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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)

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: 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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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)

NB: Click here to read my review of this episode.

The current one week hiatus (and thus two week wait) for Game of Thrones gives everyone a bit of a breather heading into the final three episodes of the season, the time at which Benioff and Weiss have traditionally given us their best, most frenetic events and scenarios. The ongoing story in King’s Landing is definitely coming to a head in this episode, and things are heating up all over the place, even in the normally cold north. Click through to get my take on what to expect when Game of Thrones returns from its brief hiatus.

<<Spoiler Alert: This preview of Game of Thrones S04E08 – “The Mountain and the Viper” – 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: 37
Airdate: May 18, 2014
Directed by: Alik Sakharov
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)

When I said in my sneak peek of “Mockingbird” earlier this week (read it here) that I suspected Benioff and Weiss would leave us on a cliffhanger, I had no idea how literally they, in fact, would (okay, I had my suspicions due to having read the books, but I didn’t want to give too much away). We got some good solid movement in several storylines tonight, and the next episode, “The Viper and the Mountain,” is setting up to be a nice lead in to the final three episodes of the season – has it really gone so quickly? For now, click through after the break to get my take on tonight’s events, and where they may be leading us in the near future.

Note: Beginning with tonight’s review, I will no longer be doing the complete synopses I have been doing in the past. Please refer to my editorial regarding this decision here for my reasoning, if you’re interested.

<<Spoiler Alert: This article is a review and complete recap of Game of Thrones S04E07 – “Mockingbird” – 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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