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'Game of Thrones' DVD and Blu-Ray Release Dates Announced

by Catherine Lawson, posted Dec 5th 2011 7:00AM
'Game of Thrones'Winter can't come fast enough for 'Game of Thrones' fans who are itching to see Season 2. While they wait in anticipation, they'll soon be able to re-watch Season 1 at their leisure. The DVD and Blu-ray versions -- complete with a host of goodies -- will be in stores March 6.

According to 'Entertainment Weekly,' the sets are really, really good: "HBO has pulled out all the stops. Based on the two disks I previewed, 'Thrones' was given a lavish presentation. The sophisticated menu navigation and behind-the-scenes extras that are on par with DVD sets from hit movies rather than what fans typically receive for TV shows."

After the jump watch a new sneak peek of Arya Stark's "rough and tumble" new look for Season 2 and check out the DVD/Blu-ray extras.

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Interview with 'Game of Thrones' Author/Producer George R.R. Martin: Part 2

by Maureen Ryan, posted Aug 12th 2011 1:00PM
When my initial review of 'Game of Thrones,' which was decidedly mixed, appeared online, one of the responses I saw on the Internet amused and mildly irritated me. Some of the grumbling amounted to, "But what does she know -- she liked 'Spartacus'!"

It amused me because, as most critics do, I judge each show independently and on its own merits; if, by law, I am required to review expensive HBO series favorably and basic-cable shows unfavorably, well, I didn't get that memo. And I'm fully willing to admit (as are most of people who make 'Spartacus') that the first couple of episodes of that show aren't good. But if you watched the Starz show until at least the midpoint of the first season, it became a gripping saga that worked as an action-adventure story, a soapy melodrama and a well-constructed, emotionally compelling drama.

And hey, guess what? George R.R. Martin, the man who created the books on which HBO's 'Game of Thrones' is based, is also a fan of 'Spartacus'! I would say "Nyah nyah" or "Oh snap!" at this point, but I'm far too mature and evolved to do something like that. Much.

In any event, Martin and I talked about much more that our mutual affinity for the gladiator drama in Part 2 of our interview (Part 1 is here, by the way). We discussed magic, "comfort fiction" and his approach to the next book in his 'Song of Ice and Fire' series, among other things.

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Interview with 'Game of Thrones' Author/Producer George R.R. Martin: Part 1

by Maureen Ryan, posted Aug 11th 2011 1:00PM
I'm on vacation this week and next, but thanks to the magic of technology, I've pre-posted a two-part interview with George R.R. Martin, the man behind the books that are being adapted into HBO's 'Game of Thrones' series. Martin and I conversed at Comic-Con, and I've edited and slightly condensed that chat into two main parts.

Martin not only created the 'Song of Ice and Fire' book series on which the HBO drama is based ('A Game of Thrones' is the first book of that series, and the fifth tome, 'A Dance with Dragons,' is the most recent), he was also a co-executive producer on the first season of the show, all of which gives him a special perspective on all things 'GoT,' which just won Best New Drama at the Television Critics Awards.

In Part 1 of the interview, Martin talks about the various subsections of his fandom, responses to the TV adaptation by HBO and "sexposition," a word that was invented by critic Myles McNutt during the first season of 'GoT.'

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George R.R. Martin and HBO Executives Talk About the Future of 'Game of Thrones'

by Maureen Ryan, posted Jul 29th 2011 1:15PM
Nothing is certain except death and taxes, as the old saying goes. So there is a chance that 'Game of Thrones' won't run for years on HBO. But based on what the network's executives said Thursday to the media at the Television Critics Association press tour, 'GoT' fans shouldn't be too worried about the show having a short life span.

HBO executive Richard Plepler put it plainly: "We told George we would go as long as he kept writing."

George is George R.R. Martin, the author of the books on which the TV show is based. After the remarks from Plepler and fellow HBO executive Michael Lombardo below, I've got a long excerpt from an interview I did with Martin at Comic-Con last week. But first, there's more on what the executives said about 'Game of Thrones' future at TCA press tour.

The executives' positive statements are good news for fans of 'Game of Thrones,' but at the Thursday HBO session, critic Ellen Gray raised the specter of 'Deadwood,' a period piece with a fervent following that ended in a sudden and mystifying way well before fans (and possibly even creator David Milch) were ready to let it go.

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Comic-Con 2011: Extensive Highlights of the 'Game of Thrones' Panel

by Maureen Ryan, posted Jul 22nd 2011 2:00AM
Snagging a seat at 'Game of Thrones' first panel at Comic-Con. Is there anything that could make a nerd's heart gladder? Not really.

A few extremely random impressions from the packed 'Game of Thrones' panel at San Diego Comic-Con on Thursday: 'GoT' fans love Kit Harington, Jason Momoa and Peter Dinklage; George R. R. Martin, who wrote the books on which the HBO series is based, did a brisk job of keeping things moving (I'm thinking he'll be asked back next year); and there's no word yet on when the show's season 1 DVDs will come out.

One tasty set of extras that will be on that DVD set: The actors' audition videos. The "haka" war dance that Jason Momoa did to win the role of Khal Drogo is something to see, executive producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss told the crowd of 4,200 'GoT' fans.

What follows is a summary of the hourlong panel, which kicked off with a clip reel of the main events of the show's first season. [Be aware that what follows contains plot information about season 1. It does not contain spoilers for season 2.]

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'Game of Thrones' Season 1 Finale Recap

by Maureen Ryan, posted Jun 19th 2011 11:01PM
['Game of Thrones' - 'Fire and Blood']

Given that the 'Game of Thrones' season finale began by showing us several characters reacting to last week's major death, I thought it would be appropriate to begin this week's discussion with one reader's reaction to the heartstopping scene we witnessed seven days ago.

Here's an excerpt from what KLM19001 had to say in the comment area of last week's post:

"It's such a waste of my time to watch [someone] commit spiritual and physical suicide to have nothing come from it.

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'Game of Thrones' Season 1, Episode 9 Recap

by Maureen Ryan, posted Jun 13th 2011 1:30AM
['Game of Thrones' - 'Baelor']

After watching the fourth episode of 'Game of Thrones,' I won't lie to you, I was feeling downcast. As I indicated in my reviews of episodes 2, 3 and 4, and as I indicated in my overall review of the first six episodes, I saw problems in this adaptation, despite a strong cast, frequently handsome settings and excellent source material.

Here's where things stand now: Episodes 5 through 9 have gained in strength week to week; each hour has been better than the last. It may not surprise you to learn that the ending of 'Baelor' left tears in my eyes.

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'Game of Thrones' Season 1, Episode 8 Recap

by Maureen Ryan, posted Jun 6th 2011 1:30AM
['Game of Thrones' - 'The Pointy End']

'These people will do anything.' - Lysa Arryn

'And that is why we have to stop them! - Catelyn Stark


It's been a while since George R.R. Martin wrote for television. Though the author of the book series on which 'Game of Thrones' is based had a long career in the TV industry before going off to write novels full-time, fans may well have wondered whether he still had the skills to tell stories for the small screen.

There can be no question about that now. Top to bottom, this was the best episode of 'Game of Thrones' yet, and considering all the varied things it had to do, the fact that the episode flowed so smoothly and was so engrossing was even more impressive. In fact, use of the phrase "small screen" is inaccurate here, in that this was an epic, sweeping hour that never forgot to show us how big events trickled down to the least powerful characters.

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'Game of Thrones' Season 1, Episode 7 Recap

by Maureen Ryan, posted May 29th 2011 10:30PM
['Game of Thrones' - 'You Win or You Die']

As I wrote a couple of weeks ago, I thought the fifth episode of 'Game of Thrones' was very strong, but, given how talky, clumsy and static some earlier episodes were, I half-wondered if the relative strength of both the fifth and sixth episodes was a fluke.

This week's excellent outing, which saw the stakes raised in satisfying and suspenseful ways, proved that it was not.

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