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EW Reveals Season 4 Directors

James Hibberd gets another scoop for EW, revealing the full list of directors for the 4th season, and clarifying the writer situation. Per Hibberd, here’s the directors:

Episode 1: David Benioff & D.B. Weiss
Episodes 2, 3, 8, 10: Alex Graves
Episodes 4, 5: Michelle MacLaren
Episodes 6, 7: Alik Sakharov
Episodes 9: Neil Marshall

As to writers, it looks like this season Benioff and Weiss are writing seven of the episodes this season—just as they did in the first season—while GRRM gives his usual single episode contribution, and Bryan Cogman now providing two episodes (huzzah!)

The Pop-up Guide to Westeros

San Diego Comic Con will feature many things—the now-traditional Game of Thrones panel in Hall H chief among them—but it’s come to our attention that some pretty interesting things will be on display from various companies connected to the show and the novels. Dark Horse will be there at Booth #2615, showing off their wide range of replicas and statues, Funko (they of the Pop! figures) will be at Booth #5343, and of course Random House (American publisher of the A Song of Ice and Fire series, and the forthcoming The World of Ice and Fire) will have a presence at Booths #1514 and #1515.

But we’ve just learned that there’ll be another exhibitor, unveiling a product we had no idea was in the making: Insight Editionswill be unveiling the deluxe edition of Game of Thrones: A Pop-up Guide to Westeros at Booth #1134. That sounds interesting in itself—pop-up books featuring the castles of Westeros!—but what really piqued our interest is the illustrator attached to the project: Michael Komarck, Hugo Award nominee, and one of the very best professional artists when it comes to depicting the characters of the A Song of Ice and Fire series. We believe this is the first time he’s worked specifically on a Game of Thrones project, and will be interested to see the results.

The full press release from Insight Editions is below:
Game of Thrones®: A Pop-Up Guide to Westeros

Designed by Matthew Reinhart
Illustrations by Michael Komarck
Inspired by the Emmy® Award–winning credits sequence that opens each episode of the hit HBO® series, Game of Thrones: A Pop-Up Guide to Westeros is guaranteed to thrill the show’s legions of fans. Those attending Comic–Con 2013 in San Diego, July 18–21, will have the first opportunity to glimpse this deluxe edition at Insight Editions booth (#1134).

Featuring stunning pop-up re-creations of several key locations from the series, including the formidable castle of Winterfell, the lavish capital city King’s Landing, and the Wall’s stark majesty, this book—designed by renowned paper engineer Matthew Reinhart—takes you into the world of the series like never before.

Game of Thrones: A Pop-Up Guide to Westeros features a total of five stunning spreads, which fold out to create a remarkable pop-up map of Westeros that is perfect for displaying. The book also contains numerous mini-pops that bring to life iconic elements of the show, such as direwolves, White Walkers, giants, and dragons. All the pops are accompanied by insightful text that relays the rich history of the Seven Kingdoms and beyond, forming a dynamic reference guide to the world of Game of Thrones. Visually spectacular and enthrallingly interactive, Game of Thrones: A Pop-Up Guide to Westeros sets a new standard for pop-up books and perfectly captures the epic scope and imagination of the series.

Matthew Reinhart was born in 1971 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He studied industrial design at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn before finding his calling as a paper engineer. His books include the best-selling Star Wars: Pop-Up Guide to the Galaxy, The Pop-Up Book of Nursery Rhymes, and DC Comics Super Heroes: The Ultimate Pop-Up Book, among many other award-winning titles. He lives in New York City.

Michael Komarck is a renowned illustrator and Hugo Award nominee known for his work on several George R. R. Martin projects, including covers for the Wild Cards, Shadow Twin, and Tuf Voyaging novels, and for A Song of Ice and Fire Campaign Guide. He lives in Michigan with his wife and son.

Insight Editions (http://www.insighteditions.com) is a publisher focused on creating superlative illustrated books on photography, music, and popular culture. Lavishly produced and visually stimulating, every volume from Insight is dedicated to the skillful interplay of word and image. The books produced are unique works that combine the highest quality print production values with time-honored traditions of publishing and rich subject matter. Elegant and informative, books from Insight showcase the best of art and photography in exquisite presentations of the bookmaker’s craft.

HBO Global Licensing officially licenses the HBO® brand for the development and merchandising of innovative product lines inspired by the network’s award-winning programming.  With products created around classic series like the The Sopranos® and Sex and the City® to current hits like True Blood® and Entourage®, items include fashion apparel, jewelry, digital and CD soundtracks, games, books as well as exclusive, premium collections in partnership with upscale, designer brands.  Merchandise can be purchased in retail stores nationwide, at http://store.hbo.com and a,t the groundbreaking HBO retail hub, the HBO Shop®, located at 42nd and 6th Avenue in New York City.  HBO Licensing & Retail products are also sold internationally across Europe, Asia and Australia.
March 2014
5 spreads, 9.25” x 11”
Film & Television
Hardcover, $59.95, 978-1-60887-314-2

Season 4 Roundup

We’ve taken a bit of a break after the rather exhausting season 3 of the series, but of course, the production never stands still: season 4 filming is soon to commence, roles have been cast, locations selected, and more. Below, you’ll find a quick round-up of some other Game of Thrones news over the last couple of weeks, for those curious as to what’s out there and what we know so far:

Oberyn Martell Cast

Via James Hibberd over at EW, the first major casting of season 4 of Game of Thrones has been revealed: Prince Oberyn Martell will be played by Chilean actor Pedro Pascal. From the article, here’s Benioff and Weiss on the casting:

“This was a tough one,” say showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss about the casting. “The Red Viper is sexy and charming, yet believably dangerous; intensely likable, yet driven by hate. The boys love him, the girls love him, and he loves them all back. Unless your last name is Lannister. We found a fellow who can handle the job description and make it seem effortless. He wasn’t easy to find and he won’t be easy to stop.”

Reviewing Season 3

This has been up for a week and change now, but we wanted to give your Youtube subscribers the first look at it: our review of season 3, just over 2 hours of discussion between Linda and I as we share our thoughts on the season. You can find the review over at our feature page, and of course as part of our Season 3 playlist.

Enjoy!

Season Finale Contest

We’ve gotten our winner for our 7” Iron Throne contest... but for the final episode of the season, we have an ever grander prize, once more courtesy of the amazing folks at :

This depiction of Tyrion Lannister at the Blackwater was a moment that David Benioff and Dan Weiss specifically suggested to Dark Horse as a possible subject for a statue, and is the first full-figure statue that they have produced for Game of Thrones. Standing 10” tall, the statue is actually part of a limited edition series of just 3,000 figures. Future statues will include Jon Snow with Ghost and a White Walker.

How do you win? This one is easy: follow us on Westeros.org and spread the word about this contest by including the #GoTTyrion hash-tag and linking to this post! We’re thinking that if we cross the 30,000 follower mark, we’ll be offering up an additional prize that some might find pretty interesting in its own right…

And yes, the Tyrion statue prize contest can be entered from any country in the world—it is not US only! (The second prize may or may not be available overseas, so we can’t promise that one will be available to an international entry.) We’ll decide the winner—or winners—come Monday after the final episode, “Mhysa”.

GRRM on Conan O’Brien Tonight

Tonight’s episode of Conan O’Brien will—quite amazingly!—feature none other than George R.R. Martin, according to the full schedule at the Team Coco site. O’Brien included a reference to Sunday’s episode, “The Rains of Castamere”, in his monologue on Monday; suffice it to says, there are spoilers:

Soundtrack Now Available

  The digital release of the season 3 soundtrack is now available on iTunes and Amazon MP3, with the CD release due next month! See below for the details, straight from WaterTower Music:

Commenting on the Red Wedding

As we suspected, the Red Wedding has sort of drowned out everything else about, “The Rains of Castamere”, dominating coverage of the episode. Linda and I have been invited to share our thoughts on the episode in a couple of venues. First off, I was asked to provide some comments to the New York Post, while Linda joined some other “megafans” to discuss the episode’s main event over at the Vulture.

And if you’ve missed it, we made our penultimate appearance on Thronecast for the season, as well as our usual bonus video, which I’m placing below the cut:

UK Program Looking for Cosplayers

Just spreading the news for those who might be interested: North One TV, a media company, is working on a program related to Game of Thrones, and they would love to meet some Game of Thrones cosplayers to appear in their studio for the program.

If you’re interested, drop us a note at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) and we’ll share the email contact for the producer!

Reviewing the Rains of Castamere

Usually, we work for several hours on the recap, analysis, and book-to-screen breakdown for our episode guides and release them all together more or less in time with the west coast airing. But tonight, we’re deviating to share my analysis—a briefer-than-normal one, but also a more-focused-than-normal one—of “The Rains of Castamere”, which can be found here.

Naturally, there are spoilers, so read at your own risk. The rest of our content will, we hope, follow in a few hours.

Season 3 Soundtrack Announced

Earlier today I was wondering about why we hadn’t heard anything about the season 3 soundtrack… and suddenly, there’s news! Shifting label from Varèse Sarabande to Watchtower Music, it looks like June 4th will see the release of the season 3 soundtrack on iTunes (with an additional digital “booklet” included as a bonus), with a CD release some time thereafter (no exact date yet, so far as we know).

The link above will include the full list of contents. In a certain sense, there may be spoilers in these track titles, so we’ll be providing them here as well below the cut:

Win the Iron Throne

No, nothing as grandiose as this... but you can have a miniature replica of the Iron Throne all of your very own through our Twitter contest!

Game of Thrones Iron Throne Replica Statue [7 inches]

Courtesy of Dark Horse, we’re offering a competition to win their 7” replica Iron Throne. Only one winner will be chosen… but for those who’ve been saddened by the fact that our previous contests have been US only, we’re pleased to announce that this competition is open to international entries. Yes, Dark Horse will ship this anywhere in the world where a postal service can reach!

How to enter? Simple! Follow us on Twitter and simply send out a tweet containing #GoTThrone. Please, one entry per account. We’ll announce the winner some time next week.

Game of Thrones Ascent Widens Reach

Game of Thrones: Ascent, the official social game created by Disruptor Beam in collaboration with HBO, has had great success… and they’re now expanding their reach. After launching initially as exclusive to Facebook, the game expanded to being available on Kongregate and will soon be available on Zynga. Now, Disruptor Beam has announced that the popular game is now also available on their official website. There’s fewer and fewer excuses to not try the game out, so check it out!

The Politics of Marriage

HBO’s official Youtube channel for Game of Thrones has posted an interesting video, focusing on the political marriages that are so central to this season of the show. The executive producers, as well as George R.R. Martin, provide commentary: