Interview: GAME OF THRONES creator George R.R. Martin makes his move – Part 1

GAME OF THRONES creator George R.R. Martin - Season 1 | ©2011 HBO/Helen Sloan

George R.R. Martin’s novels in his A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE series about the mythical kingdom of Westeros are each almost the size of a piece of furniture. The saga of the battle for the crown is now being played out on HBO’s GAME OF THRONES, which concludes its first season Sunday night at 9 PM. The series was picked up for a second season almost immediately after its first episode premiered. Martin says he is among those who are surprised that his huge tome – the HBO show takes its name from the first volume – was brought […]Read On »

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TV Review: GAME OF THRONES – Season 1 – “Baelor”

Lena Headey in GAME OF THRONES - Season 1 |©2011 HBO/Helen Sloan

Stars: Alfie Allen, Sean Bean, Emilia Clarke, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Peter Dinklage, Michelle Fairley, Aiden Gillen, Jack Gleeson, Iain Glen, Kit Harington, Lena Headey, Isaac Hempstead-Wright, Richard Madden, Rory McCann, Sophie Turner, Maisie Williams, Jason Momoa, John Bradley, Charles Dance Writers: David Benioff & D.B. Weiss, based on George R.R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” Director: Alan Taylor Network: HBO, Sundays @ 9 PM Airdate: June 12, 2011 Beware, those who haven’t read George R.R. Martin’s first Westeros novel and have remained otherwise unspoiled – the end of the GAME OF THRONES episode “Baelor,” may cause you to sit […]Read On »

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Interview: GAME OF THRONES executive producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss on their epic HBO fantasy

Sean Bean and Julian Glover in GAME OF THRONES - Season 1 | ©2011 HBO/Helen Sloan

HBO’s new hit GAME OF THRONES airs the penultimate episode of its first season tonight at 9 PM. All hell appears prepared to break loose, what with eldest Stark son Robb (Richard Madden) preparing to lead troops into battle against the wealthy Lannister clan, in the hopes of freeing Robb’s imprisoned father Ned (Sean Bean), who is facing the wrath of Queen Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey). Across the Narrow Sea, the Dothraki hordes led by Khal Drogo (Jason Momoa) and his bride Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) are preparing to invade. At the northern edge of the seven kingdoms, the monstrous White […]Read On »

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TV Review: GAME OF THRONES – Season 1 – “You Win or You Die”

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Ian McElhinney in GAME OF THRONES - Season 1 | ©2011 HBO/Nick Briggs

Stars: Mark Addy, Alfie Allen, Sean Bean, Emilia Clarke, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Peter Dinklage, Michelle Fairley, Aiden Gillen, Jack Gleeson, Iain Glen, Kit Harington, Lena Headey, Isaac Hempstead-Wright, Richard Madden, Rory McCann, Sophie Turner, Maisie Williams, Jason Momoa, John Bradley Writers: David Benioff & D.B. Weiss, based on George R.R. Martin’s novel “A Song of Ice and Fire” Director: Dan Minahan Network: HBO, Sundays @ 9 PM Airdate: May 29, 2011 By the end of the GAME OF THRONES episode “You Win or You Die,” the viewer’s head is spinning, trying to figure out what’s going to happen. It looks likely […]Read On »

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TV Review: GAME OF THRONES – Season 1 – “A Golden Crown”

Harry Lloyd in GAME OF THRONES - Season 1 | ©2011 HBO/Helen Sloan

Stars: Mark Addy, Alfie Allen, Sean Bean, Emilia Clarke, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Peter Dinklage, Michelle Fairley, Aiden Gillen, Jack Gleeson, Iain Glen, Kit Harington, Lena Headey, Isaac Hempstead-Wright, Harry Lloyd, Richard Madden, Rory McCann, Sophie Turner, Maisie Williams, Jason Momoa Writers: Jane Espenson and David Benioff & D.B. Weiss, based on George R.R. Martin’s novel “A Song of Ice and Fire” Director: Dan Minahan Network: HBO, Sundays @ 9 PM Airdate: May 22, 2011 World-building is a slow and tough process, but GAME OF THRONES is doing the work adroitly, balancing information about the Seven Kingdoms with the engrossing character drama. […]Read On »

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TV Review: GAME OF THRONES – Season 1 – “The Wolf and the Lion”

Sean Bean in GAME OF THRONES - Season 1 | ©2011 HBO/Helen Sloan

Stars: Mark Addy, Alfie Allen, Sean Bean, Emilia Clarke, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Peter Dinklage, Michelle Fairley, Aiden Gillen, Jack Gleeson, Iain Glen, Kit Harington, Lena Headey, Isaac Hempstead-Wright, Harry Lloyd, Richard Madden, Rory McCann, Sophie Turner, Maisie Williams, Jason Momoa Writers: David Benioff & D.B. Weiss, based on George R.R. Martin’s novel “A Song of Ice and Fire” Director: Brian Kirk Network: HBO, Sundays @ 9 PM Airdate: May 15, 2011 In “The Wolf and the Lion” episode off GAME OF THRONES, we don’t actually see any of the Dothraki, but we hear a lot about them, because King Robert (Mark […]Read On »

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TV Review: GAME OF THRONES – Season 1 – “Cripples, Bastards and Broken Things”

Ian McElhinney in GAME OF THRONES - Season 1 | ©2011 HBO/Nick Briggs

Stars: Mark Addy, Alfie Allen, Sean Bean, Emilia Clarke, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Peter Dinklage, Michelle Fairley, Aiden Gillen, Jack Gleeson, Iain Glen, Kit Harington, Lena Headey, Isaac Hempstead-Wright, Harry Lloyd, Richard Madden, Rory McCann, Sophie Turner, Maisie Williams, Jason Momoa Writer: Bryan Cogman, based on George R.R. Martin’s novel “A Song of Ice and Fire” Director: Brian Kirk Network: HBO, Sundays @ 9 PM Airdate: May 8, 2011 GAME OF THRONES is one of those series where we can’t wait to see what happens next, even though we more often than not have no idea what that’s going to be. In […]Read On »

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TV Review: GAME OF THRONES – Season 1 – “Lord Snow”

Kit Harington in GAME OF THRONES - Season 1 | ©2011 HBO/Nick Briggs

Stars: Mark Addy, Alfie Allen, Sean Bean, Emilia Clarke, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Peter Dinklage, Michelle Fairley, Aiden Gillen, Jack Gleeson, Iain Glen, Kit Harington, Lena Headey, Isaac Hempstead-Wright, Harry Lloyd, Richard Madden, Rory McCann, Sophie Turner, Maisie Williams, Jason Momoa Writers: David Benioff & D.B. Weiss, based on George R.R. Martin’s novel “A Song of Ice and Fire” Director: Brian Kirk Network: HBO, Sundays @ 9 PM Airdate: May 1, 2011 “Lord Snow” is a set of strong scenes that lead up to big events in the future. Nothing too huge or dramatic happens here – sure, there’s a pregnancy and […]Read On »

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TV Review: GAME OF THRONES – Season 1 – “The Kingsroad”

Emilia Clarke in GAME OF THRONES - Season 1 | ©2011 HBO

Stars: Mark Addy, Alfie Allen, Sean Bean, Emilia Clarke, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Peter Dinklage, Michelle Fairley, Aiden Gillen, Jack Gleeson, Iain Glen, Kit Harington, Lena Headey, Isaac Hempstead-Wright, Harry Lloyd, Richard Madden, Rory McCann, Sophie Turner, Maisie Williams, Jason Momoa Writers: David Benioff & D.B. Weiss, based on George R.R. Martin’s novel “A Song of Ice and Fire” Director: Tim Van Patten Network: HBO, Sundays @ 9 PM Airdate: April 24, 2011 GAME OF THRONES opened hell for leather in its first week, and though its second episode, “The Kingsroad,” omits the horror element of the premiere, it is very compelling […]Read On »

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TV Review: GAME OF THRONES – Season 1 – “Winter is Coming” – Series Premiere

Sean Bean in GAME OF THRONES - Season 1 | ©2011 HBO

Stars: Mark Addy, Alfie Allen, Sean Bean, Emilia Clarke, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Peter Dinklage, Michelle Fairley, Aiden Gillen, Jack Gleeson, Iain Glen, Kit Harington, Lena Headey, Isaac Hempstead-Wright, Harry Lloyd, Richard Madden, Rory McCann, Sophie Turner, Maisie Williams, Jason Momoa Writers: David Benioff & D.B. Weiss, based on George R.R. Martin’s novel “A Song of Ice and Fire” Director: Tim Van Patten Network: HBO, Sundays @ 9 PM Airdate: April 17, 2011 Let’s be honest. Most opening episodes of series tend to drag just a little while we get to know everyone. Not GAME OF THRONES, which starts off with a […]Read On »

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