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Keck's Exclusives: More Game of Thrones Wedding Drama

Natalie Dormer and Jack Gleeson

Following last season's brutally violent Red Wedding, HBO's Game of Thrones will present another colorful — and potentially tragic — marriage ceremony when Season 4 premieres in spring 2014.

"It's going to be the wedding of the year, and as memorable in its own way as our wedding last season," promises the books' author, George R.R. Martin, of the marriage of King Joffrey Baratheon (Jack Gleeson) and Margaery Tyrell (Natalie Dormer). "It's what the fans call the Purple Wedding, based on the color of the wine, which plays a big part."

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HBO Bosses: Newsroom Renewal Expected, Fates of True Blood, Thrones Revealed

Jeff Daniels

Just two episodes into Newsroom's second season, HBO's President of Programming Michael Lombardo and CEO Richard Plepler are confident that the Aaron Sorkin drama will soon be renewed for a third season.

"The odds are excellent," Lombardo said at Thursday's Television Critics Association's fall TV previews. "We're... read more

Game of Thrones By the Book: A Greyjoy Family Member and Arya's Revenge

Alfie Allen

Hello, friends and bannermen. Sunday's Game of Thrones finale proved Arya finally learned how to stick 'em with the pointy end while poor Theon lost his most-prized sword. How did the episode match up with the books? How did it differ?

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Top Moments: Game of Thrones' Aptly Named Red Wedding and an Awkward Fallon-Jenner Face-Off

Bruce Jenner and Jimmy Fallon

Our top moments of the week:

11. Creepiest Closing Shot: On The Killing's season premiere, Detective Linden is lured out of hibernation when Holder, her former partner, brings her a case that bears striking similarities to a murder that sent her down the rabbit hole three years prior. Linden convicted Ray Seward (a super-creepy Peter Sarsgaard) for the crime, but was she wrong? Her doubt kicks into overdrive when the evidence leads her to a swamp ...
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Game of Thrones By the Book: We've Got the Red Wedding Blues!

Richard Madden, Oona Chaplin

Hello, friends and bannermen. On Sunday, we finally attended the dreaded Red Wedding that we RSVP'd for when Game of Thrones first debuted. Was it all that we dreamed it would be?  How did the episode match up with the books? How did it differ?
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Game of Thrones Postmortem: Cast Spills About Red Wedding Shocker

Richard Madden, Michelle Fairley

[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.
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A Message to Game of Thrones Haters

Emilia Clarke

Are you baffled by the love for Game of Thrones?

The fantasy drama has been an unqualified success for HBO, but even as it's entering the home stretch of its third season, not everybody is on board the Westerosi train. Take, for example, this Thrillist writer who insists that women hate Game of Thrones. Crazy as Mad King Aerys, right?

As bona fide women, TVGuide.com's Hanh Nguyen and Sadie Gennis (of the Game of Thrones By the Book chat series) would like to very respectfully discuss some of the biggest issues that the detractors have with the series. read more

Game of Thrones Producer Says HBO Series May Last Seven Seasons

Peter Dinklage, Sophie Turner

Should Game of Thrones fans be bracing for an early spring?

Series producer Frank Doelger told Radio Times in a recent interview that he expects the HBO fantasy drama to run... read more

The Weekend Playlist: HBO's Family Tree, SNL Flips Its Wiig, Finales

Chris O'Dowd and Tom Bennett

It can't be easy to learn that one's ancestor is a literal horse's ass. But sad-sack Londoner Tom Chadwick takes such news in stride, again quite literally, as he acquires his great-grandfather's horse costume from a long-ago pantomime show, and after trying the rear end on for size, adds it to his collection of quirky family keepsakes.

HBO's droll-to-the-point-of-precious and occasionally delightful Family Tree (Sunday, 10:30/9:30c) follows Tom on an offbeat personal odyssey into his cloudy lineage. "In our clan, family is what disappears when you're not looking at it," says his retired dad, who keeps busy inventing useless objects like a fan for shoe trees. The dad is played by Michael McKean, who like the rest of the cast often talks directly into the camera, mock-documentary/improvisation style. The casting and the format are two of the more obvious signs that Tree is a Christopher Guest production.

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Ask Matt: Game of Thrones, Rectify, Orphan Black, Americans, Following, Good Wife

Finn Jones, Sophie Turner

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

Question: Looking at the Best Drama shortlist from last year as an example, do you think many of the usual suspects like Mad Men and Breaking Bad may have their best days behind them (maybe not so much objectively as much as in short-attentioned minds of many voters), along with Homeland seeming to have edged ever-so-slightly into ludicrousness (get pacemaker serial number and induce heart attack, all without Chloe opening a socket), Downton Abbey now having a "perennial obligatory nominee" vibe, and Boardwalk Empire maybe not even deserving to make the final cut anymore, could this be the year that Game of Thrones finally breaks out of the fantasy ghetto and gets enough votes to have its name called when the big envelope is opened?

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