Kit Harington Talks Game Of Thrones Season 4: ‘There’s A Lot Of Blood!’

Filming on “Game of Thrones” Season 4 is in full swing and Kit Harington, who stars as Jon Snow, said it is shaping up to be “action packed.”

“There’s a hell of a lot of fight scenes. There’s a lot of blood, there’s a lot of gore. It’s more action packed then any season we’ve done so far, so it’s gonna be a test to see if we can get it done,” Kit told Access Hollywood at the Young Hollywood Awards last week in Los Angeles.

Kit also hinted there are big things ahead for his character, Jon, who arrived at Castle Black at the end of Season 3 very worse for wear, bleeding profusely from the wounds he sustained after his ex – Ygritte (Rose Leslie) — shot him with three arrows after he betrayed her.

“I’m always – in a very pessimistic way – waiting for them to drop the ball and then we got [the scripts for] Season 4 through after what I thought was a very impressive Season 3… and it’s brilliant. It’s my favorite so far,” he told Access. “I’ve got a lot to do this season.”

Filming for Season 4 will not bring Kit back to Iceland where he’s shot many scenes in previous episodes.

“I’m not in Iceland this year. A lot of my friends went over to Iceland, a lot of people went over to Iceland that haven’t been before and I didn’t get to go this year, which is sad because I love the place,” he said. “I’m purely in Northern Ireland this year.”

“Game of Thrones” will return to HBO in 2014, and also for Kit in 2014 is his first role in an animated film – “How to Train Your Dragon 2,” which is due out on June 20.

“I play a new character who comes in who’s a dragon trapper,” he said. “It’s a great franchise. It’s a great sequence of films.”

The remaining Starks

At the beginning of the series, people thought Ned would be the hero. Thanks to good old Joff, that’s no longer the case. Then people thought Robb, being king in the north will avenge him. Thanks to Tywin and Walder fray, he is no more.
5 Starks remain, and here is what I think will happen to them

Remember, this is pure speculation on my part. Nothing written here is official, and to tell the truth it might not make sense at all, but hey it’s 5 am and I’m still awake :P .

Sansa

being surrounded by politicians can only mean one thing, Sansa is being groomed to be a strong one. I know many people hate Sansa for what she has done in the past, but I think she learned her lesson. I’m not saying she’s going to rule the 7 kingdoms, but she might get her own keep out of this. If you notice in the blackwater episode, she was the one who calmed the women and children down.

Bran

Bran is probably one of the most important characters in the series, he might be the key for people surviving the white walkers, he and the Reeds will discover about them, and return to the 7 kingdoms in order to warn people.

Arya,

Arya is one of the characters that changed a lot during the series, in the beginning she was just a little girl, she wanted to learn sword fighting and argued with her sister, pretty much what all kids do. Now, she has gone a really dark path, the way she killed that man at the camp fire, was really weird. It didn’t even look like she was affected by it (some how it reminded me of Babett in skyrim :P ) Anyway, I think Arya will kill one of the major characters in the series, a good or bad character? I don’t know

Jon

Jon is the soldier of the series, all I can say is I feel that he might be the one that will lead a united army against the Whites.

Rickon,

Rickon and Osha will be found and recognised by someone. Seeing as no one knows where Bran is when they find him, this person (might be Bolton) who probably has their own agenda will put Rickon as king in the north, and use him in order to rule.

What do you think is ahead for the Starks? Will they all survive to see the next spring?

Mace Tyrell has been cast: Welcome Roger Ashton-Griffiths

George RR Martin has supplied another casting clue in the form of a riddle from his alter ego ‘Froggy’ today!

It reads as follows…

“The Wedding Guest
He’s a father, he’s a son. He’s been a bishop, a cardinal, a prior, a friar, a vicar, a knight, a lord, a mayor, a director. There’s one born every minute, but by any other name he’d smell as sweet.”

It certainly appears to hint at Mace Tyrell.
- He is a wedding guest of course being that he is the father of the bride Margaey Tyrell and son of the Queen of Thorns.
- The tyrell rose is the sigil of the house and Tyrells are often referred to as “roses” etc… A rose, the subject of the partial line from Shakespeare.

The actor who will be portraying Mace is still at best a guess.
Jordan at Winter-is-Coming suggested Roger Ashton-Griffiths.

He has a long list of roles including:
A Bishop = Old Bishop in A Knight’s Tale
A Cardinal = Cardinal Wolsey in Henry VIII
A prior = Prior Aymer in Ivanhoe
A Friar = Friar Tuck in Prince of Thieves
A Vicar = The Vicar in The Wimbledon Prisoner
A Knight = Sir John Hutton in The Tudors
A Lord = Lord Oswodd in What a Girl Wants, Lord Crowley Mountains of the Moon
A Mayor = Mayor in Brothers Grimm
A Director = Alfred Hitchcock in Grace of Monaco
He also played PT Barnum in Gangs of New York. Barnum is credited as saying that “there’s a sucker born every minute.

No confirmation from GRRM yet, but I have a hard time finding an actor who fits those clues better… or a role other than Mace Tyrell.

***UPDATE***
GRRM has confirmed it.

“Later:
I see the long delay between visits from Froggy the Gremlin hasn’t dulled your skill at deciphering clues any.

Yes, it’s the fine British character actor Roger Ashton-Griffiths, who has been cast in the role of Mace Tyrell, son to the Queen of Thorns, and father of Loras and Margaery.

Thanks for playing, and congrats to those who got it right.”

Game of Thrones: No End Date in Sight

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To no surprise, HBO has no immediate plans to end Game of Thrones. At the TCA summer press tour, Michael Lombardo (HBO’s president of programming) said, “It can go on as long as there are stories to tell.”

HBO CEO Richard Plepler joked, “Our line to George [R.R. Martin is] to keep writing.”

Game of Thrones is currently HBO’s most successful series. While their other big show, True Blood, has been seeing some viewership declines year-over-year, Game of Thrones’ audience continues to grow.

The first season averaged 2.52 million viewers for initial airings while season two drew an estimated 3.8 million. Season three, which finished airing in early June, averaged a whopping 4.97 million.

Game of Thrones was renewed for a fourth season back in April but we won’t see new episodes until some time in 2014.

What do you think? Are you a fan of the George R.R. Martin series? How long do you realistically think it can run?

‘Game of Thrones’ Maisie Williams and Joe Dempsie: Watch fan Q&A (VIDEO)

Game of Thrones star Joe Dempsie has revealed the story of a “super crazy” fan of the HBO fantasy series, who sent him a succession of videos asking for a date.

Dempsie and Maisie Williams were taking part in a fan Q&A panel about season three of Game of Thrones, which was hosted by Digital Spy at the Tower of London. At the end of the evening, the duo were asked about their funniest experiences with the show’s most dedicated followers.

Watch the Digital Spy/Blinkbox Game of Thrones Q&A:

Williams insisted that all her experiences with fans had been “normal”, but Dempsie confessed that one passionate viewer in Denmark had left him slightly concerned.

The former Skins actor revealed how the Danish fan had sent videos to his agent, his local newspaper in Nottingham and then to all his Twitter followers – which included his ex-girlfriend’s mom – declaring her love for him.

The Game of Thrones Q&A celebrated the release of season three on Blinkbox, ahead of its release on DVD and Blu-ray in 2014.

Your Resident Witch Talks Melisandre

Greetings all!

Sorry for the MIA-ness as of late. I’ve been too busy mourning the lack of Game of Thrones in my life. I thought about reading the books, but then I realized I’d be no good to you all in my Tarot predictions as they would be considered “biased.” I’ve been watching Newsroom (very good!) and True Blood (also very good!), but missing my bloody, boob-filled dance in medievalish fantasty more than HBO could ever pay me to say. Why DON’T they pay me, by the way? Apparently, I live for their shows. HEAR THAT HBO???? GIVE ME A JOB WATCHING YOUR STUFF!

Anyway, I’m hear to talk Melisandre! That’s right–our favorite creepy, red-headed religious fanatic who practices all kinds of sorcery. Since I hope I’m your favorite creepy, red-headed religious-Witch-but-not-a-fanatic-(I hope), I thought I’d pop in to shed some light on what the Red Priestess is up to and its reality in Witchcraft:

Oh, for such supple lighting and root-less color, at all times.

Oh, for such supple lighting and root-less color, at all times.

Burning the Seven
When we first meet Melisandre, she’s burning statues of The Seven, the other Gods in Westeros because she thinks her God is better than all the other Gods. She gets all the crowd to chant along with her, renounce their religions, and follow hers. She then gets Stannis to pull a burning sword out of one of the statues, which proves to everyone that he’s a kind of Jesus–there to save all the people.

Burn Baby, Burn.

Burn Baby, Burn.

Would a real Witch do this?
Um. No. At least, not any Witch that I know or would want to associate with. Burning effigies of other Gods??? That’s a recipe for super-Karmic-Disaster. Those Gods will kick your butt, Melisandra. We’re talking plagues-of-locusts-crawling-out-of-your-skin-bad. I’VE NOT READ THE BOOKS AND I’VE SWORN OFF THE ICE AND FIRE WIKI SO I HAVE NO IDEA IF THIS IS COMING FOR THE RED PRIESTESS! A real-world Witch would run screaming from such a situation. Most of us don’t like proselytizing, which she’s all up and doing, and most would rather have other people’s Gods on our side or at least, liking us enough to leave us alone. Burning them in honor of another God? Not a good idea, M. Not a good idea at all.

Birthing the Demonic Thing
Melisandre is perhaps best known for pushing the smoky-demon thing out of her hoo-ha, which eventually goes off to kill Renly. What IS that nasty thing? Do such things actually exist?

Ew.

Ew.

Are Demonic Smoke-Spawn Typical Witchy Things?
Historically, Witches are known to have a “Fetch:” A spiritual entity that does their bidding. I believe this is what GRRM was going for in this scene. Do Witches employ such things? I know a number of Witches who claim to have Fetches that do their bidding. Much less glamorous, mind you. Mostly to find lost cats, car-keys, or to help them find a job. But none of these Witches claim to push them out of their vags…I think lighting candles and strong visualization are the preferred methods. I know no one who uses them to assassinate politicians…if they did, senators would be dropping dead all over Texas.

Human Sacrifice of Gendry. Or at least, a vain attempt.

Sexy time.

Sexy time.

Melisandre goes on a big-ass sojourn to find King’s Blood. You know, she totally could have substituted herbs for that (I’m pretty sure. Probably should ask my botanist Covener) and not gone all over the place, seducing poor Gendry, and then sticking leeches all over him when he was all bound up. But it wouldn’t have made for such a good story. She then had her boyfriend Stannis BORE-atheon burn the poor leeches (yes, I actually feel sorry for the leeches in this scene) as a nasty spell meant to kill off all the other Kings that Stannis feels threatened by.

Would a Real Witch Do This?
Oh…HELL no. One of our creeds may say, “All Acts of Love and Pleasure Are Sacred,” so there’s no problem with the sexy-sex time…but we also have this thing called “An Harm Ye None.” That includes not putting blood suckers all over the limbs and pecker of a person, and then burning the small creatures alive–no matter how icky leeches are and how much they really should stay deep in the river far, far, far away from me. A real Witch would probably do an empowerment exercise with Stannis, and banish away whatever insecurities he has that might be holding him back from his true destiny. “Let’s also talk True Destiny for a moment, Lord Stannis. Is this *truly* your calling? Or is this your ego ruining everyone’s lives?”

Now, would a Real Witch do THIS???

Hey girl.

Hey girl.

I can’t speak for all Witches…but I’d sure as hell hop that broomstick.

Yo. Yeah....

Yo. Yeah….

 

 

HBO Pressures George R.R. Martin to Finish Remaining Books

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Season 4 of Game of Thrones has barely started production, and we’ve already had a good number of updates: an “In Memoriam” video was shown at Comic-Con 2013 that mourned the departed characters while showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss teased aspects of the upcoming season, not to mention the casting of a pivotal Season 4 character, Oberyn Martell (“The Red Viper of Dorne”).

As fans of the hit HBO series know by now, Game of Thrones is based on a series of fantasy novels by George R.R. Martin. The story cycle is called A Song of Fire and Ice and currently encompasses five books, the latest of which, A Dance With Dragons, was published in 2011. The fourth book, A Feast For Crows, was published in 2005. The lengthy wait between books has created some trepidation among fans regarding the future of the series. Namely: will the cycle see a conclusion within our lifetime?

Recently, the notion that the show could end after seven seasons triggered a certain amount of speculation as to what happens if (and when) the HBO series catches up with the overall plot of the books.

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At a recent press conference in Beverly Hills, HBO chief executive Richard Plepler and programming president Michael Lombardo were confronted with just this dilemma. This lifespan of seven seasons is apparently not the official company line, as Lombardo said the following (courtesy of Entertainment Weekly):

“As far as I’m concerned, they can go on as long as there are stories to tell. We certainly haven’t gotten anywhere near that conversation with [showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss].”

So where did this “seven seasons” notion come from? Frank Doelger, one of the show’s producers, who a few months ago said, “I would hope that, if we all survive, and if the audience stays with us, we’ll probably get through to seven seasons.”

Lombardo went on to address the elephant in the room (Martin’s near-glacial pace as a novelist):

“I know there are issues with the books and catching up.” 

And HBO CEO Plepler? He put it somewhat more bluntly:

“Our line to George was ‘keep writing.’ ” 

Lombardo echoed this sentiment: “Yes. Get busy writing.” 

Does this news signal some kind of tension between Martin and HBO? Not necessarily. We do know that Book Six of the series, The Winds of Winter, is “tentatively planned for release” in 2014, and Season 4 of the show still has to get through the second half of the third book, A Storm of Swords.

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Things get a bit sticky with books four and five: roughly the first half of A Dance With Dragons takes place concurrently with the whole of A Feast for Crows, and untangling this narrative will likely prove something of a nightmare for the showrunners.

So there’s still quite a bit of time before the series “catches up” with the books, all told. While it’s true that the writers could interweave much of books four and five (which would tighten up the narrative quite a bit, as anyone who has read could confirm), there’s so much story still ahead. Martin’s on the fifth book and winter has technically not begun.

HBO President Talks Future of Game of Thrones, The Newsroom and More

During his network’s panel discussion yesterday at the Television Critics Assoc. summer press tour in Beverly Hills, HBO President Michael Lombardo touched on a number of subjects important to fans of his network.

Specifically, the future of a handful of ongoing hits.

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Game of Thrones: “It can go on as long as there are stories to tell.”

Treme: The new season will premiere on December 1.

The Newsroom: Odds a third season renewal are “excellent,” with ratings through two episodes up over Season 1: “The conversation with Aaron [Sorkin] are all about schedule. If we can figure out scheduling in terms of his time and being on the air next year, I would be shocked if you weren’t hearing an announcement soon.”

Veep: Selina Meyer will be running for President next year: “Next season we’ll see her on a bus a lot. She’ll be out on the campaign trail.”

David Milch has a couple of ideas in the works. One is a pilot about a “dynastic New York media family” and it is close to receiving a production order.

Criminal Justice: Lombardo and executives are “having conversations on how to proceed” in the wake of James Gandolfini’s passing, as the actor was scheduled to star in this drama and had already filmed the pilot. “I can’t imagine us airing the pilot with James in it. Jim’s passing took the wind out of our sails at HBO.”

‘Game of Thrones’ casts ‘Rome’ actress for season 4 — EXCLUSIVE

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Another fan-favorite Rome veteran is joining HBO’s Game of Thrones.

Actress Indira Varma has been cast in season four. Varma will play Ellaria Sand on the show, the sexually adventurous paramour of a key new character, Prince Oberyn Martell “The Red Viper” (played by Pedro Pascal).

Since playing Niobe on HBO’s Rome, Varma has had roles on Fox’s Human Target along with UK dramas Silk and Hunted. Last year, the production added fellow Rome actor Ciarán Hinds.

Varma joins fellow season 4 new hires Pascal and Sherlock writer-actor Mark Gatiss. Coming off the show’s highest-rated and most-Emmy-nominated season yet, last week at Comic-Con, Thrones producers and cast told EW they expect season 4 will be the show’s best.

“We got more action, which is obviously more time consuming,” says showrunner David Benioff. “It’s a brutal shooting season ahead. But if we can make it through, yeah, I think it’s going to surpass season three. The last 3 episodes, there’s so many scenes we’ve been waiting for so long to do. And it just gets more and more fun to write for these characters. After three years of doing it, we have that much more comfort to make everything uncomfortable for them. We’re very excited for it.”