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Week after week, Game of Thrones‘s third season has been beating ratings expectations. It hurdled over the 5 million initial airing viewership mark with last week’s excellent episode, “Kissed by Fire”, hitting 5.3 million viewers… and this week? According to TV by the Number, it looks like “The Climb” wins the night with an unprecedented 5.5 million viewers. At this rate, I think it quite likely that the season finale could well clear 6 million viewers.
The second showing also added 1.27 million viewers, bringing the total who watched it on TV to 6.77 million.
We’ve worked feverishly through the night to get fans some of our usual content for the latest episode of Game of Thrones, and are pleased to share our detailed episode recap as well as our views on the episode at the episode guide for “The Climb”. Our book-to-screen breakdown—one of our favorite and most frequently cited parts of our guides— is now also available!
Unfortunately, despite this being a propitious day—my birthday—I have fallen ill, so our video review will be delayed a couple of days, in all likelihood. Apologies!
It’s always a pleasure to interview writer and story editor Bryan Cogman, who has so far written an episode of each season, including what are amounting to two of our personal favorites of the series: “What is Dead May Never Die” and his season three episode, “Kissed by Fire”.
Below, I talk with Bryan about the episode, the introduction of new characters, his proudest moments, and much more. It’s a lengthy one but, we hope, a good one. Enjoy!
All right, thanks so much for taking the time, first off!
Now, often episodes seem to have their titles decided at the last minute—George’s episode went through a couple of different names before it was settled. Was “Kissed by Fire” always the title you preferred for your episode?
To read the rest, go to the full interview.
UPDATE: We’ve now posted the recap and analysis of “Kissed by Fire”.
As HBO only provided us the first four episodes of the new season, from here on out our Game of Thrones episode guides will get update only after the initial airing. We hope to be able to get at least the analysis and book-to-screen up by the time the west coast airing is completed, but the extensive recap tends to take rather longer than that, and will probably not appear until later on Monday.
Until then, however, we’ve now posted our book to screen information on the episode guide for “Kissed by Fire”.
... but in their generosity, HBO has also given us another contest item: a House Stark blanket, to keep you extra-warm when winter is coming. To enter, all you have to do is follow Westeros.org and tweet #GoTBlanket!
Alas, yes, contest is US only. But we’ll have some international contests quite soon!
A great and long-awaited ending to an excellent episode. For our full recap, review, and book-to-screen breakdown, just go ahead to our episode guide for “And Now His Watch is Ended”.
More details, and how to enter, at the HBO Store!
It was only a matter of time before comedy icon Alfred E. Neuman sat on the Iron Throne on the cover of MAD Magazine. And that time has now come.
The humor magazine is at last tackling Game of Thrones, with a cover that homages the season one image of Eddard Stark on the throne. Neuman has a rather different throne, indeed…
The issue goes on sails on April 30th. For those interested in a subscription, you can try here.
We’ve now updated our episode guide for “Walk of Punishment” with HBO’s “Inside the Episode” regular feature, as well as their own recap video… plus our own Youtube video discussing the episode in terms of some historical details of interest, as well as a quick commentary on our personal highs and lows of the episode. We’re finally starting to catch up with getting the videos done in good time, and hopefully from here on out they’ll be available soon after the end of the US airing!
You can find the video below:
Courtesy of the HBO store, we’ve a couple of brief contests for interested fans. Before we go any further, though: this is US only; sorry folks, but keep an eye out, we’ve some international contests coming up soon!
So, first contest: you can win this most excellent Targaryen beanie! Good way to show your Fire and Blood pride, isn’t it? Especially as things heat up for Daenerys in Slaver’s Bay…
How to enter? Just follow us on Twitter and tweet #GoTBeanie! Only one entry per person will be counted, so no need to keep RTing… well, unless you really want to!
This long video from HBO provides a good overview of the many new characters introduced this season, along with interview excerpts with the actors, the producers, and George R.R. Martin:
Poor Edmure gets such a hiding in this video! Can’t catch a break, it seems…
Conan O’Brien had an interesting guest last night, when Nikolaj Coster-Waldau appeared to talk about Game of Thrones and related matters. This initial segment reveals some details about an upcoming scene in the series, so it’s something of a mild spoiler ...
... while this anecdote featuring a bathroom stall and George Clooney is just plain funny:
Via James Hibberd at EW, it looks like “Dark Wings, Dark Words” has managed the feat of becoming the second most-viewed episode of the series to date, with its ratings dropping very little from last week’s highly-rated opening. Really steady numbers such as these are a pretty good sign for the show, it goes without saying.
Well, this is a bit earlier than usual: Amazon.com is already listing the Bluray and DVD sets for season 3. No release date as yet, though as usual we suppose that’ll be for next year rather than the holiday season.
In the UK, this year’s nominees for the prestigious BAFTA Television awards have been announced, and Game of Thrones actually has two separate nominations. One of them is a BAFTA-proper—it’s nominated in the International Award category, alongside The Bridge, Homeland, and fellow HBO show Girls—and the other is the Radio Times Audience Award, which is decided by the voting public.
The awards will be handed out on May 12th.
(Thanks to @TataniaRose for bring it to our attention.)
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