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Game of Thrones Season 3 Preview

The premiere episode of the third season of Game of Thrones opens way up North of the wall with Samwell Tarly running (not very quickly) away from a Wight attacker. The landscapes are breathtaking, the set pieces are exciting, the costuming is pitch perfect, and the plot lines are consuming. There’s also lots of gratuitous sex scenes and loads of gory, shocking bloodshed. In short, Game of Thrones still excels at what it does well.

Interview: Rose Leslie of Game of Thrones

We speak with actress Rose Leslie, who plays wilding Ygritte on the HBO's Game of Thrones. We discussed her character’s headspace at the beginning of season three, Leslie's favourite characters new and old, Game of Thrones vs. Downton Abbey, what the future holds for Jon Snow and Ygritte, and more!

Game of Thrones Season 2 Preview

The much anticipated second season of HBO’s Game of Thrones debuts this weekend on HBO Canada. We’ve seen the first four episodes of the upcoming season, and there’s a lot that fans of the novels and the series will be happy about for this second go around.

Interview: Michelle Fairley of Game of Thrones

Last week we were fortunate enough to speak with actress Michelle Fairley, who plays Winterfell matriarch Cateyln Stark on HBO's Game of Thrones. We discussed the series, her character's headspace at the beginning of this season, Fairley's favourite season two characters, what the future holds for Catelyn Stark, and more!

Game of Thrones: The Exhibition Preview

Game of Thrones: The Exhibition opened yesterday in Toronto, and runs for he next eight days at the TIFF Bell Lightbox. Dork Shelf was lucky enough to get a guided tour on Thursday, and we were pretty impressed by all of the costumes, props, and weaponry from HBO's fantasy series that were on display.

Game of Thrones: The Exhibition comes to the Lightbox

When TIFF announced earlier this year that A Song of Ice and Fire author George R. R. Martin would be coming to the Bell Lightbox in Toronto for a speaking engagement, fans of his novels and the HBO series it spawned were elated. The "In Conversation..." event sounded great, but we knew that a simple visit would not be the only thing that the film fest group had in store for Game of Thrones fans. And boy, did they not disappoint. Today, TIFF along with HBO Canada and Random House announced Game of Thrones: The Exhibition.

Game of Thrones Episode 1.5 Review

The fifth episode of HBO's Game of Thrones, titled “The Wolf and the Lion,” was the most action packed and gruesome of the first season so far. If we were to compare the series through five episodes to a Rube Goldberg machine – and why not – the first four episodes were the set up. In this week's episode the start button was pushed, and the machinations began to pay off dramatically: the pace quickened, threats flew in earnest and lots of blood was spilled.

Game of Thrones Episode 1.4 Review

The fourth episode of Game of Thrones, entitled Cripples, Bastards and Broken Things, has a steady supply of all of the aforementioned outsiders and invalids. Jon Snow continues to face challenges as he trains to become a brother of the Night's Watch, while young Bran Stark - whose dreams are being haunted by a mysterious three-eyed crow - struggles to come to terms with his new life as a parapelegic.

Game of Thrones Episode 1.3 Review

Arrivals, false glory and palace intrigue are the primary concerns of the third instalment of HBO's Game of Thrones. The episode is entitled “Lord Snow”, though Jon Snow plays a relatively minor role in the episode as a whole, and is not technically a nobleman. Following the Stark family's arduous journey from Winterfell, the episode begins with Ned's uncomfortable arrival in King's Landing, where he assumes the title of Hand of the King.

Game of Thrones Episode 1.2 Review

With the introduction and exposition heavy first episode behind it, Game of Thrones now moves onto the business of the story. In the wake of shocking conclusion of the first episode (incest and attempted child murder still qualify as shocking, right?), the second episode, titled "The Kingsroad", quite literally takes the action on the road. Many characters embark on journies that will shape the events of the entire season, and indeed the rest of the series.

Game of Thrones Renewed for Second Season

Earlier this morning, HBO released ratings numbers for the premiere of their new epic fantasy series Game of Thrones, which we thoroughly enjoyed. Though the ratings were solid – if decidedly unspectacular – HBO also announced the show's renewal for a second season. Great news for fans new and old.

Game of Thrones Impressions

On Monday, we were treated to the first two episodes of HBO's highly anticipated, big-budget fantasy serial Game of Thrones, based on R.R. Martin's fantasy series of the same name. Though we left the screening rather impressed, we wonder whether the series will have the cross-over appeal required to sustain itself at its current budget.

New Trailer for HBO’s Game of Thrones

HBO unleashed a new trailer for their upcoming fantasy series Game of Thrones today. Based on the novels of George R. R. Martin, Thrones revolves around the medieval world of Westeros, a turbulent kingdom where the ruling houses vie for control of the coveted Iron Throne. The show boasts an amazing cast that includes fantasy vet Sean Bean, Lena Headey, Peter Dinklage and HBO alum Aiden Gillen.

New Game of Thrones Teaser

HBO further teased fans last night, revealing a moody and atmospheric trailer for their new fantasy series Game of Thrones. Based on the novels of George R. R. Martin, the series revolves around the medieval world of Westeros, a turbulent kingdom where the ruling houses vie for control of the coveted Iron Throne. Thrones features an amazing and sprawling cast that includes fantasy vet Sean Bean, Lena Headey, Peter Dinklage and HBO alum Aiden Gillen.