Flashback Scene Confirmed for Season 5

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Talk has been in the air about a flashback scene appearing in season 5 for quite some time now.  I have even previously talked about the rumors going on that Maggy the Frog was in talks of being cast – along with a young Cersei Lannister.  And now its all official – that’s right David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have officially confirmed a flashback scene for season 5.

During a Q&A with Benioff and Weiss, at the Teatro Central in Seville, they were asked about the possibility of a flashback scene in season 5.  – and this is how they answered:

By making the first season, we set a rule: no prophecies, dreams of flashbacks. We failed the first two and this season the third.  So yes, this season will finally have flashbacks.”

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The World of Ice and Fire New Sample Chapter

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Just a quick update here.  A new excerpt from the upcoming book The World of Ice and Fire is now available.  If you download the iTunes World of Ice and Fire app you will have access to the excerpt – I’m not sure if the excerpt is also available for people with Android phones.  This excerpt covers a piece of Vale history up through the Andal invasion. Enjoy!

Also if anyone has a Android phone, let me know in the comments if this excerpt is available there as well – I know the app is downloadable, I’m just not sure if the excerpt has been added there as well.

Adewale Akinnuoye-Abaje Cast

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The Hollywood Reporter has just announced that Adewale Akinnuoye-Abaje will be joining the cast of Game of Thrones in season 5.  Adewale has previously been in HBO’s OZ, Thor: The Dark World, and played Mr.Eko in Lost.  It should also be noted that Adewale was in Pompeii which starred Kit Harrington.

Not much has been said about the character that Adewale will playing.  All we know now is that he will be playing a character named Malko, who has not appeared in the books.

My best guess is that we’ll be seeing Adewale’s character somewhere in Essos.  But wherever he may be appearing I hope he gets a somewhat substantial role, Adewale is a great actor and I can’t wait to see him in Game of Thrones.  However, it is a bit sad that they couldn’t find a role from the books for him to play.  Based on the sheer physical size of Adewale I’m leaning toward a pit fighter in Meereen.  But because I doubt they would ever spend to much time focussing in on a single pit fighter I hope that’s not the cast.  Whatever happens I hope Adewale gets a chance to show off his acting chops.

So where do you think we’ll be seeing Adewale appearing?  And what do you think of another show created character being added to the roster?  Let me know you’r thoughts on everything in the comments below!

 

 

 

#FactsOfIceAndFire

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With just under two weeks until the release of The World of Ice and Fire UK publisher Harper Voyager has been teasing the upcoming book with #FactsOfIceAndFire.  The #FactsOfIceandFire has been going on since October 1, and is a collection of facts from the upcoming book – some of them being never-before-heard facts, and others that are easily known by anyone who has read the books.

Here are the #FactsOfIceAndFire that have been tweeted out so far:

  • Aegon I Targaryen conquered the Seven Kingdoms at the age of 27.
  • The Valyrians are the only people of the world with eyes in shades of purple.
  • Maegor the Cruel killed his wife Tyanna, cut out her hear with Blackfyre and threw it to the dogs.
  • Daemon Targaryen offended the men of Arryn saying “The sheep are prettier than their women”
  • Quen Rhaenyra possessed 15 dragons, including one named The Cannibal.
  • Nights Watch member “the Rat Cook” served a king his own song baked in a pie.
  • Volantis slaves have tattooed faces.  Dung collectors are marked with flies.
  • Ellyn Reyne tried to seduce Tytos Lannister but was so intimidated, he couldn’t perform and fled.
  • In Kings Landing, Aerys II was called King Scab as he cut himself many times upon the Iron Throne.
  • Women in Bayasabhad defend the city due to a belief that only those who give life can take it.
  • Joffrey Valaryon, Prince of Dragonstone, fell to his death trying to ride his mum’s dragon.
  • Khal Temmo cut off Khal Dhako’s hands, feet, and genitals and roasted them before his eyes.
  • The Rhyonar people are said to be the first to learn the art of iron-making.
  • Most agree that the Doom of Valyria was caused by a vast chain of Volcanoes.
  • Emerging from the battle head to heel in blood, Dalton Greyjoy became known as the Red Kraken
  • Qohor’s god the Black Goat demands daily sacrifice.
  • After calling himself triarch for life, Horonno was seized by rioters & torn apart by elephants.

For more #FactsOfICeAndFire until the release head on over and follow Harper Voyager.  Or check back here, as I’ll be updating this as the tweets come out!

Septa Unella Cast

In a recent post from Watchers on the Wall, it was announced that Hannah Waddingham will be taking on the role of Septa Unella.  Now for those of you who haven’t read the books there isn’t to much to be said about her.  She is a septa – 1.159143obviously – which adds to the continuing growth of the Seven’s importance in the upcoming season of Game of Thrones.  

Reportedly HBO described Septa Unella as “a septa serving the Faith of the Seven.  As a member of the Most Devout, the highest ranking clergy, she enforces strict adherence to her religion’s laws.”  This description of Septa Unella sounds absolutely perfect for what I was looking for in this role.  A quick note, the Most Devout is the council of the highest ranking clergy for the Faith of the Seven.

I’m glad to finally see the casting confirmed for Septa Unella. However I am curious if we will see any of the other Septa’s cast – Such as Septa Moelle, or Septa Scolera.  If Septa Unella is the only septa to be cast, and given a name, that is fine by me as she holds the largest role of any Septa.

So what do you think of this casting?  Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

What We Saw In Dubrovnik

Filming in the city of Dubrovnik has finally come to an end.  In this post we will be exploring a few of the most notable things that were captured on the set of Game of Thrones – of course no spoilers until after the break.

The first notable sighting to mention is the faith militant.  In season 5 we will being seeing a much more important role from the side of the faith – more specifically that of the faith of the Seven.  These images give us a good idea of what they’ll be looking like.  Its very easy to notice the seven pointed start on the foreheads of these men.  It is unclear as of now if this will be the Poor Fellows or the Warrior’s Sons, of if the show will even include both groups.  As of it now it would appear only one of the groups will make it into the show – possibly a combination of two, as the show has done will other similar groups in previous seasons.

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Also the image below gives us our first look at Jonathan Pryce, who will be playing the High Sparrow in this coming season.

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Another interesting prop that appeared early on set is the newly designed carriages for presumably Cersei, Tommen, and possibly Margaery?  Nothing is certain as of yet, but I assume the heavily armored carriage will be Cersei’s to show her ever growing fears and suspicions after the death of Tywin in the season 4 finale.  Let me know who you think will be sitting in each of these carriages!

 

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Below the break will be heavy spoilers, involving a certain walk that will be taking place in season 5 and a deviation from the books involving another character.

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Upcoming Books

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In the coming few months several Game of Thrones related books will be released.  No, not The Winds of Winter – but hopefully these will hold you over until the next sample chapter gets released.  So without further ado lets get started.

Living Language DothrakeFirst on the list is your guide to speaking Dothraki.  Living Language Dothraki was developed by David J. Peterson, who created the Dothraki language spoken in Game of Thrones.  For only $15.47 (through Amazon at least) you’ll receive a 128-page language guide, as well as a one-hour audio CD featuring over 200 words and phrases, grammar explanations, cultural notes, a dialogue, and exercises for reinforcement.  Living Language Dothraki will be available October 7.

The second book on this list is one I have talked about several times, and that is The World of Ice and Fire: The Untold History of Westeros and the Game of The World of Ice and FireThrones.  For those of you who have read the series and had the feeling that the world George has created deserved a history book, well your wish has been granted.  This book will encompass histories of the Seven Kingdoms, and the cities of Essos, and so much more.  You can check out some of the pages from the books here, as well as this picture of the book itself.  The World of Ice and Fire will be available October 28, and you can pre-order it now from Amazon for $29.98.

Inside seasons 3 and 4The final book on this list may be a familiar one for some of you, and that is Inside HBO’s Game of Thrones: Season 3 & 4.  This is a must-have for any die-hard fan of Game Of Thrones.  In this book you will find “hundreds of unpublished set photos, visual effects art, and production and costume designs, plus insights from key actors and crew members that capture the best scripted and unscripted moments from Seasons 3 and 4.”  Not sold yet?  Below are two samples from the book detailing the efforts that went into creating both the dragons and the giants, from Westeros.org and WinterIsComing.  Inside HBO’s Game of Thrones: Season 3 & 4 will be available November 11, and can be pre-ordered on Amazon for only $25.30.

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So are you interested in any of these books?  Let me know which one you’r most excited for in the comments!

 

Filming in Dubrovnik Starts Today

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Filming for season 5 of Game of Thrones is kicking off in the city of Dubrovnik today!  The city has represented King’s Landing in the past seasons, and the tradition is continues.  Filming in the city will run through October 3.

Thanks to experience.dubrivnik.hr, we have a run down of the multiple locations in Dubrovnik, some new and some old, for where the filming will be taking place (click the images for a closer look).

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Winterfell Returning for Season 5

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Season 5 of Game of Thrones will be reintroducing an old location, Winterfell.  For those of you who have read the books you’ll know what to possibly expect from this – but for those of you who haven’t, here’s what you should already know.  Our last time in Winterfell was in the season 2 finale – when Ramsay Bolton put it to the torch, while also taking Theon Greyjoy captive.  Now at the end of season 4, when Roose informed Ramsay that his actions had earned him legitimization as a Bolton,  that they are now headed toward Winterfell with their forces.

Here are some of the pictures, shared on Reddit, showing us the preparations being made to resurrect Winterfell.

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Also shared on Reddit were some images of Winterfell’s Godswood.

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