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The Weekend Playlist: Thrones vs. Dead, BBCA's Dazzling Who-Orphan Combo

Andrew Lincoln

You'd think Easter weekend might be a quiet time for TV. You'd be wrong. Easter Sunday turns out to be one of the most overstuffed nights since February's sweeps-stakes, capped by a face-off between the season finale of cable's hottest horror show and the premiere of pay cable's most deluxe epic fantasy.

AMC did not make the third-season finish of The Walking Dead (Sunday, 9/8c) available for preview, but we're already fearing the worst as the climactic showdown approaches between the Governor's troops and TV's most heroic prison gang, while failed peacekeeper Andrea swelters in the torture dungeon back in Woodbury. It's nothing new to wonder who'll live or die in this bleak post-apocalypse. But until this riveting and wrenching season, we were mostly worried about the zombie "walkers," who've taken a back seat lately to the human monsters battling for power and revenge.

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Defining Game of Thrones From A to Z

Lena Headey

Crows, mummers, bastards — who can keep up with everything (and everyone) in the fantastical land of Westeros? It's hard to imagine that when Game of Thronesreturns for its third season Sunday at 9/8c on HBO, viewers will be introduced to even more mythology, characters and betrayals.

And though the Westerosi often say "words are wind," those words can also be freaking confusing when you don't speak the language!  That's why we've broken down some of the most important aspects of the series from A to Z... read more

Game of Thrones Prepares For Its Bloodiest Season Yet

Emilia Clarke

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.

"This is... read more

HBO Expands New Season of Game of Thrones

Iain Glen and Emilia Clarke

HBO is taking a page from NBC's old playbook.

Years after NBC famously aired super-sized episodes of hits like Friends and The Office, HBO is doing the same with the new season of Game of Thrones, Entertainment Weekly reports.

"There's almost another full episode's worth of... read more

HBO Bosses Announce New Seasons of Girls, Enlightened, Larry David Movie

Lena Dunham

You can thank the premature death of Luck for the quick renewals — and returns of Girls and Enlightened. (Both will return in January 2013.) "When we made the decision to pull the plug on Luck while they were in production on the second season, we did not have a backup plan," Michael Lombardo, HBO's president of programming, told reporters at Television Critics Association fall TV previews on Wednesday. "We have new shows coming up next year, but we did not have anything ready for that period." Both series will air their 10-episode second seasons with originals running through March.

HBO also came loaded with plenty of other announcements, including a film starring Larry David, a Rolling Stones documentary and the future of True Blood and Game of Thrones. Check it out: read more

Comic-Con: Game of Thrones Casts Queen of Thorns, 13 Other Roles

Diana Rigg, Natalie Dormer

There's nothing like a dame when HBO is casting for Game of Thrones.

The fantasy drama has cast legendary British actress Dame Diana Rigg to play Olenna Tyrell, it was announced at Comic-Con Friday. The Daily Mail first reported the news. Olenna is the grandmother of... read more

Singing Browncoats! Hot Vampires! Khaleesi! 13 Things We're Psyched for at Comic-Con

Nathan Fillion, Alexander Skarsgard, Emilia Clarke

As the ultimate fan experience, Comic-Con will take over San Diego Thursday through Sunday with more spandex-wearing superheroes, buff bloodsuckers and kawaii cosplayers than Thor could shake Mjolnir at. TVGuide.com will venture into this chaotic sea of costumes to get the scoop on the latest entertainment news. Here are 13 things we're looking forward to the most at Comic-Con... read more

Ask Matt: Thrones, Mad Men, NCIS, Rumpelstiltskin and More

Alfie Allen

Send questions and comments to askmatt@tvguidemagazine.com and follow me on Twitter!

 

Question: With Game of Thrones wrapping up, and with last week's utterly spellbinding "Blackwater" episode, do you think the show has a better chance of being nominated for and winning an Emmy for best drama? I know the powers that be don't usually go for this ...
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Game of Thrones' Kit Harington: Jon's Soul Is Ripped Out

Kit Harington

In the harrowing Season 2 finale of Game of Thrones, Jon Snow discovered that being a bastard was the least of his problems.

[Spoilers! If you haven't watched "Valar Morghulis" yet, then it's best not to continue reading. You've been warned.]

On Sunday's episode... read more

Game of Thrones' Amrita Acharia: Why Daenerys Has Lost So Much

Amrita Acharia, Game of Thrones

Daenerys can't seem to catch a break. The khaleesi (Emilia Clarke) has experienced loss after loss this season, and on Sunday's Game of Thrones, she suffers several devastating setbacks.. read more

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