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Coster-Waldau Interviewed in Stockholm

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (aka Jaime Lannister) was in Stockholm on Friday to help HBO Nordic ring in the opening of the Game of Thrones exhibit, which meant a bevy of interviews by various Scandinavian media outlets. We ourselves arrived too late in the day for the panel interviews, but fortunately at least one English-language interview came out of it thanks to Sverige Radio PP3, a culture and music program on P3 radio. We’ve embedded the interview below—bear with it a few seconds, it opens up in Swedish and then the interview and Nikolaj agree that their respective grasps on one another’s language is poor enough that English will work better:

Season 5 Titles Revealed

While Linda and I were out to Sweden’s beautiful capital of Stockholm for the Game of Thrones exhibit’s opening gala—more on that tomorrow, but there’ll be photos, possibly some video, and a few odds and ends—it looks like Spoiler TV scooped everyone (again—they often get ahold of these earlier than most) with the titles of the first four episodes of the highly-anticipated fifth season. We’ll put it below the cut, for those who want to avoid the possible spoilers inherent in the titles (as well as brief log lines for the first three episodes):

On the Sand Snakes

According to the Huffington Post, an uproar about the casting of the Sand Snakes, the daughters of Prince Oberyn Martell by various women. The recent Weapons of Dorne video which gave many fans their first really clear look at the actors in costume made a few on Twitter realize that the characters did not really look very much like the characters described in the books… but the outrage isn’t about that, but rather by the fact that all the characters are “white”.

Unfortunately, this says more about reader myopia than it does the show’s casting. The outrage is based on the reading of the Dornish as being “another race” than the people you’ll find in the rest of the Seven Kingdoms, but in fact that divides in Westeros are not really racial but ethnic in nature, largely about culture and not skin color. According to George R.R. Martin, this is how he envisioned the Dornish when he created them:

The Weapons of Dorne

Not sure how we missed this one, but a few days ago HBO released a video on its Youtube channel concerning the weaponry we’ll see in Dorne. Narrated by weapon master Tommy Dunne, who points out a few very specific weapons, there’s at least one somewhat spoilery piece of information contained therein (well, besides the fact that we’ll see Dorne this season):

Despite Michelle Clapton’s protest, it certainly seems the “nipples” on that leather armor of Obara Sand’s will be pretty obvious on film. Doubtless, as she said, it’s an artifact of the moulding process, but the association’s pretty clear.

As to the spoiler?

Season 5 Poster and Sneak Peeks

Courtesy of HBO, we now have the official poster for season 5…. and it’s quite a sight to behold, to say the least.

Featuring Tyrion Lannister’s familiar figure at the bow of a ship or boat surrounded by mist, the familiar (and increasingly-large) figure of Drogon, Daenerys’s great black dragon, hovers into view. It’s very eerie, and a very tantalizing glimpse of what’s to come for Tyrion, a glimpse that confirms speculations following the release of the trailer for the upcoming season. Season 5 will premiere on April 12th in the US, April 13th in the UK.

Speaking of tantalizing glimpses, HBO’s “The Sight” campaign—somewhat controversial among fans, for its randomly distributed, extremely short, and mobile-only focus—has come to an end with two (randomly distributed) sneak peeks at brief scenes from the upcoming season. You’ll find them below the cut, as the official Game of Thrones channel very kindly had mercy and posted them online:

Win a Visit to Game of Thrones Stockholm Exhibition!

Thanks to HBO Nordic, a score of lucky followers (that’s 20!) of Westeros.org will get a chance to attend the Game of Thrones exhibition  in Stockholm, Sweden on March 6th, a day before it opens to the general public! The famed exhibition—which has never been in Stockholm before—contains props and costumes from all five seasons of the hit fantasy series, as well as interactive installations. Should be a fun, exciting occasion.

To enter, just comment on this post in the Facebook comments—or tweet us with the tag #GOTSTHLM—and answer this question:

What house motto is your favorite, and why?

This contest runs through the 27th.

NOTE: This contest pertains only to entry to the exhibition. Transportation and accommodations are not provided.

Blurays, Awards, and More

A good deal has been going on in the world of Game of Thrones, starting with the release of the Season 4 Bluray/DVD set in the U.S. and U.K. (Order: US Bluray, US DVD, UK Bluray, UK DVD), with a great deal of pomp and circumstance—especially in the UK, where the promotional push included an elaborate, pop-up restaurant installation created by The Wandering Chef for HBO UK:

At the same time, the Writer’s Guild of America awards saw Game of Thrones‘s writing staff nominated in two categories: best drama series, and best individual episode for George R.R. Martin’s “The Lion and the Rose”. While neither award went to Game of Thrones, it was an occasion for some interviews with George R.R. Martin. Access Hollywood learned from him that he’d recently met with the main writers of the show to discuss their plans for season 6, and teases the appearance of the Sand Snakes:

Discussing the Season 5 Trailer

Although we’ve a gallery of screencaps with comments up following the season 5 trailer released, we decided that we should also put together a video discussing what we see in the trailer with a bit more depth. You can find it below:

Watch a Day In the Life

HBO’s half-hour special, Game of Thrones: A Day in the Life, highlighting the multi-national production, has just aired and HBO has gone ahead and placed it online. See it here:

Screencaps and commentary to follow in the coming days.

Season 5 Trailer Released

HBO has now released the season 5 trailer that appeared following the IMAX screenings, which gives us our first extended look at the upcoming season:

There’s a number of new stills of actors, as well, which we have now uploaded to our Gallery with brief commentary.

Season 5 premieres April 12th in the US.

Telltales’ Game of Thrones Episode 2 due in February

It wasn’t that long ago that we were episode 1 of Telltale Games’  Game of Thrones game ,and now we learn that episode 2 is just around the corner with release dates from February 3 through February 5 depending on platform.

For a look at what came before, and what’s to come, here’s Telltales’s teaser for episode 2, titled “The Lost Lords”:

Day in the Life Details, Teaser

Last night, EW had an exclusive report on the contents of HBO’s Game of Thrones featurette set to air on February 8th, titled “A Day in the Life”. Later that evening HBO posted a new Youtube video teasing the featurette, and giving us our first official look at the much-anticipated 5th season. You can find the video below:

IMAX Screenings Expand

This just in from HBO: the unprecedented plan to display Game of Thrones on IMAX screens received such wide attention and consumer demand that the IMAX corporation and HBO have decided to delay the one-week run by one week… so that they can get even more IMAX theatres involved in the screenings. Pretty interesting, that! For those who missed the original news, the plan is that for one week, participating IMAX theatres will show the final two epsiodes of season 4, plus an exclusive season 5 trailer.

Tickets will go on-sale starting this Friday, the 16th of January, with the first screening set for Thursday, January 29th, at 10 PM.

See the full release below for additional information:

Season 4 Complete Set Reminder

HBO UK has sent out a reminder that February 16th (17th in the US) will see the release of Game of Thrones Season 4 on Bluray (Pre-order: US Bluray, US DVD, UK Bluray, UK DVD).

Once again, here’s the full release concerning the contents, and the differences between the DVD and Bluray editions:

The global cultural phenomenon Game of Thrones returns for its fourth season on Blu-ray and DVD from HBO Home Entertainment on 16th February 2015 and is loaded with exclusive bonus content, including extensive guides and illustrated histories.

This hit HBO series has broken ratings records and topped The Sopranos℠ to become the most popular show in the network’s history. Season four continues this winning streak with 19 Emmy® Awards nominations including Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (Peter Dinklage) and Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (Lena Headey).

Each year, Game of Thrones continues to be one of the best-selling TV programmes available on Blu-ray and DVD, and Game of Thrones: The Complete Fourth Season is packed with even more exclusive bonus content including roundtable discussions, on-set interviews, audio commentaries, and brand new animated histories giving fans hours of extensive, never-before-seen material.

In Season 4, while the Lannisters’ hold on the Iron Throne remains intact, new and ongoing threats from the south, north and east threaten to tip the scales. As Stannis Baratheon and Daenerys Targaryen continue to grow their respective armies, the arrival of the Lannister-loathing “Red Viper of Dorne” poses a more immediate danger. In the north, the depleted Night’s Watch seems overmatched against the advances of Mance Rayder’s army of wildlings, which in turn is being trailed by an even more formidable foe: the undead White Walker.

April 12th Premiere for Game of Thrones

HBO has finally revealed the premiere date for Game of Thrones, season 5: April 12th, anchoring the back-to-back-to-back premieres of itself as well as comedies Silicon Valley and Veep.

The full press release is below: