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New Set Visit Photos

I’ve received permission from HBO to post a few more photos that were taken by Parris McBride, GRRM’s wife, while we were visiting the production in Belfast. The image to the right may be of particular interest, depicting as it does the Scottish actor James Cosmo—probably best remembered by many film fans from his role a the elder Campbell in Braveheart—in full costume as Lord Commander Mormont. There’s also a photo of John Bradley-West and Mark Stanley together in the Castle Black set.

You can see these images from my set visit here. An index of my full reports, which feature some of these images as well as some choice selection of official images and screenshots, can be found here.

LA Times on Game of Thrones

The L.A. Times pop culture site, Hero Complex, has a new story featuring Game of Thrones. With an extensive look at executive producers and lead writers David Benioff and Dan Weiss, this is certainly one of the most interesting articles we’ve read of late concerning HBO’s new series. We particularly like the suggestion at the end that both appear keen to remain as showrunners for the duration.

Maester’s Path: 3rd Puzzle

The third link in the Maester’s Path is now online! This is another great puzzle from HBO and Campfire, featuring the Night’s Watch and the Wall!

Stark Featurette Gallery

We’ve screen captured and commented the latest featurette introducing the Starks, and there’s certainly some great images of the characters, the locations, and some other odds and ends. Winter is coming indeed…

You can see the gallery (totalling 40 new shots—we avoided duplicating images we have from prior previews) starting here in the bottom row, with the first image being this image from the very cool map (hope they sell posters of these at some point!) that shows some of the locations in the Seven Kingdoms that fans all know and love.

We’re holding off on the screen capture of the “Fear and Blood” trailer for a bit, to see if HBO will release a 720p version.

UK Tie-in Cover

Voyager has announced that the U.K. tie-in cover for A Game of Thrones—retitled Game of Thrones to match the HBO series’ title—can now be seen at Amazon.co.uk. Much as expected, they’re using the official poster art from HBO, featuring Sean Bean as Ned Stark on the Iron Throne. A great, moody image that’s sure to help sell books. HBO has recently released t-shirts featuring the image.

New Teaser & Featurette

Making Game of Thrones has posted up two brand new videos, a teaser and a House Stark featurette! See them below:

Jamie Sives Interview

Jamie Sives, who plays Jory Cassel, has been interviewed by SweetSigma, a fan of the actor and Sigma Films, with which he has been associated. Some interesting tidbits regarding his familiarity with the books, his fellow Scottish actors on the production, and more.

New T-Shirt Featuring Poster Art

We had rather expected that HBO would find a way to get the official poster art into the hands of fans, but we had expected that to be ... well, with a poster. It turns out they have a better idea: a brand new t-shirt. It’s certainly a great shirt concept, with the Iron Throne and Sean Bean. You can find it, and some other terrific t-shirts, over at the HBO Shop.

Hopefully the wait won’t be too much longer for a poster, as we suspect that one will do brisk business for HBO.

Updated About Game of Thrones Video

HBO has released a new(ish) video to TV Com, iTunes, and possibly other videos. Using a lot of material we’ve seen before, it does also include a handful of new clips—including our very first look at Lysa Arryn and her son Robin on the weirwood seat of the Eyrie, a new shot of Khal Drogo, and a look at the men-at-arms of the Arryns riding up towards the screen.

Week in Review

This has been a pretty busy week for news on all fronts Game of Thrones, so we thought we’d write up one of our irregular recaps for those who fear they have missed something of interest.

Interview with John Bradley

Known as Samwell Tarly on the show, John Bradley is among a troop of young actors who’ve landed a role in one of the biggest television productions ever seen in Europe.

We had the opportunity to interview him concerning his budding career, his approach to acting, and his landing and playing the role of Jon Snow’ss best friend on the Wall. A gifted young actor practically fresh out of drama school, at the same time that he landed a significant role in Game of Thrones, he’s also playing a part in in Canal+‘s Borgia, in the role of Giovanni de Medici, and we’ll discuss some of his experiences there as well.

Read the interview!

Official Game of Thrones Poster

Do we really have to say anything else? This is a gorgeous image, and sells the series very well indeed! A wistful, melancholy Ned, the Gothic Iron Throne, the sword, Cersei’s line, “You win or you die”... Perfect. This official poster will be used to publicize the series in the run up—just a bit over a month away - to the premiere of the show.

Any thoughts? Share them below! The one curiosity we have noticed is the fact that the sword is not Ice. It’s the arming sword that Ned uses instead, when he isn’t using the ancestral weapon. It would have been nice to get that in there. However, we’re guessing its size did not suit the composition very well, and it’s an excellent composition.

Oh, and it’s been pointed out to us that the crow… has three eyes (you see two, but one happens to be in the middle of its head!)

Win a Scent Box

For those who’ve coveted the Maester’s Path scent box sent out to a few lucky people (including ourselves) a few weeks ago, HBO and Winter is Coming have teamed up for a contest, a rare opportunity to get a hold of one of these exclusive items! Unfortunately, for legal reasons, the competition is for U.S. residents only (before you ask, that is also why Westeros.org—run by two people in miserably rainy, windy Sweden—won’t be offering any similar contest.)

Go over to WiC to earn more, and good luck to the contestants. We hope whoever wins will share a report of your impressions when you get it!

Belfast Set Visit Report Concludes

The 5th and final part of my report, stemming from visit to Paint Hall and Magheramorne, is now up. It covers a long car-trip I shared with GRRM and Parris, in which we discussed several topics, and then my time spent watching some of the filming—and meeting executive producer David Benioff and several of the actors—at Magheramorne quarry, where Castle Black has been raised.

Below is a full index of the parts, from events from before the set visit (such as breakfast with George and first meeting Bryan Cogman) on through the whole visit, as well as a link to my Moot report from the same evening.

Maester’s Path: 2nd Puzzle

It’s gone live, and it features heraldry! Very pleased with this one, which is a “spatial audio experience” that moves you through the Inn at the Crossroads as you unravel a story and get hints towards where the various coats of arms should be placed.

Some hints:

  • Notice the floor—the tree of arms is there, with each branch leading to a different table.
  • Listen carefully at each station. Each one can give a hint about what region goes to what branch. They may clearly refer to one region, or they may refer to one of the sigils which can then tell you what region goes there.
  • One of the hints is very important, because it associates a specific sigil to a very specific place. If you don’t place it there, you won’t solve the puzzle, even if you have it in the right branch. There is only one sigil that has to be placed that particularly. The other two branches, it only matters that you have the correct sigils for each of them.
  • Sigils from four different regions are present, but only three regions are ever mentioned at all in the audio (directly or indirectly).
  • Heraldry matters. Figure out which sigils belong to each region, and remember, one of the regions is a red herring.
  • Great fun, and great work by Campfire and HBO!