Television has never been more exciting.
2016 has been a hell of a year for television. The Primetime Emmy nominations earlier this year were packed with a mass of incredible TV shows both brand new and ongoing, and it's not stopped there either. Whether it's a limited series of a long-running franchise, television has never been more loved.
Here are our favourite TV shows of the year:
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This year's Primetime Emmys left us with a lot of unforgettable memories.
The headlines are all about the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards today after 'Game Of Thrones' smashed records, 'The People v OJ Simpson' flattened the competition and the cast of 'Stranger Things' made all attendees want to adopt them at the weekend. Definitely TV's higlight of the year.
Peter Dinklage was nominated for 'Game Of Thrones'
'Game of Thrones' made Emmys history last night (September 18th 2016) by breaking the record for the most awards ever for a fictional series, with the full Emmys total now at 38 which has beaten previous record holder 'Frasier''s 37. The show won three accolades this year; Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series and Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series.
Sunny weather is no longer a part of this epic franchise.
Thank goodness the season 6 finale of 'Game Of Thrones' didn't leave us with too many loose ends, because now it looks like we'll have to wait longer than usual for the next season to arrive on our screens. And you can blame it all on the weather.
The winter is coming for 'Game Of Thrones' season 7
Season 7 has to begin from where season 6 of 'Game Of Thrones' left off, which was tenth episode 'The Winds of Winter'. This means that filming needs to take place in such chilly conditions, and that means starting a bit later than usual. It's probably the only time you want the sunny weather to go away, right?
Continue reading: 'Game Of Thrones' Season 7 To Be Delayed For Winter Filming
This might be the new height of text-based warfare.
The last thing anyone wants to read is ‘Game Of Thrones’ spoilers, but now plot reveals might be even harder for some viewers to avoid. A new app called ‘Spoiled’ allows users to get revenge on their enemies in the worst way possible, by anonymously texting them ‘Game of Thrones’ spoilers.
Is texting ‘Game of Thrones’ spoilers the ultimate evil deed?
After paying a one-off fee of $0.99 (roughly £0.67) all you need to do is type in your ‘victim’s’ phone number and sit back and watch them have the entire season spoiled episode by episode. The app promises to ‘anonymously and ruthlessly text spoilers to your unsuspecting friends after each new episode airs.’
This season's going to be a tough ride for these characters.
It seemed like forever but the first episode of 'Game Of Thrones' season 6 finally arrived yesterday, and Jon Snow didn't suddenly snap his eyes open and rise from his chilly grave. Nope, he's dead. But 'The Red Woman' still presented a lot to take in for a premiere episode.
It turns out Melisandre isn't such a beauty after all
Of course, the fact that Snow hasn't returned in the very first episode doesn't mean anything; conspiracy theorists certainly haven't given up yet. But let's move away from that for now and look at what else is going on in George RR Martin's wartorn world.
Where are all the characters right now?
The weekend is nearly upon us and for 'Game Of Thrones' fans that means the day they've all been waiting for; the premiere of season 6. Speculation about the fate of the main characters have been plaguing the internet since the cliffhanger of season 5, but we can now relax in the knowledge that all will soon be revealed.
Sansa Stark and Theon Greyjoy must survive as fugitives
Is Jon Snow really dead? Is Arya really blind? What does Bran Stark's return mean for the story? So many questions, but we'll soon know the answers. More teaser images from the new series have been unveiled ahead of the first episode, 'The Red Woman', on Sunday, giving us a glimpse of some duos back in action.
We still can't decide what Jon Snow's situation is.
Waiting for 'Game Of Thrones' season 6 to arrive is emotional turmoil for fans. First they had to go through the grief of Jon Snow's death, then speculation that he's actually still alive (or, at least, coming back to life), then Kit Harington and his co-stars' insistences that he's very much dead, and now this; a string of mysterious moments in a new trailer that could spell that it isn't the end for Snow after all.
Bran Stark is having visions
What new clues have added to the possibility that Jon Snow (Kit Harington) will be returning to life? First off, we see Davos (Liam Cunningham) wielding Snow's sword as he prepares to defend his corpse alongside the Night's Watch against Alliser Thorne (Owen Teale), whose cronies are battering down the door. It's possible that Davos and co. are trying to stop Thorne and his men burning Snow's body (which they might do to ensure he doesn't become a White Walker), but why would they need to do that if he was really dead? Of course, it could be a dignity thing.
Continue reading: A New Trailer Brings More Clues For 'Game Of Thrones' Season 6
The first episode will be entitled 'The Red Woman'.
If, like us, you're part of the 'Jon Snow isn't really dead' collective, you may finally have your assurances dashed as HBO release the synopsis for the premiere of 'Game Of Thrones' season 6. A title has also been announced for the first episode, but there's nothing to suggest that Snow will be resurrected.
It seems Jon Snow really is dead
Kit Harington couldn't have been more clear when he insisted that his character was dead in recent promotional appearances, but it's still been difficult to believe. Now though, the official synopsis has been unveiled and it seems to confirm every 'Game Of Thrones' fan's worst fear.
Continue reading: 'Game Of Thrones' Season 6 Premiere Details Confirms Jon Snow's Fate
Their onscreen romance becomes a reality - hopefully without the tragedy.
If Jon Snow returns to 'Game Of Thrones' alive and well, it will just be the cherry on top of this delightful cake. If anything, because we'll get to see more romance between him and Ygritte which will be all the more satisfying now that we know the actors (Kit Harington and Rose Leslie) are together in real life too.
Rose Leslie and Kit Harington prove their love
His character's mortality remained ambiguous during his recent appearance on 'The Jonathan Ross Show', despite taking a lie detector test to answer some important questions. But one thing remained blindingly clear: his love for co-star and onscreen lover Rose Leslie.
He won't apologise for his recent spoiler slip.
Ian McShane is super laidback when it comes to acting. So much so, that he's totally unapologetic about spoilers, as proven by his latest interview. He reacted to 'Game Of Thrones' fans' anger over his recent slip-up with disdain, branding the TV series as 'only t**s and dragons'.
Ian McShane has something to say to GoT fans
The 'Deadwood' star has managed to offend literally the entirety of one of the world's most avid fandoms. Clearly not a die hard fan of the show himself, McShane opened up about his one-episode stint in 'Game Of Thrones' recently on BBC Breakfast. 'I bring back a much-loved character who everybody thinks is dead', he said, which is hardly as ambiguous as he meant it to be.
Season 6 is coming on April 24th 2016.
There isn't much longer to wait for 'Game Of Thrones' season 6 now, and a new trailer has just arrived to tease us about the revelations that will be revealed in the coming episodes. It takes a few watches to grasp some of the big clues but, as Tyrion says, it really is turning into 'a great game' now.
Bran Stark is back
Everyone seems to be up for a fight; there's a climactic force in the air and there's plenty of surprises in store. Of course, during the 1 minute and 40 seconds of lightning-speed action and brief dialogue intertwined with an eerie cover of Chris Isaak's 'Wicked Game' by James Vincent McMorrow, they still haven't confirmed whether or not Jon Snow has actually left us for good.
Continue reading: 8 Clues From The New 'Game Of Thrones' Season 6 Trailer
Spoiler Alert! You have been warned.
‘Game Of Thrones’ actress Sophie Turner may have revealed a little too much on last night’s Oscar red carpet, when she let slip a massive spoiler for the show’s upcoming sixth season. The 20-year-old plays Sansa Stark in the HBO series, but despite her character’s struggles her future seems pretty safe according to Turner.
Sophie Turner let slip a ‘Game of Thrones’ spoiler on the Oscars red carpet.
Speaking to E!'s Giuliana Rancic on the red carpet, Turner discussed reading through the season six script to discover her character’s fate. "Flicking through, I'm like 'death, death, death... Okay, I'm good for this season,” Turner said.
Continue reading: Sophie Turner Drops Major 'Game Of Thrones' Spoiler On Oscars Red Carpet
SPOILER ALERT! George R.R. Martin says that a plotline for his upcoming novel will involve a character who's died in 'Game of Thrones'.
Author George R.R. Martin has revealed that he’s decided to include a major plot divergence in his new novel ‘The Winds of Winter’ that won’t be able to happen in ‘Game Of Thrones’, because the character in question has already been killed off in the TV adaptation.
In a new interview with IGN, Martin admitted that he’d been pondering whether to include the plot twist for some time. “I have decided to do it,” he revealed. “Will you know it? I don’t know. It is fairly obvious because it is something that involves a couple of characters, one of which is dead on the show, and not dead in the books. So the show can’t do it, unfortunately, because they have killed someone I have not killed.”
George R.R. Martin has revealed there'll be a plot twist in his sixth novel
News on Bran, Dany and Arya in these latest images.
It's an exciting day for 'Game Of Thrones' fans because HBO have just unveiled some new images from the upcoming season 6 which have already got the cogs in our minds working. They don't really confirm an awful lot about what to expect from the next season, but it certainly teases a few ideas.
Bran Stark is back and accompanied by the Three-Eyed Raven
First of all it has to be said that there are no new images of Jon Snow (Kit Harington) since that ambiguous blood-stained face picture, but there are more of his younger brother Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead Wright) who we haven't seen for a whole season, not since the Season 4 finale 'The Children'. He looks like his standing up too, contrary to what he was told by the Three-Eyed Raven that he wouldn't be able to walk again and that he'd only be able to fly. He's actually accompanied by the Three-Eyed Raven too, played by new actor Max von Sydow.
Continue reading: Get A Glimpse Of 'Game Of Thrones' Season 6 - Pictures
'Game of Thrones' returns to HBO on April 24th.
‘Game Of Thrones’ star Emilia Clarke has promised that the sixth season of the medieval fantasy drama will be bigger and more exciting than ever before, but revealed that filming it “legitimately almost killed” the cast and crew.
The HBO series will be returning at the end of April, with Clarke starring once again as Daenerys ‘Mother of Dragons’ Targaryen, in the next adaptation of George R.R. Martin’s series of epic novels. The plotlines are probably the most closely guarded secret in the entertainment industry at the moment, particularly as the timeline will overtake where Martin has actually gotten to with his books.
Emilia Clarke spoke a little about 'Game of Thrones' season 6
It comes a little later in the year than usual.
Things just got real for 'Game Of Thrones'. Fans were sent into a frenzy last year with the season 6 poster featuring an ambiguous image of Jon Snow, and then the subsequent teaser trailer saw the return of his little brother Bran, and now we can finally unveil the official air date for the first episode in April.
What happened to Jon Snow?
All any 'Game Of Thrones' fan really cares about right now is what's going to happen to Kit Harington's character Jon Snow, so the as yet untitled first episode better deliver. There's almost a certainty in the air that he somehow survives his vicious slaughter at the hands of his callous Watch comrade in the final season 5 show 'Mother's Mercy', but, as Bran put it in the brief trailer last month, we have 'no idea what's going to happen'.
Continue reading: 'Game Of Thrones' Season 6 Air Date Finally Scheduled
Apparently, we have no idea what's going to happen.
The excitement for 'Game Of Thrones' season 6 is out of control now; not only are we seeing signs of Jon Snow potentially being alive, but now his brother Bran has returned despite us having seen nothing of him for an entire season. What can this mean for the sibling duo? And just what mysterious secrets has Bran learnt from the three-eyed raven?
Will Bran save Jon Snow?
We thought the appearance of Kit Harington on the promo poster for 'Game Of Thrones' was exciting enough, with it apparently confirming fan suspicions that he survived his betrayal in season 5 which only grew with the actor being spotted on the show's set in Wales, but now that his little brother Bran has returned we don't know where to start with the anticipation.
This guy isn't as dead as he looked last time we saw him.
The death of Jon Snow at the end of season 5 of 'Game Of Thrones' was one of the most heart-breaking events of the fantasy series so far, and has had fans agonising over the situation for months. Viewers can breathe a sigh of relief now though, because it looks like the handsome Night's Watchman is back.
It'll take more than a stab wound to kill Snow
Panic not, 'Game Of Thrones' lovers; Snow is not dead. Not that the real fans ever thought he was gone for good, anyway. But now we have proof. HBO took to Twitter to tease us with what to expect when the first episode of season 6 begins in April 2016, including a photo of Snow with a face full of blood. It's clearly meant to be ambiguous; is he lying on the ground dead with his eyes closed or is he standing with his head to one side, looking down at the ground?
Continue reading: Jon Snow Is Coming Back For 'Game Of Thrones' Season Six
The smash hit series will go for 8 seasons altogether, an HBO executive hinted at a Television Critics Association meeting.
It’s just wrapped its fifth season, but ‘Game Of Thrones’ fans will be pleased to know that their favourite show won’t be ending for a while yet. An HBO network executive has claimed that the medieval fantasy drama is likely to continue for a further three seasons.
Michael Lombardo, president of HBO programming, imparted on Thursday (July 30th) that executives are planning to run with ‘GoT’ for at least seven series, and will discuss with the show’s creators about how much longer they would like to go after that.
HBO's 'Game of Thrones' is likely to run for three more seasons
Continue reading: 'Game Of Thrones' To Run For Three More Seasons, Claim HBO
With six months to go before the next series of 'Game of Thrones', 'A Song of Ice and Fire' author George R R Martin has released a guide to his fantasy world of Westeros.
'Game Of Thrones' has taken the world by storm. With 60 Primetime Emmy Award nominations and 14 wins throughout its four seasons, the HBO fantasy drama has overtaken the popularity of the original books. Yet it still continues to gain fans every day, in part due to the show's viewers being desperate to discover what happens next; once you begin reading the books, however, it becomes clear that 'A Song of Ice and Fire''s world has more history that HBO suggests.
George R.R. Martin at the cast of HBO's Game Of Thrones
The series' writer, George R R Martin has helpfully compiled much of that history in 'The World of Ice & Fire: The Untold History of Westeros and the Game of Thrones'. In promotion for the guide, Martin visited the New York cultural and community centre at 92nd Street Y, and answered questions about his fantasy world. While announcing that the HBO series is currently filming in Spain, Martin offered that "I think ['Game of Thrones' is] probably the best looking show on television". That said, it isn't what he originally intended the lands of Westeros to look like. He made this point by drawing attention to the iconic Iron Throne, and how his version from the books is uglier and bigger than the version 'Game of Thrones' viewers are familiar with. "It was put together by blacksmiths," he explains, "not by craftsmen and furniture manufacturers."
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The stars stepped out onto the red carpet for one of the glitziest ceremonies of awards season: the Creative Primetime Emmys.
Having previously won for NBC's political drama 'The West Wing' as White House press secretary C.J. Cregg, Allison Janney’s award for outstanding guest actress in a drama series for her role in Masters of Sex, which also stars Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan, was a particular highlight.
Backstage, Janney highlighted that playing Margeret Scully was certainly challenging at times. "I felt that Margaret Scully challenged me in ways that I've never been challenged before as an actress on so many levels - on an emotional level, on a physical level - and having to do sex scenes was extraordinarily nerve-wracking and stressful for me and something that I didn't think I'd have to do at this age, frankly," she explained.
Continue reading: Creative Primetime Emmy Awards 2014 [Pictures]
Much of TV is now a geek's dream, we look at the shows loved by both geeks and the wider mainstream.
Geeks: once the deeply awkward and much-maligned members of society- ridiculed by Jocks and long stereotyped on TV and film as socially inept weaklings with a love of bow ties, thick-rimmed glasses and high-waisted slacks. But oh how things have changed. Ever since Adam Brody’s intensely loveable Seth Cohen appeared on screens in the mid noughties as the lonely, quick-witted, Death Cab For Cutie loving geek on The O.C, the tables have been well and truly turned. ‘Geek Chic’ prevails, the once laughable clothing choices of society’s most brainy and introverted have been re-appropriated by the masses. Everyone is falling over themselves to replicate a look that twenty years ago would have posited the wearer of such garments as a human punch-bag for meat-headed bullies.
Adam Brody has been credited with helping makes geeks cool through his O.C character Seth Cohen
In the world of TV, sci-fi shows such as Star Trek and Stargate are geek staples but the recent role reversal of geeks as the cultural vanguard posits fantastical shows that would have more likely been derided several years ago as universally acclaimed hits. Game Of Thrones is arguably the biggest TV show in the world whilst The Big Bang Theory, which maintains the long-held geek stereotypes has made veritable superstars of its cast. Here then, is a list of those geeky TV shows that we just can’t get enough of.
Continue reading: The Geek TV Shows We're Not Afraid To Love
The show, that has been breaking torrent records, will finish up in style
‘Game Of Thrones’ is a cultural phenomenon, whatever you think of the qualities it does or doesn’t possess. HBO’s fantasy drama is as widely watched as any of the big-hitters of the past decade – your Breaking Bads, Walking Deads, etc – as it continuously brings big screen production values to the TV sets.
The show is becoming bigger and bigger in scale (no pun intended) Picture: GoT S04E01
Season Three’s infamous ‘Red Wedding’ set mouths agape and tongues a-wagging when some major character all met their maker in the space of one, one-hour episode. But one of GoT’s directors, Alex Graves, who was behind the camera for the most recent episode, ‘The Lion And The Rose’ said the season 4 finale could be even bigger.
Continue reading: Can 'Game Of Thrones' Get Any Bigger? Alex Graves Says It Already Has
The least surprising news in TV has been confirmed
Ratings behemoth Game Of Thrones has been handed a further two seasons as HBO build upon the success of their popular fantasy drama. Following the first episode of season 4, which garnered 6.6m viewers, seasons 5 and 6 have been confirmed.
Emilia Clarke relaxes with her big dragon
“Game of Thrones is a phenomenon like no other. David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, along with their talented collaborators, continue to surpass themselves, and we look forward to more of their dazzling storytelling,” Michael Lombardo, president of HBO said in a statement on Tuesday.
Fans were given the opportunity to sit on the 'Iron Throne' at the Game of Thrones season 4 event at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, where rapper Common performed his mix-tape.
George R. R. Martin was the surprise attendee of a Games of Thrones fan-experience at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Thursday night (March 20, 2014), where 7,000 fans turned out to watch the fourth season premiere two weeks before it airs on HBO.
George R. R Martin Attended The Game Of Thrones Event in Brooklyn
One for the real die-hards, the event gave fans the opportunity to sit on the 'Iron Throne', drink 'Game of Thrones' beer and get close to the costumes worn by their favorite characters, according to the Huffington Post.
Being typecast is a worry for many actors, but not for Kit
The fantasy drama claims more actors’ lives than any other. But we’re not talking about anything serious like dangerous stunts leading to undesirable things like death; we’re talking about being typecast, something Kit Harington – who masterfully and with critical acclaim portrays the character of Jon Snow in Game Of Thrones – understands fully.
Kit Harington isn't worried about being typecast
"I think all actors get typecast at first," he explained. "I think they see you in Thrones and the industry says: 'We like what he does in that, so let's use him in this because it's the same genre.’ You're always fighting against being typecast as an actor, but if you look at any actors from the past, they've all fit into a certain role."
Continue reading: Typecast? No Sweat: Kit Harington On The Jon Snow Syndrome
Jack Gleeson is very new to the celebrity world, but is already sick of it. He is now a star, but admits he would rather be anything else.
Game Of Thrones has made stars out of many actors, and one of them is Jack Gleeson. The actor plays King Joffrey, the much-hated boy king, but has gained a very bad view of the industry since landing the role.
Jack Gleeson shows up for 'The Saturday Night Show' in Dublin
In a video posted on Reddit on Wednesday (January 15), Gleeson said he has had to do some self-discovery since rising to fame.
It was a big day for HBO shows, and at least one will not be returning after their next season. So which show are fans most excited about?
It was a big day for HBO shows. The network makes their announcements on Thursday (January 9) about who will stay and who will go.
'Game Of Thrones' Emilia Clarke
Boardwalk Empire was one of the not-so-lucky names who were told they would be canceled after their fifth season, according to Reuters. The Prohibition-era mob drama stars Steve Buscemi and others, and will premiere their fifth season in the fall.
The Emmy Nominations have been released with a strong showing amongst the latest trend of 'smart' dramas. Here are our predictions.
This year 'smart' dramas Homeland, Mad Men and Breaking Bad dominate the Primetime Emmy Award nominations yet again and even for fans of the TV shows, it will be hard to predict which of their favourite series will carry off the most gongs. The Hollywood Reporter's Stacey Wilson highlights just how highly contested this year's 'best drama' category is: "If you win this year, it's going to be a real feather," she said to ABC News. The nominees list for each category is decidedly hefty but we've identified the ones that are toughest to call.
Bryan Cranston Voted Best Actor?
Having never won an 'outstanding drama' Emmy before, it looks like Breaking Bad could finally scoop the big gong this year having picked up five Primetime Emmy's before; 3 'best actors' for Bryan Cranston, 2 'best supporting actors' for Aaron Paul. With the first half of its final season currently airing, it looks like this could be the last chance for the show, as popular as ever, to scoop the night's biggest award. Downton Abbey, whilst having previously looked strong, has endured harsh reviews in its third season meaning it will be interesting to see whether this has had any impact on the voters.
The Emmy Award nominations were revealed yesterday (Thursday 11th July). Breaking Bad; House of Cards; Modern Family; Game of Thrones and Mad Men all received multiple nominations. Netflix made history by becoming the first internet network to be nominated for a number of awards.
The Primetime Emmy Award nominations were announced yesterday (Thursday 18th July). The nomination ceremony was presented by Kate Mara and Aaron Paul via a live video stream on the Emmy's website.
Kate Mara at the Vanity Fair and Juicy Couture's Celebration of 2013 in L.A.
Netflix has managed to triumph with nominations for their shows: House of Cards; Hemlock Grove and Arrested Development. The company are developing this aspect of their business, which is proving hugely popular and profitable. The future does seem bright for the company which announced it was expanding into its 64th country. It also seems likely their awards over the next few years will increase especially with recent praise of Orange is the New Black.
Continue reading: Primetime Emmy Awards 2013: How Accurate Were Nomination Predictions?
The Primetime Emmy Award Nominations will be announced on Thursday 18th July. Netflix's 'Arrested Development' is a likely contender. 'The Americans'; 'Breaking Bad' and 'Scandal' are also likely candidates.
The Primetime Emmy Award nominations will be announced on Thursday (18th July). Speculation surrounding the awards is high, with Netflix's Arrested Development predicted to triumph. The awards will be announced by Kate Mara and Aaron Paul.
Aaron Paul will announce the nominations on Thursday.
Game Of Thrones is also suspected as a strong contender in the category of Best Drama Series. Homeland who won a number of awards last year is predicted to flop owing to its disappointing second series.
After going through what she did in the last episode, there's no wonder Ayra Stark is so shocked
Just about everyone watching this weeks instalment of Game Of Thrones - bar those who have read the books that is - either decided that they had witnessed one of the most shocking and amazing television episode ever, or decided they were through with serious drama for a while and best go back to the sanctity of cartoons. Either way, the shock ending must have gotten a reaction out of even the most stone faced of people, but Ayra Stark herself, actress Maisie Williams, may have had the best one.
(The rest of this article contains spoilers) So, we farewell to more than a few characters by the end of 'The Rains of Castamere,' with Robb Stark paying the ultimate price for turning down Marriage to one of Walder Frey's daughters in favour of Talisa, but maybe a few is an understatement considering pretty much all of the Stark army was killed, as was Catelyn. So in a way it make perfect sense that the youngest Stark daughter would have the most priceless reaction to the ending of the episode, after all, it could have been her too.
Emotional goodbye in latest episode
There was an emotional goodbye on Game Of Thrones last night, with Brienne of Tarth parting ways with Jaime Lannister and causing moist eyes among characters and viewers alike.
The one-time brutal Lannister character – who’d once killed a King he’d sworn to protect – has made quite the advancement as Game of Thrones came on, and the latest episode was one of his most poignant moments yet. It’s unknown whether the goodbye between he and Brienne is going to be forever, but with Brienne off to find her fate out at the hand’s Lord Bolton’s man Locke it doesn’t look like she’s going to come to a happy end, not given she already has a few battle marks from her last skirmish with Bolton.
However, Brienne addressed Jaime with a name that he’d not been called in ages, given that he’d been known as the Kingslayer ever since his infamous incident. This noble gesture caused a break down in Lannister and he swore to Brienne to protect the Starks, even though they are his sworn enemies. Good stuff, and proof of the strong bond the pair have forged.
Continue reading: Romance Explored In 'Game Of Thrones' Season 3 Episode 7
Michael Lombardo, HBO programming president, has responded unusually positively to the revelation that Game of Thrones is the most pirated show.
Game Of Thrones has begun it's third series on HBO, with the massively successful fantasy-action show looking to continue the phenomenal run of form that it has been on since it first aired in 2011. In December last year it emerged that all this success might actually be doing damage to the show however, after it was revealed that GoT was the most pirated show on the internet. Fortunately for the piraters though, the bosses behind the HBO show are not too bothered about the state of affairs.
Game of Thrones series three trailer - the most pirated trailer...
Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, HBO programming president Michael Lombardo spoke about the rampant levels of piracy that does damage to the revenue made by premium cable channel. But rather than cry out for the blood of those who have wronged the show, in a fashion similar to how one of the character in GoT may have responded, Lombardo instead spoke positively of the illegal activity plaguing HBO programming, saying the measures people go through to see the shows comes as a compliment.
Ok, so we got you a little excited with the headline. We weren't telling the whole truth, as the aforementioned Game Of Thrones beer isn't scheduled for release until March 31, 2013, though maybe you could save a couple of bottles for next Christmas? Anyway, what's it all about?
The upstate New York brewery Ommegang has formed a partnership with HBO to release an exclusive Game of Thrones themed ale to coincide with series three. The popular fantasy franchise has inspired a series of four beers, the first of which - a 6.5 per cent ABV blonde named Iron Throne - will hit shelves on March 31. Ommegang spokeswoman Allison Capozza described the flavor as "lightly malty" and is hopped with Styrian Holding, Hallertau and Noble hops. It will retail at $8.50 for a 750 millilitre bottle. Three other beers are scheduled for fall 2013 (in time for Christmas) though are "just a concept at this point," according to Capozza.
HBO has a history of food and drink themed promotional campaigns for Game of Thrones. To celebrate the debut of Season 2, the network commissioned celebrity chef Tom Colicchio to cruise around New York and Los Angeles in a Game of Thrones themed food truck. According to the Washington Post, he served up delicacies such as rabbit, pigeon cooked in sweet wine and fish stew.
Continue reading: Forget Champagne, Crack Open A 'Game Of Thrones' Beer This Christmas
While Contact Music preach sensible practise surrounding alcohol, we can't think of anything better than cracking open a Game Of Thrones Beer, popping season 3 on (when it's released) and drinking to glory.
The blonde ale from Ommegang brewery will be "crafted to directly tie into themes and nuances of the medieval-like fantasy realm of Westeros and the surrounding kingdoms," according to a company press release. Larry Bennett, head of PR and Creative Services for Ommegang, has been speaking to Paste mag about the formation of this partnership with HBO. "From our point of view of having to brew a Game of Thrones beer... well, it's a very dark and stormy series, and we discussed if we should start with a dark beer to compliment that aspect," he explained, "But, we decided against that in favor of starting with something a little more tap-friendly, a little more customer friendly, and work our way into it. So, we came up with the blonde ale, but, of course, at 6.5 percent, our blonde is still a relatively strong beer. With the future offerings, we may end up going stronger and darker, with lots of different characteristics."
Game of Thrones, starring Sean Bean, is one of the more recent additions to HBO's impressive roster, and was renewed for a third season by April 10, 2012. Production began in July 2012, and the season will premiere on March 31, 2013.