage as well.)In honor of the new season, reviews-aggregator Rotten Tomatoes conducted a poll for Business Insider of over 1,00o "Game of Thrones" fans for a nice retrospective on topics like which seasons were the best (and worst), who fans want to see on the Iron Throne, and who is the greatest villain.While the saddest death might not surprise you — clearly Hodor (tear) — many of the questions saw close battles for the top answer.Here are the results of the Rotten Tomatoes survey:
Dr. Kirk Honda is a licensed marriage and family therapist who hosts a podcast called Psychology in Seattle.On the show, he's "diagnosed" a few Game of Thrones villains as if they were patients on his office couch.Of course, no psychologist or psychiatrist can actually diagnose anyone, real or fictional, without meeting them.But Honda took his best shot anyway.You can listen to everything Honda had to say about each character in his podcast, available here, but he also agreed to provide Business Insider with a short summary of five characters' diagnoses.Ramsay Bolton: Sexual sadism disorder, sadistic personality disorder, and anti-social personality disorder/psychopathy
For better or worse, John McAfee is a name we all know.In true McAfee style, he is slowly but surely surreptitiously installing himself in the cryptocurrency community – usually in places where he’s probably not needed.But in the past few month’s McAfee has been keeping himself in the spotlight by making outlandish claims about unhackable wallets – which turn out to be nothing more than a crappy rebadged tablet – or by endorsing pretty much any crypto startup that will pay him.If you’re a crypto-startup get in touch with the guy, it’s a sure fire way to get your name out there, and who knows, he might even write a whitepaper for you.You can’t buy that kind of endorsement – except maybe you can.He’s wrangled his way into the cryptocurrency and blockchain community so effectively that he’s now being referred to as the “King of crypto.”
The characters in HBO's Game of Thrones are all fighting for power in a fictional land, but series creator George R.R.Martin sees some parallels to real-world politics as well."I think even during the campaign I said that Trump reminded me most of Joffrey," Martin told the Times in an interview for T, the newspaper's style magazine.The interview will be published in print Oct. 21, and is online now.And yet, Trump doesn't seem to know what that means.King Joffrey Baratheon, played by Jack Gleeson, was the oldest son of Cersei Lannister and her twin brother Jaime, though he thought his father was the late king Robert Baratheon.
When it comes to Game of Thrones opinions, there's really only one I trust: WIRED alum Laura Hudson's.Back when we worked in the same office I used to secretly marvel at her dog-eared and tattered copies of George R.R.Martin's Song of Ice and Fire books like they were the Dead Sea Scrolls."It's happened," she wrote, "and all that hope and emotional investment has been reduced to a series of bullet points and cartoons, an empty dragon breathing blue fire with all the CGI fury of a broken promise with too much momentum behind it to do anything else."at my TV no fewer than five times during that finale, it was heartbreaking how true her words felt.It will, as promised from the beginning, feature an epic battle for the soul of Westeros (so to speak).
Game of Thrones doesn't return to HBO until April, but that doesn't mean NBC's Saturday Night Live can't have some fun bringing back beloved and hated characters in a skit featuring SNL host Jason Momoa as Khal Drogo.In the skit called Khal Drogo's Ghost Dojo that aired on Saturday featured dead characters from Game of Thrones chatting with Drogo and talk show host Kenan Thompson.While SNL cast members Beck Bennett did his best Hodor and Pete Davidson was the High Sparrow, the real winner of the skit was Kate McKinnon with her hilarious and dead-on impression of annoying villain Joffrey Baratheon."You're just mad that you're not me," McKinnon's Joffrey said.And then gets into a fist fight with Lady Olenna played by Aidy Bryant.The skit also included fake sponsors including Little Beard Twisties, The Red Wedding wedding venue and Khal On A Wall (a Game of Thrones version of Elf On A Shelf).
The final six episodes will (hopefully) wrap up several years of stories, character journeys, and clever Tyrion Lannister one-liners.So, we’ve taken it upon ourselves to recap the past seven seasons of the hit HBO series, getting you all caught up before winter finally arrives.Robert also pays tribute to Ned’s dead sister, Lyanna Stark, who was kidnapped by the then-king’s son, Rhaegar Targaryen, leading to her death and “Robert’s Rebellion.” Robert puts a feather on Lyanna’s statue and notes how not all the Targaryens are dead.Ned Stark agrees to join Robert as Hand of the King, and they head out to the capital of King’s Landing, with Sansa and her younger sister Arya Stark in tow.Ned leaves behind his eldest son, Robb Stark (in charge at Winterfell), his other sons Brandon and Rickon Stark, and his ward, Theon Greyjoy.Plus, the kingdom is massively in debt to Queen Cersei’s father, Tywin Lannister.
The Lannisters find themselves at an advantage in the War of the Five Kings.Then, he discovers King Joffrey was the one who tried to have him killed during the Battle of Blackwater Bay, as punishment for standing up to him.Joffrey praises the match, but secretly promises to continue torturing Sansa for as long as he likes.The War of the Five KingsStannis Baratheon is nursing his wounds after the defeat at the Battle of Blackwater Bay and Melisandre turns to human sacrifice to appease the Lord of Light, not-so-coincidentally sacrificing anyone who questions her.“The usurper Robb Stark, the usurper Balon Greyjoy, the usurper Joffrey Baratheon.”
As fans eagerly await the eighth and final season of Game of Thrones, which commences Sunday, April 14 after nearly a two-year wait, it’s the perfect time to revisit some of its most epic battle scenes.From swords swinging to White Walkers attacking to body counts in the thousands, we’ve rounded up some of the most brutal battle scenes worth reliving in all their morbid glory.Note: Major plot spoilers from the first seven seasons ahead, so read on at your own risk.Hardhome, season 5, episode 8Deemed the Massacre at Hardhome, Jon Snow finally convinces the Wildlings to work with him, only to be met by White Walkers while attempting to transport the Free Folk to the Wall.As brutal as the actual battle is, the most fist-clenching part of the scene happens when, as Jon reluctantly departs on a rowboat, the Night King stares him down from afar, raises his arms, and turns all of the freshly dead into wights to join his growing army.
Marvel brings the conclusion to Avengers: Infinity War in two weeks, and if some very serious black-and-white marketing is anything to go by, heroes are about to bite the dust in the MCU.But will that include the heroes Thanos disintegrated in the infamous Snap?Here's everything you need to remember from Avengers: Infinity War -- it came out nearly one year ago, so you're forgiven for being a bit rusty on the details.Thanos then chokes Loki to death, with Joffrey Lannister levels of purple in the face.Thanos has a lot of "children" and this one is forced to take him to Vormir before he tortures her adoptive sister, Nebula, to death.Vision dies twice -- once when Scarlet Witch uses her magic to destroy the yellow Mind Stone in his head, again when Thanos reverses time to restore the Stone, then rips it right from his skull.
Today we’ve spent a lot of time talking and thinking about Game of Thrones’ final season, especially last night’s finale.But it was a long road to get to the “winner,” and if you’re feeling a little let down by how it all ended, why not take a lightning-fast (but no less nostalgic) cruise through the show’s 73 episodes, one second at a time?This viral video, set to the iconic Game of Thrones theme music, may have just a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it segment from each instalment, but there are still plenty of evocative moments represented.Jon Snow dying...and then un-dying!It obviously ends with a Big Thing That Happened on “The Iron Throne,” so if you’ve not seen the swan song yet...One second from every episode of Game of Thrones.
All Hail Cersei Lannister, First of Her Name, Queen of the Andals and the First Men, and Ruler of the Seven Kingdoms.After conspiring her way to the Iron Throne, Queen Cersei Lannister was finally defeated in the penultimate episode of Game of Thrones, left to die in the cellars of the Red Keep along with her true love, her brother Jaime Lannister.We loved her, but we also loved to hate her.But she spent most of her life being held back by the men around her.Her father Tywin underestimated her abilities and intelligence.Even Cersei’s sons eventually turned against her, with Joffrey choosing to belittle her and Tommen falling prey to whoever’s voice was the loudest.
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