Winter is coming... for at least two more years.
Less than 48 hours after the Season 4 premiere of Game of Thrones, HBO has renewed the series for Seasons 5 and 6, the network announced Tuesday.
Sunday's fourth season premiere drew the biggest audience for an HBO show since the Sopranos finale in 2007.
It's midnight on the chilly Northern Ireland set of Castle Black, Game of Thrones' military outpost where the Night's Watch is the kingdom of Westeros's only defense against its enemies — both human and supernatural — amassing beyond the colossal Wall that lines the north.
In the muddy, brazier-lit courtyard, swords clash as...
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Game of Thrones' Season 3 finale revealed yet another side to Tywin Lannister: politician, father and... wedding planner?
That's right. Tywin (Charles Dance) is the mastermind behind the Red Wedding, aka the gruesome ambush and massacre of the Starks.
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[SPOILERS! The following contains information from Game of Thrones' "The Rains of Castamere" episode. Read at your own risk!]
Having a tough time coping with Game of Thrones' literal and emotional ambush? You're not alone.
Get ready for more blood, sweat and fears. Turns out, the brutal first two seasons of HBO's Game of Thrones were just a warm-up. The beheading of Ned Stark? Like stretching your jousting arm. The high-body-count Battle of Blackwater Bay that nearly killed Tyrion Lannister? A quick jog around the tourney grounds.
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In the strangest cameo of the year, George W. Bush's (fake) severed head made an unexpected appearance on Game of Thrones.
The prop head, which was mostly covered with a long wig, was shown decapitated and displayed on a stake during the HBO drama's first season finale. This little easter egg can be spotted when the sadistic King Joffrey (Jack Gleeson) forced Sansa Stark (Sophie Tuner) to see her own father among a series of severed heads displayed for the citizens of King's Landing.
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Natalie Dormer may have been topless during one of her first scenes in Game of Thrones, but it was her character's attitude about sex with her husband that made the biggest impression.
In Sunday's episode, Dormer had to play the not-so-shy virgin Margaery Tyrell, who tries to consummate her marriage with Renly Baratheon (Gethin Anthony). When he can't quite rise to the occasion, she offers to enlist the help of her brother Loras (Finn Jones), who just so happens to be Renly's lover.
Joe Dempsie says he was destined to play a bastard on Game of Thrones.
The British actor had initially auditioned for the part of Ned Stark's illegitimate son Jon Snow (a part that eventually went to Kit Harington) and then even tried out to play one of Jon's pals at The Wall, but didn't score either role. Thrones producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss were determined to work with Dempsie, however, and eventually cast him as Gendry the blacksmith's apprentice, the only one of King Robert's byblows to survive Joffrey's bastard massacre in the Season 2 premiere of Game of Thrones, which airs its third episode Sunday (9/8c, HBO).
Game of Thrones has been renewed for a third season, HBO announced Tuesday.
"Series creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss raised our expectations for the second season — and then surpassed them," Michael Lombardo, HBO's programming president, said in a statement. "We are thrilled by all the viewer and media support we've received for the series, and can't wait to see what Dan and David have in store for next season."