GAME OF THRONES Comic-Con Panel Recap: D.B. Weiss, David Benioff, George R.R. Martin, and the Cast Look Back at Season 4

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Game of Thrones Comic-Con panels are tough because there’s nothing to really show.  Unlike The Walking Dead, the new season isn’t only a few months away.  Shooting on GOT: Season 5 is just about to begin, so it’s not like there’s going to be a full trailer ready to go.  Instead, these panels function as retrospectives on the most recent season.  As a big Game of Thrones fan, I always enjoy these leisurely, pressure-free panels that almost function like debriefs.  We don’t know much about season five, but we’re going to learn about the most memorable scenes from last season

Hit the jump for my Game of Thrones Comic-Con panel recap. [Warning: Spoilers for the Show through Season 4]

IN THE HOUSE OF THE WORM Comic-Con Panel Recap: George R.R. Martin Talks Comics Fandom, GAME OF THRONES Success, and Marvel vs. DC

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George R.R. Martin spoke with William Christensen, publisher and editor in chief of Avatar Press, to promote their new collaborative comic book effort, In the House of the Worm. He also discussed his history with comics fandom, how the success of the Game of Thrones TV show has changed his experiences as a fan, and weighed in on Marvel vs. DC.

The first issue of In the House of the Worm is debuting here at Comic-Con, while Avatar’s previous Martin adaptation, Skin Trade, is (appropriately?) now collected in trade format. Signed editions of both will be available at Avatar’s booth in the Exhibition Hall. Hit the jump for my In the House of the Worm Comic-Con panel recap.

Watch: 3 GAME OF THRONES Featurettes Go Behind the Scenes of Last Night’s Episode “The Watchers on the Wall”

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Many count the season two episode “Blackwater” as the high point for Game of Thrones.  It’s a departure for the series in that it takes place exclusively in one location during a finite amount of time, and director Neil Marshall executes the titular battle in grand fashion with a wonderful emphasis on small character moments.  The series did a bit of a callback to “Blackwater” with last night’s episode “The Watchers on the Wall”, once again bringing Marshall back to direct and focusing on one specific battle for the duration of its runtime.  The result wasn’t quite as impactful as “Blackwater” (Jon Snow and the Night’s Watch aren’t near as interesting as Tyrion, Joffrey, The Hound, etc.), but the episode was damn entertaining, and now HBO has released a trio of featurettes that take fans behind the scenes of how the penultimate episode of season four came together.

Hit the jump to watch the Game of Thrones featurettes for “The Watchers on the Wall”, and click here to read Allison’s recap of the episode.  The season four finale of Game of Thrones airs next Sunday on HBO.

George R.R. Martin Says a GAME OF THRONES Movie Is Being Discussed; Outlines Plan for the Show Not to Catch Up to His Books

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Game of Thrones is a juggernaut of a TV series.  Not only is it incredibly popular on HBO, but home video sales are a massive money-maker for the network and the fandom surrounding the series has reached massive proportions.  The series is, of course, based on author George R.R. Martin’s sprawling book series A Song of Ice and Fire, and while the production value of the HBO adaptation is impressive, fans have often wondered what Game of Thrones would look like on the big screen.

According to Martin, the prospect of a Game of Thrones movie is actually in active discussion, though it appears to be very, very early in the process so nothing’s quite firmed up.  Read his full comments after the jump, which include his plan for how the TV show (hopefully) won’t catch up to his book series.

GAME OF THRONES Showrunners Say Show Will End after Seven or Eight Seasons

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There’s still no word on when A Song of Fire and Ice author George R.R. Martin will release the final two novels in the series, but the HBO adaptation, Game of Thrones, has decided to set their plans regardless.  In an interview with Vanity Fair, showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss say they would like to wrap the TV series up after seven or eight seasons.  “It doesn’t just keep on going because it can,” Weiss says. “I think the desire to milk more out of it is what would eventually kill it, if we gave in to that.”

Hit the jump for more on how Benioff, Weiss, and Martin are planning ahead.  Game of Thrones returns for its fourth season on April 6th at 9pm.

Comic Con: SKIN TRADE Panel Recap; George R. R. Martin Discusses Writing Genre Fiction and Teases SKIN TRADE Movie Potential

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George R. R.  Martin, best known for his work on the epic fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire (aka Games of Thrones), has gained widespread attention since his works were adapted for HBO.  In such limelight, the author has revealed himself to be just as colorful and interesting as the characters he writes.  His trademark untamed beard and deep laugh as distinguished as Daenerys’s dragons and Tyrion’s nose (or lack thereof).

Less widely known, Martin has also dabbled in short fiction and now comic books.  His novella Skin Trade, winner of the World Fantasy Award for Best Novella in 1989, was first published in the short story compilation Dark Visions alongside the work of Stephen King and Dan Simmons.  The novella, a great take on the werewolf mythos, has recently been adapted into comic book form.  At The Con, Martin was on hand to discuss the Skin Trade adaptation, his affinity for the horror & sci-fi genres and potential film adaptations.  For a full recap of the panel, hit the jump.

GAME OF THRONES Creator George R. R. Martin Unveils Picture of the “Real” Iron Throne

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Differences between the A Song of Ice and Fire book series and HBO’s Game of Thrones TV series are one of the most divisive issues in the fandom, but now the book series’ author George R. R. Martin is throwing his two cents in about HBO’s Iron Throne versus the one he imagined.

No adaptation is perfect, and while fans have vehemently debated the changes to character arcs and some of the casting choices, the setting of the show and the art direction have rarely come into question.  Still, Martin obviously has had a bone to pick about the HBO-designed Iron Throne for awhile.  Hit the jump for his reasons, as well as the thumbnail picture he posted.

Hollywood! Adapt This: WILD CARDS

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In adaptation-related news this week, we learned that director Takashi Shimizu will be at the helm for a live-action feature of Kiki’s Delivery Service and that J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot was bidding on the TV rights to Stephen King’s time-traveling alt-history tome, 11/22/63.  Today’s installment of Hollywood! Adapt This features another revisionist history  that isn’t contained in just one volume, but rather spread out over twenty-some issues.  This sci-fi superhero anthology series dates back to 1987 and continues still today with Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin acting as contributor and editor.  What’s it all about?  Hit the jump to find out.  Hollywood! Adapt this: Wild Cards

Producers David Benioff, Dan Weiss & George R.R. Martin Talk GAME OF THRONES Season 3 and 4, Martin’s Cameo, the End of the Series, and More

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With Game of Thrones returning for Season 3 on March 31st, the Academy of Television hosted an evening to celebrate the cast and creative team, and the huge success of the popular HBO drama series, while giving a glimpse into what fans can expect as the story continues.  Collider was there to cover and attend the event, and we’ve compiled the highlights of what the behind-the-scenes talent had to say during the Q&A.

During the discussion, executive producers David Benioff and Dan Weiss, along with author George R.R. Martin, talked about how this book series came to be a TV show at HBO, having to re-shoot 90% of the pilot, making sure that Martin gets his cameo this season, the biggest difficulties in shooting with different first units on different episodes in different countries on a daily basis, who the funniest actors on set are, whether the dire wolves are real or CG, the most technically difficult episode to shoot, whether getting to know the actors makes them feel guilty about killing characters off, the process for changing what is in the books, how there will be a few different people sitting on the Iron Throne before the series is done, and why Season 3 is the one they were most excited about doing.  Check out what they had to say after the jump.

23 New Images from GAME OF THRONES Season 3

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It’s still nearly two months away from the debut of season three of HBO’s Game of Thrones, but these new character images should help pass the time.  Featuring new looks at old characters and first looks at new cast additions, these images showcase the outstanding costume design that’s been a hallmark of the series.  Fan-favorite Peter Dinklage returns with a whole new look while we get our first introductions to such new players as Clive Russell (Sherlock Holmes) as Catelyn Stark’s dutiful uncle, Bryndon Tully (“The Blackfish”) and Paul Kaye (Match Point) as Thoros of Myr, a red priest of the same order as Stannis’ go-to sorceress Melisandre, plus a lot more.  Hit the jump to check them out.  Game of Thrones returns to HBO starting March 31st.

New GAME OF THRONES Season 3 Featurette Reveals Behind-the-Scenes Footage and Highlights Old and New Characters from George R.R. Martin’s Novels

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Although HBO’s third season of Game of Thrones won’t kick-off until March 31st, their regular video blogs have given fans some insight into the daily workings of the production. A new behind-the-scenes featurette is no different as it shows off a good deal of footage of both fan-favorite characters we’ve come to know and love so far, plus new additions to the cast.  The cast and crew also provide commentary on the production of the season and what they’re excited for viewers to see.  Hopefully it won’t be too long before we finally get a real trailer.  Hit the jump to watch the new featurette for season three of Game of Thrones

New GAME OF THRONES Production Vlog Reveals Behind the Scenes Footage of Key Plot Points

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If the latest teaser for season three of HBO’s Game of Thrones left you hungry for a little more substance, the latest behind-the-scenes production vlog aims to satisfy.  With plenty of looks at our favorite characters in costume and footage of major plot points from the George R.R. Martin books, the video features executive story writer and editor Bryan Cogman, who explains the process of keeping the various plot lines, settings and characters straight.  Hit the jump to check it out.  Game of Thrones returns to HBO starting March 31st.

GAME OF THRONES Season 3 Episodes Get Increased Run Time, Finale Will Exceed One Hour; Plus a New Production Blog with Behind-the-Scenes Footage

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Fans of HBO’s Game of Thrones will still get a ten-episode run of season three, but each of those episodes will pack in a few extra minutes of blood, sex and treachery. As a special bonus, the season three finale will exceed one hour, something that must be done by special permission from the network. Showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss are in the process of adapting roughly the first half of author George R.R. Martin’s third novel in the “A Song of Ice and Fire” series, “A Storm of Swords.” Hit the jump for more on season three’s episode expansion from Benioff and Weiss, plus a new production blog focusing on art direction.  Game of Thrones returns on March 31, 2013.

HBO Releases First GAME OF THRONES Season 3 Teaser Trailer

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HBO has just released a graphic tease for its third season of Game of Thrones, which will be returning slightly earlier than prior seasons: March 31st, 2013 (It is known).  Based on roughly the first half of George R. R. Martin‘s third A Song of Ice and Fire series novel A Storm of Swords, the only hint of new material for the upcoming season is a cryptic riddle said by a strange woman.  Hit the jump for some possible ideas as to whom, and what it all could mean (Warning: potential book spoilers!)

GAME OF THRONES Behind-the-Scenes Video Shows Concept Art from New Collectible Book

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While we anxiously await the return of the third season of HBO’s Game of Thrones, you can get a behind-the-scenes look at the incredibly involved production process that’s necessary for bringing the George R.R. Martin bestselling series adaptation to life.  HBO has a new companion book available that features concept art and final production photos from the series so far.  To publicize this book, they’ve put together a concise video for it.  Be sure to get caught up on the new locations and cast members for the upcoming season of Game of Thrones, then hit the jump to check out the behind-the-scenes video.

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