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This afternoon, HBO announced the new cast members for the upcoming fifth season of Game of Thrones, and released a short video wherein the primary players introduce themselves. The casting looks perfect across the board, with luminaries such as Jonathon Pryce (more than one hundred credits over the last forty years, including the starring role in Brazil (1985)), genre favorites like Alexander Siddig (Dr. Julian Bashear in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine), and experienced young actors like Keisha Castle-Hughes (Whale Rider). Click through for introductory video, as well as brief introductions of each actor and the role they’ll be playing.

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Episode: 33
Airdate: April 20, 2014
Directed by: Alex Graves
Written by: George R.R. Martin (“A Song of Ice and Fire” by), David Benioff (creator), D.B. Weiss (creator), David Benioff (written for television by), D.B. Weiss (written for television by)

With the end of Season Four of Game of Thrones, I finally have the time to catch up on the two episode reviews I missed while on my family vacation earlier this spring. Here’s the first one, for the third episode of the season.

The last episode ended on a truly dramatic event, reminiscent in more ways than one of the end of Episode 0309, “The Rains of Castamere.” There, the final shot, and the final act left viewers with a sick feeling in their stomachs, and the knowledge that we wouldn’t be able to see the full repercussions of the event as it was already the penultimate episode of the season. Here, the event has, arguably, a potentially larger effect on Westeros, but we have eight more episodes to see the fallout, beginning with “Breaker of Chains.” Click through after the break to get my thoughts on this episode.

<<Spoiler Alert: This article is a review and partial recap of Game of Thrones S04E03 – “Breaker of Chains” – it will discuss major plot points and events in detail, and may contain strong language based on dialogue from the episode; read further at your own risk!>>
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Episode: 40
Airdate: June 15, 2014
Directed by: Alex Graves
Written by: George R.R. Martin (“A Song of Ice and Fire” by), David Benioff (creator), D.B. Weiss (creator), David Benioff (written for television by), D.B. Weiss (written for television by)

All men must serve.

How soon a season passes. These ten episodes have gone by in the blink of an eye, and now we begin the long nine and half month wait until next April (I’m going to guess Sunday, April 5th as the premiere date). But before we get all mopey anticipating the long hiatus, let’s take a look at tonight’s excellent season finale. It managed to tie up even more loose ends, answer some questions, and began to move the pieces together for what should be a new season full of change. The power shifted tonight – but by how much won’t be seen until Season Five begins. Click through after the break to find out what we learned, and to see where we might be going.

<<Spoiler Alert: This article is a review and partial recap of Game of Thrones S04E10 – “The Children” – it will discuss major plot points and events in detail, and may contain strong language based on dialogue from the episode; read further at your own risk!>>
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This is the fourth photo series from Game of Thrones I’ve put up, and the second comparing the actors as they appear in GoT with a (usually earlier) role they’ve had. Last week took us from Peter Dinklage [Tyrion Lannister] and Lena Headey [Cersei Lannister] with 36 appearances apiece, down to a four-way tie at 26 episodes between Alfie Allen [Theon Greyjoy/Reek], Charles Dance [Tywin Lannister], Jack Gleeson [Joffrey Baratheon], and Rory McCann [Sandor “The Hound” Clegane]. This week we’ll round out the top twenty-five actors on the show, based on number of appearances. We begin with:

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Episode: 40
Airdate: June 15, 2014
Directed by: Alex Graves
Written by: George R.R. Martin (“A Song of Ice and Fire” by), David Benioff (creator), D.B. Weiss (creator), David Benioff (written for television by), D.B. Weiss (written for television by)

Here it is already – the season finale of Game of Thrones. Eleven short weeks (with the one week break between episodes 36 and 37), and another season will be coming to an end. The last two weeks have proven to be excellent episodes, with plenty of storylines coming to some sort of resolution, but plenty more left unresolved. This is, of course, the nature of the source material, a series of books that is still not close to being finished. How much further along will we find ourselves at this time next week, with a year to wait for the next episode? Click through to take a look at the Promo video, and get my take on what I expect us to see this coming Sunday.

<<Spoiler Alert: This preview of Game of Thrones S04E10 – “The Children” – will discuss major plot points and events suggested by previous episodes and the Promo video; read further at your own risk!>>
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Episode: 39
Airdate: June 8, 2014
Directed by: Neil Marshall
Written by: George R.R. Martin (“A Song of Ice and Fire” by), David Benioff (creator), D.B. Weiss (creator), David Benioff (written for television by), D.B. Weiss (written for television by)

How do you follow one of the strongest episodes of an already very strong show? How to follow one of the finest group acting efforts the show has yet produced, including amazing turns from actors and characters not noted particularly for their thespian talents? And how do you follow up the single best one-on-one duel in a series full of amazing and well-choreographed fights? Simple. You stage the biggest battle the series has yet seen, and build it over the course of an entire hour, with no breaks for other, slower storylines. You raise the stakes. And you kill someone well-liked – even loved – by fans of the show. Click through after the break to get my take on the Battle of Castle Black.

<<Spoiler Alert: This article is a review and complete recap of Game of Thrones S04E09 – “The Watchers on the Wall” – it will discuss major plot points and events in detail, and contains strong language based on dialogue from the episode; read further at your own risk!>>
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Only two more episodes to go in Season 4, one tonight and the wrap-up next Sunday. Tonight, in anticipation of the penultimate episode (which airs in just a few hours), I’m putting up the second in my series of behind-the-scenes photos of the actors who make the characters we love to love, and love to hate even more.

The characters have been through a lot in these four years – those that are still alive, that is. When actors get associated with such iconic and bigger-than-life characters like those created by George R.R. Martin, it’s easy to forget that they had careers before the show we know them for. Below the break you’ll find a bunch of before and after photos of the stars of Game of Thrones, the first shot from an earlier (or sometimes concurrent) role, and the second from the HBO series. Rather than doing it in alphabetical order, I’m going to follow number of appearances in the show, based on their stats at IMDB. Without further ado, we begin with…
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Game of Thrones deals with some serious subject matter, and you never know who’s going to die next. It’s good to know, then, that the cast and crew are still having fun behind the cameras. Click through after the break to see some candid shots of your favorite characters, out of character.

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Episode: 39
Airdate: June 8, 2014
Directed by: Neil Marshall
Written by: George R.R. Martin (“A Song of Ice and Fire” by), David Benioff (creator), D.B. Weiss (creator), David Benioff (written for television by), D.B. Weiss (written for television by)

How quickly this season is going by. This coming week brings us the penultimate episode of Season 4 of Game of Thrones, and soon we’ll be facing the long, hot, then kinda cool, then downright cold, then almost kind of warm again, wait until the next season begins. The good news is that we do have two more episodes to enjoy before the wait, and if this season runs out like each of the previous three, the true climax of the season should be this Sunday. In Season 1, we had a rather unexpected execution; in Season 2, the Battle of the Blackwater; and in Season 3, the infamous Red Wedding. So what will Season 4’s ninth episode bring us? How can Benioff and Weiss follow last week’s absolutely stellar outing? Click through to get my take on where we’re going.

<<Spoiler Alert: This preview of Game of Thrones S04E09 – “The Watchers on the Wall” – will discuss major plot points and events suggested by previous episodes and the Promo video; read further at your own risk!>>
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Episode: 38
Airdate: June 1, 2014
Directed by: Alex Graves
Written by: George R.R. Martin (“A Song of Ice and Fire” by), David Benioff (creator), D.B. Weiss (creator), David Benioff (written for television by), D.B. Weiss (written for television by)

Two weeks after the last episode of Game of Thrones, we finally enter into the final stretch run. Sadly, we have only two more episodes to go after tonight’s, but if they are anything like “The Mountain and the Viper,” we’ll be in for a real treat. There was major movement on three key storylines tonight, as well as not a few resolutions to ongoing questions. The biggest, of course, involves the trial by combat we’ve been waiting to see since Episode 406, three weeks ago. And it most certainly did not disappoint.

<<Spoiler Alert: This article is a review and complete recap of Game of Thrones S04E08 – “The Mountain and the Viper” – it will discuss major plot points and events in detail, and may contain strong language based on dialogue from the episode; read further at your own risk!>>
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