Entries in Game of Thrones (5)


"Game of Thrones" Begins Third Season Sunday Night

HBO(NEW YORK) -- One of the most popular shows on cable television returns for its third season this weekend.

The season premiere of Game of Thrones, based on George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series of novels, airs Sunday night on HBO at 9 p.m. ET. The epic, sex-and-violence-soaked fantasy drama follows various families, or houses, as they battle for control of the Seven Kingdoms.

At a recent red carpet event for Game of Thrones, cast members provided insight into the upcoming season. Peter Dinklage, who has won an Emmy and a Golden Globe for his role as Tyrion Lannister, said his character "has to pick up the pieces" after the huge battle and assassination attempt he survived at the end of the second season.

Describing where Tyrion is now, as the third season opens, Dinklage told ABC News, "He’s gone from the highest position in Kings Landing to no position and he doesn’t know what his next move is going to be, so he does go quickly to his father to figure that out."  Unfortunately, as viewers will see, Tyrion's dad, the fearsome, filthy rich Tywin Lannister, isn't much help.

Kit Harington, who plays Jon Snow, the bastard son of the late Ned Stark, said conflict is ahead for his character, who has gone undercover with the Wildlings, also known as the free folk, in an attempt to bring back intelligence for the Night's Watch.

Harington told ABC News that the new season "is all about Jon trying to work out whether he is still loyal to Night's Watch, or whether he now wants to be a free man, wants to be part of the free folk.  And he's being tempted by that by Ygritte and certain other characters beyond the Wall, to try to come to their side."

Sophie Turner's Sansa Stark undergoes an evolution in the new episodes. Asked to describe Sansa's biggest challenge in season three, she told ABC News, "I think it's the transition that Sansa goes through, not only going from kind of young lady to woman, but also the transition that she goes through in going from kind of being used as a chess piece to actually being a player in the game. She becomes a lot more independent." Rumor has it Sansa will get married this season -- not to evil boy King Joffrey, but to someone completely unexpected.

The Game of Thrones fan base kept growing during the first two seasons, so the season premiere will likely bring in huge ratings for HBO. Why are so many people drawn to the show? Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, who plays Tyrion's brother Jaime Lannister, known as "The Kingslayer," believes it's because everyone can relate to it. He said the core of the show "is just people figuring out life."

Or, as Dinklage puts it, "It's both very current and real -- but also has dragons."

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"Homeland," "Game of Thrones" Win Top Honors at TCA Awards

Hemera/Thinkstock(BEVERLY HILLS, Calif.) -- Showtime’s Homeland was named outstanding new program and HBO’s Game of Thrones program of the year at the Television Critics Association’s 28th annual TCA awards Saturday night in Beverly Hills, Calif. 

Homeland actress Claire Danes won the TCA Award for individual achievement in a drama.

Breaking Bad actor Bryan Cranston hosted the awards ceremony at the Beverly Hilton. His series won the award for outstanding achievement in drama. Comedian Louis C.K won the individual achievement in comedy award for his work on his FX series, Louie.

Here’s a complete list of the 2012 TCA Awards recipients:

Individual Achievement in Drama: Claire Danes, Homeland (Showtime)
Individual Achievement in Comedy: Louis C.K., Louie (FX)
Outstanding Achievement in News and Information: 60 Minutes (CBS)
Outstanding Achievement in Reality Programming: So You Think You Can Dance (Fox)
Outstanding Achievement in Youth Programming: Switched at Birth (ABC Family)
Outstanding New Program: Homeland (Showtime)
Outstanding Achievement in Movies, Miniseries and Specials: Masterpiece: Downton Abbey (PBS)
Outstanding Achievement in Drama: Breaking Bad (AMC)
Outstanding Achievement in Comedy: Louie (FX)
Career Achievement Award: David Letterman
Heritage Award: Cheers
Program of the Year: Game of Thrones (HBO)

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'Game of Thrones' Star Arrested in Harassment Flap

Dave Hogan/Getty Images(LONDON) -- Former Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones co-star Sean Bean was reportedly arrested Tuesday in London after allegedly harassing his ex wife. The U.K. Daily Mail reports Bean was questioned by police after he was accused of making abusive calls and sending numerous text messages to Georgina Sutcliffe, his fourth ex-wife. The couple divorced in 2010.

The paper reports Bean, 53, gave his fingerprints and DNA in a pre-arranged meeting with investigators at the Holborn police station in London.

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Second Season of HBO's "Game of Thrones" Premieres Sunday Night

HBO/Time Warner(NEW YORK) -- HBO's highly-popular fantasy drama Game of Thrones returns for its second season this Sunday night at 9:00 p.m. ET.

Game of Thrones, based on author George R.R. Martin's best-selling series A Song of Ice and Fire, is set in a world that strongly resembles Medieval England, complete with lords, ladies, knights and, yes, dragons.  There's also some magic, and plenty of blood, gore and sex.

As the second season opens, members of various noble families, or Houses, are either battling for independence, or fighting to gain control of the Iron Throne, so they can rule all seven kingdoms of Westeros, the continent where the show is partly set. 

Meanwhile, across the sea to the East, a young woman named Daenerys, the exiled yet true heir to the throne, is raising her three newly-hatched dragons and plotting her next move.

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‘Game of Thrones’ Season 2 Trailer Debuts Online

Actress Emilia Clarke (L) and writer George R. R. Martin pose with the Year of Excellence Award for "Game of Thrones" during the 12th Annual AFI Awards held Jan. 13, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Frazer Harrison/Getty Images For AFI)(LOS ANGELES) -- The trailer for season two of HBO’s hit series Game of Thrones debuted Monday to the delight of fans of the epic fantasy series.

The hit show, which is based on the A Song of Fire and Ice series of books by American author George R.R. Martin, debuted in 2011 to rave reviews and found an instant cult following. The show was nominated for 13 Emmy awards in 2011, including the award for outstanding drama series, while actor Peter Dinklage took home the Emmy for outstanding supporting actor in a drama series for his role as the calculating Tyrion Lannister.

The series, which deals with the struggle for power amongst several families in the fictional continent of Westeros, blends fantasy with influences of medieval and early modern history. Martin has said that he counts J.R.R. Tolkien and Jack Vance as influences.

Season two of Game of Thrones debuts on HBO on April 1.

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