‘Game of Thrones’ #ForTheThrone Countdown: “The Night Lands” (S2E2)

‘Game of Thrones’ #ForTheThrone Countdown: “The Night Lands” (S2E2)

Previous Episode: “The North Remembers”

 

Episode: “The Night Lands” (Season 2, Episode 2)

Original Air Date: April 8, 2012

Director: Alan Taylor

 

Plot (via HBO)

Arya shares a secret with a familiar recruit; a scout returns to Dany with disturbing news; Theon comes home to the Iron Islands and his real family; Tyrion administers justice; Jon witnesses a terrible crime.

 

Best Moment: Jon Snow sees a White Walker

In Season 1, Jon Snow saved Lord Commander Mormont from a wight at Castle Black, but it isn’t until “The Night Lands” that Jon sees a White Walker for the first time. As a man of the Night’s Watch, Jon has been told that the army of the dead is the enemy, so it was shocking for both him and the viewer to see Craster sacrifice a baby boy to them by leaving him in the woods. Viewers also get another look at how Jon is the quintessential good guy in Game of Thrones, as he drew Longclaw with the intention of getting the innocent baby back in the dead of night before Craster knocks him out to end the episode.

 

Best Quote

“I’m not questioning your honor, Lord Janos. I’m denying its existence.” – Tyrion Lannister

 

Trivia (via IMDb)

The episode title refers to the term which the Dothraki use for the land of the dead.

 

Character Deaths

-Rakharo

 

MVP: Tyrion Lannister

His time as Hand is only temporary, but Tyrion doesn’t waste any time making an impact in King’s Landing. The biggest one in this episode is replacing Janos Slynt as Lord Commander of the City Watch after he carried out orders to have Robert Baratheon’s bastards—including a newborn baby—slaughtered. Tyrion is parallel with Jon Snow in that both want to do what is right, and he sends Lord Slynt to the Wall and has Bronn take command of the City Watch. Also, earlier in the episode, Tyrion shows that he isn’t going to back down from enemies, warning Varys that he will have him killed should he ever threaten him again.

 

#ForTheThrone Moment: The City Watch looks for Gendry

Last episode, Joffrey eliminated nearly all of King Robert’s bastards, with one notable exception: Gendry, who was on his way to join the Night’s Watch, which allowed him to unknowingly avoid the City Watchmen that were looking for him. Yoren protected the entire group, including Gendry, sending the gold cloaks away—ensuring one illegitimate son remained a potential king. This wasn’t a huge #ForTheThrone moment, but it was the biggest of “The Night Lands”. Melisandre tempting and promising to give Stannis was another potential #ForTheThrone moment from the episode.

 

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‘Game of Thrones’ #ForTheThrone Countdown: “The North Remembers” (S2E1)

‘Game of Thrones’ #ForTheThrone Countdown: “The North Remembers” (S2E1)

Previous Episode: “Fire and Blood”

 

Episode: “The North Remembers” (Season 2, Episode 1)

Original Air Date: April 1, 2012

Director: Alan Taylor

 

Plot (via HBO)

Season 2 Premiere. Tyrion arrives to save Joffrey’s crown from threats old and new; Daenerys searches for allies and water in the Red Waste; Jon Snow and the Night’s Watch face the wilderness beyond the Wall.

 

Best Moment: Robb visits his prisoner

Despite dealing with the death of his father, Robb is proving to be an exceptional leader and commander on the battlefield. His visit of Jaime Lannister, who’s held up in a cage and traveling from war camp to war camp as to not get out of Robb’s sight, is one of the best moments in Game of Thrones. Jaime attempts to mock and taunt the young Stark, but Robb handles it masterfully before bringing Grey Wind out and completely frightening Ser Jaime (who attempts to hide his freight). Lord Stark delivered an excellent quote when told that three victories in battle doesn’t make him a conqueror, cleverly responding: “It’s better than three defeats.”

 

Best Quote

“Power is power.” – Cersei Lannister

 

Trivia (via IMDb)

Tyrion is whistling “The Rains of Castamere” when he enters the Small Council at the beginning of the episode. According to David Benioff and D.B. Weiss in the DVD commentary, this is the first time in the series that the theme is heard.

 

Character Deaths

-Barra

-Maester Cressen

 

MVP: Cersei Lannister

This episode might not have been all good for Cersei, as she slapped her son, which you can tell she did not really mean—but hey, she got away with slapping the King. However, Cersei showing her absolute power is what makes her the MVP of “The North Remembers”. When talking to Littlefinger, who goads her by indirectly letting her know that he knows about the relationship with Jaime, Cersei makes the definition of a power move when she nearly has his throat cut in about two seconds. Knowledge is power, Lord Baelish? Nope. Power is power, and Cersei has a lot of it.

 

#ForTheThrone Moment: Joffrey orders all of Robert’s bastards to be killed

After eliminating Ned Stark and now in full control of the Iron Throne, King Joffrey decided to further strengthen his claim by ordering all of King Robert Baratheon’s bastard children—including helpless babies that might not ever know their father was King—to be killed. There was no question Joffrey was a rotten apple, but this was more confirmation that he was a cruel, evil person with no regard for other people—and it also showed his insecurity about trying to hold the Iron Throne.

 

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HBO Releases ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8 Tease Along With April 14 Premiere Date

HBO Releases ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8 Tease Along With April 14 Premiere Date

The North Remembers. HBO has just released an official teaser along with the official premiere date for the eighth and final season of Game of Thrones. The trailer was initially released on the premium channel ahead of the Season 3 premiere of True Detective.

 

 

On April 14, the final season of Game of Thrones will begin, as the legendary series airs its final six episodes. This air date indicates the final episode will air on May 19.

 

Every moment has led to this, and the final hours of Game of Thrones will be a world-wide sensation that millions of people will be tuned into. In case you missed it, our #ForTheThrone countdown started a couple of weeks ago, and it will take us up to the month Game of Thrones returns for its last season. The countdown just got through the Season 1 finale and will continue with Season 2 tomorrow.

 

Season 8 of Game of Thrones premieres Sunday, April 14 at 9:00 PM ET on HBO.

‘Game of Thrones’ #ForTheThrone Countdown: “Fire and Blood” (S1E10)

‘Game of Thrones’ #ForTheThrone Countdown: “Fire and Blood” (S1E10)

Previous Episode: “Baelor”

 

Episode: “Fire and Blood” (Season 1, Episode 10)

Original Air Date: June 19, 2011

Director: Alan Taylor

 

Plot (via HBO)

Season One Finale. A new king rises in the North; a Khaleesi finds new hope.

 

Best Moment: Daenerys emerges from the fire with three dragons

The best moment of the episode could easily be the northern men naming Robb as the King in the North, as that’s a powerful scene that’s worth mentioning, and it’s hard to not get goose bumps just thinking about it. However, Daenerys Targaryen entering the fire with nothing but three petrified dragon eggs and emerging with three baby dragons is arguably the most important thing to ever happen in Game of Thrones. The screeches of Drogon, Rhaegal, and Viserion to end Season 1 with the Targaryen theme playing is somehow both hopeful and frightening.

 

Best Quote

“There are no men like me. Only me.” – Jaime Lannister

 

Trivia (via IMDb)

The birth of Daenerys’ dragons marks the first living dragons in nearly 150 years. According to the books, the last dragon died during the reign of King Aegon III in the year 153.

 

Character Deaths

-Rhaego

-Khal Drogo

-Mirri Maz Duur

 

MVP: Daenerys Targaryen

The Season 1 finale deals with the aftermath of Ned Stark’s unforeseen death, as Robb Stark is named King and the North and Jon Snow chooses to uphold his Night’s Watch vows and go beyond the Wall rather than try to betray the Watch and join Robb, but Daenerys going from desperate to worshipped in the final scene makes her the episode MVP. Dany had few followers and no known allies after Khal Drogo’s death, but dragons can change a lot, and suddenly an inexperienced girl from Essos becomes the Mother of Dragons and a real player in “the game.”

 

#ForTheThrone Moment: Daenerys walks into the flames

For Daenerys to emerge from the flames with three dragons, she had to take the chance by stepping into the flames in the first place. With Khal Drogo dead and a huge decrease in support to her claim, Dany basically had to do something drastic if she was going to eventually take the Iron Throne, and it paid off with three baby dragons—the first of their kind in well over 100 years and eventual weapons of mass destruction that could help take the Throne by force.

 

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‘Game of Thrones’ #ForTheThrone Countdown: “Baelor” (S1E9)

‘Game of Thrones’ #ForTheThrone Countdown: “Baelor” (S1E9)

Previous Episode: “The Pointy End”

 

Episode: “Baelor” (Season 1, Episode 9)

Original Air Date: June 12, 2011

Director: Alan Taylor

 

Plot (via HBO)

Ned makes a fateful decision; Robb takes a prized prisoner; Dany finds her reign imperiled.

 

Best Moment: The death of Ned Stark

Many that didn’t read George R.R. Martin’s novels and headed into Game of Thrones without knowing anything might’ve thought Ned Stark would end up sitting on the Iron Throne. Even when Ned was brought out to answer to King Joffrey, most probably thought he would be getting out of the situation unscathed and maybe re-unite with Jon at Castle Black. Joffrey had other plans, acting against the wishes of his mother, wife-to-be, and everyone involved that didn’t think executing Ned was the right thing to do. Ned’s death leaves the audience in a state of shock, and it sets the standard of Game of Thrones being a show unlike any other.

 

Best Quote

“You think my life is some precious thing to me? That I would trade my honor for a few more years…of what? You grew up with actors. You learned their craft and you learnt it well. But I grew up with soldiers. I learned to die a long time ago.” – Ned Stark

 

Trivia (via IMDb)

The episode title refers to the Great Sept of Baelor, the main religious building in King’s Landing, where the pivotal scene (Eddard Stark’s execution) takes place.

 

Character Deaths

-Qotho

-Ned Stark

 

MVP: Robb Stark

Robb’s victory in the Battle of the Whispering Wood would’ve been the top moment if not for the death of his father later in the episode—one of the most shocking moments of the entire series. “The Young Wolf” played Tywin Lannister and then defeated Jaime Lannister in battle, showing that he was quickly becoming an excellent leader for the Northerners. Robb also didn’t let foolish pride get in the way when Jaime challenged him to a duel to decide the war, smartly responding: “If we do it your way, Kingslayer, you’d win. We’re not doing it your way.”

 

#ForTheThrone Moment: Ned Stark is executed

Game of Thrones is obviously filled with a number of truly shocking moments, many of which are done for the Throne. The stunning execution of the noble and loyal Ned Stark in the penultimate episode of Season 1 ranks near the top among the moments that changed the realm forever. Ned was the one that brought up questions about Joffrey Baratheon’s right to the Iron Throne, so King Joffrey decided to have Ser Ilyn Payne execute his biggest enemy in front of the people of King’s Landing, which he felt strengthened his hold on the Throne despite Robb Stark and the North already marching to the capital—and set to become even more determined for vengeance.

 

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‘Game of Thrones’ #ForTheThrone Countdown: “The Pointy End” (S1E8)

‘Game of Thrones’ #ForTheThrone Countdown: “The Pointy End” (S1E8)

Previous Episode: “You Win or You Die”

 

Episode: “The Pointy End” (Season 1, Episode 8)

Original Air Date: June 5, 2011

Director: Daniel Minahan

 

Plot (via HBO)

The Lannisters Press their advantage over the Starks; Robb rallies his father’s northern allies and heads south to war.

 

Best Moment: Sansa pleads with King Joffrey

Following Ned Stark’s capture by the Lannisters, we see his oldest son (Robb) and oldest daughter (Sansa) both go about trying to save him in different ways. While Robb plans to go to war, Sansa needs to try her hand at “the game”—even if she doesn’t know it—by going before King Joffrey in the Throne Room to ask mercy for her father. She provides an explanation for his alleged “treason,” and Joffrey ends the episode with a hopeful (but chilling) response: “Your sweet words have moved me. But your father must confess and say that I’m the king. Or there will be no mercy for him.”

 

Best Quote

“Even now, I could cut through the five of you like carving a cake!” – Barristan Selmy

 

Trivia (via IMDb)

This is the first episode in the series written by George R.R. Martin, and the first screenplay which Martin had written in almost a decade and a half.

 

Character Deaths

-Vayon Poole

-Septa Mordane

-Syrio Forel

-Stableboy

-Mago

-Jafer Flowers

-Othor

 

MVP: Robb Stark

While Sansa does what she can for her father while basically under the control of the Cersei, Robb decides to call the banners and go to war with the Lannisters. Up until his father’s capture, Robb had been little more than a figurehead in Winterfell, but he feels he must take action, suddenly making him an important player. It doesn’t take long for Robb to make an impression on the northern lords, either, as Greatjon Umber challenges the young Stark’s decision to lead them into King’s Landing and draws his sword in anger, but Grey Wind is quick to attack him and take some fingers before Greatjon laughs it off and all is good. Robb also reunited with his mother in “The Pointy End”, and overall, this is the first episode where we see great potential in him as a leader.

 

#ForTheThrone Moment: Sansa Stark is forced to write to Catelyn Stark and Robb Stark

With Ned imprisoned, the Iron Throne was still in some doubt because of a potential uprising from the North after they find out of their leader’s position. So, Cersei Lannister—and the small council behind her—attempted to get Sansa Stark to write to her mother and brother in an effort to get them to bend the knee to Joffrey. Of course, it backfired and led to an epic moment of Robb calling the banners to rally around House Stark as the North marched to King’s Landing as they looked to kick Joffrey off the Iron Throne and free Ned.

 

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‘Game of Thrones’ #ForTheThrone Countdown: “You Win or You Die” (S1E7)

‘Game of Thrones’ #ForTheThrone Countdown: “You Win or You Die” (S1E7)

Previous Episode: “A Golden Crown”

 

Episode: “You Win or You Die” (Season 1, Episode 7)

Original Air Date: May 29, 2011

Director: Daniel Minahan

 

Plot (via HBO)

Ned confronts Cersei about her secrets; Jon takes his Night’s Watch vows; Drogo promises to lead the Dothraki to King’s Landing.

 

Best Moment: Littlefinger turns on Ned

Game of Thrones is filled with jaw-dropping, chill-inducing moments throughout the entire series, but the ending to S1E7 remains a standout after 67 episodes. The viewer has no idea what Ned Stark is walking into when his presence is requested by Cersei and Joffrey in the Throne Room following King Robert’s death, but Littlefinger and Janos Slynt both assure him that the City Watch is behind him. Unfortunately, we soon find out that’s not the case, as Ned’s men are attacked and murdered, and before a hobbled Lord Stark knows what happened, Littlefinger holds a blade to his neck and establishes himself as the biggest snake of all time, saying, “I did warn you not to trust me.”

 

Best Quote

“When you play the game of thrones you win, or you die. There is no middle ground.” – Cersei Lannister

 

Trivia (via IMDb)

Charles Dance (Tywin Lannister) learned to skin a real stag in his very first scene. According to D.B. Weiss and David Benioff, the scene was shot for about 50 takes.

 

Character Deaths

-Robert Baratheon

-Varly

 

MVP: Cersei Lannister

A lot of characters stood out in this episode, including Jon Snow when he takes his Night’s Watch vows, Khal Drogo when he makes a powerful speech about traveling to Westeros, and Tywin Lannister’s introduction as perhaps the most powerful man in the world, but the MVP has to be either Cersei or Littlefinger. Peter Baelish is the more ambitious of the two, but he gets little more than a promotion for turning on Ned Stark, while the Queen—despite her secret being discovered by Ned—basically seizes control of the Seven Kingdoms after the death of her husband King Robert. On a re-watch, it’s easy to see that Cersei was in complete control when Lord Stark ordered for her and her children to be captured, as she almost smiles at how naïve the honorable Ned Stark is.

 

#ForTheThrone Moment: Ned Stark changes Robert Baratheon’s final command

Ned Stark had the intention of telling King Robert that his children were actually Jaime Lannister’s children, but Robert was mortally wounded by a boar during a hunt, which obviously complicated things. The wise and noble Stark couldn’t tell his on-the-deathbed friend, “oh, by the way, your children aren’t really your children; they’re your wife’s sister’s children.” So instead, Ned, who Robert declares will rule until Joffrey comes of age, stretches his honor about as far as he’ll stretch it by making a small change to the King’s final command: He changed “son Joffrey” to “rightful heir”, knowing that Joffrey did not have any write to the Iron Throne as the son of Jaime and Cersei Lannister. Unfortunately, Joffrey and Cersei seized power themselves and completely ignored the order for Ned to rule under Joffrey is older.

 

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‘Game of Thrones’ #ForTheThrone Countdown: “A Golden Crown” (S1E6)

‘Game of Thrones’ #ForTheThrone Countdown: “A Golden Crown” (S1E6)

Previous Episode: “The Wolf and the Lion”

 

Episode: “A Golden Crown” (Season 1, Episode 6)

Original Air Date: May 22, 2011

Director: Daniel Minahan

 

Plot (via HBO)

Ned makes a controversial decree; Tyrion confesses to his ‘crimes’; Viserys receives final payment for Daenerys.

 

Best Moment: Khal Drogo gives Viserys a crown

Well this wasn’t a particularly good moment for Viserys—and maybe he didn’t deserve to be killed like that—but something had to happen to the tyrannical Targaryen. Daenerys eating the stallion’s heart was another step of the separation from her brother, and the separation was final when her husband Khal Drogo gave Viserys a crown that cannot be taken off, with Dany showing no feelings as basically the only person she’s really known for most of her life suffered an excruciating death.

 

Best Quote

“He was no dragon. Fire cannot kill a dragon.” — Daenerys Targaryen

 

Trivia (via IMDb)

Viserys Targaryen’s death is reminiscent of an actual practice by the Mongols of Genghis Khan, who were known to execute royal or noble enemies by pouring molten gold on their heads or down their throats. The Mongols did this because they had a strict prohibition against shedding the blood of any member of nobility, while Khal Drogo does it because it is forbidden for anyone to draw a blade in the sacred Dothraki city of Vaes Dothrak.

 

Character Deaths

-Wallen

-Stiv

-Vardis Egen

-Viserys Targaryen

 

MVP: Bronn

Tyrion was in a tough predicament as a prisoner of Catelyn Stark, but he declared a trail by combat before asking if there were any “volunteers” to fight for him. The sellsword Bronn stepped up for the rich Lannister lord, showing the superb swordsmanship that has kept him alive for all these years. Bronn, of course, would be handsomely rewarded by the Lannisters—and without him, Tyrion would have never made it out of the Eyrie.

 

#ForTheThrone Moment: Daenerys eats the stallion heart

Daenerys Targaryen was become more confident in herself by the day, and she got to the point where she didn’t believe her brother Viserys had what it takes to conquer Westeros. Realizing herself as someone with the potential to sit on the Iron Throne, the Mother of Dragons proved herself to the Dothraki—the people who might help give her the throne—by getting through eating the entire raw stallion heart. Also, when Dany let her brother get killed by Khal Drogo, it made her the heir to the Iron Throne.

 

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HBO Releases The First Footage From Season 8 Of ‘Game of Thrones’

HBO Releases The First Footage From Season 8 Of ‘Game of Thrones’

The first official footage from the eighth and final season of Game of Thrones has been released. With tonight being the Golden Globes, HBO just shared a video showing what’s to come for the network in 2019:

 

 

Included is the first look at video, with sound, from the final season of Game of Thrones. Sansa Stark appears to have reluctantly accepted Daenerys Targaryen as her Queen (likely because The King in the North Jon Snow did).

 

This first footage, which surprisingly reveals an important portion of Daenerys arriving in Winterfell, could indicate that a Season 8 trailer might be arriving soon.

 

There was some Season 8 footage (showing Jon and Sansa embracing) released in a previous what’s-to-come trailer from HBO released in August, but that video has since been removed from the premium network’s YouTube channel. This is the first real look with sound included.

 

In case you missed it, our #ForTheThrone countdown just begun last week with the first episode of the series, “Winter Is Coming”, and will continue up to the start of April ahead of the start of Game of Thrones’ final season that month.

‘Game of Thrones’ #ForTheThrone Countdown: “The Wolf and the Lion” (S1E5)

‘Game of Thrones’ #ForTheThrone Countdown: “The Wolf and the Lion” (S1E5)

Previous Episode: “Cripples, Bastards, and Broken Things”

 

Episode: “The Wolf and the Lion” (Season 1, Episode 5)

Original Air Date: May 15, 2011

Director: Brian Kirk

 

Plot (via HBO)

Ned refuses an order from the King; Tyrion escapes one perilous encounter, only to find himself in another.

 

Best Moment: Ned fights Jaime

It’s not often in Game of Thrones that two characters square off in a swordfight or in battle, but we got one between Ned Stark and Jaime Lannister. While no one was going to die—as Tyrion was held captive, which meant Jaime couldn’t kill Ned, and Ned probably just didn’t think it would be right to kill Jaime in middle of King’s Landing—it was still awesome to see two legends test their skills against each other.

 

Best Quote

“You want to know the horrible truth? I can’t even remember what she looked like. I only know she was the one thing I ever wanted… someone took her away from me, and seven kingdoms couldn’t fill the hole she left behind.” — Robert Baratheon about Lyanna Stark

 

Trivia (via IMDb)

The official words of House Lannister, which Bran failed to remember, are “Hear Me Roar!”. Maybe the reason is that they are mentioned so rarely both in the books and the show. “A Lannister always pays his debts” is their unofficial motto, which is mentioned much more often.

 

Character Deaths

-Kurleket

-Willis Wode

-Jory Cassel

-Heward

-Wyl

 

MVP: Ned Stark

Despite the presence of what was thought to be a bastard son in Jon Snow, the honor of Ned Stark could never be put into question. He showed why when he let it be known that killing Daenerys Targaryen and her unborn baby—based off a rumor from a slave trader “half a world away”—was not right. Ned basically saw Daenerys as a child that happened to be the daughter of the “Mad King” and didn’t think there was a need to kill her across the Narrow Sea. Also, Ned held his own against Jaime in their swordfight to end the episode.

 

#ForTheThrone Moment: Varys trusts Ned Stark

The intentions of Lord Varys can be tough to gauge at times, but he appears to truly want what is best for the people of Westeros, and that includes helping the person that sits on the Iron Throne. After monitoring Ned during the Hand’s time in King’s Landing, the Spider decided he could trust the new Hand and tell him things he “must know,” including that King Robert is a fool that is doomed without him as well as confirming that Jon Arryn was poisoned. Varys knew Joffrey would not be good for the Throne, so he attempted to get Ned to help keep Robert alive and on it.

 

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‘Game of Thrones’ #ForTheThrone Countdown: “Cripples, Bastards, and Broken Things” (S1E4)

‘Game of Thrones’ #ForTheThrone Countdown: “Cripples, Bastards, and Broken Things” (S1E4)

Previous Episode: “Lord Snow”

 

Episode: “Cripples, Bastards, and Broken Things” (Season 1, Episode 4)

Original Air Date: May 8, 2011

Director: Brian Kirk

 

Plot (via HBO)

Ned probes Arryn’s death; Jon takes measures to protect Sam; Tyrion is caught in the wrong place.

 

Best Moment: Daenerys Targaryen stands up for herself

Viserys was seen as a mean-spirited person with a bit of insanity from the very first episode, and he has always taken advantage of his sister by basically treating her as property. Seeing an empowered Daenerys, who finally had enough after years of being treated wrongly, is one of the turning points for her. Dany realizing that her brother is no great leader gets the wheels turning inside her mind that she might be the one that should take the Iron Throne, not Viserys.

 

Best Quote

“The next time you raise a hand to me will be the last time you have hands.” — Daenerys Targaryen to Viserys Targaryen

 

Trivia (via IMDb)

Doreah says she has seen a man who can change his face like a man changes his clothes. This is a reference to the Faceless men, the assassin brotherhood from Braavos.

 

Character Deaths

-Ser Hugh

 

MVP: Jon Snow

While Jon is at Castle Black with a life that appears might be wasted and lonely, he steps in and helps Samwell Tarly, who really has no ability to defend himself. The honorable future Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch continues to inadvertently show his great leadership, getting the men to take it easy on Sam—with the help of his loyal companion Ghost. We know Sam plays a huge role in the future, so who knows where things would be if Jon wasn’t there to initially defend him during the tough first days away from a home and father that didn’t even want him.

 

#ForTheThrone Moment: Ned Stark finds Gendry

As Ned Stark continued inquiring about the death of his old friend and his predecessor as Hand of the King, Jon Arryn, he visited a local armorer at the advice of Littlefinger. After sizing up the armorer’s dark-haired apprentice, Gendry, you could see Lord Stark recognized features in the young man—he was King Robert’s bastard son, with a clearly-stronger claim as heir to the Throne if Cersei Lannister’s children were indeed products of her brother Jaime Lannister instead of the King.

 

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‘Game of Thrones’ #ForTheThrone Countdown: “Lord Snow” (S1E3)

‘Game of Thrones’ #ForTheThrone Countdown: “Lord Snow” (S1E3)

Previous Episode: “The Kingsroad”

 

Episode: “Lord Snow” (Season 1, Episode 3)

Original Air Date: May 1, 2011

Director: Brian Kirk

 

Plot (via HBO)

Jon impresses Tyrion at Castle Black; Ned confronts his past and future at King’s Landing; Daenerys finds herself at odds with Viserys.

 

Best Moment: Arya’s first “dancing lesson”

We know from the very first scene for Arya in the season premiere that she isn’t like other girls, and Ned knows that better than anyone. At the end of “Lord Snow”, Arya starts to learn how to sword fight by lessons with Syrio Forel, and while it is an innocent sparring session that Ned walks in on and smiles at as he observes, he soon starts to hear real sword-fighting sounds in his head—foreshadowing danger in King’s Landing for the Starks.

 

Best Quote

“He said the same thing he’d been saying for hours: ‘Burn them all.’” – Jaime Lannister when King Robert asks what the Mad King said when he stabbed him in the back

 

Trivia (via IMDb)

Jaime Lannister and Eddard Stark mention only briefly the death of Eddard’s father and brother, Rickard and Brandon, by King Aerys II. In the novel “A Clash of Kings”, Jaime describes thoroughly to Catelyn how the Mad King killed them: Rickard Stark was taken to the throne room and suspended from the rafters, dressed in his armor, while a fire was lit beneath him. Then Brandon Stark was brought in, his hands chained behind his back, and around his neck a leathern cord attached to a device. His legs were left free, and his longsword was set down just beyond his reach. While Rickard was roasted alive slowly, Brandon tried to reach his sword so he could free his father, but doing so tightened the cord constricted around his throat. Thus Brandon strangled himself while helplessly watching how his father was burnt to death.

 

Character Deaths

-None

 

MVP: Tyrion Lannister

Tyrion spends most of his time at the Wall by mocking the Night’s Watch, but he isn’t malicious in his comments to Benjen and the others; he’s just truly skeptical about what kind of creatures are in the north. The biggest impact Tyrion has in the episode, though, is when he saves Jon Snow, as the jealous recruits hold a blade to the talented swordsman’s neck because he embarrasses them in the training yard, but they stand down when Tyrion mentions his sister, the Queen. Then, he humbles Jon by telling him that he was lucky enough to grow up in a great family and learn how to fight, unlike Grenn, Pyp, and Rast, which eventually leads to an important friendship with Grenn and Pyp.

 

#ForTheThrone Moment: Daenerys Targaryen is pregnant

Jaime Lannister telling of the moment he killed the Mad King and Benjen Stark telling Jon Snow he isn’t ready to be a ranger (if he knew he was actually a Targaryen and wanted to ensure he stayed alive) are also arguably #ForTheThrone moments, but Daenerys Targaryen being announced as pregnant with Khal Drogo’s child is directly related to the future of the Iron Throne. Dany’s brother Viserys was meant to become King before she would become Queen, but the young Targaryen was now set have a direct heir should she become the ruler of Westeros.

 

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‘Game of Thrones’ #ForTheThrone Countdown: “The Kingsroad” (S1E2)

‘Game of Thrones’ #ForTheThrone Countdown: “The Kingsroad” (S1E2)

Previous Episode: “Winter Is Coming”

 

Episode: “The Kingsroad” (Season 1, Episode 2)

Original Air Date: April 24, 2011

Director: Tim Van Patten

 

Plot (via HBO)

The Lannisters plot to ensure Bran’s silence; Jon and Tyrion head to the Wall; Ned faces a family crisis en route to King’s Landing.

 

Best Moment: Ned Stark ends Lady’s life

The first death of the series that breaks the heart of viewers is actually that of Sansa’s direwolf Lady, as after Nymeria (Arya’s direwolf) bites Joffrey and runs off, Cersei demands that the “beast” be killed. Ned wants to plead with King Robert to be fair and not have Lady executed, but he walks out, prompting Lord Stark to put the blade to the direwolf himself because, as he says, “The wolf is of the North. She deserves better than a butcher.” After Ned comforts a scared Lady before killing her, Bran awakens back at Winterfell to end the episode, showing there might be some connection because the direwolves and the Stark children—or that only death can pay for life.

 

Best Quote

“There’s great honor in serving the Night’s Watch. The Starks have manned the Wall for thousands of years, and you are a Stark. You may not have my name, but you have my blood.” – Ned Stark to Jon Snow

 

Trivia (via IMDb)

After the events in this episode, Lady (real name Zunni) was adopted by actress Sophie Turner, who plays Sansa Stark.

 

Character Deaths

-Lady

-Mycah

-Assassin sent to kill Bran

 

MVP: Ned Stark

Not only did Ned handle the situation with the direwolves as well as he possibly could, but he also has a couple of extremely important conversations along the Kingsroad. First, he assures Jon Snow that he is a Stark, which undoubtedly gives the supposed bastard confidence. And later, when the King says, “I will kill every Targaryen I get my hands on,” we know why Ned needs to protect Jon’s true parentage, which isn’t fully revealed until the Season 7 finale.

 

#ForTheThrone Moment: Ned declines to tell Jon about his mother

As Ned Stark sees Jon Snow off to Castle Black before heading to King’s Landing, the supposed bastard son asked about his mother. You could see the emotion on Ned’s face thinking about his sister Lyanna and the fact that Jon still doesn’t know the truth about his mother, but all he could do was promise to tell Jon about her next time they speak. If Jon being a Targaryen didn’t put Robert Baratheon’s claim to the Throne—and Jon’s own life—at stake, perhaps Ned would have told the future King in the North right there, or much earlier; but #ForTheThrone, that simply couldn’t happen.

 

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‘Game of Thrones’ #ForTheThrone Countdown: “Winter Is Coming” (S1E1)

‘Game of Thrones’ #ForTheThrone Countdown: “Winter Is Coming” (S1E1)

The final season of HBO’s legendary series Game of Thrones comes to an end with its eighth and final season airing this April, so it’s time to count down the first seven seasons and 67 episodes with a #ForTheThrone countdown. The countdown will take us up to April ahead of the final season, and it will go over the best moment, best quote, trivia, character deaths, MVP, and #ForTheThrone moment from every episode.

 

Episode: “Winter Is Coming” (Season 1, Episode 1)

Original Air Date: April 17, 2011

Director: Tim Van Patten

 

Plot (via HBO)

Series Premiere. Lord Ned Stark is troubled by disturbing reports from a Night’s Watch deserter; King Robert and Lannisters arrive at Winterfell; the exiled Viserys Targaryen forges a powerful new alliance.

 

Best Moment: Jaime pushes Bran from the window

The pilot episode is full of great moments—Ned beheading the Night’s Watch deserter, Jon Snow talking to Jaime and Tyrion Lannister, the discovery of the direwolf pups, the Dothraki wedding—but the ending was the first of many Season 1 moments that made viewers realize Game of Thrones was different. When Bran catches Cersei and Jaime together, the Kingslayer feels he has no choice but to push the young Stark to what he believed would be his death, setting off a chain of events that still hasn’t fully come to fruition heading into the final six episodes of the series.

 

Best Quote

“Let me give you some advice, bastard. Never forget what you are, the rest of the world will not. Wear it like armor and it can never be used to hurt you.” – Tyrion Lannister to Jon Snow

 

Trivia (via IMDb)

The scene, where everyone in Winterfell gathers to welcome Robert Baratheon, is the only scene in the entire series where the whole Stark family is seen together.

 

Character Deaths

-Waymar Royce

-Gared

-Will

 

MVP: Ned Stark

It doesn’t take long for Ned Stark to become a fan-favorite, as he is selfless, fair, wise, and of course honorable, among other things. The Warden of the North handles things himself (“The man who passes the sentence…”), which instills strong values in his children, and he accepts King Robert’s request for him to be his Hand because he knows he’s the only one that can protect him. There are many “grey” characters in GoT, but Ned Stark is not one of them; even those who dislike him must respect him.

 

#ForTheThrone Moment: Jaime pushes Bran from the window

The best moment in “Winter Is Coming”, showing Game of Thrones is unlike anything else on television, is also the biggest #ForTheThrone moment from the episode. When Jaime pushed Bran out the window, it changed the realm forever, and it was all for love and the Iron Throne. If Jaime let Bran go, Joffrey and the rest of Cersei’s children would be known as illegitimate heirs to the Throne.

 

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HBO Releases First ‘Game of Thrones’ Teaser For The Final Season

HBO Releases First ‘Game of Thrones’ Teaser For The Final Season

Winter is getting closer. While the CCXP 2018 film festival is going on, HBO released its first official tease for the eighth and final season of Game of Thrones.

 

 

This doesn’t appear to be any footage that will be in Season 8 of Game of Thrones, but it features many of Westeros’ noble Houses being destroyed by fire or ice until there’s nothing left but a black wall being formed between the two sides—making it clear that winter is coming for everyone.

 

This tease is called “Dragonstone”, which is of course the ancestral home of the Targaryens and where Daenerys Targaryen finally returned to last season. There could be more teases coming over the next few days during CCXP at GOTXP. A panel already gleaned some cool information from some of the cast and crew, including showrunner David Benioff saying that the Tarly sword is his favorite sword from the show.

 

A full Season 8 trailer should also be coming in the coming weeks or months, but there is no word on the official first episode air date for the final season.

 

The eight and final season of Game of Thrones returns April 2019.

A ‘Game of Thrones’ Reunion Special Will Be On The Complete Series Box Set

A ‘Game of Thrones’ Reunion Special Will Be On The Complete Series Box Set

Sean Bean previously (and probably accidentally) hinted that a Game of Thrones special that was recorded earlier this year in Belfast—presumably during filming of the eighth and final season of the show. According to EW, HBO has now confirmed the special is real.

 

Hosted by Conan O’Brien, the special acts as a reunion, with past actors such as Bean also in it. Bean of course played Ned Stark, who met a shocking and tragic end in the penultimate episode of Season 1. No other actors have been confirmed to be in the reunion special, but Richard Madden (Robb Stark), Jason Momoa (Khal Drogo), Michelle Fairley (Catelyn Stark), Jack Gleeson (Joffrey Baratheon), Mark Addy (Robert Baratheon), and Leslie Rose (Ygritte, and real-life wife of Kit Harington) are among the many that are good bets to be on the special if other engagements did not hold them back.

 

EW says the reunion special will be featured on the complete series box set, which is not a surprise. It’ll be another incentive to make the complete box set with Seasons 1-8 a must-purchase for hardcore fans of the show.

 

Hearing what past actors think about how much Game of Thrones has changed and the fates of characters since their departures should be very interesting and a lot of fun. It also might give actors a proper goodbye after their characters were suddenly killed on the show.

 

The Game of Thrones complete series box set is set to be released sometime in 2019 after the final season airs. A release for the 2019 holiday season makes sense.

The Final Season Of ‘Game of Thrones’ Will Premiere April 2019

The Final Season Of ‘Game of Thrones’ Will Premiere April 2019

Winter is coming. HBO just announced the eighth and final season of Game of Thrones will premiere in April 2019—eight years after the first episode aired on HBO in April 2011.

 

 

Game of Thrones is going with the campaign “#ForTheThrone” as the final season approaches, as we’ll soon find out who sits on the Iron Throne after every battle, betrayal, risk, fight, sacrifice, and death on the show.

 

It’s a slight surprise there was no new footage in this announcement with the official premiere month for the final season, but there will be posters released later today. And there will certainly be teasers and more as April approaches.

 

You can watch Seasons 1-7 on HBO leading up to the final season, and you can also check out our family trees (With Spoilers and Without Spoilers) while the final wait continues.

Entertainment Weekly Reveals The First Official Photo From ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8

Entertainment Weekly Reveals The First Official Photo From ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8

As the calendar turns from October to November, the first official photo from the final season of Game of Thrones has been revealed. Entertainment Weekly has the first photo from the set on the cover of this week’s magazine, featuring Jon Snow (Kit Harington) and Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke).

 

 

There has been a lot of mystery surrounding Game of Thrones’ final season, but the cover shows the two last known remaining Targaryens still together—though when Season 7 ended, it was unknown to them they were actually related. The dubious relationship between Jon and Daenerys is likely one of the biggest storylines in Season 8.

 

EW also says the final season will have “the show’s biggest battle yet,” calling it “the most epic battle in TV history” on the magazine’s cover—which is not a surprise and is fully expected.

 

The HBO hit series has hit all the right notes throughout its first seven seasons, and its final six-episode run is sure to be epic.

 

Season 8 of Game of Thrones will premiere in 2019.

Naomi Watts Is Starring In The ‘Game of Thrones’ Prequel Series

Naomi Watts Is Starring In The ‘Game of Thrones’ Prequel Series

HBO’s Game of Thrones prequel series has its first known star, as Naomi Watts has agreed to lead the ensemble cast, according to Deadline. Not surprisingly, there is not much being given up about the character, but Watts will apparently play “a charismatic socialite hiding a dark secret.”

 

The previous announcement from HBO on the Game of Thrones prequel is described as:

 

Taking place thousands of years before the events of “Game of Thrones,” Goldman’s series chronicles the world’s descent from the golden Age of Heroes into its darkest hour. And only one thing is for sure: from the horrifying secrets of Westeros’ history to the true origin of the white walkers, the mysteries of the East to the Starks of legend–it’s not the story we think we know.

 

A Song of Ice and Fire creator George R.R. Martin has previously stated that he hopes the series is called “The Long Night”. And it’s unclear when it will air, as HBO wants to give Game of Thrones plenty of time to breathe after the epic series concludes sometime in 2019.

 

The negotiations between Watts and the network were described as “lengthy,” but she’s one of the world’s top actress and quite the get for the prequel led by writer Jane Goldman and Martin. Watts’ breakthrough was in David Lynch’s Mulholland Drive (2001), and she’s starred in many other films and shows including King Kong and The Ring. Watts also starred in Netflix’s original series Gypsy.

 

It’s unclear if lesser known actors will join the ensemble cast around Watts, as Game of Thrones used then-relatively-unknowns like Kit Harington and Emilia Clarke along with other stars like Peter Dinklage and Lena Headey—and it obviously worked out.

 

The eighth and final season of Game of Thrones will air in 2019.

‘Reigns: Game of Thrones’ Mobile Game Is Now Available

‘Reigns: Game of Thrones’ Mobile Game Is Now Available

Nearly one year after the release of the “Games of Thrones: Conquest” mobile game, another mobile game based on the hit HBO fantasy series is here. “Reigns: Game of Thrones” is now available on the App Store, Google Play, and PC.

 

From Nerial, Devolver Digital, and HBO, “Reigns: Game of Thrones” takes the immense world created by George R.R. Martin and turns it into an in-depth card-swiping game with your favorite Game of Thrones characters and settings.

 

Previous games, “Reigns” and “Reigns: Your Majesty” are both widely praised by critics and fans, with both games receiving five stars on the App Store and “Reigns” being named an Editor’s Choice.

 

The description of the game states in part:

 

 

Reigns: Game of Thrones is the heir to the award-winning HBO TV series Game of Thrones and the smash-hit swipe ’em up series Reigns from Nerial and Devolver Digital. Through the fiery visions of Melisandre, claim the Iron Throne as Cersei Lannister, Jon Snow, Daenerys Targaryan, and more to carefully navigate the complex relationships and hostile factions of the Seven Kingdoms. Employ ruthless tactics to outwit political rivals and wield impervious charm on your nickel bannerman. Maintain the balance and favor the people to extend your reign and maybe, one day, survive the horrors of the coming winter.

 

“Reigns: Game of Thrones” includes the series’ epic soundtrack by Ramin Djawadi, and you can play out alternate Westeros storylines to create new adventures within the universe.

 

 

The mobile game will help some people get their GoT fix as they wait for the final season to air sometime in 2019. During the final long winter, you can also check out the first glimpse of footage from Season 8, along with our Game of Thrones family trees (with spoilers through Season 7 and without spoilers).

 

“Reigns: Game of Thrones” costs $3.99 and is available for download today.

The First Footage From Season 8 Of ‘Game of Thrones’ Is Here

The First Footage From Season 8 Of ‘Game of Thrones’ Is Here

The final season of Game of Thrones is coming. With filming concluded several weeks ago, the hype will continue to build toward the Season 8 premiere sometime in 2019. HBO just unveiled a teaser trailer for what’s to come in 2019, and it of course includes its biggest hit.

 

 

Initially, the Game of Thrones parts all appear to be footage from Season 7, but there is indeed footage from Season 8. At the 1:10 mark, when it says “Game of Thrones Final Season” and Jon Snow and Sansa Stark embrace, it is from the upcoming final season.

 

 

The official season premiere date announcement could still be weeks/months away, but there’s some speculation that it will not air until June 2019, which would make the final season eligible for the 2020 Emmys.

 

At some point, we will get the very last teaser posters, teaser trailers, and official trailers for Game of Thrones. Soon, the long winter will be coming to an end. In the meantime, keep track of all the characters and houses with our Game of Thrones family trees:

 

Game of Thrones family tree from Season 1, Episode 1

Game of Thrones family tree through Season 7

The Final Season Of ‘Game of Thrones’ Will Debut In The “First Half” Of 2019

The Final Season Of ‘Game of Thrones’ Will Debut In The “First Half” Of 2019

As the long winter before Game of Thrones’ final season continues, we have a better idea of when exactly the epic HBO series will return. At the Television Critics Association press tour, HBO President of Programming Casey Bloys says Season 8 will debut in the “first half” of 2019.

 

Bloys also revealed that he hopes the Game of Thrones spinoff from Jane Goldman, which has a pilot order from HBO and focuses on “The Long Night” period thousands of years before the events of GoT, will start filming early in 2019.

 

So in less than a year, Game of Thrones will be back on the air for its final six episodes. The hype for the final season is likely to be unlike anything from any other television show in history, and there’s no reason to believe the show’s last run won’t live up to it.

 

Game of Thrones, which has completed filming, stars Kit Harington, Emilia Clarke, Lena Headey, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, and Peter Dinklage. Showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are directing the final episode of the series.