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Our interview with Miltos Yerolemou, who plays the role of Syrio Forel, is now on-line. It’s our longest podcast-style interview yet at nearly 50 minutes long. Enjoy!

Northern Blood, Southron Armour

Pearson Moore’s latest essay on Game of Thrones, discussing “Lord Snow”, is now available for reading in our Features section. His detailed, thoughtful analysis covers several notable, thematic aspects of the episode as well as touching on some of the plot points. He draws particular attention to the debt of the kingdom—largely owned by House Lannister—and draws some interesting (and unexpected) historical parallels.

Moore, known for his incisive Lost essays, offers additional material at his site, Winterfell Keep.

Coverage in Sweden

With the airing of Game of Thrones on Canal+ in Sweden, Denmark, Finland, and Norway, there’s been quite a lot of media coverage in those countries. As Westeros.org’s admin happen to be based in Sweden, we thought we’d share with fellow Swedish fans (and those fans who are used to the vagaries of Google Translate) some of the most notable articles we’ve come across:

Game of Thrones Hits France in June

Despite earlier reporting that France was looking at a September air date for HBO’s Game of Thrones—fuelled by an executive at Orange, the broadcaster holding the rights in France—it looks like the wait won’t be quite so painful for fans of Le Trône de Fer (as the series is dubbed in France). Via Evrach at Le Garde de Nuit, we’ve learned that the show will be airing on Orange Cínema Séries beginning June 5—little more than a month away.

Today, the show will be premiering in Nordic countries served by Canal+ (including our native Sweden), on the 8th it’ll premiere in more than a dozen countries served by HBO in Latin America and the Caribbean, plus Spain is due to see the show premiere on Canal Plus on the 9th. Good times! For those still waiting on information for their country, we’re keeping our international air dates guide up to date. If you have any information about a country not listed or as yet noted as having unconfirmed details, feel free to drop us a note!

Inside the Episode: “Lord Snow”

Haven’t had a chance to share this as of yet, so here is HBO’s post-episode look at what was going on in episode 3, with remarks from executive producers David Benioff and Dan Weiss.

Strong Ratings for Game of Thrones

Despite the breaking news that likely impacted the viewership of HBO’s Game of Thrones in other time zones (the East Coast managed to be finished just before word started to get out that an announcement was pending), James Hibberd of Entertainment Weekly has broken the news that the third episode scored 2.4 million viewers—up about 10% from last week—and added an additional 700,000 at its 11PM encore to reach the 3.1 million mark in total, again, 200,000 better than last week’s 2.9 million mark.

Hibberd also adds that the premiere has risen to 8.7 million views in total, via all HBO platforms such as On Demand and HBO GO.

At the same time, good news in the U.K., as Game of Thrones holds steady, dropping only a very small amount to 510,000 viewers, which is on the top end for Sky Atlantic.

Game of Thrones in Sweden

Tommorow, Stockholmers will get the opportunity to watch the first two episode of Game of Thrones in a theatre, courtesy of Canal+ Sweden and Cinemateket. Entry is free, but places are limited—first come, first served! The two episodes will be shown at Bio Filmhuset Victor, starting from 6 PM. This sneak preview—which Linda and I will unfortunately have to miss—leads in to Wednesday’s premiere of the first episode of Game of Thrones on Canal+, Sweden’s leading premium channel.

We’re going to be very interested in hearing from Swedish fans after it airs!

Reviewing and Previewing

“Lord Snow” aired last night in the U.S. and Canada (it’ll be on this evening in the U.K. and in much of Central Europe), and as always, we have an extensive episode guide with recaps, analysis, images, and more. Check it out at our site.

Right after that aired, HBO posted the preview for episode 4, titled “Cripples, Bastards, and Broken Things”. See below for the clip!

Episode 3 Clips

Just two days away from Episode 3, titled “Lord Snow”, and HBO has set out some excerpts from the epsiode to whet the appetite. First up is Jon Snow training at Castle Black with his future sworn brothers, followed by an excellent scene between Jaime and Eddard that has certain resonances for events at the end of Robert’s Rebellion. Enjoy!

Dragons and Direwolves

Pearson Moore, who’s contributed a number of featured articles in our Features section, has published a book “Direwolves and Dragons”, collecting his current essays related to Game of Thrones, plus some additional articles published exclusively in the book.

See below for more details, including a brief description for each essay included in the e-book. With his unique insight and his experience in examining television narrative (gained through his exceptional series of posts concerning Lost as well as Mad Men), this is sure to contain some thought-provoking material for fans of the novels and/or the hit HBO series.

Game of Thrones to Go

As we’ve previoiusly reported, HBO is making great strides in expanding the coverage of HBO GO—its online, subscriber-only streaming service—among cable providers, and it’s recently been announced that Suddenlink and (most recently) Comcast Xfinity now also offer the HBO GO service. This means that fans of Game of Thrones and many other shows (HBO’s placed over 1400 titles on the service so far) will be able to stream the show from their computers.

HBO Store Update

HBO has been keeping busy with the HBO Store, adding new shirts, jewelry, steins, and more in the last month. We’ve compiled most of these at our store page (which benefits the continued maintenance and operation of Westeros.org), but two new items have cropped up that might be interest. First, there’s an awesome new shirt featuring Needle and the text, “Stick Them With the Pointy End” (that’s going to be popular!), and a poster map featuring the Seven Kingdoms and a bit of the coastline of Essos.

Have at them!

Game of Thrones Soundtrack in June

Varese Sarabande, leading publisher of soundtracks, has announced that the Game of Thrones soundtrack by Ramin Djawadi is on its way! Due June 14th, there’s no more information about just how many tracks there’ll be, but we can be sure that the title theme (and perhaps one or two variations) are going to be a part of it.

Thronecast Interviews

Sky Atlantic’s Thronecast has been a terrific approach by the broadcaster to making the show accessible to fans, especially viewers who’ve never read the novels before. Professional produced, each episode (which goes up each Monday after the show airs in the U.K.) offers pointers, brief guides, and more. And, yeah, it includes Linda and I doing brief segments (Linda really is a lot better at this sort of thing than I am!).

On top of all that, Sky’s also releasing interviews with the cast each week. First up was Mark Addy, and now Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, who particularly impresses us with his handle on the character. And, to gild the lily a bit more, Thronecast is also available via iTunes, and there they’ve released the BAFTA Screening Q&A with members of the cast and crew: Sean Bean, Harry Lloyd, Mark Addy, and production designer Gemma Jackson.

Now, I’ll wait for this iTunes download to crawl along so I can check it out…

Episode 2 Audio Comments

Linda and I have again joined with Tom and Daniel of MTV Geek to discuss last Sunday’s episode of Game of Thrones, “The Kingsroad”. We spend some time discussing the difficulties in conveying the passage of time in the story, the use of the direwolves, and mention some of the things we’re most looking forward to in the next episode.

You can find it in our “The Kingsroad” episode guide in MP3 downloadable and streaming format,