Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Peter Dinklage and Kit Harington
It's late October and rain is pelting the windows of a small Belfast bar. Peter Dinklage is sharing a drink with his Game of Thrones costars Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Kit Harington. Dinklage could use the drink. He's just come from shooting an emotional scene for Episode 8 in which his character, clever imp Tyrion Lannister, bursts into his chamber calling out for the sequestered prostitute and love-of-his-life, Shae. He doesn't see her and the thought of her possible fate shakes him to the core. His eyes search the room. His voice quavers.
It's easy to see why Dinklage won an Emmy — one of many awards snagged by the HBO drama during its freshman year...
Peter Dinklage and Jason Momoa
At Comic-Con on Thursday, George R.R. Martin moderated a lively panel for Game of Thrones that included stars Nicolaj Coster-Waldau, Kit Harington, Lena Headey, Jason Momoa, Emilia Clarke and the Emmy-nominated Peter Dinklage, along with producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss.
Jason Momoa, Lena Headey, Sean Bean
It's been a bloody and arduous journey, but the Game of Thrones cast has emerged from their first season unscathed, although we can't say the same for the characters they played.
Going into the finale Sunday (9/8c on HBO), the actors reflect on how difficult it is living in the Seven Kingdoms and beyond. So TVGuide.com asked them to weigh in on two very important Westerosi subjects:
1. What personal sigil would best represent you?
2. If you ascended to the Iron Throne in modern times, what would your first ruling as king or queen be?
Now that we're halfway into the Game of Thrones season, the action has really become meaty (much like the roast venison that graces King Robert's table). In Sunday's episode, everyone gets in on the killing (even The Imp!) and there's so much intrigue to be had, the action actually stayed in Westeros the entire time. To balance out the multiple deaths and brutality, we got a whimsical helping of grotesquery thanks to original scenes written specifically for the HBO series. Shall we delve into "The Wolf and the Lion"?
The first episode of Game of Thrones on Sunday had several chilling scenes that featured creepy, white-pupiled baby creatures and multiple beheadings. In the end, however, I was most disturbed by what befell Bran.
Spoiler alert: Consider this your notice to click the back button if you haven't watched the pilot, titled "Winter Is Coming," yet.
Winters that last decades. Zombielike creatures called "white walkers." Supersized wolves. A cache of dragon eggs. Game of Thrones, based on the best-selling fantasy novels by George R.R. Martin, is definitely not of this world. But it centers on one of the most familiar things on earth: mighty families vying for ultimate control.
Everyone keeps warning that "Winter is coming" in Game of Thrones, but I can't remember the last series that packed this much heat. After putting its distinctive stamp on genres as diverse as the mob drama (The Sopranos and Boardwalk Empire), the Western (Deadwood), the urban crime saga (The Wire), the period-piece potboiler (Rome), the horror-show bodice-ripper (True Blood), HBO now turns its extravagant attention to adult epic fantasy. HBO has found its answer to Lord of the Rings in adapting George R.R. Martin's enthralling, sprawling, ruthlessly brutal and magnificently entertaining series of page-turners.
Game of Thrones
TV Guide Magazine visited Northern Ireland for a sneak peek at Game of Thrones, the new HBO drama (based on the best-selling novels of George R. R. Martin), premiering this April. "It's an epic fantasy in the tradition of Tolkien, but with more sex, violence and treachery," Martin says.
The Lord of the Rings fans will find a familiar face in Sean Bean, who plays Eddard "Ned" Stark, patriarch of one of the families ...
Now playing on the Mitovich Mega Minute, my video Q&A with Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, aka 366-year-old John Amsterdam on Fox's New Amsterdam. Enjoy! (The female coworkers he brushed up against in the hallway here sure did.)New Amsterdam airs its second episode Thursday, March 6, at 9 pm/ET, before settling into its regular Mondays-at-9 time slot.
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, New Amsterdam
New Amsterdam star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau hasn't taken a sip of the Brooklyn Brown Ale offered to him on the show's Queens set. Perhaps it's because, despite playing John Amsterdam, an immortal cop who's lived in the New York area for 366 years, the Copenhagen native is more at home with a Carlsberg than a Big Apple beer. "I haven't tasted it," he says, eyeing the drink. "But I will."
Fox's New Amsterdam — premiering tonight at 9 pm/ET, then airing Thursday at 9 before settling into a Mondays-at-9 slot — is the first TV series for the 37-year-old, who played Liam Neeson's nephew in Kingdom of Heaven and is a full-fledged star back home in Denmark. He auditioned in London, where his rangy good looks and "whisper of an accent" charmed the room. "We call him the Great Dane," executive producer David M