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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!

Game of Matte Paintings

German matte painting artist Sven Sauer has shared an article from a German digital painting magazine that ended up having unprecedented access to Pixomondo, the international digital effects company responsible for the award-winning effects of the last two seasons of Game of Thrones. The article focuses on matte paintings, and features quite a few impressive images and details regarding the scope of the use of matte paintings on the show (there’s more than you might realize). Well-worth taking a look at.

The article also includes a video Pixomondo produced featuring some of its effects work on the series, which we’ve embedded below.

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:

Reviewing Second Sons

We have updated our episode guide for this week’s latest episode, “Second Sons”, with our usual complete recap, analysis, and book-to-screen break down. Enjoy!

This week’s extra video over at our Youtube channel may be delayed a day, as we’re a little short on time for recording.

Game of Thrones Quiz Event

We’re pleased to announce that Westeros.org is co-sponsoring a Game of Thrones pub quiz / trivia night produced by Geeks Who Drink. The event is called Fire Cannot Kill a Quizmaster and will be in twelve major cities on Saturday, June 8th.

Teams of up to six will play together during this eight round event that’ll cover everything on the HBO series up to that point (a small portion of material will cover the books, but with no spoilers past season 3). It costs $5 per player, so expect team prizes of between $200 and $500. Some locations will have costume contests, but feel free to dress up either way.

Find the schedule, times and event FAQs at their Facebook event page, and good luck!

Reviewing “The Bear and the Maiden Fair”

Another late, late night and we’ve just managed to put the finishing touches on our review of “The Bear and the Maiden Fair”, written by George R.R. Martin himself. You can find it at out episode guide. for the episode.

And if that’s not enough, feel free to check out the lively conversations about the episode over at our forum, as fellow fans dissect and discuss the episode.

Game of Thrones Wins a BAFTA

The BAFTA Television Awards—as prestigious in the UK as the American Emmy Awards—have named their various winners, and in the special publicly-voted Radio Times Audience Award, a certain show by the name of Game of Thrones proved the winner over such competition as Homeland and the opening ceremonies of last year’s Olympics.

Over at “Not a Blog”, George R.R. Martin shares the news and his reaction.

The Climb… in Ratings

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.

Reviewing “The Climb”

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!

Also of note, HBO released the preview for episode 7, “The Bear and the Maiden Fair”, written by George R.R. Martin himself; we’ve embedded the video in the guide page.